August 12, 2016
2016 marked the first season for the PGA Junior League in the Cape Region, and several clubs were pleased at their juniors’ participation.
The League is designed to take elements of baseball’s Little League and combine them with learning how to play and compete in golf. It is open to boys and girls ages 13 and under.
As with other league sports, the golfers wear numbered jerseys, and play in team competitions against other teams in the area. Four matches are set up for each event, with each match using 2 or 3 juniors playing in a scramble format for their team scores.
The scramble format is not only fun, but also encourages beginners to contribute to the effort, while also acclimating them to tournament golf.
The Rehoboth Beach Country Club Blue Eagles won their first-ever competitive match against The Peninsula, scoring 8.5 out of 12 potential points.
They traveled to Hooper’s Landing in Seaford for their second match, winning 9.5 to 2.5. The Blue Eagles’ only loss came at the final match of the season, against Wild Quail Golf & Country Club.
The Blue Eagles also won local bragging rights against the spirited team from Kings Creek Country Club, 7-5
The 2016 RBCC Blue Eagles Roster included the following: Hunter Jones, Jordan Paris, Julian Paris, Burke Healy, Tyler Healy, Jack Shell, Mason Moore, Griffin Barrows, Nolan Moore, Brady Schell, Grant Barrows, Chip Norlinger, Sarah Nordlinger, and Harrison Humes.
The Kings Creek PGA League team consisted of 14 juniors ranging in age from 8 to 13. They finished the season with a 3-1 record, including victories over Hoopers Landing, The Peninsula, and Wild Quail.
Team highlights for the season included an eagle by Sophie Aird from 80 yards, on the 6th hole at Kings Creek; a scramble score of 2-under set by Sawyer Brockstedt and Griffin Gaughan in a 9-hole match against RBCC; and Kingston Davis showing his stuff by hitting balls and playing with a cast on one arm.
The Kings Creek CC League roster included the following: Aird, Brockstedt (All Star selection), Gaughan, Davis, Ayush Batra, Savannah Montgomery, Keenan Williams, Trey Mitchell (All Star selection), Logan Gamuciello, Anna Wiest, Tyler Bourdreau, Bella Metz, Chase Mears, and McKenna Danahy.
Lett’s Play Golf Tournament July 29 another success
This year’s edition of the Lett’s Play Golf Tournament, held July 29, included 109 players at the daylong fundraiser event at Kings Creek Country Club.
The Tournament is the primary money-raising vehicle for the Stephen R. Lett Scholarship Fund, Inc., which awards college scholarships. This was the 8th year of the tournament, and marked the first time that the Fund made two $10,000, four-year total awards.
The tournament format used one best score of the foursome on the par 4s and 5s, and two best balls of the foursome on the par 3s.
First place gross went to Steve Lett, John Lett, Kevin Wiest, and John Rowinski, with an 8-under 78. Chase Brockstedt, Matt Kasper, Kevin Baird, and Sean Mercer finished in second place gross, two strokes back.
First place net honors went to Tommy Clayton, John Eisenbrey III, Nick Nardo Jr., and Jay Bozzi, with a team total of 62. Betsi Fakler, Jimmy Fakler, Drew Romans, and Keith Engle took second with a 63. John Purple Sr., James Roman, Mike Collins, and Cape Henlopen High golf team assistant coach Samantha Purple finished in third place with a 65. Fourth net went to Jeremy Diehl, David Keck, CW Mitchell, and Derek Hopler.
Closest to the hole honors were earned by Drew Romans on the fifth hole (17”), and Samantha Purple on the 8th hole (11’4”). Stan Zabytko also won a closest to the pin contest on the 11th hole, at 5’5”, while Dorrie Spilman won the Putting Contest.
As noted in a prior column, Sarah Koon and Nathaniel Vincent are this year’s scholarship fund recipients, with each receiving $2,500 per year for four years. Koon will attend the University of Delaware and Vincent will attend Harvard.
For more information about the Fund, go to lettscholarshipfund.com.
Local Club Competition Results
The Kings Creek Ladies 9 Hole golf association played a Team Cha Cha game on Aug. 6.
In this format, each golfer plays her ball. On the odd holes (Cha), one low net score counts as the team score. On the even holes (Cha Cha), the two low net scores count as the team score.
Sandy Neverett, Hope Lavachia, and Valerie Evans won first place, with second place going to the team of Mary Mezger, Jane Perkins, and Carole Ellison. Ellison also won closest to the pin honors on the sixteenth hole.
Last week I traveled to the Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, PA to cover the 116th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. This is the third oldest competition held by the United States Golf Association, and this year’s event made history.
In upcoming columns, I will discuss some of what I observed and learned about while there. There’s so much more to these major tournaments than the simple story of who won. That’s especially so when you consider that nine rounds of golf are required to complete the championship.