Club championship season is upon us

August 17, 2012
In the Men's Club Championship, Chase Brockstedt, left, fired two rounds of 74-73 for a two-day total of 147. This is the seventh club championship for Chase. The men's net champion was Brandon Romans, who won with net scores of 73-72 and a two-day net total of 145. SOURCE SUBMITTED

It’s that time of the year when Cape Region golf clubs hold their championship tournaments for their regular players and members.

Chase Brockstedt recently followed up a sterling performance in this year’s Delaware Open tournament at the end of July, with a repeat finish as club champion at Kings Creek Country Club.

This was Brockstedt’s seventh club championship at Kings Creek. This time he played the two-round event with a total of 147 (74-73).

In the men’s net category, Brandon Romans won first place with a two-day net total of 145 (73-72 net).

Emma Sills scored a fine two-round 149 (74-75), earning her first Kings Creek Ladies Club championship. Former Cape Henlopen High School varsity golfer Sam Purple blew up a bit on the first day with a net 80. She stormed back the second day with a net 65, which earned the young Cape teacher her second Ladies Net Championship in a row.

Dale Brown won the Men’s Senior Club Championship with his score of 162 for the two-day event, coming back from a three-shot deficit to win. Joe Graham won the Senior Net Championship with a one-under par net 141, featuring a net 67 in the second round.

Linda Outlaw won Kings Creek’s first ever Ladies Senior Club Championship with a two-day gross score of 185, helped along with her second round score of 85. Linda Eicher earned her victory in the Senior Ladies Net category, with a two-day net total of 140 (69-71 net).

Kings Creek also held its first Men’s Super Senior championship, with Bob Minutella scoring a two-day total of 157 (74-83) to win the inaugural event. Gene Muse won the net category, with a second round net 63 contributing to his two-day net 136.

The Rookery will use both of its courses this year for its first Club Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9. Play begins on Saturday on the South Course at routes 1 and 16, with tee times beginning at noon. The second round takes place on Sunday at the Rookery North Course at Shawnee in Milford, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The $25 fee goes toward prizes, and players can sign up at either course.

The Rookery Club Championship should be a fun event, pitting players whose regular rounds are at one or the other course, but not both. Bragging rights are at stake, y’see.

If your Cape Region club held or is holding its club championship, we’re happy to tell Cape Gazette readers about it. Just send in an email with the details.

Some ricochets are more painful than others

A recent United States Golf Association Ruling of the Day reminds us not to stray onto the wrong fairway if at all possible.

In this situation, a golfer’s errant swing pushes his ball into an adjacent fairway. Before the ball comes to a stop, however, a golfer playing that hole manages to hit the first player’s ball while swinging at his own ball. The first player’s ball can’t be found, while the second player’s ball bounces to a stop 20 yards away.

According to the USGA, each golfer has to treat the other as an “outside agency,” just as if a cocker spaniel ran onto the course and decided that golf balls are just the most fun to play with ever.

If the first player had been able to find his ball, he would play it where it ended up, without a penalty. Since it disappeared, however, he has to proceed with a stroke and distance penalty as with any other lost ball.

The second player simply has to play his ball as it lies. There’s no additional penalty stroke, over and above the practical penalty of waiting to see if any golf balls are flying toward him before he swings.

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