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Divots -- Unitas' son tours Beaver Creek

April 25, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

If you are a pro football fan -- and a Baltimore Colts fan from the past -- and never saw Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas in person, all you have to do is look at his 31-year-old son, Chad, to see a spitting image.

A perfect example of a chip off the old block, Chad Unitas has a bit of the chiseled facial look and the closely cropped head of hair that was a staple of his father.

Chad Unitas is a member of the Hillendale Country Club team that competed in the Maryland State Golf Association State Team Championships on Saturday at Beaver Creek Country Club.

He currently is an account executive for the Baltimore Ravens, but at an earlier age had the desire shared by many other aspiring golfers of making a life on the professional circuit.

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He spent three years in the professional ranks following his education in high school at St. Paul's and in college at Towson University, where he was a quarterback.

"I played on the pro tours in the Gateway and Golden Bear Tours throughout Florida," said Unitas. "I fell in love with the game when I was really young. My mom and dad would drop me off at the golf club at 7:30 and I'd hit balls all day."

Unitas eventually made the decision to concentrate on family life away from pro golf.

"I loved playing professionally for three years but I regained my amateur status, got married and have a 10-month-old son," said Unitas.

Saturday's visit was his first time playing Beaver Creek. He also has a stroke play championship to his credit at Hillendale.

U.S. Open local qualifying coming to Chambersburg

Chambersburg Country Club will host a local qualifier as the beginning step toward a spot in the U.S. Open.

The United States Golf Association annually conducts local qualifiers leading up to section qualifiers for golfers with a maximum 1.4 handicap.

Chambersburg will host the one-day qualifier on May 20, and the deadline is approaching for golfers who'd like to take a shot.

The entry fee is $150, and golfers must apply online at http://www.usga.org no later than Wednesday at 5 p.m. Additional inormation can be obtained by contacting Chambersburg golf pro Jameson Wallace at 717-263-8296.

The exact number of golfers who make the cut at the local qualifier will not be determined until the final field is set. Those who do, however, will move on to sectional play. The USGA has 550 local sites leading to 13 sectional sites that will be the final step toward gaining a spot in the U.S. Open, scheduled to be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links in June.

Local outings

* The North Hagerstown High School Hub Scramble is scheduled for May 7 at Black Rock Golf Course with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The outing benefits the Hubs Athletic Boosters. Entry is $75 per player and prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Jim Ritter at 301-791-7408 or 301-573-3679, or Jean Barton at 301-739-5574.

* The fourth annual Hagerstown Area Church League tournament is scheduled for May 10 at Black Rock Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and registration beginning at 7 a.m. The outing benefits the Hagerstown Fairgrounds "Let there Be Light" campaign. Entry fee is $75 per player and lunch will be served. For more information, contact Toby Gift at 301-393-8128 or Jack Hill at 301-703-4098.

* The Williamsport Red Men Golf Club will hold an outing at Beaver Creek Country Club on Saturday. Tee times begin at 12:56 p.m. and Red Men member players are asked to be at the club by 12:30. For more information, contact Don Rupp at 301-223-6210 or Jim King at 301-582-1430.

-- Tim Koelble is a staff writer for the Herald-Mail. He can be contacted at 301-791-7376 or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com.

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