Scoop Oelke Open set for July 21
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh — you remember him; the state legislature gave him a million or so in taxpayer money so his office could hire five attorneys to sue the president without needing the permission of the governor — testified in federal court that Republicans were not harmed by the way Maryland congressional districts were drawn in 2013.
So, the people responsible for the shape of our 2nd District, which doesn’t resemble a district so much as an ink spill, along with meandering messes like the 3rd and 4th districts, were just idiots?
From what I hear, there are places in this country where it hasn’t rained for a while, long enough they’ve coined a name for it: drought. And this absence of rain is considered a bad thing.
Around these parts, of course, we have terms for when water falls from the sky, and most of them are unprintable.
May was a particularly bad month for those who like to see clear skies every now and again, with so much rain that sports had to downgrade the definition of playable conditions to “is the mud still less than ankle deep?”
Which is why some of you may have noticed there was no mention of the Scoop Oelke Open Golf Tournament in May.
The Scoop Open is traditionally played on the first Friday in May. For the second year in a row, it is now being traditionally held on the third Friday in July.
Due to conditions at the Rocky Point Wetlands ... errr, Golf Course, the Scoop Open could not be played on its usual May date. Like last year, rain had rendered the course essentially unplayable.
But, hey, life, lemons, lemonade and all. Some of those past Oelke Opens have featured pretty cold weather. Little chance of that happening in July. So it comes down to whether you can putt better while shivering, or sweating.
And for any foursomes who couldn’t make it to the tournament in May, well, now you still have time to register.
Any foursomes who want to register for the July 21 event can do so by contacing Joe Cristy at 410-236-6212.
The annual Scoop Oelke Open is named for Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame member and Dundalk
Eagle founder Kimbel “Scoop” Oelke. It’s the sole fund-raiser for the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame.
The tournament also funds three scholarships at CCBC Dundalk, in memory of Charles Holsten, Chip Wischuck and Richard McJilton.
For single players (who will be placed in a foursome), the registration fee is $110. Foursomes register for $440.
The tournament is played in a “best ball” format. Prizes are awarded to the top three foursomes, and awards are given to the closest to the pin on select holes.
A golf club will be raffled off. Food and drinks will also be available, and there is a post-tournament luncheon. *** The National Federation of State High School Associations last month announced some for rule changes for high school baseball.
The recommendations for the changes were made during the NFHS meeting from June 4-6 in Indianapolis. The recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
All baseballs used in high school games must now meet the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standard at the time of manufacture.
So, all baseballs used by high schools in every part of the country will be the same size, weight and have “similar playability.”
Ummmm ... okay. Not sure how much of an impact that will have, or how much of an impact it did have, or even if there were noticeable differences in baseballs throughout the country. Obviously, someone thought it was worth addressing. Hey, what use is having a committee for national operating standards, otherwise?
Another new rule will require all catchers to wear a chest protector that meets NOCSAE standards; those standards having been developed to protect the catcher’s heart and chest from commotio cordis, which is a lethal disruption of heart rhythm caused by a blow directly over the heart.
In these litigious times, I figure that any chest protector produced by a reputable equipment manufacturer meets those standards. But, okay, safety first.
Two other rules were modified: bats can no longer have any “exposed rivets, pins, rough or sharp edges, or any form of exterior fastener or attachment that would present a potential hazard;” and batters who draw walks can now overrun first base and return safely.
So, all that stuff was allowed on bats up until now? Seems pretty straightforward. I guess it wasn’t expressly forbidden by the rules, and there was a spate of batters coming to the plate with exposed rivets and sharp edges on their bats? *** High school softball also saw some changes. Intentional walks can now be requested, awarding the batter first base without having to throw four pitches outside the strike zone.
A rule that was just introduced a few years ago has now been rescinded. Equipment must no longer be paced outside the dugout or bench for the umpire to inspect prior to a game; coaches and school administrators are not expected to make sure players are using legal equipment.
Umpires can still notice if illegal equipment is used during a game, and assess penalties in that event.
Wristbands that include a playbook or playcard are now classified as equipment, and must be a single solid color other than optic yellow.
Pitchers will now be allowed to step backward with their non-pivot foot at any time prior to the start of the pitch.
There were also some rule changes for track and field, which I’ll note in next week’s column.