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Divots -- Tri-State Junior golf schedule set

May 18, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

The five-event schedule for the Tri-State Junior Golf Association has been set.

Leading off the series will be the Citibank Junior Classic on June 16 at Fountain Head Country Club, followed by the C. William Hetzer, Inc. Junior Classic at Waynesboro Country Club on June 23, the Parkview Plumbing Junior Classic at Black Rock on July 7, the Prettyman Broadcasting Classic at Stonebridge in Martinsburg, W.Va., on July 21 and the grand finale -- the Susquehanna Bank Tournament of Championships to be played at Beaver Creek Country Club on Aug. 11.

Each event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

This 'n That

North Hagerstown High School senior Tyler Fairley, who reached the state finals of the Maryland State Golf Championships, will continue swinging the sticks at Hagerstown Community College under the guidance of Beaver Creek pro Dirk Schultz, HCC's golf coach. ... It's been some time since he's been on the local scene -- 2002 to be exact -- but there was a Seiji Hirai sighting recently at Beaver Creek. Graduated from Jacksonville University, Hirai has a strong desire to get his golf game back in shape and even better than it was when he was a champion golfer at Smithsburg High School. ... Chambersburg graduate Clayton Rotz, a freshman at Louisiana State University, was named to the Southeastern Conference All-freshman team, one of three Tigers honored on the eight-player team. Rotz was in Bremerton, Wash., last week competing in the NCAA West Region tournament.

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Heading South

For many years, golfers looking for that winter getaway usually targeted Myrtle Beach, S.C., as their destination, as the enormous amount of courses made it easy to pick and choose for a weeklong stay.

However, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, rolling through Birmingham, Ala., has been inching its way up on the charts as a location to visit.

According to the Alabama Tourism Department, the RTJ has become the No. 1 attraction in the state, beating out other non-golf draws. Last year, the RTJ courses combined to welcome over 535,000 golfers, with nearly 50 percent coming from out of state.

Select an outing

· It's short notice, but organizers of the Rotary Club of Charles Town's 9th J.B. Memorial Golf Tournament on May 23 report they still have some openings for their 1 p.m. shotgun start. The event has simultaneous starts at Locust Hill and Sleepy Hollow and the cost is $100 per golfer which includes a reception dinner at The Anvil restaurant. For more information, contact Ann Smith 304-725-8117 or Leslie Smith 304-728-0318.

· Retired St. Maria Goretti boys basketball coach Cokey Robertson will host the 2nd Cokey Classic Golf Tournament on June 6 at Beaver Creek Country Club. Proceeds from the outing will benefit the Gaels basketball program. The outing will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun and the cost is $135 per two-man team, which includes contests, prizes and and awards to three winners in each of three flights. For information, contact Robertson 301-824-6044, Dave Muldoon 301-824-7696 or Carol Brashears 301-739-4266.

· The South Hagerstown High School Alumni Association and Sports Boosters Golf Tournament will be held June 12 at Beaver Creek Country Club with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The format will be a four-person scramble. Cost is $75 per golfer. For information, call Tim Steiner at 301-733-5138 or Phil Petry at 240-675-9931 or go to www.shhsrebelalumni.org.

· The Stadium Grill & Tavern will hold its 5th charity tournament on June 19 at Beaver Creek Country Club with a tee time of 10 a.m. For a 4-man team at $400, golfers will get beverages during their round and a crab/beverage feast at Stadium Grill. Format is a 4-player scramble. Proceeds benefit Head Start Inc. of Washington County. Entry deadline is June 14. For more information, contact the restaurant at 301-714-0849.

· The Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club of Maryland will hold its annual Scholarship Outing on June 27 at Beaver Creek with a shotgun start at 8:30. Player fee is $100. For more information, contact Tony Paci at 301-790-2955 or by e-mail at paci357@yahoo.com

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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