Jean and Joan Cancer Fund the big winner at Sept. 30 tournament

October 11, 2013
This foursome from Rehoboth Beach Country Club recently won the Women's Peninsula Golf Association Annual Officer Appreciation Tournament at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover. Shown are (l-r) Judy Bennett, Sheila Halfpenny, Elise Coar and Gayle Truitt. BY SUBMITTED

The 14th Annual Jean & Joan Cancer Fund Golf Tournament enjoyed great weather and a large turnout Sept. 30 at Kings Creek Country Club.

Thus far, the tournament’s proceeds have generated more than $355,000 in combined donations supporting cancer patient services at the Tunnell Cancer Center at Beebe Medical Center near Rehoboth Beach.

The fund began in 1999 in memory of cancer victims Jean James and Joan Martin, and has been a fixture on the Kings Creek tournament calendar ever since.

As before, the tournament featured a scramble format. Players enjoyed a kick-off luncheon, a post-tournament reception and dinner with prizes, and both silent and live auctions.

This year’s first-place team included Richard Caruso, Mark Sordi, Leo Eschbach and Marva Deloney.

Second-place honors went to the team of Jim Martin, Craig Martin, Mark Baker and Tom Friscia.

Kings Creek Head Golf Professional Kevin Wiest said, “With 56 golfers and great weather, we had a good competitive tournament, and everyone had a good time.”

Fund President James Martin said, “We are pleased by the good turnout for the tournament, and the generous support of our many sponsors. Congratulations to our tournament winners for helping to spearhead this great cause.”

Cape Henlopen Golf Team Invitational Nov. 3

Claudio Smarrelli will resume his coaching duties next spring for the Cape Henlopen High School varsity golf team, but that doesn’t mean he’s slacking off during the fall.

He’s busy trying to raise some much-needed support for the Vikings.

Smarrelli recently let me know about the upcoming Cape Henlopen Golf Team Invitational Tournament, to be held Nov. 3 at Kings Creek CC.

Starting tee time is set for 11:30 a.m., so there’s time for the fog to lift but also plenty of time to finish before dark. The field is open to 24 players.

The $125 per player fee pays for the round with a cart, dinner, and prizes. There’s also a cash bar for adult beverages.

If you don’t have a foursome already in mind, the club pro will set you up with other individual golfers.

The tournament entry deadline is Sunday, Oct. 27. For more information, contact the Cape Athletic Office at 302-645-7099, or coach Smarrelli at 302-381-1058 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

WPGA winners from Rehoboth Beach Country Club

The Women’s Peninsula Golf Association held its Officer Appreciation Tournament at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover recently, and the ladies of Rehoboth Beach Country Club did their club proud.

The team of Judy Bennett, Sheila Halfpenny, Elise Coar and Gayle Truitt won the net category of the two-better ball event with a combined score of 136.

Local club competition results

On Oct. 3, the Kings Creek Country Club 18 Hole Ladies Golf League played three clubs and a putter. That is a challenging format, because it is not always obvious which three clubs players should use, and which of the remaining ten should stay locked in the trunk.

In the first flight, Jeannine Doane took first place, with Barbara Wisnieski in second and Anita Pettitt in third. Doane also won the closest to the pin contest, on the eighth hole.

Prabhat Karapurkar won first place in the second flight, while Brenda Butterfield finished in second and Margie Moore came in third.

It’s Leaf Rule time again

October means falling leaves, and that means it’s time for The Leaf Rule, first noted in this column in 1999.

Suppose a player hits a drive and can trace its trajectory to a spot in the rough or fairway, amongst a gathering of orange, yellow and brown leaves.

Under the Rules of Golf, the ball is to be declared officially lost if it can’t be found after a five-minute search.

The player is supposed to return to the original spot and try again, with a penalty stroke added just for spite.

The Leaf Rule fixes all that.

The player announces in a loud voice that The Leaf Rule is going to be applied, drops a new ball in the approximate location she believes it actually landed, and plays on without a penalty stroke.

The creator of The Leaf Rule was a genius.

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