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Parkville golfers hit the links for a good cause

Oak Crest's Tournament of the Ages raises over $23,000

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October 22nd, 2013
Parkville golfers hit the links for a good cause

An avid golfer, Bob Hope once said, "If you watch a game, it s fun. If you play it, it s recreation. If you work at it, it s golf." Fortunately for golf enthusiasts who live at Oak Crest, finding a partner to hit the greens with is never hard to do. The Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., is home to dozens of golfers, a putting green, and within a short drive to many of the area s most popular golf courses. This September, 16 Oak Crest golfers joined 100 golfers for the Oak Crest Tournament of the Ages Golf Outing at Winters Run Golf Club, in Bel Air, to raise money for Oak Crest's charity fund. "We were able to raise more than $23,000," says Todd Sullivan, director of philanthropy at Oak Crest. Oak Crest is a not-for-profit community dedicated to supporting residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control. Our Home for Life Commitment provides several options for residents to protect their future.

Good times

Lifelong friends and Oak Crest neighbors Mary Ann Linardi and Edda Rosskopf both participated in the event. "We had a great time and a lot of fun!" says Mary Ann. "We were the only all-women foursome group. We came in last place with a score of 91 and won a prize for the Most Honest Score," she laughs. "Each of the four of us got a free half-hour golf lesson with the pro at the golf course." Mary Ann and Edda, who live just a few floors away from one another, usually hit the links at least once a week. "We just do it for the fun of it. We usually don t even keep score," says Mary Ann. "We play at a variety of different courses in the area, including Rocky Point and Fox Hollow. But I like Forest Park because it s not really a hard course, and there is no water for me to lose my ball in." The pair began golfing after Mary Ann's sister, who is also an avid golfer, bought each of them a golf lesson as a retirement gift. "Our instructor said, 'You know, you girls are pretty good.' Whether we really were or not, we don t know," jokes Mary Ann. "But it didn t matter; we enjoyed it so much that we went out and each bought our own golf clubs and took three more lessons on our own."

Dream job

Oak Crest resident Bill Litsinger works as a starter two days a week at Greystone Golf Course in Baltimore County. "After I retired, a friend of mine told me they were looking for seasonal help. I like to golf, so I went down and applied. This is my 17th season," says Bill. As a starter, Bill gives general instructions to the golfers about the course, including where they can and can't go, where the pin placements are, how fast the greens are, and which holes are the most difficult. And, he says, "If they are going to be a little later than their tee time, I tell them a couple of jokes to keep them happy." One of the perks of Bill's job: free golf at any of Baltimore County's public courses. "On Mondays, I play golf with a group from our church, and on the first and third Wednesday of every month, I play with a group from a local senior center," says Bill. "Golf is a social game. We have a good time when we play. None of us take it too seriously. We kid each other about a bad shot and try to have fun with it." Although his schedule is already filled with golf, Bill says he is considering the idea of forming a golf club at Oak Crest. "We have quite a few golfers here on campus," says Bill. "It would be nice to have a group of us who could get together regularly to hit a few balls and have some fun."

Looking for a green near Parkville?

Grab your clubs and try one of these courses recommended by Oak Crest's golfers:

Greystone An 18-hole, par 72 public golf course in White Hall. Call 410-887-1945.

Rocky Point An 18-hole public golf course located along the Chesapeake Bay in Essex. Recently named a Golf Digest 3.5 star Places to Play Award Winner. Call 410-887-0215.

Forest Park Originally a 9-hole facility, the course located in Baltimore is now an 18-hole course that combines two styles and challenges. Call 410-448-4653.

Fox Hollow An 18-hole course in Timonium named one of the top 50 public golf courses by Golf Range magazine. Call 410-887-7735.