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Divots: Calhoun, Kasai team for title

June 18, 2011

Two area golfers teamed earlier this week to win the 16th annual Maryland Senior Two-Man championship at Montgomery Village Golf Club.

Bill Calhoun, from Beaver Creek Country Club, and Ken Kasai, formerly from Beaver Creek and now playing out of Musket Ridge, posted a 7-under-par 64 to win by one stroke.

Calhoun and Kasai combined to record nine birdies — five by Calhoun. A clutch putt from 10 feet on the 18th hole clinched the championship.

Also from Beaver Creek, Bill Kushay and Finley Benjamin posted a 3-under 68 to tie for ninth place, and Tim Steiner and Marty Miller shot 2-over 73 for a tie for 26th place.

More tournament notes

Another season of the Tri-State Junior Golf Association begins on Monday with the first of five scheduled outings.

Youth golfers will converge on Waynesboro Country Club to open the summer schedule. Other dates and sites include June 27 at Fountain Head Country Club, July 18 at Black Rock, July 25 at Chambersburg Country Club and the Tournament of Champions at Beaver Creek on Aug. 15.

* Alex Hoffman, of Middletown, Md., played in the Maryland Amateur and shot a 4-over 75 in stroke play at Hillendale Country Club before surviving a playoff battle among 19 players to gain a spot in match play.

Hoffman, seeded 30th for match play, pushed third-seed Michael Mulieri to an extra hole before losing.

* Clayton Rotz, of Chambersburg, Pa., shot rounds of 74-67-70-73 for a total of 284, tying for 33rd in the 58th annual Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions.

The winner was Nathan Smith in a four-hole playoff.

Also in the field was Jordan Spieth, of Dallas, who shot 71-69-69-71—280. Spieth, 17, recently competed in the PGA’s Byron Nelson Classic and finished in a tie for 16th.

Washington County Juniors

Rod Steiner reported that another successful WACO Junior camp was completed on Friday, with more than 20 taking part in week-long instruction.

Beaver Creek pro Dirk Schultz provided basic fundamental skills on Tuesday, and campers had opportunities to hone in on those tips.

Steiner has been running the camp, along with the WACO Junior tournaments, for nearly 20 years.

The season begins Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. with a qualifier at Yingling’s Golf Center. The top 12 play at Beaver Creek on Thursday at 8 a.m. There are six weeks of Tuesday/Thursday action, capped off with the tournament championship.

Smithsburg outing

The 12th Smithsburg outing will be held July 21 at Black Rock with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $80 per person which includes dinner and prizes. Deadline to enter is July 8. For more information, contact Greg Delauney at 301-824-6973 or Buddy Orndorff at 240-520-8382.

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

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