Spring charity golf tournament schedule filling up

April 13, 2012

It is spring, and a young man’s fancy lightly turns to love. It is also spring in the Cape Region, when a tournament committee’s fancy turns to charity golf events.

Fortunately, local golf courses, both public and private, are happy to participate. This year is no exception.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority will hold its 12th annual Golf Tournament Wednesday, May 9, at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. The event supports the John P. “Pat” Healy Scholarship program.

Healy was a longtime member of the DSWA Board of Directors, serving from 1994 until his untimely passing in June 2003. He encouraged and supported programs for education and environmental improvements in Delaware.

To further these goals, the Healy scholarship program offers renewable $2,000 scholarships to Delaware students for coursework in environmental engineering or environmental science at a Delaware college or university. To date, the program has awarded more than $58,000 in scholarship funds.

Brunch and registration begin May 9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Tee times are available for singles at $180 and twosomes for $350, while foursomes can be sponsored for $600.

The organizers are seeking additional sponsors, as well as donations for the goody bags to be given to the players. Those interested may also donate door prizes, or make an additional donation so the DSWA can purchase door prizes in the donor’s name.

For more information, contact Jodie H. Sleva, tournament coordinator at DSWA, at 302-739-5361, or email

The second annual St. Jude the Apostle golf tournament will be held Friday, May 18, at Sussex Pines Country Club near Georgetown. Proceeds from this event will be applied to support the St. Jude Building Fund for the church’s property on Route 1 in Nassau.

On-course registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Lewes Auto Mall is sponsoring a hole-in-one contest on the third hole, with the winner driving home a 2012 Buick Verona.

The $85 tournament entry fee provides for the round of golf, a golf cart, lunch after the round, and a goody bag for each player.

The tournament organizers are actively canvassing for additional sponsors. For example, hole signs are available for $100 apiece, and donations toward door prizes are also welcome.

For more information, contact Merrill Romer at 302-645-1975.

If your organization is holding a charity golf event in the Cape Region, feel free to contact me with the information, so that it can be publicized in this column.

In addition, the local clubs will soon start up their competition season. We are also happy to publish the results, good and bad, on these pages.

Another instructional video from the United States Golf Association
The USGA provides several valuable educational services at its website, For example, the official mavens of golf recently issued their third instructional video in a continuing series, which you can watch at For avid golfers, this hyperlink gives away the video’s subject matter. For the rest of us, the video explains what to do about immovable obstructions.

Based on how Bubba Watson played his second playoff hole in this year’s Masters Tournament, it does not appear that he is troubled by any obstruction, immovable or not.

The game is more important than any one player
A recent USGA golf decision that invokes Rule 6-8b may appear to be a bit heartless, but under some conditions it is more important to be fair to all golfers than just one.
In a match play event, the course becomes unplayable. The tournament committee suspends the match, and announces that play will resume the next day. One golfer says he can’t play at the rescheduled time.

The ruling couldn’t be more blunt - if that golfer doesn’t show up, he’s disqualified.