Beaver Creek seniors stay in title swing

October 23, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

Even though we graduate into the senior ranks, the desire to remain competitive remains.

A group of senior members at Beaver Creek represented the club in the Maryland State Golf Association Senior Team matches.

Last weekend, this group culminated a march through the upper bracket of the state team matches with a victory over Baltimore Country Club, 8 1/2-3 1/2, to claim the championship in the eighth annual MSGA event.

At Beaver Creek, Pete Wesp and Jim Sklencar teamed for a 3-0 win over Paul Obrecht and Bob Lee, and Rod Steiner and Butch Plank teamed for a 2 1/2-1/2 win over Ray Daue and Allan Anthony.

In the matches at Baltimore Country Club, Finley Benjamin and Bill Kushay took a 2-1 win over Pat O'Malley and Frank Laznovsky, while Tim Steiner and Joe Rulewich were beaten 2-1 in their match by Tom O'Neill and Ron Scornavacca.


Through the season, Beaver Creek defeated Redgate, Congressional and Woodmore.

Beaver Creek became the first club in Maryland to claim titles in both team events, having won the men's team crown in 1999. It was also the first time in four tries the Beaver Creek seniors made it past the second round.

In case you're a prep basketball fan and don't recognize one of the names, Sklencar was the longtime boys basketball coach at Brunswick.

One of the other senior outlets is the Maryland Interclub Senior Golf Association (MISGA), which I frequent since I am of the approved age (50-plus) to be put in that classification.

Another year has concluded with our MISGA championship and another sterling two-round performance (ugh!) by me. Maybe one of these days when the chips are on the table, I'll actually play like I do at times when there's no pressure.

At any rate, if you are old enough, thinking about joining a club and like playing at various clubs throughout the region, contact Beaver Creek for more information. They'll put you in touch with club representative Terry Gossard.

Beaver Creek has long been one of the more reputable MISGA members. Right now, there are 80 members and there is always room for more.

And, scaling the ladder downward to the little ones, Beaver Creek recently finished its junior golf program with championship matches.

In the 7-hole match, scores were: Niklas Steiner 34, Brett Baile 35, Sydney Alexander 43, Vincent Steiner 45, Brooks Grosh 45, Austin Richter 46. 5-hole match: Brady Baile 30, Paxton Alexander 31. 3-hole match: Joelle Schultz 46, Jaxson Schultz 47.

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

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