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DIVOTS: Beaver Creek set to host tourney of champs

September 17, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Tim Koelble
Tim Koelble

An exclusive list of professionals will converge at Beaver Creek Country Club on Sept. 26-27 for the PGA Middle Atlantic Tournament of Champions.

Nearly 80 pros from clubs throughout all sections of the MAPGA will be on hand for 36 holes of golf over Beaver Creek’s par-72, 6,800-yard layout.

“We’re proud to have this tournament here and to be the host,” said Beaver Creek pro Dirk Schultz, who will be in the field. “This is a prestigious tournament for the pros in the section. Weve been trying to get tournaments like this here and hope to get more in the future.”

Annually, the T of C is a prominent factor in determining the MAPGA player of the year, but this time around the battle is probably for second place.

David Hutsell, of the Elkridge Golf Club, is the currrent leader by a wide margin with victories in the Northern Chapter Championship and the MAPGA Pro Championship. Hutsell has 1,142 POY points with Rick Shuller in second place with 597.

Both players, along with third-place Chip Sullivan (475) are expected to be in the field. Sullivan is a former Maryland Open winner at Fountain Head Country Club. Also expected is Cary Sciorra, of Robert Trent Jones Club, who’s the recent champion of the MAPGA Match Play, which included a victory over Schultz.

Schultz is currently in 10th place in the POY standings with 365.

Competition will also be held in the Senior Division.

Many of the same head pros will be in the MAPGA Head Professional Championship on Monday at Lake Chesdin Golf Club in Chesterfield, Va., including Schultz.

The event is a one-day, 18-hole test and Schultz tees off at 11 a.m.

Penn National outing

The Penn National Lions Club of Guilford Township, Pa., will hold its first golf tournament Oct. 6 at Penn National on the Founders Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

There will be a putting contest, mulligans for sale, and hole-in-one and closest-to-pin prizes. Someone will win U.S. Open tickets for 2012.

The registration fee of $100 includes greens fees and cart.

For more information, contact Carol Rohr at 717-261-6083 or lionsrohr1@aol.com or Dick Hartzel at 717-860-7239 or djhartzel@embarqmail.com.

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