DSGA scholarships and upcoming golf tournaments

March 29, 2013

Longtime Rehoboth Beach Country Club golf pro Ron Barrows is still very active in the state golf community, and especially with the Delaware State Golf Association. He recently sent out a note seeking high school student applications for the next round of the DSGA Scholarship Fund.

The deadline for filing for these awards is Wednesday, May 1, so if you know of a deserving applicant, or are one yourself, don’t delay.

The fund awarded its first such scholarship in 1988. More than 100 students have been the lucky recipients of this significant financial support for college expenses. To date, more than $800,000 in scholarship grants have been made.

The scholarships help support the grantees for four years. Applicants are expected to demonstrate community involvement, academic achievement and a love for the game of golf.

That last part should be the easiest.

The board overseeing the fund also asks that the applicants note any interest in future career paths involving golf, whether it be in agronomy, course management or work as a golf professional. However, Barrows also hastened to note that this interest is not a requirement for receiving a scholarship.
Given the troubles plaguing the American golf industry in the last several years, that should be a relief.

Scholarship applications can be found at the DSGA website, Go to the Juniors section and click on the Scholarships link. You can also contact Barrows at

The scholarship winners are traditionally announced at the luncheon for the Rehoboth Beach Junior Open, typically held at RBCC the second week of June.

DSWA Scholarship Event

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is holding its 13th Annual Golf Tournament Wednesday, May 8, at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. The tournament supports the John P. “Pat” Healy Scholarship program that offers a renewable $2,000 scholarship to Delaware students studying environmental engineering or environmental science at a Delaware college or university. Thus far, the DSWA has awarded $54,000 in scholarship grants.

Healy was a member of the DSWA board from 1994 until his untimely passing in 2003.

The tournament begins with a brunch from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Single players can participate for $180, with twosomes charged $350 and foursomes costing $600.

The DSWA is seeking local sponsors for the event. Help can be supplied with door prizes, cash donations and items for goody bags (160 pieces minimum). Gold, silver and bronze sponsorships are also available, in increments of $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000, respectively.

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware benefit tournament

The 3rd Annual Irish Eyes Open is so much fun that it takes two days to enjoy all it offers.

This year’s event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-20, beginning with a reception and auction held at Irish Eyes Lewes from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday. The reception includes an open bar and dinner, and both live and silent auctions.

The golf starts with registration June 20 at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The shotgun start begins at noon, and a box lunch is provided. A cocktail hour, barbecue and awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The tournament fundraiser helps support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, especially the Rehoboth Beach club.

Plenty of sponsorship opportunities remain. For more information, call 302-545-7645 or email

Snowed out

The scheduled March 25 first-day match of the Cape Henlopen High School golf team took a back seat to a rare spring snowstorm. The Vikings rescheduled their match against Smyrna High School to March 27 at Rehoboth Beach CC. If the weather holds, the team was scheduled to travel to Sussex Pines Country Club March 28 for the second match of the year, with Cape High’s spring break putting off the third match until Wednesday, April 8.

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