Annual Junior Golf Tournament Returns to Ocean Pines
Boys and girls ages 5-13 are invited to Ocean Pines Golf Club for an afternoon of fun competition at the course’s annual junior golf tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 14 beginning at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Players will be grouped according to age and/or ability. Male and female divisions will also be created if sufficient registrations are received. All skill levels are welcome.
“This event offers kids a chance to experience a tournament atmosphere without a lot of pressure. We encourage them to have fun and to display good sportsmanship,” said Ocean Pines PGA Director of Golf John Malinowski.
Ages 5-8 will play three holes, ages 9-11 will play six holes and ages 12-13 will play nine holes. Tournament participants will be required to walk, although push carts are allowed. Parents may follow along on the course; a golf cart fee will apply for those parents wishing to ride.
The cost to participate is $15 per person, which includes greens fees, snacks and prizes.
Ocean Pines’ New Tees Make Golf Fun for the Entire Family
Ocean Pines Golf Club’s new family tees have recently received an upgrade with plaques signifying the course’s affiliation with the PGA of America’s Family Course program.
The tees, which were installed last fall, are now marked with plaques that appear in the fairway and on the cart path of each hole on the course.
Designed to make golf accessible to more players, the Family Course program offers an alternative for juniors, those new to the sport and anyone interested in playing a shorter course.
The family tees at Ocean Pines Golf Club range in distance from 65-250 yards per hole for the shorter set and 85-300 yards for the slightly longer set. The course scorecard now includes the yardages for the family tees as well as for the five other tees available.
Golfers Celebrate Ocean Pines’ 50th at Anniversary Tournament
More than 120 golfers and volunteers continued the celebration for the Ocean Pines community’s 50th anniversary at a sold-out tournament at Ocean Pines Golf Club on June 30.
The 18-hole scramble at the Robert Trent Jones-designed course featured a foursome of past and present Ocean Pines head golf professionals, including Bob Haley, who held the title when the course officially opened in 1972, as well as Buddy Sass, Bob Beckelman and current Director of Golf John Malinowski. Former head golf professional Hunt Crosby was unable to participate in the tournament but joined the lunch after at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.
Taylor Bank/Ocean Pines Golf Tournament Raises Money for Jr. Golf
A new event month for the 34th Annual Taylor Bank/Ocean Pines Junior Golf Scholarship Tournament, held on Wednesday, June 13 at Ocean Pines Golf Club, helped to top last year’s record participation, resulting in more money for junior golf programs and scholarships.
The event, which raises funds for scholarships for local high school seniors and for junior golf programs at the course, is hosted by the Ocean Pines Golf Members’ Council. It has been traditionally held in August but was moved to June this year in the hopes of having more temperate weather and to avoid conflicts with other tournaments, according to tournament chair Scotty Wheatley.
Ocean Pines Celebrates 50 Years with Anniversary Golf Tournament
The literal and figurative heart of Ocean Pines – Ocean Pines Golf Club – will help the community continue its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with a golf tournament later this month.
Although just a few years shy of 50 (the course opened its first nine holes in 1972), Ocean Pines Golf Club has long been the social center of the community. The sold-out event, which will be held on Saturday, June 30 at 9 a.m., is a testament to that legacy.
According to Ocean Pines Director of Golf John Malinowski, the tournament sold out within a couple of weeks of opening registration. He said that those lucky enough to snag a spot will be in for a treat.