Divots: WACO only 2 weeks away

July 30, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Christopher Barton, left, and his father, Ed, hold their trophies after winning a gross title in a Father/Son tournament in South Carolina.
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The 28th WACO Championship is just around the corner.

The two-day tournament is scheduled for Aug. 13-14 at Beaver Creek Country Club.

Chris Baloga, of Towson, Md., ended a long run of championships by Pennsylvania golfers last year and is expected to return and defend his title.

Tournament director Rod Steiner said spots are still open for the 36-hole flighted event, which carries a $160 registration fee. Entries close on Aug. 6.

Applications are available online at

Boggs makes good

Fountain Head assistant professional Brian Boggs garnered one of four qualifying spots in PGA Middle Atlantic Assistants Championship, played on the Jamestown Course at Williamsburg (Va.) National.

After an opening round of 69, Boggs secured a third-place finish on Tuesday with a 70 to end his 36 holes at 5-under-par 139. Boggs had six birdies in his round of 70 that helped offset a double bogey.

Boggs and the others will represent the Middle Atlantic at the 35th annual Callaway PGA Assistant Championship, slated for Nov. 3-6 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Patrick Hawkins, assistant at Willow Oaks in Richmond, Va., was medalist at 7-under 137.

A worthwhile visit

Ed Barton paid his son, Christopher, a visit in Salisbury, N.C., this week to participate in the Father/Son Team Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

What happened after 54 holes of golf made the get-together a joy as the Bartons combined for a 54-hole gross score of 217 and first place in the Henry Flight, beating 15 other combos. The Bartons also had a total net of 192 which tied them for first place.

It was a massive Father/Son tournament, played in 27 flights over 27 courses. The Bartons played at Grand Dunes Resort, Thistle Golf Club and Barefoot Resort on the Fazio Course. All told there were 408 two-man teams and the Barton duo finished 60th overall.

Ed Barton also won a closest to the pin at Thistle and won a Rossa putter. He is a member of Beaver Creek Country Club and plays in the MISGA organization.

Message to Ed: There will be no reason for bad putting with a new Rossa.

Saint James outing

Plans are under way for the 16th Saint James School Golf Classic, again slated to be played at Cress Creek Golf club in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on Sept. 19.

Registration for individuals and pre-arranged foursomes is available online at or beginning at 10:30 on the day of the tournament for the noon shotgun start.

The classic includes lunch and dinner and several awards. Proceeds go to the Saint James School scholarship fund.

Demo Day

TaylorMade will again hold a Demo Day at Beaver Creek today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Early golfers checking out equipment will have an opportunity to get on the launch monitor. In addition, pricing on TaylorMade’s Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver has been reduced and will be for sale.

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