September 11, 2015
Playing spots are still available for those interested in participating in the 38th Annual Harry Derrickson Memorial Golf Tournament, held Sept. 14 at Rehoboth Beach Country Club.
As in past years, this is a huge fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Lewes & Rehoboth, and they could use the help. In 2014 MOWL&R provided over 100,000 meals to over 290 hungry seniors, with the support of hundreds among the community and Cape Region businesses.
The event starts with a Pre-Tournament dinner party, including a silent and live auction, on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Rehoboth Beach CC, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The tournament itself has a shotgun start set for 12:30 p.m. on the 14th. Tournament packages (foursome at $725, singles for $195) include 2 mulligans per player, a dinner ticket, and entry into the longest drive, closest to the hole, and hole-in-one contests. Additional dinner party tickets can be bought for $95.
Registration can be done online at www.beachmeals.com, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing it in at this point is probably not a good idea, no disrespect to the Postal Service intended. For more information call 302-645-7449.
Not the old set of golf clubs anymore
A random check of the golf bags at the putting green just off the first hole of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open in Lancaster, PA showed the effect of improvements in technology at the long and short end.
LPGA player Sakura Yokomine of Japan used four wedges and no irons stronger than a six-iron, along with her driver, putter, and a mix of hybrids and fairway woods.
Kyle Morrison, Mo Martin’s caddie, said the 2014 Women’s British Open champion starts with a 5-iron and goes down to three wedges, including a pitching wedge, a 52-degree gap wedge, and a 58-degree sand wedge. Martin’s fairway woods include 3-, 5-, 7-, and 9-woods.
Symetra Tour golfer Liz Nagel’s irons began with a 6-iron and included four wedges, ending at the 58-degree. She used two hybrids along with her driver and 3-wood. The hybrids are fairly strong, set at 19 and 22 degrees.
Worth Blackwelder, caddie for LPGA golfer Kim Kaufman and the father of LPGA golfer Mallory Blackwelder, said Kaufman uses a driver, 3-wood, 21-degree 7-wood, a 4-hybrid, and three wedges, set at 50, 54, and 58 degrees.
Bogey golfers of the male variety should review what they have in their golf bags. Most should take a hint from the LPGA members, who hit the ball at least as far and usually farther.
If your 3, 4, and/or 5-irons look just as good as the day they were bought 10 years ago, you might be amazed what switching to hybrids or more fairway woods could do for your game.
Rehoboth Beach Country Club announces its 2015 Club Champions
This year marks the 90th anniversary of Rehoboth Beach Country Club. According to senior assistant golf professional Pat Mastrian, “August has become known as the Month of Champions among our members.”
The club recently sent out the list of winners in the various categories, including the following: Mixed Club Champions, Jay and Britny Whitby; Men’s Club Champion Jay Whitby; Ladies’ Club and Ladies’ Senior Club Champion Bailey Scheurer; Men’s Senior Club Champion Jack Storms; Ladies’ 9-Hole Club Champion Joan O’Toole; and Junior Club Champion Jackson Paradee.
Mastrian noted, “The 2015 season included very competitive matches highlighted by some fantastic individual performances and course conditions that were just spectacular.” He also highlighted the impressive performance of Bailey Scheurer, who has held and defended the Ladies’ Club Champion title since 2010.
Local Club Competition Results
The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies Golf League on played a Low Putts game Sept. 3. Judy Wetzel won first place in the first flight followed in second by Ana Dittel and in third by Sherry Pie.
Nadine Carrick took the top spot in the second flight, with Jennifer Falcone in second and Barbara Hines in a tie with Prabhat Karapurkar for third. Pattie Magee won the third flight, with second place shared by Margaret Moore, Joanne Yurik, and Arlyce Dubbin. Diane Herndon won the closest to the pin contest for the day.
The Sussex Pines Ladies 18 Hole Golf Association played a Nassau-format tournament Sept. 8. Scores were compiled based on best net front 9, best net back nine, and best net 18. Kathy Hudak won the front nine, Dee Prilman won the back nine, and Brenda Lewes won the 18-hole challenge.