Lightships, battleships, pole dancers and golf

September 30, 2011

Chuck Patalive is one of those folks whose volunteer activities add so much to the Cape Region’s reputation as a great place to live.

I first met Patalive a few years ago, when he began helping the Rehoboth Beach Film Society with critical website creation and management needs. He continues to do fine work for the Film Society, as it prepares for its upcoming Film Festival Nov. 9-13.

In addition, Patalive is an active volunteer with the Overfalls Lightship, the maritime museum floating alongside the canal in Lewes at the Canalfront Park.

As for golf, however, Patalive is just not interested. He recently told me, “I’d rather be defeated in 15 minutes rather than 3 hours.”

Others involved with historic ships feel differently about the game, however, which was the point of a recent note Patalive passed along to me.

The Battleship New Jersey Second Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser is set for Monday, Oct. 10 at the Sea Oaks Country Club, in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cocktails begin flowing at 5:30 p.m., followed by an awards dinner at 6 p.m.

Net proceeds benefit the maintenance, preservation, restoration, and educational programs of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, in Camden, N.J. ( A fee of $150 per participant pays for the greens fee and cart, meals, the cocktail reception, and a gift bag.

For more information, contact the Battleship New Jersey's Jack Willard, at 856-966-1652.

Pole dancers and golfers
On one of my very first golf vacations over 20 years ago, a few members of our group enjoyed the off-course entertainment options in Myrtle Beach, such as the “gentlemen’s clubs” along Route 17. The rest of our gang went down there solely for the golf, of course, with the possible exception of dinner at the Hooters restaurant.

According to a press release sent to me recently, a new golf product has yet another tie-in to the kinds of activities often observed at those gent’s joints (or so I’m told).

The iTac2 Sports Grip comes in a small tub, and a small dab of the stuff allegedly does wonders for holding onto golf clubs with less effort and tension.

Made of organic beeswax, the new product is supposed to improve one’s grip in all sorts of weather conditions, such as last weekend’s humidity. The press release says the goo will also help golfers suffering from arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, or other problems that make it hard to hold a golf club securely.

Apparently the new product found its first big response among fitness pole dancers. Here’s the main quote: “iTac2 Pole Dance Grip has become standard equipment for pole dancing for exercise, which is incredibly athletic, requiring great skill and a high level of fitness,” says Peter Simpson, the agent for the company in North America.

Two Australian brothers developed the sticky stuff. It’s now popular with Down Under athletes in many sports, such as rugby, tennis, paddling, lawn bowling, Australian Rules Football, and golf—and, one presumes, Australian pole dancers.

For more information, visit, and see if the $19.95 for the 1.6 ounce container is worth it to you—for golf, pole dancing, or otherwise.

Losing count, but adding strokes
The Sept. 27 USGA Ruling of the Day discusses what happens if a golfer discovers he has 15 clubs in his bag after his competitor tees off on the second hole, but before he makes his own tee shot.

The rules mavens decided that since he hadn’t yet started play on the second hole, the golfer only picks up a two-stroke penalty under medal play, or one lost hole in match play.

By the way, Shawnee Country Club has a nice sale going on right now at its pro shop, featuring new wedges and other clubs. When you buy your new clubs, though, please remember to put the old clubs back in your car’s trunk before the next round.