Sunday golf gang’s ace streak continues

September 6, 2013
Lisa Hutchins, the defending club champion at The Rookery Golf Clubs, celebrates her Aug. 31 ace at the 140-yard, par 3 ninth hole at The Rookery North. Hutchins used a three wood into a heavy wind to score her first-ever hole in one. COURTESY JIM HUTCHINS

Annie Get Your Gun” is a famous Broadway musical, based very, very loosely on the life and times of Annie Oakley. The hit play and later hit movie included several memorable songs by Irving Berlin, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun.”

However, perhaps the most famous number in the long-running play is “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.”

It appears that Lisa Hutchins, the defending women’s club champion for The Rookery Golf Clubs, must have been listening to this song. She decided to show her regular Sunday playing companions the golfing equivalent of Annie Oakley’s sharpshooting skills.

After all, earlier this summer two of those regulars, John Cullen and Rich Collins, scored holes in one on the 111-yard par 3 13th hole at Rookery North.

Hutchins went one better on them Aug. 31. Playing into the teeth of a two-club wind, she made her first-ever hole in one on the 140-yard, par 3 ninth hole at Rookery North.

“I didn’t see it,” she explained. "I hit my three-wood because it was so windy, and I thought when the ball landed on the green that I hit it too far. I thought it had rolled all the way to the back. Alan Wagamon checked the hole before I did, and that’s how I knew."

Hutchins is a past club champion of Shawnee Country Club and an avid golfer along with her husband, Jim, who watched his wife’s ace. Jim’s mother has also had a hole in one. Jim is still waiting for his to happen.

Charity golf tournaments filling Cape Region September calendar

The fall golf season in the Cape Region often includes several golf tournament fundraisers, and this year is no exception.

The Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens is holding the Sussex County edition of its annual three-county tournament schedule Thursday, Sept. 26, at Baywood Greens in Long Neck.

Registration fees are $175 per player, and proceeds go toward identifying and funding programs to enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disabilities. The foundation is perhaps best known for the annual Blue-Gold All-Star football game, pitting upstate football players against equally talented players from downstate schools. However, the golf tournaments have also been major contributors in recent years toward DFRC’s fundraising goals.

The four-player-per-team scramble event begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m., with lunch and beverages furnished during the round. A 19th hole, dinner and award ceremony takes place in the evening.

Sponsorship opportunities remain available. For more information, check the DFRC website at, or contact Renee Blessington at 302-454-2730.

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center will hold its Annual Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 30, at The Peninsula Golf & Country Club. The event helps sustain the operating expenses of the popular center on Christian Street in Rehoboth Beach.

The $125 fee per player includes registration, a 9 a.m. shotgun start for the 18 holes, the cart, a buffet lunch, a 50/50 raffle opportunity and a silent auction.

For more details, contact Leslie Boehlert, executive director, at 302-227-2055.

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies 9-hole group played their regular event Aug. 29. Caroline Ortwein won first-place honors, and also won the closest to the pin contest. Chris Sullivan took second place, and Judy Pezone finished in third.

The Kings Creek 18-Hole Ladies Golf League also competed Aug. 29 in a Low Net format.

Anita Pettitt won first place in the first flight, with Judy Wetzel finishing in second and Sherry Pie coming in third. In the second flight, Barb Hines came in first, with Donna Vaughn taking second and Carol Simon in third.

Karen Harrington won first place in the third flight, while Joanne Yurik took second and Mary Mezger took third.

Wetzel was closest to the pin on the eighth hole, with her attempt finishing 10-feet-4-inches away.

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