Cape golf team drives to new state ranking; new book shows how to flex for golf
April 14, 2000
Cape Henlopen High School’s golf team continued its drive toward an excellent season. The team’s match record now stands at 5-0.
The team’s success has not gone unnoticed. This week the Vikings are ranked second in the state, behind perennial powerhouse Dover. If the last three matches are any indication, Cape should give the Colonials a strong challenge when they first meet on May 2.
On April 6, Cape hosted Lake Forest at Rehoboth Country Club and beat the young Spartans easily, 159-230.
Tyler Witman led all players with a 35, including an eagle on the par 5 ninth hole. “I had about 170 to the hole after my drive,” the freshman told his teammates. His second shot came in tight, and Witman calmly rolled in a 6-foot putt for his 3.
Co-Captain Josh Marr shot a handy 38, while his co-captain brother Beau finished with a 44.
J.J. Oakley scored a somewhat erratic 42. “I had a double bogey, a triple bogey, and a birdie,” he explained.
The Vikings then played Laurel on April 7 at Seaford Country Club and blew past the Bulldogs, 157-198.
Witman shot par for the course with his 36. Mark Johnson shot a 39, and Josh Marr scored a 40. Oakley’s 42 completed the scoring for Cape.
On April 11 the team traveled to Shawnee Country Club to face Milford High School, their first serious competition. The Vikings won their closest match thus far, 152-157.
The Buccaneers finished fourth in last year’s state tournament. Milford’s Coach John Bayalis said they only lost two starters from that squad. This week’s state rankings put the Buccaneers in 6th place, and the five shot victory margin proved it.
“We needed everything we could get today,” said a relieved co-head coach Jerry Dorneman.
Witman shot a 33 on the front nine. He birdied the first, second, fifth and sixth holes, and bogeyed the difficult 4th hole.
Oakley was pleased with his one-over-par 37. Josh Marr and Johnson completed the Viking scoring with two 41s.
Milford played nearly as well. Jon Webb shot a 37, and Matt Smith scored a 38. Jon Jones and Jason Atkins played the front nine in 41 each.
Golf Flex book should help players get in shape
Spring is here, despite last Sunday’s flurries in the Cape Region. That means it’s time to get back in shape after a hard winter of watching The Golf Channel.
Several books are available to guide golfers to better conditioning. Paul Frediani’s Golf Flex (Hatherleigh Press paperback; $9.95 SRP) is among the newest, and it’s a good one.
Frediani is a certified fitness trainer and educator. He explains how the golf swing uses all the major muscle groups, and several small muscle groups as well. Better flexibility increases the body’s range of motion. The wider the range of motion, the more likely that the golf swing will produce good results. It’s that simple.
The book details over two dozen basic stretches. The description for each exercise explains how to do the routine, the muscles used, how it benefits golfing, and adds a short tip for maximizing the gain from each drill.
Another good section is a series of injury prevention exercises to help ward off problems for weekend golfers.
Frediani’s best contribution is that he writes easily understood descriptions showing how this training helps with specific golf muscle needs. The photographs and drawings are also very well done.
Golf Flex is an inexpensive way to improve one’s golf game. For the price of a sleeve of golf balls, players will improve their games and the way they feel before, during, and after a round.
Not a bad bargain.