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Divots - Ward gets his moment in the television spotlight

August 09, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Hagerstown golfer Jim Ward, a Beaver Creek Country Club member, is now a TV commercial celebrity.

Ward is part of Bridgestone's new commercial promoting its B330RX golf ball, one of the hottest on the market. And the company he kept at the shoot -- which took place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas, Va. -- is pretty impressive, too.

It's not every day you get a chance to shoot a commercial with Lee Trevino and Fred Couples, but Ward had that opportunity recently. The commercial has begun to air on television now that the editing has been completed.

Ward got the opportunity after using the golf ball and completing a form on the Bridgestone Web site. He was selected from numerous responses and, after meeting some additional requirements, was on his way to fame.

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"We started the shoot about 7 in the morning and took the better part of the day," said Ward, who is seen in the commercial handing a golf ball to Trevino to tee it up. "It took maybe 10 takes handing him a ball."

There were a few other perks from the trip, such as lunch with Trevino and Couples, staying in the clubhouse suites and playing the RTJ course.

"Like everyone sees, Trevino was outgoing, friendly and telling stories," said Ward. "Couples has a lot on his plate, but he was cordial."

Ward has signed photos as mementos of his day.

A link to view the commercial is available at The Herald-Mail's sports blog "The Starting Five" at www.herald-mail.com/blogs/sports.

Forrester Homecoming



Drew Forrester works in Baltimore as a morning sports radio host on WNST 1570. He also finds time to hit the golf course, and he does it pretty well.

He brought his game to Hagerstown this weekend as one of seven returning champions in the WACO Championship, having won in 2000.

Forrester's wife, the former Joanne Repasi, is a Hagerstown native and accompanied him to her hometown this weekend, along with their son.

"A friend of mine brought me up to play in 1993 and he won the WACO that year, and I've been coming every year since," said Forrester.

Every year except one, that is. Forrester withdrew last year when his wife gave birth to their son.

"I've won 17 tournaments in various formats, but winning the WACO was one of my two favorites to win," said Forrester.

In 2000, Forrester won after shooting a 1-under-par 71 on the second day.

"On the 15th hole you could see the leaderboard and I had a four-shot lead and I think I was playing with Chuck Ingram," said Forrester. "He kept telling me to play smart."

Black Rock star event



The third annual Coors Light Championship will be conducted at Black Rock Golf Course on Sept. 5 and 6.

The tournament is a 36-hole medal play event in which golfers will be flighted following the first round.

Entry fee is $110.00 per golfer, which also includes lunch and prizes, and entry forms are available at the clubhouse.

The defending champion is Ken Lampard of Hagerstown.

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 koelble@herald-mail.com

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