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Rule changes brewing for Waynesboro golf course

June 13, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA.-- Golfers could consume beer during tournaments at Waynesboro's municipal golf course if the borough council adopts new rules suggested by staff.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger asked the council to consider changing the golf course's rules by ordinance. As that change is being drafted, he asked the council to waive the beer rule on a case-by-case basis for upcoming tournaments.

Allowing beer could lead to a greater number of tournaments and more revenue, Hamberger said last week.

"One of the things we pushed (new golf course manager) Mike (Rouzer) to do is have more tournaments down there," he said at Wednesday's borough council meeting.

The borough's insurance carrier said players older than 21 could bring their own beer, but the course couldn't sell it, according to Hamberger.

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Mayor Richard Starliper cautioned that if beer were permitted, Waynesboro police would be watchful for underage consumption or drunken drivers leaving the course.

Rouzer said Sunday he expects the course will host four to six tournaments this year.

"It puts us at a disadvantage if we can't offer (beer) if other courses do," he said of marketing for tournaments.

The council granted a one-time exception for beer to be allowed during the Bill Devlin family four-person scramble on June 26.

Rouzer also is leading an initiative to find tee sponsors at an annual cost of $600. A sponsor's contribution will result in its business name being listed on a granite sign under the hole number and par.

"Next year I'd like to get at least two for every hole," Rouzer said.

The sponsors' business contact information also will be on a list handed out on weekends, he said.

"It's going to generate much-needed funds" for the course, Rouzer said.

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