Ocean Pines Golf Group Works to Keep Course in Tip-Top Shape
Sand may be ubiquitous in the Ocean City resort area, but to a group of members at Ocean Pines Golf Club, it’s a commodity that can mean the difference between a hole that’s merely passable and one that’s a pleasure to play.
Known as the “Sand Dawgs,” the group was formed in 2018 by Ocean Pines Golf Club member Nelson Fenwick as a way to help maintain the health of the course. The volunteers are tasked with sanding divots – pieces of turf that become loosened when the ball is hit – in the fairway and repairing ball marks on the green.
Although the golf course maintenance staff, led by Superintendent Andre Jordan, is responsible for the overall condition of the course, wear and tear caused by play is something that is usually left up to the golfer to handle.
Online Registration Now Open for Junior Golf Camp
Young players looking to hone their skills can register online now for Ocean Pines Golf Club’s popular junior golf camp. Four sessions of the camp, which is open to the public, will be offered throughout the summer.
The four-day camps, designed for boys and girls ages 5-14, will be held June 24-27, July 8-11, July 22-25 and Aug. 5-8 from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
PGA Director of Golf John Malinowski and staff will provide instruction in swing basics, chipping and putting, rules and etiquette, the use of irons and woods and more. Beginner and experienced junior players are encouraged to attend.
Ocean Pines Golf Superintendent Andre Jordan Named to Hall of Fame
Ocean Pines Golf Club Superintendent Andre Jordan was inducted into the Eastern Shore Golf Magazine Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, January 12 at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Maryland.
Jordan, who was joined at the event by six other inductees, was recognized for his years of service in Ocean Pines. In attendance to watch him receive his award were Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Bailey, Ocean Pines Golf Club Director of Golf John Malinowski and members of Ocean Pines Golf Club.
Proceeds from the event benefit the University of Maryland Eastern Shore PGA Golf Management Program scholarship.
26th Annual Santa’s Open Golf Tournament Returns to Ocean Pines
Area golfers can enjoy golf, fun and holiday cheer at the 26th annual Santa’s Open golf tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Ocean Pines Golf Club.
The day will include golf as well as Mrs. Claus’ Breakfast, Santa’s Cheer Cart, Rudolph’s Reception and contests. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start. A reception and awards will follow at 3 p.m.
The fee per golfer is $75 if registration is received by Nov. 26 or $85 at the door. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast, golfer gift and post-tournament reception. Each golfer is also asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child ages 7-17.
OPLGA Raises Money for Mammograms
The Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association held its annual "Pink Lady Day" on Tuesday, October 23. All proceeds collected go to the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation for area women who cannot afford mammograms.
The Ocean Pines Men's Golf Association also participated on its golf day by wearing pink and making monetary donations.
The OPLGA raised $1,046 and the OPMGA raised $607 for a total of $1,653.
For the ladies' event, each team golfed with a pink ball and returned it to the Golf Shop at the end of the round. The team with the lowest score for the pink ball won.
The first-place winners were Deb Schwertner, Natalie Fenwick and Ginger Burke. Carolyn Neal, Helen Smith and Ann Shockley won second place.
The OPLGA will end its season on Tuesday, October 30 with golf and a year-end meeting.