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Golfing Green: Big Names Commit to Senior Event

September 9, 2008

By Matt Hombach

Maryland native Fred Funk should have his regular strong following at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
(Mitch Stringer/PressBox)

Some familiar names have already confirmed they will be teeing it up at this year’s Constellation Energy Classic Senior Players Championship, scheduled at Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms from Oct. 6-12.

While golfers have until the week before the event to register, Maryland native Fred Funk, along with Jim Thorpe and Jay Haas, have recently committed to join the field. Other Champions stars slated to play include defending champion Loren Roberts, Tom Kite, Bernard Langer, Mark O’Meara and tour newcomer Jeff Sluman.

If last year is any indication, Funk will have the largest galleries of the week at Five Farms.

Thanks to his gutsy playing style and affable personality, Funk enjoys a strong following at any event he plays, but especially in Maryland. A 1980 graduate of the University of Maryland, Funk coached the Terps' golf team from 1982-1988. He was named to the Terps' Hall of Fame in 2007, as well as the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. 

GET CLOSE TO ACTION

Golf fans are invited to volunteer their time at the Senior Players Championship.

Volunteers are needed for everything from helping with scoring during the tournament, assisting on the practice range, coordinating golf cart and courtesy car distribution, preparing the course for the event and providing crowd control. 

Like other professional tournaments, volunteers who work during the week are required to purchase a volunteer package and wear an official uniform. 

The volunteer package includes a Cutter & Buck golf shirt and wind jacket and hat. also, there is a volunteer badge allowing admission all week, two good any day grounds tickets, a voucher for free lunch each day and a ticket to the volunteer appreciation party.

For more information, call Katie Carls at 410-470-3205. To register online, visit www.ceseniorplayers.com.

Enhance Short Game at Dave Pelz Clinic

Ever wonder what it’s like to get the same quality instruction Phil Mickelson and other top pros receive on a regular basis?

Area golfers can find out Sept. 16-20 when the Dave Pelz Short Game Clinic comes to the mid-Atlantic region at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Fairfax, Va. Since the clinic is not stopping in Maryland, the drive across the border is worth it for  area golfers to soak in some short-game knowledge

While the master himself doesn’t normally attend, Pelz's staff puts golfers through the paces during the six-hour clinic.

The first three hours are dedicated to the wedge game, including pitches, chips and the all-important bunker shot. The second half of the clinic is focused on putting, including improving putter path, face angle, set-up and sweet-spot impact and also replacing the “hit” in putting with a smooth pendulum stroke. 

For golfers who can’t afford the time off or tuition to attend one of Pelz’s three-day schools held at a handful of top resorts throughout the country, this is the next best thing.

NEW TIGER CUB

Tiger Woods and wife Elin announced last week they are expecting a second child. The birth may further delay Wood’s scheduled return to competitive golf early next year.  He has been out of commission after a lengthy recovery following season-ending knee surgery.

"Elin is feeling great and we are both thrilled,” Woods said in a statement. “While my injury has been disappointing and frustrating, it has allowed me to spend a lot of time watching Sam (his daughter) grow. I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding it is being a dad and spending time with her and Elin. The injury has been a blessing and a disappointment.”

ARMSTRONG STRONG

A regular Longview Golf Course player, Bill Armstrong scored a hole-in-one Aug. 14, acing the 165-yard 13th hole at the Timonium course.

Issue 3.37: Septembeer 11, 2008