At the age of 69, Billy Robertson Sr. doesn't see much that surprises him anymore. But something happened last week that shocked even Robertson, better known to Southern Maryland residents as "Captain Billy" of Captain Billy's Crab House.
Captain Billy's sponsored a two-day golf tournament, a one-time charity event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. By the time the event had concluded at Swan Point Golf Course, 432 golfers had participated and, more important, more than $151,000 had been raised.
"No way did I have any idea when we first got to talking about this golf tournament and fund-raiser that that many people would want to be involved," said Robertson, who is undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a rare form of gallbladder cancer.
"I was hoping for maybe 200 golfers, but we had to cut it off at 432," Robertson added. "We could easily have had 500-plus golfers if we had known, if we had prepared, for that many."
Though donations continue to arrive at the Crab House, Robertson estimates that after paying for the use of the course on Friday and Monday--the event originally was scheduled for one day, but was extended because of the number of participants--he will be able to donate $125,000 to $130,000 to the American Cancer Society.
"The money that people donated was just so generous," Robertson said. "You dream about doing something like this, about raising a huge amount of money, but I had no idea it would really happen. I'm very proud of what we did. I don't think I've come back to earth yet."
Friday's first flight winners of the best-ball tournament were John Green, Bob Hanson, Mike Warfield and Scott Wheeler, with a 57. Danny Hoffman, Joe Hoffman, Bobby Stark and Greg Winkler won the second flight with a 54.
Three groups tied for first at 55 on Monday, but the tandem of Cecil Deihl, Dave McDonald, Mike McDonald and Rob Menefee captured first place in a playoff.
Chaney Ousted From Series
The postseason run for Chaney Enterprises' American Legion team came to an end Monday at the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Evansville, Ind. Chaney, which recovered from a disappointing second-place finish in the Frank Riley League to win the NABF regional tournament in Altoona, Pa., went 1-3 in pool play at the World Series and failed to advance to the final four.
"We were without three of our main players, so considering that, I really think we did the best we could do up there," Chaney Coach Ed Glaeser said. "There was a lot better competition in this tournament than I've seen at the American Legion World Series."
Chaney's lone win was a 4-1 decision over Troy, Ohio. Its three losses--two of which came by one run--were to the host team from Evansville, the Columbia Reds and Bill Hood of Louisiana.
Evansville advanced to the final four; Bill Hood was the eventual series champion.
"The talent level up there was just amazing," said Glaeser, whose team lost, 12-8, to Bill Hood. "The Bill Hood roster was comprised of nine college players, including three from LSU and two from Tulane. Obviously, they could play a little bit. We had a couple guys who could play with them, but overall, they were just too much to handle."
Chaney was without the services of starting shortstop Tracy Vallandingham (injured back) and starting left fielder John Ritter (sprained ankle). Starting second baseman John Kehres missed the opening of the series to attend a wedding.
"We had to start the World Series with a whole new middle infield, and that was tough," Glaeser said. "I felt that was the difference in us being 1-3 instead of 3-1."
Calvert Team Wins Regional Title
The 9-year-old Calvert County Babe Ruth All-Star team won the regional championship Wednesday in Newark, N.J., with a 6-3 comeback victory over a team of all-stars from New York. Calvert County swept through the region, winning all four of its games.
There is no World Series tournament for teams younger than 10 years old.
Calvert County picked up a 6-3 win over Pennsylvania, a 9-1 win over Northern New Jersey and a 7-0 decision over New York in its first three games. The team then had a two-day break before their rematch with New York in the final. New York took a 3-0 lead over Calvert in the first inning of the championship game but was unable to fend off Calvert's rally.
"We came back and scored two in the bottom of the first and then spread out four more runs over the next five innings, but what really did it for us was our defense," Calvert Coach Dennis Dorsey said. "These guys were as strong defensively as I've ever seen. To watch them play at age 9--some of the catches they made just amazed me."
Pitchers Timmy Hull and Ryan Spalding combined for the wins over Pennsylvania and New York. Drew Dorsey pitched the complete-game shutout against Northern New Jersey. Contributing in the field for Calvert were outfielders Casey Becraft, Timmy Dowell and Corey Page, and infielders Jake Orlandi, Nick Sydnor, Carl Travers and Charlie Winegardner.