Cape golfers bounce back with victory

May 4, 2012

This year’s Cape Henlopen High School Vikings golf team has experienced the occasional stumble in their conference matches. Nonetheless, an April 23 away victory over Lake Forest should have raised the team’s spirits a bit.

The 181-209 victory on the front nine at Rookery North at Shawnee featured two Cape players sharing medalist honors. Chase Nelson and Michael Johnson shot a pair of 43s to lead all golfers.

Sophomore Esther Toletti’s 47 was third best for the Vikings, while Mason Jones completed the team scoring with a 48. Robert Prettyman was fifth best with his 50, and Michael DeStasio finished sixth among the Viking golfers with a 55.

Local club competition results
The Kings Creek Ladies 9-Hole group competed in an unusual format April 23, called “1, 2, 3, You’re Out.” For this tournament, the players threw out their three worst holes, and based their final tally on what they scored on the remaining six.

Pat DeVoll won first place, followed by Sue Eisenbrey in second and Kathy Nave in third. Eisenbrey also won closest to the pin honors for the day.

The Kings Creek Ladies 18-Hole group competed April 26, in their traditional two-flight arrangement. Faye Slatcher won the first flight, followed by Marilyn Hewitt in second and Anita Pettitt in third.

In the second flight, Mary Mezger won first place. Beth Magnus finished in second, while Mardee Corbett took third and Rita Musi finished in fourth.

Slatcher finished closest to the pin, with an approach that stopped seventeen and one-half feet from the hole.

2012 KCCC officers elected
At an April 29 meeting, the Kings Creek Country Club Ladies Golf Association held its annual election of officers. Prabha Karapurkar is this year’s president and Faye Slatcher is vice president. Bernie Reid is treasurer and Nancy Barlow is secretary. Sue Eisenbrey is the 9-hole representative and Kathy Nave is the 9-hole co-chair. Ruth Bender chairs the 18-hole tournament group.

The association also held its opening four-person scramble tournament. Winnie Sewell, Francie Young, and Chris Pettitt won the event as a threesome. Anita Pettitt, Rita Musi, and Kathy Nave also competed as a threesome and took second place.

Rosanne Smith, Dorrie Spilman, Sheree Mixell and Diane Clark finished in third place, while Linda Outlaw, Ann Farley, Melanie Pereira and Susie Shevock made up the fourth-place finishers.

Rosanne Smith’s approach shot on the fifth hole ended up 43 feet 2 inches from the hole, but that result held for closest to the pin. Anita Pettitt, on the other hand, put her tee shot only 4 feet 2 inches from the eighth hole for her individual honors for the day.

Return to Pinehurst

A few weeks ago I returned to Pinehurst, N.C., for my second experience competing in the Golf Writers’ Association of America annual pre-Masters tournament.

In this and succeeding columns, I’ll be discussing the courses we've played, along with some of the folks with whom I was fortunate enough to share a round.

Our first round took place at Mid-Pines, the 1921-era Donald Ross gem along Midland Road. This is a gorgeous property in the spring, and we were blessed to see hundreds of dogwoods and azaleas in full bloom.

I played that day with Kevin Drum, a golf marketing executive and the son of Bob Drum, the famous golf writer and Arnold Palmer pal. Kevin spent much of his formative years growing up in Pinehurst, and pointed out an adjoining home along the course where he spent much of his grade school times. It turned out that we both share an interest in film festivals, so we had something to chat about besides occasionally wretched tee shots.

The course was in great shape, although the greens featured a light bit of top dressing from a recent aeration.

Donald Ross greens are already a tough challenge for most golfers. The top dressing did not make putting any easier. Nonetheless, I had my best round ever on that course.