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Divots -- Grier has lessons to share

September 26, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

Ashley Grier is back home for the offseason, but that doesn't mean she will put her golf bag in storage.

The Hagerstown native has completed her third full season on the LPGA's Duramed Futures Tour, still with hopes of moving forward in her golf career.

For now, however, Grier will lend her expertise to others.

Saturday at Beaver Creek Country Club, Grier will hold a golf clinic for women from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Female golfers of all skill levels are invited to attend. For information, call Beaver Creek at 301-733-5152 or Yingling's Golf Center at 301-790-2494. The cost for the clinic is $25.

Grier is also available for individual lessons. She can be contacted at 301-992-0713. Cost is $40 per hour.

High school site change

As reported earlier, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and St. Maria Goretti will get together Monday for what is termed the Hagerstown City Championship. However, the site will not be at Fountain Head Country Club.

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It will be Monday as scheduled, but it will take place on the perfectly manicured Hagerstown Greens layout. 'Nuff said.

The change was made several months ago when FHCC informed the Washington County Public Schools it would not host the event. The change in venue was made but not communicated to the schools, who posted Fountain Head as the site on their original fall schedules.

The humble one

Beaver Creek head pro Dirk Schultz is a regular in Middle Atlantic PGA events, and win, lose or draw, he's usually a humble one when it comes to the final outcome.

Recently, Schultz fired a 2-under-par 70 to win the MAPGA Head Pro Championship at Blue Ridge Shadows in Winchester, Va. He was the only player in the field to shoot below par.

He closes out the season schedule with the Tournament of Champions Oct. 5-6 on the War Admiral Course at GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin, Md.

Coming to the end

The final events on the Maryland State Golf Association calendar are around the corner.

The 10th Men's Senior Open will be held Oct. 12-13 at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, Md. Tim Steiner, who plays out of Beaver Creek, will be in the field along with Hagerstown's Dick Roulette, Larry Ringer of Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Peter Wesp, of Walkersville, Md., who plays out of Beaver Creek. Ringer is the teaching pro at Musket Ridge.

The 11th Women's Open will be held Oct. 19-20 at Bethesda Country Club. Ashley Grier, who won the title in 2006, will be in the field.

Annual Goretti event

St. Maria Goretti's annual Michael McCollum golf tournament will be held Oct. 8 at Fountain Head Country Club. The outing benefits the Goretti Athletic Association.

The outing includes green fees and dinner and is a shotgun format.

Players can still get in the outing by contacting Goretti AD Carol Brashears at school at 301-739-4266, ext. 129.

College links

Former Waynesboro (Pa.) High School star and two-time WACO champion Kevin Reiber recently shot a school-record 68 for Penn State-Mont Alto. Reiber is a junior there and shot his round on the Founders Course at Penn National.

Former Smithsburg standout Andrea Grier, a redshirt senior at Marshall University, recently shot a 1-over 73 in the Lady Bison Fall Classic to help her team finish second behind William & Mary. Grier and her teammates are in the UNC-Greensboro Classic this weekend.

Former Williamsport star Andrew Duff has been a regular on the scorecard at Fairmont State (W.Va.) University. The team will begin its postseason today in the WVIAC Central Region tournament at Canaan Valley Resoirt in Davis, W.Va.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 7376, or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com.

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