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Waynesboro's smith tunes in with 64s for record, trip

July 10, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

Sixty-four is a very nice number to become accustomed to, especially when it's on a golf course and well below the standard par 72.

Waynesboro, Pa., resident Kenny Smith, the 2002 WACO Open champion, posted 64 not once, but twice, last week.

The first came last Sunday on the Iron Forge Course at Penn National, where he tied the course record with a 33 on the front and a 31 on the back of the 7,000-yard layout.

"Everything was going good," said Smith, a mighty driver of the golf ball despite standing just 5 feet, 6 inches. "My irons were good and I might have missed one fairway."

Black Rock professional Dirk Schultz has played many rounds with Smith, whom he labels "the Mighty Munchkin," owner of drives well over 300 yards that leave short irons as approach shots on many holes.

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Smith then teamed with Lee Gardenhour for a 64 on Wednesday to win the Golfweek/Callaway ProScratch tournament at Whiskey Creek, in Ijamsville, Md.

That round puts Smith and Gardenhour on a flight to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the ProScratch national finals slated for Dec. 6-7 at the Grayhawk Golf Club.

"(Lee and I) had some ham-and-egg going on," said Smith of Wednesday's round. "All in all, we started off good and played well."

They played well enough to earn their second trip to the ProScratch Nationals in three years. They played in the event two years ago in Las Vegas.

"Unless I die, those dates are already on the calendar," said Smith.

Smith said he has not decided whether he will play in the WACO or in a tournament in Hershey, Pa., which would require a qualifying round that might not be possible with job requirements. He also said he might enter the City of Frederick (Md.) Amateur.

Gardenhour, also from Waynesboro, is the general manager and PGA professional at Great Cove Golf Club in McConnellsburg, Pa.

Schultz, along with amateur partner Dick Roulette, posted a 67 in the Callaway but had already qualified for the 2005 trip by playing in the last three national tournaments.

Qualifier events


On July 18, three players will try to qualify for the Pennsylvania Open, scheduled for Aug. 8-10 at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, a 6,823-yard par-72 layout in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Michael Banzhoff, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Christian Breed, of Waynesboro, tee off at 8:20 a.m. and Ruelle Wolfe III, of Chambersburg, tees off at 9:20 in the Central qualifying site at Hanover Country Club.

-- The 2005 West Virginia Amateur is slated for Aug. 1-4 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Golfers will attempt to qualify July 20 on the 6,827-yar par 72 layout at Cacapon Resort in Berkeley Springs. A.J. Mumaw (Martinsburg) and Steven Potter (Berkeley Springs) tee of at 8 a.m., followed by Rich Pell III (Charles Town) and Terry Staubs (Charles Town) at 8:10, Mathew Martin (Hedgesville), David Boggs (Shepherdstown) and Kirk Waldeck (Sheperdstown) at 8:20, Jimmy McWilliams (Martinsburg) and Erik Tedder (Charles Town) at 8:30, Chris Bradshaw (Shepherdstown) at 8:40 and Terry Hess (Martinsburg) at 8:50.

Maryland events


Woodholme Country Club will be the site of Monday's Maryland Open Championship with several area golfers looking to unseat Chip Sullivan as defending champion.

Hagerstown-area golfers Schultz, Tim Reeves, Ken Lampard, Michael Printz and Frederick-area golfers J.P. Lunn, Jody Rokisky, Glenn McCloskey, Christopher Taylor and Robert Rosenberger all will tee off with hopes of being at the top of the list when the tournament concludes on Wednesday.

Woodholme, a 6,922-yard par-71 design, last hosted the Maryland Open in 1965.

Schultz, the professional at Black Rock, finished second in the tournament in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Fred Funk, a PGA Tour favorite and former University of Maryland golf coach, won the tournament in 1983 and 1987. His '87 win came at Fountain Head Country Club.

-- The Maryland Pro-Am Championship will be held July 18 at Wakefield Valley Golf Club, a 6,869-yard par-72 design in Westminster.

Schultz and Lampard tee off at 9:50 a.m. while Fountain Head pro Darren Smith goes off at 11:30 with Josh Spreng and Beaver Creek pro Mark Weber teams with Randy Barnes for a 1 p.m. tee time.




Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His Divots 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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