September 19, 2014
Cape Region clubs continued their extensive summer competition schedule, with only a few more weeks of scheduled events remaining for the season.
The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies 9 Hole game for Sept. 15, 2014 was Tee to Green. In this format, no putts are needed. Instead, only the strokes used from the tees to the greens are counted toward the total.
Evelyn Diggs won first place, with Sue Eisenbrey taking second place, Kathy Nave finishing in third and Robbie Monkman finishing in fourth. Monkman also won the closest to the pin honors for the day, on the thirteenth hole.
Rehoboth Beach Country Club hosted its 2014 Mixed Member Guest Tournament Sept. 13. The local team showed off their home-turf advantage, posting a score of 8 under par.
RBCC members Joseph and Barbara Morgan and their partners, Ray Bryan and Carlyn Morgan of Kings Creek Country Club, combined for the Championship Title.
Charlie Schuyler, PGA and head golf professional, said, “Participants faced some unique challenges during this year’s tournament. Rain limited the competition to only 9 holes, including a USGA tie breaking score-card playoff that went all the way to a coin flip to identify the Overall Champions.” Schuyler said they also tested the participants’ trivia skills, as a replacement for the planned closest-to-the-hole prizes. “This was a special day for our members and guests,” he said.
The RBCC 18 Hole Ladies Day group played a Pink Ball tournament Sept. 10. This format uses two balls of four, with each team receiving one pink golf ball. One lady per hole plays with the pink ball, with the scorecard designating which player uses the pink ball for each hole. For each hole, the score made with the pink ball must be used as one of the two scores per hole, with the other score taken from the best of the three remaining scores.
Team scores are used to pick two winners overall—one score from just the pink ball totals, and the other based on the lowest two balls of four. If a team loses the pink ball during the round, that team drops out of that part of the competition, but can still win in the two best of four scoring.
If all of the teams lose their pink balls, the winners of that part of the contest are selected from the teams that played the most holes with the pink ball.
Suzanne Moore, Ella Alexander, Elaine Taylor, and Dee Moore were this year’s Pink Ball winners, posting a score of 70. The team of Carole Ann Medd, Kathy Carroll, Carol Wetherhold, and Pauline Porter won first net in the 2 balls of 4 category, with their score of 129.
I’d rather do it myself, thanks
There’s such as thing as being too helpful, at least under the Rules of Golf.
In a recent USGA Ruling of the Day, a golfer in a four-ball match decides to mark a competitor’s ball and then lift it from the putting green. The only problem was that he didn’t ask the golfer whose ball it was if he could be so helpful, before he acted on his potentially charitable impulses.
Under Rule 20-1, only the player, his playing partner, or an “authorized” person may mark and lift the ball from the green.
That mistaken bit of helpfulness generated a penalty stroke for the golfer who failed to follow the rule, but no such stroke is assessed against his playing partner.
The player must replace his ball to the spot.
Returning the mistaken golfer’s ball marker should be done with a short, rueful smile, and without a hint of triumph.