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Local golfer wins putter with great shot

July 7, 2017
Toby Richardson of Milton put his tee shot 4 inches behind the hole on the par 3 ninth at Rookery South June 15, earning him a new Odyssey putter in the contest promotion run by Dave Hamby. The contest started again immediately, and a drawing among those who participate will be made by the end of July - unless someone else puts a tee shot within a putter grip, just like Richardson. SUBMITTED PHOTO

My April 21 column included an interview with Dave Hamby, who was about to launch a season-long contest at Rookery South. Players who try to win an Odyssey putter with a great shot on the short par 3 ninth hole also earn discount coupons for local restaurants and businesses. 

Toby Richardson of Milton won the first Odyssey putter of the season June 15. His tee shot ended up 4 inches directly behind the hole.

A drawing among those who played will determine the next putter winner if no one makes a qualifying winning shot by the end of July.

Tidewater’s charity tournament

Tidewater Utilities is holding its annual charity golf fundraiser Monday, Aug. 14, at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. This year’s proceeds benefit the Center for the Inland Bays Oyster Gardening and Oyster Shell Recycling Program. 

The deadline to sign up is Friday, July 14. For more information, go to inlandbays.org/golf.

Cape Region golfers at Delaware Amateur 

Congratulations to Jay Whitby of Wild Quail Golf & Country Club for his June 27 Delaware Amateur victory. He played The Rookery North in 2-under par total for the four-round tournament.

Cape Region golfers played well, with nine players making the cut for the final 36 holes. Ed Brown of Rehoboth Beach Country Club tied for eighth place with Bryce Young of Bayside. Bear Trap Dunes had four golfers in the final 36: Steven Tarulli (T-11), Michael Chanaud (16), Jakob Keidel (29) and Nick Shevland (34).

Steven Harvey of Rehoboth Beach Country Club finished in a tie for 32nd. Blake Micholas of Kings Creek Country Club finished in 35th place, just above Brian Lord of The Rookery. 

The par-70 Rookery North course was in great condition and provided a good test for very talented golfers.  

Kings Creek ladies win Rehoboth Cup

A team of Kings Creek Country Club ladies won their fourth straight Rehoboth Cup competition against the Rehoboth Beach Country Club ladies June 24, in a one-day Stableford format. The contest uses the best 12 of 16 scores per side. Kings Creek edged out Rehoboth, +14 to +12.  

The winning team included Sawyer Brockstedt, Gale DiBona, Ana Dittel, Katie Heintz, Diane Herndon, Marilyn Hewitt, Ruth Lauver, Leslie Ledogar, Linda Outlaw, Melanie Pereira, Sherry Pie, Winnie Sewell, Deb Ward, Judy Wetzel and golf pros Brendan Blakeney and Chris Krueger. 

Kings Creek ladies member-guest

A rain delay at the June 23 Kings Creek Country Club Ladies Member-Guest tournament forced a change to a 2, 1, 1 team contest, using the two best scores on the par 3s and the single best scores for the par 4s and 5s. A total of 118 players competed in three flights.

Diane Herndon, Stefanie Herndon, Laura MacDonough and Maggie Whall won overall first-place gross, with Tina Brown, Lisa Brown, Jennifer Falcone and Karen Huff winning overall first-place net.

Sue Garson, Lisa Lekawa, Donna Deely and Monica Grady won first-place gross in the first flight, and Katie Heintz, Becky Caprano, Arlyce Dubbin and Lisa Dillon won first-place net in that flight. 

In the second flight, Linda Outlaw, June Allen, Joan Martin and Robbie Monkman won first-place gross, with Celeste Beaupre, Terry High, Nan Martino and Susanne Furman in first-place net.

In the third flight, Carolyn Ortwein, Trish Carroll, Ann Barry and Gina Luke won first-place gross, and Lesley Corydon, Ann Huffman, Bernie Reid and Laurie Bruner won first-place net. 

Men’s Invitational at Kings Creek

The Kings Creek Country Club Men’s Invitational Tournament June 15-17 drew 120 players for a three-day, round-robin, better-ball series of five five-hole matches within flights. 

The two best-scoring teams that did not win their flights were added to the flight winners, which included a tie for first in the Augusta Flight, for a total of 13 teams in the championship playoff. Chris Brown and Jason White won a sudden-death playoff for the overall championship.

Flight Winners and Wild Card qualifiers were as follows:

Augusta Flight: Chase Brockstedt and Boo White

Bethpage Flight: Chris Brown and Jason White

Congressional Flight: Bob Fulton and Michael Sobota

Pebble Beach Flight: David Spilman and Nick Nardo Jr.

Pine Valley Flight: Kevin Donovan and Ray Querey

Pinehurst Flight: Jimmy Fakler and Jon Heisler

Shinnecock Hills Flight: Leonard Iacono and Bob Suppe

Southern Hills Flight: Drew Romans and Michael McFadden

Olympic Club Flight: Harry Papaleo and Craig Fillipone 

Winged Foot Flight: Chris Easton and Rich Easton

Wild Card Team 1: Howard Richardson and Jim Nau

Wild Card Team 2: Jeremy Diehl and Eric Sugrue

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-Hole group played an individual Odd Out game June 28, in which only odd-numbered hole scores were counted.

Janie O’Connor won first place in the first flight, with Theresa Derville in second and Jeanne Drake in third.

Gail Petren won first place in the second flight, with Kathy Nave in second and Valerie Evans in third.

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