July 17, 2020
The Lewes Historical Society is holding its first-ever golf tournament fundraiser Oct. 8 at Peninsula Golf & Country Club and is looking for sponsors and players.
The day begins with check-in and range time at 8:00 a.m., with a shotgun start for the scramble format at 9:00 a.m. Lunch starts at 1:30 p.m. with awards and a raffle to follow.
The entry fee for individual players is $175, with foursomes at $750. The fee covers the golf, lunch, and gift bags.
Event proceeds will support the Society’s ongoing work on historic preservation and restoration, along with its educational programming, events, and publications.
In keeping with the Society’s historical focus, there will be longest drive and closest to the pin competitions using vintage golf balls and clubs. In addition, golfers are encouraged to wear classic golf attire.
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Several sponsorship opportunities remain, from hole sponsorships at $1,000 to the Eagle sponsor level at $5,000.
For more information, contact Michael Whitehouse at LHS at 302-645-7670 or by email at mwhitehouse @ historiclewes.org.
After testing several different shaft models from different companies, the best performing options came from Accra Shafts. The graphite-based FX 2.0 shafts were a good fit for my Titleist hybrids, and the Callaway irons use the relatively lightweight graphite 50i Series.
True Temper recently acquired Accra in a friendly transaction. In combination with other brands, including Project X and Aerotech Golf Shafts, the new company has been renamed True Sports.
At the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show I met Jeff Lake, an Accra customer service supervisor, and also chatted briefly with Accra CEO Gawain Robertson.
Lake explained that Accra’s focus is club fitters. “Everything is wholesale,” he said. “Our business model is exclusive to the fitter community, with no direct sales to consumers. Of course, we interact with the public all the time, for example when they call or write in with a question about their shafts.”
The company has about 600 accounts in North America, and about 100 more in Europe. The Golf Experience, or TXG, is a popular Toronto-based YouTube video source for all things about clubs and fitting. The Accra videos Ian Frazer and Matt Blois posted about the company and its products are well worth watching.
Lake said the shafts are predominantly manufactured in Taiwan, with a few built in mainland China. After developing the design for a given shaft, high modulus graphite with a low resin content is rolled onto steel mandrels, and then baked into their final shape.
The mix of materials and their locations impart the desired performance characteristics. Some have softer tip sections, while others are heavily counterbalanced at the grip end.
Shaft lines such as the FX 2.0 come in a range of weights and flexes, each designed for different swings. What works for PGA Tour beast Bryson DeChambeau won’t work for me – and vice versa.
Lake said the company’s 2019 TZ5 and TZ6 models had “the best first year sales-wise” of any of their offerings. On a year in-year out basis, however, the iron i-Series now in my bag are a staple, as are the FX 2.0 shafts for drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids.
He said one reason for the FX 2.0 success is that the shafts for the hybrids and fairway woods are frequency matched, helping to give golfers a uniform reaction across that part of their bag.
Lake was also enthusiastic about Accra’s new steel i-Series shafts, and showed me one, From the grip down it begins with a traditional “stepped’ look. From the mid-section down, however, the shaft is stepless. The shafts come in three weight groups, at 105, 115, and 125 grams, and should have a mid-launch profile. The weight differences result from changing the wall thickness of the shaft.
The i-Series steel models also come with a proprietary satin finish called the ECO-Shield. The process saves 10 gallons of water per shaft compared to traditional nickel-chrome plating. These shafts also look great, a nice bonus.
Local club competition results
The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18-Hole group played a Far Out game July 9 in five flights with 51 players. In this format none of the par 5 scores are used.
For the first flight, Anita Pettitt won first place gross. Erin Reid won first place net, followed by Judy Wetzel in second and Sheree Davis in third.
Jeannine Doane won first place gross in the second flight, with Katie Heinz winning first place net. Sally McGovern took second net with Marsha McLaurin finishing third.
In the third flight, Carol Simon won first place gross while Nancy Froome won first place net. Melanie Pereira finished second net with Atom Irwin in third.
Carol Loewen won first place gross in the fourth flight, with Patricia Magee winning first place net. Barbara Hines took second net with Susan Griesemer in third.
For the fifth flight, Sally Chamberlain won first place gross, with Yona Zucker winning first place net. Denise Stewart took second net with Arlyce Dubbin finishing third.