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Divots - Dick Kelly tourney draws near

May 11, 2008|By Tim Koelble

Just around the corner is the 15th edition of the Dick Kelly Memorial Team Championship, sponsored by The Herald-Mail.

Black Rock Golf Course will again host the tournament on May 30, with alterations to the agenda.

The tournament will begin at noon with a shotgun start for the anticipated 64 two-man teams - a change from tee times in the past.

Also, the awards ceremony will be held at the Elks Lodge on Robinwood Drive.

Spots are still available to compete in the format, a better ball of the two-man team in gross and net divisions.

Cost per team is $220, which includes cash payouts, lunch, closest-to-pin competitions and the awards luncheon. Contact Darrell Whittington, Black Rock golf pro, at 240-313-2816 for entry information. Deadline is May 20.

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Just missed

Beaver Creek professional Dick Schultz just missed gaining entry into the Nationwide Tour Melwood Prince George's County Open event slated for May 19-25 in Mitchellville, Md.

Schultz took his shot at a qualifying tournament at Woodmore, and was in a playoff with three other players after carding a 73.

On the 384-yard par-4 10th hole, a dogleg right, Schultz hit what he thought was a drive that cleared the trees.

"I thought the drive was perfect, but it hit the top of a tree and came right down in the rough," said Schultz.

Schultz was able to get to the back of the green, but couldn't get up-and-down to save par. The bogey ended his qualifying bid.

Linens Championship

Schultz also competed in a recent qualifier for the Maryland State Golf Association Linens of the Week match play championships, a 64-player field. He carded a 3-under-par 69 at Musket Ridge to become the No. 2 seed in the brackets.

He'll first face Tommy Joyce of Hidden Valley Golf Club in Salem, Va. The two have yet to set a play date. First-round matches are to be played by July 14, the second round by Sept. 1, and the final eight will move on to Bethesda Country Club for the finals.

Also in the Linens is Craig Callens, assistant pro at Cress Creek in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and the golf coach at Shepherd University. Callens shot a 73 and is the No. 3 seed.

David Freiss, the new head professional at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, Md., also qualified with a 73. He is the No. 13 seed and is playing in the top half of the bracket.

New Musket Ridge pro

Friess, a native of Pittsburgh, succeeded Larry Ringer, who will now devote his energies full-time to instructional golf there.

Freiss has honed his skills at several locations, the most recognizable being Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc., and River Bend Golf Club in Great Falls, Va., as an assistant. Whistling Straits has consistently been rated in the Top 10 among resort courses in the country.

"I'm excited to be at one of the top courses in Maryland," said Freiss. "The course is plush, the greens are fast and we've got a public course with all the private club-type amenities."

Freiss and his staff have introduced a Weekend Tournament Series beginning May 17 with a Skins contest. There will be a tournament held on one Saturday each month through October.

Club members, Blue-Gray members and the general public are welcome at various costs.

In addition, Freiss said the club is starting a drive for its Blue-Gray membership ($139.95) that includes several club benefits.

"We're looking to amp up the B-G," said Freiss.

One of the private-type amenities is the opening of Catoctin Hall, where the club is hosting dinners, wedding receptions and various events. For information, call 301-293-9930.

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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