Another chance to thank those who served our country

August 31, 2012

Labor Day Weekend 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of a great opportunity to show your appreciation for the sacrifices made by our nation’s men and women in uniform.

Founded and spearheaded by PGA professional Dan Rooney, who himself did three tours of military duty in Iraq, Patriot Golf Day gives golfers a chance to donate funds to be used for college scholarships for the U.S. military dependents who have had a spouse or parent killed or disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2008, nearly 4,000 golf courses participated, and last year the number of participating courses topped 5,000. More than $12 million has been raised thus far, supporting thousands of scholarships.

As in prior years, several Cape Region and Sussex golf courses are setting up donation sites for golfers through the entire Labor Day weekend. These include Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville, Baywood Greens Golf Club in Long Neck, The Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Millsboro, The Rookery Golf Club South in Milton, Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View, Hoopers Landing Golf Course in Seaford and Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville. For more information, go to You can also make a direct donation to this address: Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055.

Brockstedt to represent Delaware

Chase Brockstedt, the repeat club champion for Kings Creek Country Club, also played very well in this year’s Delaware Amateur and Delaware Open. His 2012 competitive season continues with his recent selection as a member of the Delaware State Team in this year’s USGA State Team Championship.

The 54-hole event will be held this year at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., Sept. 19-21. Using stroke play rules, the team scores are made up from the two lowest scores of the three individuals for each 18-hole round. In addition to the teams from all 50 states, two additional teams will also participate, one from Puerto Rico and the other from the District of Columbia. Galloway National is not far from Atlantic City, and therefore is a pleasant ferry ride and then a short hike up the Garden State Parkway from the Cape Region. If you are interested in attending the event to cheer on Chase and his playing partners, or would like more information, visit the USGA website at, or call Kings Creek Country Club pro Kevin Wiest at 302-227-8953.

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies 18-hole golf group played a 3-2-1 game Aug. 16, won by Jeannine Doane, Melanie Pereira, Mary Mezger and Betsy Alwood.

Rosanne Smith won the closest to the pin contest that day on the fifth hole.

On Aug. 20, the Kings Creek Ladies 9-holers played a Criers game. In this format, golfers play their own ball, but on the four worst holes, the scores are substituted by par minus the player’s handicap as the score.

Chris Sullivan won, with Sally Horvath taking second place and Kathy Nave finishing third.

Sue Eisenbrey put her tee shot to within 7-feet-7-inches on the 11th hole to win that day’s closest to the pin contest.

The Kings Creek Ladies 18-hole group played its own Criers tournament Aug. 23. Sherry Pie won the first flight, while Ana Dittel took second place, followed by Linda Eicher in third.

In the second flight, Gail Petren took first place. Mary Mezger came in second, and Prabha Karapurkar came in third.

Luanne Zabytko won the closest to the pin contest on the 16th hole, with an approach that finished 16-feet-6-inches from the pin.

On Aug. 27, the Kings Creek Ladies 9-hole group played a straight low net game. Mary Beth Merolla won first place, while Kathy Nave finished second, and Donna Davis finished third. Davis also won the closest to the pin contest on the 16th hole, with a shot ending only 11-feet-10-inches away.