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Divots - Bricker finishes strong for Penn State

May 06, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Waynesboro graduate Chad Bricker may be working on the theory of "It's not how you start, but how you finish," during his sophomore season at Penn State University.

Bricker didn't do much in the early stages of the spring to help the Nittany Lions, but has begun his move forward that is helping him build confidence for the remainder of the season.

"I had a rough start this spring, much like last year," he said earlier this week as he prepared for the Penn State Rutherford Intercollegiate, the final tournament on the Nittany Lions' slate this year. "You come out of winter not playing and you have a tendency to struggle and not be competitive."

The two-time champion of the WACO Tournament, Bricker had his best outing last week at The Big Ten Conference championship, held on the brutally tough Scarlet Course at Ohio State University, a 7,454-yard, par-71 course.

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Bricker had three consecutive rounds of 75 and finished with a 73 that left him at 14-over 298, good for a tie for seventh place in the medalist standings. Penn State finished in a sixth-place tie with Indiana in the team standings.

"The Scarlet Course was one of the hardest I have ever, ever played," said Bricker. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the year.

"The experience of college golf has been great, my teammates have been good and that has motivated me to get better."

Bricker has a busy schedule, beginning with a trip to Indiana Country Club, outside of Pittsburgh, next week for the U.S. Open local qualifier.

Also on his docket are the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament of Champions in Johnstown, Pa., from June 7-10, the U.S. Amateur qualifier, the Eastern Amateur at Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va., from July 11-15, and the Western Amateur at Point O'Woods Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., from Aug. 1-5.

Bricker's current plans include a return trip to Washington County to defend his back-to-back titles at Beaver Creek in the WACO on Aug. 11-12.

"I'm pushing hard to stay motivated because it's been a fun year so far and I'm playing better," said Bricker.

Kelly coming up

The 14th Herald-Mail Dick Kelly Memorial Team Championship is around the corner, scheduled for May 25 at Black Rock Golf Club.

As always, proceeds from the tournament go to the Dick Kelly Memorial Foundation, which benefits the advancement of junior golf and its scholarship program along with the Tri-State Junior Golf Association.

Foursome team entries are being accepted. Entry fee is $200 with tee times ranging from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the field limited to 80 teams. Cash prizes will be awarded in gross and net divisions. A reception and awards banquet will be held at the Sheraton Four Points.

Entry forms may be secured at most area golf clubs and The Herald-Mail. For more information, contact Bill Hoffman at 301-797-8383 or Darrell Whittington at Black Rock at 240-313-2816.

I'll see you there on the 25th!

Tri-State schedule set

A new year is ahead for the Tri-State Junior Golf Association, with the following schedule (Note: all tournaments are on Mondays with 8:30 a.m. shotgun starts):

·June 18, Fountain Head Country Club, sponsored by Citibank.

·July 2, Beaver Creek Country Club, sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.

·July 9, Black Rock Golf Club, sponsored by William Hetzer, Inc.

·July 30, Stonebridge Golf Club, sponsored by Prettyman Broadcasting.

·Aug. 13, Waynesboro Country Club, the Tournament of Champions sponsored by Landis Gardner.

Demo Blitz

Beaver Creek Country Club and golf professional Dirk Schultz will host Demo Day on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The TaylorMade touring van will be on hand and representatives from other companies such as Callaway, Titleist, Cobra, Nike and MacGregor will be on hand to test clubs with fittings.

Upcoming Outings

·St. Maria Goretti boys basketball coach Cokey Robertson is organizing the first Mid-Atlantic Coaches Golf Tournament, slated for June 1 at Beaver Creek. The format will be a two-team best ball and the cost is $125 per team, including golf, food, beverages and prize money. Proceeds will benefit The Gael Center Renovation Fund and is open to coaches, players, fans and former coaches around the Mid-Atlantic. For more information, contact Robertson at 301-824-6044 or by e-mail at corob33@cs.com.

·The first Parent/Child Kiwanis Classic on Aug. 15 at Beaver Creek features a different kind of format. The two-person team entry fee is $150 and includes a buffet dinner following the 1 p.m. start. All proceeds benefit local youth programs sponsored by the Hagerstown Kiwanis. The tournament will be flighted. For more information, contact John Roney at Sovereign Bank at 240-420-8923.

·The sixth Korean War Veterans Tournament will be held June 21 at Glade Valley In Walkersville, Md. The event is a scholarship fundraiser for Korean Veterans' grandchildren. Cost is $60 per player for the 8 a.m. shotgun start, and includes lunch and prizes. For more information, contact Glenn Wienhoff at 301-607-6355 or Chip Chipley at 301-668-4154.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131 or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com

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