April 12, 2019
The April 8 match between Cape Henlopen High School and Sussex Academy showed that these are two of the best golf teams in the Henlopen Conference this season.
The top four scorers for each team totaled 166 on the front nine at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Hannah Lydic won medalist honors for Sussex Academy with a 2-under par 33, while regretting a highly unusual 4-putt during her round.
Dane Palmer’s 39 was the Vikings’ best score, followed by a pair of 41s posted by Saxon Kalb and Ben Skelley. Sussex Academy’s Simone Harrison shot a 43, while fellow Seahawks Tom Hudson and Caden Schell tied Cape’s Reed Jones with 45s.
To break ties after the usual four lowest scores are totaled, Henlopen Conference rules call for looking first at the fifth place finishers and then to sixth place. The tie broke in favor of Sussex Academy with Adison Browne’s 48 besting Tommy Burn’s 54. It was Burn’s first varsity start for Cape.
The match produced the lowest total scores for both schools this season, raising hopes in both squads for even better performances in upcoming contests.
On April 4 Cape traveled to Green Hill Yacht and Golf Club in Quantico, MD for a match against Delmar High School. The Vikings won, 187-213.
Kalb won medalist honors with an 8-over par 44. Palmer and Nick Vitolo tied for second best overall with 47s. Jones’ 49 finished the scoring for the team.
Sophomore Quinn McCullough played his first-ever varsity match and scored a 50.
Appearing next to my Feb. 22 column you may have seen a sidebar notice that ran about two recent awards I received.
I won first place in the 2019 Delaware Press Association’s award contest in the Non-Fiction Book – Adult category for “Hole By Hole: Golf Stories from Delaware’s Cape Region and Beyond”. I also won first place for Feature Story – Print Newspaper for a March 23, 2018 column about Sawyer Brockstedt’s preparations for the Drive Chip & Putt National Championship at Augusta National.
Winning the DPA book award qualified me to enter the national contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women.
On March 29 the NFPW sent word that “Hole By Hole” won third place in their Non-Fiction Book – Adult category.
I am very pleased about this recognition and ask that you excuse the horn tooting.
Of course, if you have not yet bought your copy of this multiple award-winning book, please see my friends at Browesabout Books in Rehoboth, Biblion Books in Lewes, Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach, or the pro shops in the Cape Region.
One-day adult golf clinic opportunity
Three of The Rookery’s golf pros are combining their talents to host a one-day golf instruction clinic for up to eighteen students.
The event takes place April 29 at The Rookery North, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The agenda covers the short game and putting fundamentals as well as the full swing, with on-course training after a lunch break.
The fee is $125 per student and includes the lunch. For more information, contact Rookery North at 302-422-7010.
Midway Par 3 hosting May 10 Habitat for Humanity outing
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity does great work, and the Cape Region golf community has another chance to support the non-profit’s goals.
The Community Builder Golf Outing, in memory of Midway’s Walt Jones, takes place May 10. Teams of up to five players each, or individuals, can sign up to play either a morning or afternoon shotgun round at the course, just off Route 1.
The $70 entry fee covers the round of golf, beverages, lunch, and giveaways. For more information or to register, go to sussexcountyhabitat.org or call 302-855-1153, ext. 210.
Camp Arrowhead Outing set for May 11
Camp Arrowhead is holding its second annual Golf Outing at American Classic Golf Club near Midway May 11. Three flights are scheduled for 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. for the 4-person teams, using a scramble format. May 11 is the rain date.
The proceeds support capital improvements at the long-running Episcopal Church facility for youth campers and retreat groups.
The player fee is $75, with several sponsorship opportunities also available. For more information, go to camparrowhead.net/golfbenefit.html.
Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding designated beneficiary of Tidewater charity tournament
Tidewater Utilities, Inc. is holding its 12thAnnual Charity Golf Outing at Heritage Shores Golf Course on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. This year Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding is the designated beneficiary. SDTR provides equine therapy for children and adults with disabilities.
Past Tidewater charity outings raised over $175,000 for Delaware non-profits who seek support through an applications and presentation process.
Outing sponsors or potential participants should contact Joe Cuccinello at 302-747-1308 for more information.
Townsend makes his fourth hole in one
Congratulations to Pete Townsend for his fourth hole in one, this time on his own golf course. The Mulligan’s Pointe owner used a 7-iron on the 135-yard 13thhole April 3. Herb Shupard, George Clenney, and Jimmy Coon witnessed the ace.