More charity golf options

September 16, 2011

The Village Improvement Association is holding its 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 19, at The Peninsula, near Millsboro.

The VIA has performed civic and charitable work in Rehoboth Beach and the surrounding communities in Sussex County since 1909. Tournament proceeds help support the organization’s charitable efforts.

The event begins with a 9 a.m. registration and continental breakfast, followed by a shotgun start. The per-person fee of $125 gives each male and female participant a round of golf, with cart, and a free mulligan.

Competition prizes are available in both gross and net categories for men, women, and mixed teams. Other prize opportunities include a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest-drive competition, the straightest drive for both men and women, and a best poker hand. The organizers didn’t explain how the poker hand competition will be handled. This is a charity fundraiser, so we will not push that issue.

The folks at I.G. Burton & Co. are giving players a chance to win a car with a hole in one on the ninth hole.

In addition, players may buy additional mulligans at $3 each, showing that whoever put this event together has played at least one round at The Peninsula.

A Southern barbecue lunch will also be served. The rain date is Sept. 26, and there will be no refunds. For more information or to register, go to, or call Shirley Fleegle at 302-226-1681.

Local club tournament results
Shawnee Country Club held its annual Club Championship tournament Sept. 10-11. The competition in the men’s open category was extremely close.

Dale Jarrell tied for first in the 36-hole event with Charles Gouert and Scott Shockley with a gross 152. Jarrell then beat the others on the first playoff hole for the championship. Shockley took second place overall, while Gouert finished first in the first flight.

Lisa Hutchins earned a rare repeat of her 2010 victory in the ladies’ championship, with a six-stroke win over second-place finisher Judy Larson. Tammy Croce took third, seven strokes behind Larson.

In the men’s first flight, Jeff Kohel finished in second behind Gouert, followed by Bob Burd. Ed Jackson took first place in the second flight, with Dave Pyne three strokes back and Ken Wheatley in third.

Mike Cavanaugh won the third flight by a single stroke over Terry Johnson. Don Brown earned third-place honors in the flight.

Ken Miller won the fourth flight, followed by Ray Bryan and then Jim Broadhurst. Gene Burdine won the fifth flight over Bill Barnard, with Jack Hammond in third place in that flight.

The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies 18-holers played a low net tournament Sept. 9. Jeanine Doane took first place, followed by Linda Outlaw in second, Linda Pini in third, and Pat Sernyak in fourth. Doane was closest to the pin on the 11th hole.

The Ladies’ 9-hole group at Kings Creek played their own event Sept. 9, and Susan Spence finished in first place. Susie Shevock took second, followed by Linda Mazza in third. Honorable mention went to Pat DeVoll and Kathy Nave.

A Homer Simpson moment

A recent Ruling of the Day at the USGA website had me channeling the spirit of Homer Simpson. Casual water lies on a portion of the putting green, between the hole and a player’s ball. Someone actually asked if it was OK to brush away the water, or mop it up with a towel, before putting.

As Homer would say, D’oh! Of course you can’t, not at that moment at least. It’s considered touching the line of the putt, a no-no.

Your options include moving the ball away from the casual water to a point nearest the condition but not closer to the hole. This can be off the green. You can also keep the ball where it is, belt it hard, and watch the rooster tail as it hits the water.

Once you’re done with the hole, do your fellow golfers a favor and try mopping up the water with the towel.