Baywood Greens' 18th hole was the backdrop for the Fifth annual Delaware's Strongest Man Competition and the 2013 Teen National event Sept. 22. The event pitted competitors from across the country against each other in five events designed to test overall strength. Men and women each compete in axle press, sandbag carry, tire flip, keg toss and atlas stone lift in en route to crowning the day's champions.
Winning the teen national's lightweight division was Jed Thomas of Indiana, who won two events and placed second in the other three. Heavyweight winner Nick Hadge of Massachusetts won four of five events, including an axle press of 325 pounds.
Three women qualified for the 2014 national event for their efforts at Baywood Greens. Winner Michael Scharnach won four events to cruise to the victory. Alexandra Dantec and Gina D'Amico rounded out the top three.
Brian Graper and Adam Feit each put in quality efforts, winning the lightweight 200 and lightweight 231 divisions, respectively. After finishing third in the axle press event, Feit swept the final four events to claim victory. Graper never finished lower than second in an event to prove consistency is also key to success. Both men qualified for the 2014 nationals.
Frank Quartucci was the only competitor in the heavyweight 232 division, but still put forth a solid effort, recording the heaviest lift in the axle press event at 345 pounds.
The event was run by Kyle Bixler and Team Bix. Bixler said Delaware's Strongest Man will return to the Cape Region in 2014. For more information about Team Bix, go to teamsbix.wix.com/teambixstrength.