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News

Winter golfing tips: How to avoid frost delays

(Nov. 6, 2023) With winter fast approaching, local golfers will find themselves facing the annual conundrum of frost delays. 

These delays can vary greatly from one course to another and are largely left up to the whims of the always unpredictable Eastern Shore weather.  

Helping to keep the course healthy will make it easier for the maintenance staff to keep the course in great shape, and keep it open longer for golfers.  

Below are a few tips to help you stay on the course, and not get bitten by frostbite delays: 
 
  • Location matters: Frost delays are unpredictable, as frost can linger in colder microclimates long after it has thawed elsewhere. North-facing slopes, low-lying areas, and wind-sheltered spots are particularly susceptible to prolonged frost coverage. Call the pro shop for course condition updates before setting out to avoid any unwelcome surprises. 
  • Avoid “crunchy” grass: While golf course turf is typically resilient to the rigors of play, the formation of ice crystals can leave grasses brittle and prone to damage. Walking or driving over frost-covered grass can rupture plant cells, leading to dead turf. Even when damage isn't immediately evident, it may take more than a month for the grass to fully recover. 
  • Watch the greens: While frost damage can affect any part of the course, closely mown turf, like putting greens, is at a heightened risk. The concentrated foot traffic on greens can cause significant damage when frost is present. 
  • Little frost, big delays: Even if there are no apparent signs of frost on the first tee, the "all clear" signal may not be given. If frost persists in areas that are unavoidable in early rounds, the course may remain closed. Even after the frost is gone, the maintenance staff will need time to prepare the course for play. 

When in doubt, call the Ocean Pines Golf Club at 410-641-6057, or email Golf Director Bob Beckelman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to subscribe to daily course updates.  

OPMGA announces season and championship winners

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The following is a release from the Ocean Pines Men's Golf Association:

(Oct. 24, 2023) Following the final Men’s Day for 2023, the second half and overall winners were announced and presented with their Pro Shop credits.

For the second half of the year, Fritz Lahner was the champion, with Mark Dornes coming in second and Mike Mason third.

For the full year, Lahner took the top honors with Dornes coming in second; John Nowak was the third-place finisher for the full season. This is the first time in recent history the OPMGA has had a repeat champion.

At the same time, trophies and prize money for the Match Play Championship were awarded. Darin Stuiber defeated Marcel Vales on their 19th hole of play and were presented champion and runner-up awards. Mike Daley took third place, while Ron Chrisner and Frank Brown were tied for fourth place.

Full second-half results are as follows:
 
2nd half Results 2023
 

OPMGA announces Member-Member Championship results

The following is a release from the OPMGA:

(Sept. 19, 2023) Mike Daley ran a nice event on Thursday, with 58 golfers turning out for the OPMGA (Ocean Pines Men's Golf Association) Member-Member Championship.  

Congratulations go to Gerry and Gerald Butler, whose two over par score of 74 won the Low Gross Award. Bill Dixon and Carl Hedde led the way in the Low Net side with a five under par 67.

In the closest to the pin competition, the team of Ron Sieka and Bill Stafford took the prize on hole #5 thanks to Ron's tee shot that stopped 10 inches from the hole. 

On hole #7, Don McMullen's shot came within two feet of the hole and won the prize for Don and Frank Ruggiere. Don and Frank also picked up the prize at the 16th hole, while the team of Chuck Choate and Hank Morgan won for their shot on the 13th.

The full tournament results aere below: 
 
MemberMember results 2023

Veterans Memorial Foundation hosts annual golf tournament to benefit education programs

(Aug. 11, 2023) The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation announced the 16th annual Veterans Memorial Tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Ocean Pines Golf Club.
 
The event will benefit education programs of the Memorial Foundation that include annual tours of the memorial grounds by all fifth-grade students in Worcester County. 
 
The annual tours are part of a collaboration between the Worcester County Board of Education and the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation. Tours are led by dedicated volunteer docents who share their knowledge of veterans' sacrifices, the history of different service branches, and flag etiquette.
 
Complementing these sessions, JROTC cadets from Stephen Decatur High School, Snow Hill High School, and Pocomoke High School provide hands-on guidance in proper flag handling and folding, helping to foster intergenerational connections and respect for the nation's heritage.
 
All students also receive an activity guide to reinforce those lessons and encourage ongoing conversations about their family's contributions and military service history. 
 
The annual golf tournament is the major fundraiser for Memorial Foundation education programs. 
 
The tournament will feature a scramble best ball format with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
 
Registration is $125 per player and includes tournament entry, golf cart, lunch, and access to tournament prizes. 
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels, ranging from $100 to $2,000, with each offering distinct benefits. 
 
To download a tournament or sponsor form, visit https://oceanpines.org/documents/10184/91707/2023+Veterans+Memorial+Foundation+tournament+brochure.pdf?t=1691761836548.
 
The foundation also welcomes donations, gift certificates, and prizes for the tournament's silent auction. All contributions are tax-deductible.
 
The Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the tax ID EIN# 20-3130695.
 
For more information, contact Marie Gilmore at 410-726-2881 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Don McMullen at 443-388-2941 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reviving tradition: Ernie Styles’ Bavarian Hops Scramble returns on Aug. 25

(Aug. 11, 2023) The Ocean Pines Golf Club will once again play host to the Ernie Styles’ Bavarian Hops Scramble on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.    

Originally conceived by the late Ernie Styles, the Bavarian Hops Scramble was designed as a fun, nine-hole experience where participants could engage in a friendly round of golf, accompanied by four refreshing hops beverages.   

Laughter, camaraderie, and enjoyment were at the forefront of this unique event, with participants raising their glasses to toast cherished memories and contribute to local causes. Notable beneficiaries have included the Worcester County Humane Society and Diakonia, and the event has raised more than $30,000 for local charities since its inception.   

This year, Patty Curtin and Don McMullen have taken over as event organizers.  

The 2023 Ernie Styles’ Bavarian Hops Scramble promises an array of exciting features:  
  • A nine-hole, two-person scramble, allowing participants to register as a team or as individuals.  
  • The opportunity to secure a “clear" low net on each hole, earning a skin and a share of the prize (pro shop credits).  
  • A spirited "closest-to-the-pin" competition on hole number seven, with the winner receiving the coveted “Hops Hat” for an entire year.  
  • A lively seventh tee box party designed for those not participating in the golf event.  
  • An inviting dinner is available at the Clubhouse Bar and Grille, extending camaraderie among Ocean Pines Golf friends.  

All proceeds are directed towards the worthy causes of Diakonia and the Worcester County Humane Society.  

Entry is $25 per person, and cart and greens fees are the responsibility of each participant. The registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 21.   

To register, fill out and return the entry form available online at https://oceanpines.org/documents/10184/91707/Bavarian+Hops+2023+notice+sign+up.pdf?t=1691695313120.  

For more information, contact McMullen at 443-388-2941 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.