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Divots - Lampard finally reaches pinnacle in tournament golf

August 29, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

He's been a regular on golf courses throughout the county and the region for social and tournament play for years.

Until the weekend of Aug. 16-17, Hagerstown's Ken Lampard, however, had not experienced winning a golf tournament the magnitude of the Maryland State Golf Association's Mid-Amateur.

Lampard, always an entrant in the WACO championship and holder of three fourth-place finishes, outplayed a strong field of 146 that included past Maryland Open and Amateur winners Larry Stork and Kirk Lombardi.

The 35-year-old, who graduated from South Hagerstown in 1986, when he was one of the Rebels' top golfers, knocked down 10 birdies over two days at the 6,673-yard, par-72 Old South Country Club layout in Lothian, Md., for a 5-under-par, two-day total of 139, winning by three strokes over Stork.

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"This was the first year I was eligible to play in the tournament," Lampard said. "It's the biggest tournament I have ever won. My iron play was strong and I didn't miss any short putts."

For his efforts, Lampard received an invitation to participate in the MSGA's Baltimore-Washington Team Match championship Sept. 11 at Bethesda Country Club. Of course, he accepted and will play for the Washington team. He also received an automatic two-year exemption to the Maryland Open and Maryland Amateur tournaments.

A salesman away from the golf course, Lampard credited his recent success to hooking up with teaching pro Ed Dolan at Nutters Crossing in Salisbury, Md., along with "playing a lot with Dirk Schultz (Black Rock pro)."

"(Dolan) has been getting me to cover all the basics," Lampard said.

Good Titleist season


Several area junior golfers had positive results this year on the Titleist Junior Tour, which is conducted under the auspices of the PGA's Middle Atlantic Section.

Williamsport's Kellen Seligman finished 14th in the Boys 16-18 division in the Player of the Year standings, posting an overall total of 248.75. Seligman's efforts included a championship in the Rocky Gap Classic in Cumberland, Md.

The division also included Christopher Clipp and Bryan Abbamonte of Frederick, Nick Zaccaria of Boonsboro, Mark Hammond of St. John's-Prospect Hall and William Nilsson of Middletown.

Alex Hoffman, of Hagerstown, won a pair of titles on the way to a 340-point, 10th-place finish in the boys 12-13 division. He had victories at the Rattlewood Classic in Mount Airy, Md., and the Shenandoah Valley Classic in Front Royal, Va.

In the girls 15-18 division, Hagerstown's Alicia Grier finished fourth with a 455-point total, following victories in the Rocky Gap Classic and Rattlewood Classic.

Kimberly Eaton of Shepherstown, W.Va., was sixth with 400 points, including a victory at the Caroline Classic in Denton, Md. Andrea Grier was 21st with 247.5 and a championship at the Spotswood Classic in Harrisonburg, Va.

Other area golfers included Middletown's Tyler Ausherman and Frederick's Tyler Schmutz in the boys 14-15 division and Christian Grosh of Hagerstown and Peter Denney of Frederick in the boys 10-11 division.

Eastern qualifier


Black Rock professional Dirk Schultz qualified for the PGA's Eastern Regional of the Club Professional Championship.

When Schultz recently carded a three-day total of 5-under 211 on rounds of 73-66-72 at the Golden Horshow Club in Williamsburg, Va., he became one of 26 golfers who qualified for the Eastern event to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Shenandoah Golf Club in Verona, N.Y.

Schultz also has had a successful year in the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA tournament schedule.

With The Tournament of Champions yet to be held, Schultz is seventh in the Player of the Year standings with 420 points.

Heading into the T of C Oct. 25-26 at the Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va., the leader is Rick Schuller with 522.88 points.

Upcoming events


The Washington County Amateur at Black Rock will be held Sept. 11-12, the Maryland scholastic district tournament will be at Black Rock Sept. 21 and the American Junior Golf Association follows with its annual event Sept. 24-26 at the same location.

The 5th Women's Golf Challenge, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank and The Herald-Mail, will be held Sept. 13 at Beaver Creek Country Club.

Cost for an individual entry is $80 and $320 for a team for the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start with all golfers playing their own ball.

Information may be obtained from the Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce at 301-739-2015 or online at chamber@hagerstown.org.

Community Discount


Musket Ridge Golf Club, located in Myersville, Md., is offering a $20 discount to all Frederick County residents along with military, fire and police departments any Monday through Thursday until Nov. 30, except for holidays.




Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His golf column appears every other Sunday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com

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