Divots - POY rankings new wrinkle for WACO juniors

July 24, 2005|By Tim Koelble

Rod Steiner usually puts some interesting golf scenario together each summer, and this season he added a new twist in the WACO juniors.

Players go through a qualifier at Yingling's Golf Center, and the survivors play at Beaver Creek in a Classic event. The series covers a stretch from late June until the week of the WACO Championship.

In the past, everything led to the Monday of WACO week at Beaver Creek when the junior championship is conducted. That has not changed, but Steiner added a new twist this season with a points system to crown an overall Player of the Year.

Currently, Nick Zaccaria has the lead with 481 points and Alicia Grier is right on his heels with 478, followed by Andrew Duff with 477. Zaccaria and Grier shared the 2004 championship.


Those standings are likely to change this week as Grier shoots for her fourth consecutive victory. Zaccaria is in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on vacation and that will pave the way for Grier, who has shot a pair of 76s and a 77 in her three wins at Beaver Creek.

Currently, here's the rest of the POY Top 20: Brenden Benisek (428), Dennis Herbert (381), Andrea Grier (369), Kim Eaton (367), Kyle Butler (276), Matt Weber (263), Alex Wine (261), Caleb Hudlow (259), Dustin Starliper (249), Eric Wilfong (232), Josh Cline (227), Bryan Faulders (203), Carl Spessard (186), Wes Loveless (174), Emily Steiner (171), Ryan Willard (168) and Matt Plumley (163).

n The Junior Masters Tour, under the guidance of Dan Neff, is heading through the back nine in its second season, and the names at the top of the leaderboard are generally the same.

Grier and Brandon Sheaffer have each won two of the first four events, splitting victories between Beaver Creek and Black Rock.

The Masters Tour will play again this week before culminating its year with the championship on Aug. 4 at Beaver Creek. Sheaffer won the 2004 title.

Recent results

Chambersburg, Pa., golfer Clayton Rotz ventured to Longmeadow, Mass., last week for the United States Golf Association Junior Amateur at Longmeadow Country Club.

Rotz posted stroke play rounds of 73 and 75 over the par-70 course for a two-day 148. He missed the match play cut of 64.

n Michael Banzhoff, of Chambersburg, went through the qualifier at Hanover Country Club and shot a 76 to gain entry into the Pennsylvania Open, being held Aug. 8-10 at Sunnybrook Country Club. Roelle Wolfe III, also of Chambersburg, shot a 76 and is an alternate. Waynesboro's Christian Breed missed making the tournament with a 79.

n Black Rock pro Dirk Schultz teamed with amateur Ken Lampard and posted a 6-under 66 in the Maryland Pro-Am Championship at Wakefield Valley Country Club, good for fifth place. Beaver Creek pro Mark Weber and amateur partner Randy Barnes carded a 4-under 68 for 10th.

Looking ahead

Waynesboro golfers Chad Bricker and Kevin Reiber take aim at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club course in the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship Monday and Tuesday with sights set on making the 36-hole cut and being in position to contend in Wednesday's final round.

Bricker tees off on the 10th hole at 1:45 p.m. on Monday and 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday. Reiber, who gained entry as an alternate from earlier qualifying, starts at No. 10 at 9:30 a.m. on Monday and 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

Huntingdon Valley will challenge golfers with a par-71 course covering 6,400 yards.

n The 86th West Virginia Amateur will be played Aug. 1-4 on the Greenbrier course in White Sulphur Springs.

Steven Potter, of Berkeley Springs, and Chris Bradshaw, of Shepherdstown, each qualified for the Amateur at Cacapon Resort and they'll be in the same threesome that tees off at 8:27 a.m. on Aug. 1. Terry Staubs, of Charles Town, also qualified at Cacapon and will tee off at 10:24.

n One of the premier events in Frederick County, the Frederick City Amateur, played at Clustered Spires Golf Course, is set for Aug. 27-28, but the tournament will have a new champion this season.

Walkersville's Jimmy Cunningham, a graduate of the University of Denver and the two-time defending champion, has turned professional and is spending his time on the Grey Goose Gateway Tour.

Clustered Spires host professional Don Frost is accepting applications and expects the field to reach, or surpass, last year's total of 120.

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

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