November 21, 2014
Over forty hardy souls made the short trek to Milford for a Nov. 15 golf fundraiser tournament at Rookery North Golf Course, for the sake of the Cape Henlopen High School baseball team.
Organized by Head Baseball Coach Ben Evick, this must have been the last fundraiser tournament for fall in the Cape Region, and with good reason.
When I left my house to pick up my playing partner, Kevin Conlon, it was all of 29 degrees outside, with a brisk wind and sunny skies. By the time we arrived at Rookery North, the signs were up on the practice green and the first tee to let us know there’d be a frost delay.
The tree cover adjacent to a few greens, such as the second and the sixth, keeps those areas frozen a bit longer than the rest of the acreage, no matter how sunny.
Thanks to Conlon’s foresight, we had our own method to keep the cold at bay. Let me just say that the Bloody Mary mix sold by the folks at the Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach has a peppery but smooth kick to it.
Evick was pleased at the turnout, and expressed his appreciation for the many Cape Region sponsors who supported the scramble format event. “It looks as if we will make over 4 thousand dollars when all is said and done,” he noted.
Antoine Vann, Lionel Harris, Hari Cameron, and Harry Reading won first place, with a gross score of 57, thirteen under par. Harris also had the long drive of the day.
Second place honors went to the foursome of Jay Lewis, Mike Barnard, Jeff Kohel, and Dave Dill, who combined for a gross 59. Chris Evick won the closest to the pin contest on the thirteenth hole, at 3’ 9”.
DSGA Scholarship Fund Tournament another fall success
Ron Barrows, the former head golf pro at Rehoboth Beach Country Club, remains active with the Delaware State Golf Association Scholarship Fund.
The organization held its annual fundraiser tournament at Rehoboth Beach Country Club Oct. 6, and Barrows called it a “fantastic event.”
According to Barrows, the tournament generated about $18,000 for the fund, which provides college scholarship money for a four-year stint for high school seniors with a connection to golf, good grades, and a record of community service.
Contributions to the Fund are always welcome. For more information, contact Barrows at 20 West Buckingham Driver, Rehobothe Beach, DE 19971 or email him at email@example.com.
It turned out that Conlon and I were the extra pair of golfers for the Cape Baseball Boosters tournament. Enough other golfers showed up to fill up all of the other foursomes, except for us.
Rookery golf pro Kyle Deas had a simple solution for how Conlon and I were supposed to compete in a scramble tournament against a bunch of foursomes: “Just hit two balls each for each stroke, and pick the best one,” he smiled.
In essence, Conlon and I played mulligan golf for eighteen holes, which was a lot of fun.
On a few holes, our eventual picks for each stroke came from only one of us, but for thirteen holes there was a mix like any other scramble we’ve ever played.
The tournament scoring was gross only, so we didn’t have any issues with how to handicap ourselves for a net version. The USGA suggests an A, B, C, D split of weighted handicaps for scramble foursomes, using 20% of the A player’s handicap, 15% of the B, 10% of the C, and 5% of the D player’s course handicap.
For a two-person scramble, it suggests a 35/15 split.
For Conlon and me, net scoring would have brought us well below par, but still well within the “participating” range that our combined score earned us in the gross score category.
We had fun anyway.