Raising money for Markakis’ Foundation: A great day for golf at Pine Ridge

June 02, 2009 | Drew Forrester

The rain/storms stayed away, good golf was plentiful and 20 of us gathered on Tuesday at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Timonium for one of our annual WNST listener golf events.

This get-together included five groups of four — a “sports/media group” that included your’s truly, former Ravens WR Quadry Ismail and ex-O’s pitchers Dave Johnson and Bill Swaggerty…plus four foursomes made up of WNST listeners.

We donated all of the proceeds from the event to Nick Markakis’ new endeavor, “The RightSide Foundation”.

I was able to stave off the efforts of Ismail, Johnson and Swaggerty but it took a 68 to do it…and my 6 birdies on the day will cost some folks (yes, you!) a little bit of cash.  We had 13 listeners pledge money via WNST.net and another handful pledge via the radio this morning.  If you pledged per-birdie for the entire 20 player-field, there were 13 total birdies, including my 6.  

Rick in Reisterstown did show up this year and did his best impersonation of a caddie…as did Glenn Clark, who might be able to step to Caves Valley someday after his debut looper effort this afternoon.  ”Wonderboy” stayed out of the way (for the most part) and did a nice job of keeping “Q” on the straight and narrow throughout the round.  We do have video of Glenn and Ismail moving a bunch of fallen branches and debris on the left side of the 2nd hole but we’re confident they weren’t in the hazard at that point, so no rules infraction took place.  Rick was a complete nuisance and, in all fairness, my 68 really should have been 66…Rick walked in my putting line on holes 3 and 4 and I missed 4-foot putts at both holes.  WNST intern “Steven Patrick” was there to capture a lot of the action for WNSTv and we’ll some vids up in the next couple of days. 

Mark Joyner was our listener winner with a net 72 in a match of cards with Carl Schattall and Jeff Mohler.  All three of those guys won gift cards to WNST sponsor locations.  Mohler (15 feet on #14) and Tom Nicholson (8 inches on #17, what a shot!) were our closest to the pin winners.  

My thanks to all the players who came out to support our endeavor.  I’ll be gathering all the monies and pledges and getting Nick Markakis a check sometime next week.  It’s our way of saying “thanks” to Nick and his wife for moving to Baltimore (full-time) and becoming part of our community with their new Foundation.

Pine Ridge was in outstanding shape, by the way.  It’s always a treat to hit a good drive at #15 and contemplate your approach shot with the Loch Raven Resevoir in the background.  That’s one of the best views in Baltimore golf.  We’ll have another golf outing in late July, possibly at Mount Pleasant next time around.  Stay posted for details.

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