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Divots -- It's not a total brownout at area's golf courses

July 25, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

With the string of excessively hot temperatures we have had in the region lately, there's no doubt that brown, burnt-out grass is everywhere.

Everywhere except in the fairways and on the greens of many golf courses. And that's just another reason to keep the ball in the fairway.

I've personally been on a golf binge in the last four weeks with early-morning wakeup calls and tee times at many courses throughout the area.

My "home" club is Beaver Creek but I've played others such as Black Rock, Whitetail, Quail Valley, Hollow Creek, Rattlewood and a few more.

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In each case, I must say the fairways and greens have been kept up very well through this scorching heat.

Normally I like fast greens, but right now most have been slowed with clubs keeping a close eye with plenty of water so as not to lose them.

WACO around the bend

In three weeks, on Aug. 14-15, the 27th edition of the WACO Championship will be held at Beaver Creek.

There will be a new champion in 2010.

Wayneboro's Chad Bricker, a three-time winner, turned professional after his triumph last year.

Beaver Creek pro Dirk Schultz and tournament director Rod Steiner are still accepting applications. Schultz indicated recently the player list is around 100.

The annual tournament is flighted on four levels.

Interested players can contact Beaver Creek for further information.

Saint James outing

Saint James will conduct its 15th Golf Classic, slated for Sept. 20 at Cress Creek Country Club in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Individual player cost is $150, and the event benefits the school scholarship fund. The tournament will begin with a shotgun at noon.

For more information, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Saint James at 301-733-9330.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7396 or by e-mail at koelble@herald-mail.com.

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