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DIVOTS: Verdeyen scoring aces in spades

September 24, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
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Tim Koelble

Bob Verdeyen has struck again.

Getting a hole-in-one twice in a week this summer was a feat in itself, but the Hagerstown golfer went out and added to his list of accomplishments last Sunday with another ace at Beaver Creek Country Club.

For the third time in 55 days, Verdeyen knocked down a hole-in-one. He used a 6-iron on the eighth hole, which was playing from 138 yards. He was playing with Jim and Julie Hart.

He had aced No. 8 on July 24 with a 7-iron from 130.

“The pin was back and there was a little breeze so I went with the 6-iron,” said Verdeyen.

His other ace came on No. 3 on July 31.

Verdeyen obviously likes par-3 holes. Twice last week, he zeroed in on closest to the pin in outings at Waynesboro and Cress Creek.

Verdeyen now has four aces, his first coming on July 25, 1970.

Pre-qualifier success

Former Chambersburg Area Senior High School and LSU star Clayton Rotz successfully made it through the recent PGA Tour Q-School Pre-Qualifier.

Rotz posted three consecutive rounds of 2-under-par 70 at the Moore’s Mill Club in Auburn, Ala., to finish in a tie for ninth place.

Rotz moves on to the first qualifying stage, set for Oct. 19-22 at the University of Alabama Golf Course.

Still ahead in the grueling attempt to gain PGA status is the second stage in November and the finals in December.

Rotz has made the cut in two of three Hooters Tour events and plans on a full schedule next summer if he does not make it through the qualifiers.

“I’m just having fun on the course, trying to succeed,” said Rotz.

Former Waynesboro Area Senior High School and Penn State University standout Chad Bricker, who turned professional last year, took a shot recently at the PGA Q-School, but came up short.

Playing on the Traditions course at Cypresswood Golf Club in Houston, Bricker had rounds of 78-75-73 for a 10-over-par 226.

And the winner is ...

On Friday, the Beaver Creek MISGA Match Play championship was decided when Walt Cunningham bested Larry Lowman 1-up.

On the itinerary

Don’t forget Monday and Tuesday, the top pros from the Middle Atlantic region converge on Beaver Creek for the Tournament of Champions. The action begins at 8 a.m. and host pro Dirk Schultz tees off at 10.

Upcoming outings

 The 21st annual Michael V. McCollum Golf Classic will be held Oct. 6 at Fountain Head Country Club with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, rain or shine. The event is hosted by St. Maria Goretti High School and the proceeds benefit the athletic program. The format will be a 4-player scramble with best 2 balls of the foursome. Entry fee is $125 per player. For additional registration information contact Amrit Rayfield at 301-739-4266 (ext. 160) or Kerri Corderman at 301-739-4266 (ext. 139).

 The Smithsburg Lightning 12U & 13U baseball team is sponsoring an outing at Beaver Creek on Oct. 10 with a 1 p.m. start. Proceeds will help offset travel costs for the baseball team. Entry fee is $75 per player. For additional information, contact Daniel Barnes at 240-876-5526.

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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