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Age Group Crowns Go To Local Youngsters

July 22, 2008

By Matt Hombach

Brandon Wilson
Dozens of junior golfers from throughout the mid-Atlantic area traveled to Joppa to compete in age-specific divisions as the Dover, Delaware branch of the US Kids Golf Tour made a stop at the Mountain Branch course earlier this month.

The Privitera sisters of Odenton dominated on the girls' side. Emma Privitera won the 7-year-old division by firing a 62 for nine holes. Older sister Isabella won the 9-year-old group with an impressive 50.

Justin Wunder, 6, of Westminster carded a 40 for nine holes to take home the trophy for his age group. Perry Hall resident Brandon Wilson, last year’s Player of the Year for the South Philadelpia U.S. Kids Golf Tour, fired a 41 to win the 7-year-old division.

Matthew Pulgini from Middletown, Delaware, won the boy’s 8-year-old age group with a 46 while Nottingham native Jarius Gaines won the 9-year-old division with a 46.  

Davis Mitchell and Ryan Rucinski both traveled south from Wilmington to compete. Their trip was worthwhile as David won the 10-year-old division with a 47 and Ryan took home top honors for 11-year-olds, firing an 80 for 18 holes. 

In the boys 12-year-old age group, Nicholas Bulgarino of Ellicott City shot a 90 to win.

Hybrid and electric-powered modes of transportation are all the rage in this environmentally-conscious society. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a small, two-seat, electric-powered automobile on the Washington Beltway. It would be surprising if that vehicle was, in fact, a golf cart.

According to Fox5 in DC, two Baltimore men in their 20s were pulled over on the Capital Beltway while driving a golf cart on the eight-lane expressway. The two were reportedly pulled over while doing 20 miles per hour near the Georgia Avenue exit. The pair would not divulge where the cart came from, only saying they borrowed it from a friend. 

Sadly, the money they saved on gas by driving an electric vehicle won’t make up for the cost of the ticket they must pay. They were charged with unsafe driving.

KEEPING TABS ON PLAYING CONDITIONS offers area golfers an online resource to read about and rate the playing conditions of hundreds of courses throughout the mid-Atlantic.

The unique site covers courses in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. An up-to-date online course directory puts pricing and contact information at the fingertips.

Additionally, it offers visitors the chance to read about other golfers’ experiences at local courses and rate their own experiences. In an open, anonymous environment, golfers are free to give honest, first-hand feedback on course conditions, pace of play, service and their overall experience at any given course. Golfers can also keep tabs on or vent frustrations about the playing conditions at local public courses.

The Web site is also an ideal resource to learn about courses in surrounding states before committing to make a trip to tee it up.

In central Maryland alone, nearly 40 courses are featured and more than 800 reviews have been posted.

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation is hosting its third annual tournament at Renditions Golf Course Sept. 3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has stepped up as  lead sponsor of the fundraising  event.

The cost per golfer is $185 and a foursome runs $700. All proceeds benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, which uses baseball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people residing in America's most distressed communities.

For more information visit


Mark Coyle, a regular at Rocky Point, the waterfront course in Essex, scored a hole-in-one July 6 on the par-3 seventh hole. Mark made the shot with an 8-iron from 140 yards.

At Longview in Timonium, John Baker carded a one on the par-3 second hole with a 56- degree wedge. The hole was playing just under 100 yards.

Have you or someone you know recently scored a hole-in-one? If so, PressBox wants to hear about it. To report aces, e-mail us at

Issue 3.30: July 24, 2008