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Taylor, Lewis compete at state golf tournament

The Garrett County Republican

COLLEGE PARK — Northern senior Chase Taylor and Southern freshman Hank Lewis both battled valiantly through substandard weather conditions on Tuesday, but the two fell just short of making it to the Day 2 of the Maryland state golf championships.

The state golf tournament began on Tuesday and was held at the University of Maryland in College Park. Though both Taylor and Lewis were both eliminated, they each had strong starts as they were both above the cutoff line at one point during the back nine.

Taylor finished 15-over (86) to tie for 31st. For him, it was the stretch from holes No. 12-18 that were his undoing.

“The conditions were pretty tough out there, and I’m just not used to hitting off Bermuda grass,” said Taylor. “I finished off so bad. I think I finished double, double, bogie, triple, double on the last five holes. It was a mess. I just blew up.

“It was just the small stuff that I was messing up. I just couldn’t hit an iron, really that’s just all there is to it. If I hit a fairway, I wouldn’t hit a green. I was chunking everything. The ground’s wet and it’s Bermuda grass, so I was just deep swinging and catching everything fat.”

The senior had made it to states when he posted a 79 at the west regionals a month ago.

“I’m really glad I got to come here in the first place; it’s awesome,” Taylor said. “The course is really nice.It’s in good shape too besides it being wet today. I’m really glad I got to come here and play, it was fun.”

Lewis finished just behind Taylor by going 16-over (87) and also had a rough time down the stretch as he double bogeyed two of his last five holes.

“I played OK. I could’ve done a lot better,” Lewis said. “Wind, just specifically the swirling of the wind, I didn’t know what club to hit at times. I couldn’t really make a decision.

“It’s a learning experience. I want to improve everything about my game. … It’s an honor to be with seniors (Taylor and Darian Bauer). Darian’s the best in the region, so it’s an honor to be here with them as a freshman.”

Bauer, the senior from Allegany, won the 1A/2A regional title and advanced to Day 2 on Wednesday.

The top 40% of individual male and female competitors advanced to the Day 2 Finals, as well as those who tied with the cutoff score.

Maryland eases some coronavirus restrictions on outdoor recreation, allowing golf, boating and more

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland remains under a stay-at-home order with schools and many businesses closed, but Gov. Larry Hogan announced a slight easing of restrictions Wednesday on outdoor recreation and nonemergency medical procedures.

The governor amended his stay-at-home order to allow for individual and small group sports — such as golfing and tennis, outdoor fitness instruction, recreational fishing and hunting, recreational boating and horseback riding — starting Thursday.

Also, Maryland’s state-owned beaches and parks will open Thursday for walking and exercise. Local governments will have the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion, Hogan said.

“I know how anxious people are to get outside, both for their physical and mental well-being, and we know that outside activity is safer than inside activity,” Hogan said during a news conference Wednesday at the State House in Annapolis.

He said his coronavirus advisory team had “much discussion” Tuesday on the issue of outdoor activities, and members ultimately agreed to allow “lower-risk outdoor activities.”[Ocean City to reopen beaches, boardwalk this weekend, as resort town sees first coronavirus cases] »

Hogan also announced that hospitals can resume nonemergency procedures, which had been barred in an attempt to keep inpatient populations low in case a surge of COVID-19 cases threatened to overwhelm them.

“Many Marylanders may have put off important procedures, screenings and other things that they really need to attend to,” Hogan said. “If there’s something that you have had to delay — like a PET scan or a biopsy, an angioplasty or an orthopedic procedure — you should now be able to take care of those time-sensitive procedures.”

The changes marked the first easing of Hogan’s strict statewide restrictions, imposed starting in March to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The governor has pushed back against a wider reopening, saying the state needs to reach a sustained decline in the number of hospitalizations for treatment of the illness.

The governor’s move to reopen golf courses followed lobbying by owners and operators of clubs. A Politico reporter even asked him about it in April during a live interview.

“I want to get you on the record on this critical issue,” Politico reporter Jake Sherman asked. “Will golf courses in your state open any time in the near future?”

“Is there particular golf course that you would like to have open?” Hogan responded, chuckling. Hogan went on to say that opening golf courses would be “one of the early things that we do” as part of reopening — a pledge he fulfilled Wednesday.

David G. Bannister, board member of the Caves Valley Golf Club in Baltimore County, said he thinks golf is an activity that can be done safely.

While some courses might reopen immediately, Caves Valley plans to take its time preparing the facility and open May 22.

“We need a couple weeks to get things ready to go,” Bannister said. “Caves is a high-end experience. In order to present it the way you want, it takes a little time to tidy up.”

Republican lawmakers also had pressed to allow golfing, including U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland’s only Republican in Congress. Though he’s not a golfer, Harris said as an anesthesiologist he understands how to control infections.

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Some of the top golf resort courses in Western Pennsylvania



Located in McHenry, Md., adjacent to Deep Creek Lake, Wisp has two 18-hole courses with vastly different looks, none more dramatic than Lodestone, a man-sized, 7,507-yard layout with massive, undulating greens, mounded bunker complexes and breathtaking vistas. Designed by Todd Schoeder and Hale Irwin, Lodestone has three par 5s longer than 600 yards, and only one par 4 –the 349-yard 14th — plays shorter than 424 yards. But because the elevation is 3,000 feet and most of the approaches play downhill, Lodestone doesn’t play as long as the yardage might suggest. Lodestone is in drastic contrast to the crafty resort course designed 30 years ago by architect Dominic Palumbo of Upper St. Clair, requiring shots through a variety of tree-lined fairways.

