Divots - Williams stays in swing after state title, before motherhood

August 15, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

When I visited Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club two weeks ago, I met one of the staff assistant professionals, who I understood lived in Hagerstown. Little did I know I had just come across a former prep champion.

In 1990, Angela Wacker was playing at Smithsburg and became the first prep player from Washington County to win a Maryland state golf title. Today, she is Angela Williams, expecting twin boys in late December or January, who is working as an assistant professional at Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal, Va.

Blue Ridge Shadows is in its fourth year of operation. Williams came aboard two months after the facility opened in 2007. Prior to that, she had spent seven years at Willow Springs in Howard County and additional years at Greencastle Greens and Cress Creek Country Club.

"I haven't been doing a whole lot of playing," said Williams. "My role here is essentially administrative and I am able to teach."


During the upcoming fall season, and as long as she can, she will open her second year as the golf coach at Clarke County (Va.) High School.

Williams intends to return to work following maternity leave. She commutes daily from Hagerstown where she resides with Brad, her husband of four years.

Williams remembers winning the Maryland state title as a "miserably cold day in October. It was at the University of Maryland, it was cold, leaves blowing, just cold."

At that time Smithsburg did not have a varsity golf team and she was coached by her father, Harry.

"I qualified in the districts and then played in the states as an individual," said Williams, a 1993 Smithsburg graduate.

"When I was in school there were very few young women golfers competing," said Williams. "I've had a chance to be around golf and I enjoy what I'm doing."

She was reminded, looking a ahead few years, that she will be treated to a foursome for golf with her husband and twin boys on a Mother's Day.

Rotz on the move

Former Chambersburg standout Clayton Rotz has put a few miles on odometer recently. Unfortunately it did not include a stop at this weekend's WACO Championship.

"I was looking forward to it but some schedules conflicted," said Rotz.

Instead, he has been in Greensboro, N.C. where he was out to defend his Cardinal Classic championship, a prestigious national amateur tournament played at the Cardinal Country Club.

He's also had to get his apartment together in Baton Rouge, La., where already, he will begin his senior year at LSU -- with still more travel to go. School will start Aug. 24, but Rotz got the OK to begin Aug. 31, the day after he returns from Seattle where he will compete in the United States Amateur, which begins Aug. 23.

At least he hopes he won't be at LSU prior to then.

It will be Rotz' fourth appearance in the Amateur, but he's hasn't advanced past the medal play qualifying rounds at Merion, Pinehurst or Olympic Club.

This year, he hopes to make it out of medal play and into match play competition at Chambers Bay Golf Club.

"I'm excited to go to Seattle," he said. "I've been there once before and Chambers Bay is an unbelievable place. That's my goal ... make it to match play Anything can happen when get into that."

Rotz is looking forward to his upcoming schedule, hoping to lick a wrist problem.

"I had a little tendinitis in my right wrist, but it's been better," said Rotz. "I'm happy with my game right now, my putting stroke is coming around."

Locals in PGA club event

Dirk Schultz (Beaver Creek), Jim Schouller (Fountain Head) and Tim Reeves (Black Rock) will be in Williamsburg, Va. and at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club Monday through Wednesday.

They will be in the field for the Mid-Atlantic PGA Pro Championship, vying for one of 12 spots available through the Mid-Atlantic region for the 2011 Players National Championship.

After the first two rounds, the field will be cut for the Wednesday's final round of the 54-hole event.

Local outings

n The 17th annual Hagerstown Exchange Club Fall Classic will be held Oct. 1 at Whitetail Golf Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start in a scramble format. Cost per player is $100 with several prizes being awarded and lunch and dinner included. For information contact 301-791-2224 or email: Proceeds go to the Exchange Club Foundation, which donates to local charities.

n Occupational Services Inc. will host its second annual tournament on Oct. 14 at Chambersburg Country Club with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Cost per player is $75, which includes breakfast and a catered lunch. Proceeds from the tournament will be applied toward the operational expenses of OSI, which services individuals with disabilities. For information contact Michelle Lane at 717-263-9293.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7376 or by email at

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