August 20, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

Tim Steiner still has some important golf dates in his bag as August winds to a conclusion.

For the first time as a senior golfer, Steiner, 56, is in the position of defending champion when he tees off in the 78th Maryland State Golf Association Men's Senior Championship on Aug. 31 at Towson Golf Club in Phoenix, Md.

Last year, Steiner won the event at Montgomery Country Club and will now try to defend his title at Towson, a 6,650-yard, par-71 layout.

"It's a good feeling (being a defending champion)," said Steiner, of Williamsport. "You know everybody will be out to beat you."


Steiner said it's been quite some time since he's played at Towson, and he won't have an opportunity to get in a practice round.

"I didn't know much about Montgomery, so I'll take the same approach at Towson," said Steiner. "Sometimes you go into a tournament and it's better to not have played the course."

Steiner tees off at 8:30 a.m. the first day. A cut will be made following the opening round and the low 24 players and ties will return for the final round of the 36-hole event on Sept. 1.

USGA at Fountain Head

Steiner's other big date is just prior to the Maryland event.

On. Aug. 28, he will be in the field of 58 that takes aim at three spots available when the United States Golf Association conducts one of its qualifiers at Fountain Head Country Club to gain entry into the Senior Amateur, slated for Sept. 16-21 at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Steiner. "It should be fun. At Fountain Head you've got to chip and putt. The course is short and everyone thinks it is easy but it has never been an easy course. Even par, or 1 under, could have a shot at qualifying. Everyone there is a good player."

Among those good players will be national television host Maury Povich, playing out of New York, who's generally regarded as a very competitive golfer with a 4 handicap. A 7.4 handicap, or lower, is required by the USGA for the senior event.

Povich is in his eighth year as host of his syndicated show "Maury" and the son of former legendary Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich. He is married to former CBS news anchor Connie Chung.

Steiner is slated to begin his round at 9:40 a.m. off the 10th tee, while Povich goes off on No. 1 at 9:50.

Also in the field locally are Hagerstown golfers Dick Roulette, Richard Behan and Ted Bratthauar.

The course will be closed to spectators.

Club pros in action

Beaver Creek Country Club professional Dirk Schultz takes aim at the PGA Mid-Atlantic Pro Championship crown Monday and Tuesday at the fabled Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md.

Schultz tees off Monday on the 6,702-yard, par-71 Gold Course at 7:39 a.m. and Tuesday at 10:21 a.m. on the 7,067-yard, par-72 Blue Course.

Hub Scramble

The second Hub Scramble has been set for Sept. 22 at Black Rock Golf Course and organizers are accepting entry forms for 120 players in the outing that will benefit the North High Athletic Boosters. The scramble format will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded in two flights, contests will be held, lunch and beverages are included and former Washington Redskins players Mark Moseley and Gary Clark are scheduled to appear.

Entry fee is $100 per player or $400 per foursome. For additional information, contact Doug Hornbecker at 301-714-0354 or Jenni Hatcher at 301-992-6104.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His Divots column appears on Sundays. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311, or by e-mail at

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