For More Information Click Here:  http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/golf/2015/04/12/Some-of-the-top-golf-resort-courses-in-Western-Pennsylvania/stories/201504120104  

2014 Western Maryland Amateur Championship

Tuesday, August 12th:

The Annual Western Maryland Amateur is a stroke play event open to all male amateurs and is played over 54 holes. There is a “cut” after Saturday’s round combining the 2 day gross scores, with the low 30 players and ties competing in the Championship flight on Sunday, while all others not making the “cut’ will be flighted for play on Sunday.  The 3 day total score is used to determine the winners in all of the flights. All players making the championship flight are guaranteed to receive a prize.

We also have a senior division with 3 age flights for those 55 & older as of the tournament date. Other events include “Closest to the Pins” on Friday & Saturday sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association. A practice round is included on Thursday with an option 2 man Best Ball Tournament with prizes being determined by the number of participants.

Read More Here:  http://www.golfatoakland.com/western-maryland-amateur-tournament/


Northern’s Doerr finishes fourth

Husky senior shoots two-day total 147
From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News The Cumberland Times-News Fri Oct 29, 2010, 07:56 AM EDT

— COLLEGE PARK — Northern High School senior Austin Doerr finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in all classes in the Maryland High School Golf Tournament at the University of Maryland Golf Course and finished second among Class 2A/1A players as only one individual state champion is crowned overall in the state tournament.

On Tuesday, Doerr fired a first-round 73, just two shots off the lead and good for second place after the opening round of the tournament, then followed up Wednesday with a 74 to finish at 147.

Doerr concluded his high school golfing career as a three-time AMAC champion and a member of the 2009 and 2010 AMAC championship teams. He was a two-time Garrett County Invitational champion, finished fourth in the 2009 Distrist 1 2A/1A championship and won the 2010 District 1 2A/1A championship before finishing fourth overall in the state on Thursday.

Sixty-one golfers qualified for the state tournament and 36, based on Tuesday’s scores, qualified for the final round.

Doerr was the only golfer from Garrett or Allegany counties in the state tournament.

Wootton’s Connor Tendall shot a 71/72 for a two-stroke victory over his nearest competitors Bart George of Broadneck and Cas Dickerson of McDonough. Only four strokes separated all of the other top 10 boys medalists.

North Carroll took home the Class 2A/1A team title by eight strokes over runner-up McDonough by shooting a team score over the two days of 632. In Class 4A/3A, Urbana held off Damascus to retain the title they won last year by three strokes, 618-621.

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Fred Thayer Memorial Golf Tourney July 30 Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club

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Jul. 1, 2010

Local golfers are invited to don their favorite kilts and join in the first Fred Thayer Memorial Golf Tournament, slated for July 30 at the Thousand Acres Lakeside Golf Club. A kilted Pete Versteegen is pictured above as he readies a shot. Frederick A. Thayer III, retired judge for the Garrett County Circuit Court who was well known for pride in his Scottish ancestry, for his love of golf, and as an accomplished bagpipe player, died in 2006. This tourney in his memory is being sponsored by the McHenry Highland Festival. Thayer co-founded the Garrett Highlanders bagpipe and drum band in 1979 (now Garrett Highlands Pipes and Drums).

A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to a scholarship fund in Thayer’s name, which was established in 2007. See story on today’s sports link. To register, persons should go to www.highlandfest.info/golf.html by July 25.

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Smileys Funzone at Deep Creek Lake – DCL FUN!

I was chatting on the phone last night with my good friend Megan Redinger, who is the manager at Smileys Funzone at the lake. For those of you who know Megan, she is a sweetheart & one of my best friends – a true ‘Garrett County All Star’. She also pointed out that the folks at Smileys happen to be fans of this blog 🙂 And the Funzone has ALWAYS been a cool place to hang out for kids (and big kids) of all ages. It was always a central meeting point for kids who went to school at Northern & Southern schools. I practically grew up there, worked there for a summer or two, and have a lot of fond memories of it. In fact, my wife, Jessica, and I met at Smileys when we were teenagers – who knew that we would get married one day? Anyway, I wanted to profile Smileys Funzone here and share a cool video that is ‘virally’ making it’s way around Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County & beyond. Also, I LOVE the fact that they have a Railey Realty race car. (WARNING – shameless real estate plug) I’ve always heard that it was one of the fastest cars on the tracks, so if you really need to WIN, the Railey Realty car won’t let you down 🙂

They have a very creative website, and it screams FUN! You can take a virtual tour here. Some more from their website:


Smiley’s Funzone & Pizzeria
75 Fort Drive, McHenry, MD 21541
Phone: (301) 387-0059
Fax: (301) 387-0049

Indoor & Outdoor Amusements at Smiley’s
You can never smile or laugh enough! So whether you’re inside at Smiley’s arcade games or outside on our adventure rides, you’ll hear lots of squeals and outright laughing out loud! Don’t be afraid to join in – there’s a game and attraction just waiting to tickle your funny bone.

Indoor Amusements
Rain or shine there is always fun to be had at Smiley’s Fun Zone! Come play at Smiley’s, fun for the whole family!

•Arcade Games
•Old Time Photos
•Pizzeria Restaurant
•Lakeside Creamery

Outdoor AmusementsCome play outdoors at Smiley’s Fun Zone! Fun for the whole family with views of Deep Creek Lake!

•Go Carts
•Bumper Boats
•Batting Cages
•Laser Tag
•Mini Golf
•Play Ship

And finally, the viral video. That guy in the costume looks familiar…:


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