Golf: Business as usual for Rollandia Golf Center

Last fall Zachary Fink, operator of the Rollandia Golf Center on Wilmington Pike, attended the season-ending luncheons of a couple of the golf leagues that held their weekly matches on the 3,000-yard nine-hole executive course at Rollandia.

At the time it appeared Rollandia was about to close because the property was being sold to a company that would build homes and a senior living facility.

“There was genuine sadness among both the ladies and senior men’s leagues,” Fink said Thursday. “I asked them where they were going to play because they didn’t want to play regulation courses and there aren’t many options for them. Some said they were going to quit playing golf.

“I knew this place was important to people, but I didn’t know it was that important.”

Senior players, in particular, prefer Rollandia’s course because it is compact with greens and tees close together and because it is flat and easy to walk. Those qualities also make it ideal for beginners.

The people who use the Rollandia facilities got some real good news early this year when they learned the real estate deal was put on hold and that Rollandia will be open for business as usual in 2017.

I’m told that all of the leagues have returned. Meanwhile, golf instructors Bill Kumle, Tim Walton and Jim Rue will be back at their posts and Kumle is continuing to build and repair golf clubs.

When I visited Thursday afternoon, several golfers were on the driving range. Fink said Rollandia’s golf facilities will be open at least through October.

Ohio events visit: The Ohio Golf Association will stage three of its prime competitions in the Dayton vicinity this summer.

The Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship will be held at Miami Valley Golf Club June 19-22, the Ohio Amateur will be played at Springfield Country Club July 10-14, the Ohio Senior Championship is coming to Dayton Country Club Aug. 21-23.

Springfield CC previously hosted the Ohio Am in 1933, 1957, 1976, 1998 and 2007. Springfield CC also will host a U.S. Open Sectional qualifier again this year. It’s on June 5.

An Ohio Amateur qualifier is scheduled on May 30 at Moraine Country Club.

Chip shots

• Springfield’s Reid Park golf course, which was in danger of being closed by the city last year, is now being operated by Jim Kincaid and Allen Collins.

Kincaid, a Springfield native, previously was head professional at Shaker Run, Northwood Hills and Dayton Country Club. Collins is a son of El Collins, who was the Reid Park head golf professional for many years.

• Applications for $500-$1,000 college scholarships offered by the Dayton District Women’s Golf Association must be submitted by April 15. Check the Miami Valley Golf Association web site for details.

• Have you heard about Looper? It’s a national caddie program based on the Uber transportation concept. The Looper organization is recruiting caddies who will be on call to work for golfers at area courses at specific tee times.

The Miami Valley Golf Association is participating. “Our goal is to recruit 500 caddies,” said MVGA executive director Steve Jurick. “We have a lot of clubs interested in doing it. It’s going on in 14 different cities in the United States. This will work.”

• Mike Pierce, recently the superintendent and general manager at Country Club of the North, is moving to the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Escalante Golf, which owns CCN, has purchased The Kingsmill Resort.

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