Bricker would rather be in indy


June 01, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

If Waynesboro High School graduate Chad Bricker had his way, he would have rather been in West Lafayette, Ind., instead of Hagerstown on Friday.

Purdue University is the host of the 2008 NCAA Golf Championship and that's where Bricker's teammates from Penn State University were this week.

The two-time champion of the WACO tournament, Bricker helped Penn State qualify for the nationals when the team competed in the Central regional two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio.

However, when PSU coach Greg Nye filled out the roster for the nationals, it did not include Bricker.

"It's disappointing, but I'm not surprised," said Bricker on Friday after he completed his round in the Dick Kelly Memorial Tournament at Black Rock. "I didn't feel I played all that bad during the fall season and during the spring season I just wasn't scoring. It got a little mental."


Bricker's playing plans for the summer include the Pennsylvania Open and Amateur, WACO, Monroe Invitational in New York and a qualifying shot in the United States Amateur.

On Friday, Bricker teamed with Waynesboro grad Jake Wetzel to shoot a 65 in the gross division at the Kelly. They were part of a three-team playoff, but did not win.

Good start for Wetzel

Wetzel had a very good freshman season on the links for Mount St. Mary's University.

He led the team in scoring average at 76.2, a notch ahead of teammate and All-Northeast Conference selection Kevin Farrell's 76.3.

It wasn't until he was halfway through high school that Wetzel, who stands 5-foot-7, thought golf could be included in his college days.

"I've been a different and better player each year," said Wetzel, who was the Tri-State Junior Golf Association's player of the year in 2006. "The next level is tougher and harder, but you set realistic goals and just try to keep on getting better. I plan on pursuing golf. I figured it out halfway through high school."

Maryland amateur set

Three golfers from Beaver Creek Country Club will tee it up Thursday in the 87th Maryland Amateur Championship, contested at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville.

Ken Lampard, who recently finished in a tie for eighth in the Washington Metro tournament at Musket Ridge in Middletown, Md., goes off from the 10th tee at 9:10 a.m. He'll be followed 10 minutes later by Brian Crabtree. Greg Henry will start from the first tee at 1:50.

It's in the hole

Two golfers recorded holes-in-one at Beaver Creek Country Club.

· Jason Ferguson recorded his first-ever ace on the 180-yard 8th hole with a 7-iron, the first time an ace has been shot on the blue tees built eight years ago. He was playing with J.P. Alivetto, Shar Mitchell and Bill Mitchell.

· On the 130-yard No. 3, Mike Klein posted his third career ace. He was playing with Buddy Keyser, Don Baker and Frank Timmins.

Upcoming outings

· There still are openings for Cokey Robertson's second annual Coaches Classic at Beaver Creek on Friday. It's a two-man team event with prizes which begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $135 per team. Proceeds benefit the St. Maria Goretti basketball program. Contact Robertson at 301-824-6044 to register.

· The Williamsport High School Booster Club will be sponsoring a tournament at Black Rock on June 16, a 4-man scramble slated to start at 12:30. Cost is $75 per player. For more information contact Mike Starliper at 301-582-0157 or pick up a registration sheet ahead of time at Black Rock.

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