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Divots - Latest WACO saga filled with heroes, stories

August 19, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

The only visible proof remaining from last weekend's WACO Championship is the leaders scoreboard that overlooks the 18th hole at Beaver Creek Cuntry Club.

Otherwise, it's the memories of another outstanding tournament for all those who participated - as a player or a volunteer - will keep the 24th annual event alive..

Tournament director Rod Steiner had another well-run tournament and I made sure he gave me a list of the people whose time and efforts helped make the WACO a success.

Here they are: Emily Steiner, Niklas Steiner, Vincent Steiner, Lindsay Steiner, Cassie Weaver, Neil Kennedy, Paul Babineau, Chuck Pessagno, Carol Crabtree, Glen Kline, Dirk Schultz, John Hersh, Roger Grimm, Vicki Grimm, Roger Moore, Charles Leatherman, Mike Steiner, Ryan Acre, Sharon Steiner, Diana Steiner, Adam Ward, Tim Steiner, Donnie Barton, Terry Wick, Dee Barnhart, Lenny Barton, Marty Miller, Eric Hendrickson, Dave Bingaman and Lumi.

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The WACO continues to attract people from many regions, proven just by the group of nearly 30 golfers that came from Westpark Country Club in Leesburg, Va.

What once started out as a few players has steadily grown.

Arthur Frey, one of the Westpark players, sent a note to Rod Steiner with kudos for a well-run tournament. He said several players came to the WACO for the first time this year, joining Frey on his fifth trip.

Pennsylvania continues to dominate the inscriptions on the WACO championship trophy. For the sixth straight year, a Keystone State golfer won as Kenny Smith claimed his second title.

While several golfers from Pennsylvania were from the immediate Tri-State area, names like Adam Frank of Fairfield, Brendan Borst, from the Pittsburgh area, and Paul Laushell and Kevin Farrell, of the Philadelphia area, were new to the event.

Laushell was near the top of the leaderboard after the first round, shooting a 1-over-par 73. The round put him in the next-to-last threesome with former WACO champion Kevin Reiber and David Boggs.

By his own admission, Laushell was rather surprised at his opening score, coming in as a 12-handicapper. However, he came back to earth in the second round with an 89, but wasn't nearly as disappointed as one might seem.

He was neither unhappy nor surprised he shot an 89, which included a topper off one tee shot, but admitted Reiber and Boggs helped make his round more bearable.

"Both players were encouraging throughout the round," said Laushell. "I told them before the round I had shot lights out in the first round and didn't really expect to do it again.

"They told me, 'We'll be OK,'" he said. "I was riding with Dave (Boggs) and we each have two kids so were were talking about family and that helped take my head off the game."

Upcoming events

FUTURES - Hagerstown's Ashley Grier will be in the field this week at The Gettysburg Championship at The Links of Gettysburg, the next-to-last stop on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. Friday's tee times are unavailable as of Saturday, but we do know Grier will play Friday and Saturday before the final cut for Sunday is made.

Single-day adult passes are $10 and three-day passes are $20. Children under the age of 15 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

BUSY WEEKEND - Hagerstown golf will offer a busy weekend on Sept. 7-9 with an outing and two-day tournament.

On Sept. 7, Hagerstown Community College and its Alumni Association will holds its 15th annual tournament - a 4-player step-aside scramble format, beginning at noon at Beaver Creek Country Club. Slots are still available at $125 per player which includes all the normal outing amenities. For further information, contact the HCC Alumni office at 301-790-2800, ext. 346.

On Sept. 8-9, it will be the Black Rock Amateur Championship. The tournament, which is sponsored by Coors Light, is a 36-hole medal event. Players will be flighted according to their handicaps after the first round for the final 18 holes. As always, lunch and prizes are included in the $8,000 certificate purse. Entry fee is $110 per player and more information can be obtained by contacting Black Rock at 240-313-2816.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2024 or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com

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