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High School Golf Scholarship Applications Available

graduation reducedApplications for 2021 college scholarships awarded by members of the Ocean Pines Golf Club are now available through guidance offices at Stephen Decatur High School and Worcester Preparatory School.
 
Additionally, students from other local high schools who feel they may qualify can request information and an application from Scholarship Chairman Bob Long at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Long said the Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council has awarded more than $22,000 to 21 local seniors during the last four years. Students receiving these awards have shown an interest in the game of golf and are judged on the totality of their record. Participation in competitive golf is not a requirement.
 
This year, the golf members of Ocean Pines — including members of the golf club, the Ocean Pines Ladies’ Golf Association and the Ocean Pines Men’s Golf Association — raised more than $12,000 for the scholarship fund, and matched last year’s record amount despite having to forgo the annual Ocean Pines Taylor-Bank Scramble and other fundraising events because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ocean Pines Men's and Women's Golf Groups Raise Money for AGH

OPLGA and OPMGA maskedThe Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association (OPLGA) and The Ocean Pines Men’s Golf Association held their Annual Pink Lady Golf Tournament at the Ocean Pines Golf Club in October to raise money to help provide mammogram screenings through the Eunice Q. Sorin Women’s Diagnostics Center at Atlantic General Hospital. The associations combined raised $2,310 this year, bringing their contributions over seven years to more than $10,500 raised for the center.

Pictured, from left to right, are Ginger Burke, Ocean Pines Pink Lady Committee Chair; Dot Waters, Pink Lady Co-Chair; Susan Morris, Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association Chair; Michael Franklin, hospital President; Don McMullen, Ocean Pines Men’s Golf Association President; Toni Keiser, hospital Vice President; Brooke Williams, Director of Imaging.
 
 
 

OP Golf Club Announces Promotion, New Hire

Justin HartshorneOcean Pines this week announced the promotion of Justin Hartshorne to golf superintendent, and the hiring of Kurt Joseph as assistant golf superintendent.
 
Hartshorne and his wife, Justine, are both originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
The couple have two young children: a 2-year-old son, Aiden, and an 8-month-old daughter, Paisley. They also have a "big Burmese mountain dog,” Hartshorne said.
 
Hartshorne graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in turf grass science. His Maryland certifications include a pesticide applicator’s license and a fertilizer applicator’s license, and he recently completed Links “level two” irrigation software training.
 
"I've also been doing golf maintenance for 18 years now, so I have a lot of experience there as well," he said.
 
Hartshorne and his wife moved to the area about four years ago, and he initially worked at the Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro, Delaware. Last September, he was hired as the assistant superintendent at the Ocean Pines Golf Club.
 
As the new superintendent, Hartshorne will help oversee the entire golf operation. His duties include managing the staff and budget, supervising chemical and fertilizer applications, and maintaining the irrigation system.

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Clubhouse Bar and Grille Becomes Popular Spot for Locals, Sunday Football

FootballOcean Pines residents have discovered that the new Golf Clubhouse is a great place to watch Sunday NFL games and take advantage of weekly food and drink specials.
 
The Clubhouse Bar and Grille, opened in June, each week features the NFL Sunday Ticket on eight flat-screen TVs and one jumbo projection screen.
 
Ralph DeAngelus, cofounder of the Matt Ortt Companies that runs the Clubhouse Bar and Grille, said the new venue has already become a popular hangout for locals.
 
“In particular, last Sunday was super successful,” he said. “People love the way the building is set up, and they love the food and drink specials, and the great customer service people have come to expect.”

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Golf Members' Council Continues Fundraising for Scholarship Awards

The Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council (OPGMC) continues its fundraising efforts for its annual scholarships, despite having to cancel its signature event, the Ocean Pines/Taylor Bank Scramble scheduled for July, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, last year, raised $11,000 for scholarships for local high school students.
 
Instead, OPGMC Scholarship Committee Chairman Bob Long said much of the money received this year has come from small donations from Ocean Pines golf groups.
 
Long credited Scotty Wheatley, chairman of the annual golf tournament, with helping to raise a record amount last year. The organization awarded scholarships of $4,000 in 2017, $5,000 in 2018 and $7,000 in 2019.
 
“In early March, Scotty was full of optimism about our 2021 fund and was hoping we would again have a big increase. A week later, we all were under some form of quarantine and that optimism faded,” Long said.
 
This year, Long said the OPGMC decided to award $6,000 in scholarships to five graduating students, representing about half of the scholarship fund balance. “The remaining money would remain in the fund to insure we had something to award in 2021,” he said.
 
After canceling the golf tournament, Long said the Scholarship Committee began looking for new ways to raise money.
 
“Our members have been very supportive and generous. Things are not looking as bleak as they did a couple of months ago,” Long said. To date this year, he said the Members’ Council has raised $6,600.

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