Inaugural Andrew Geyer Memorial Tournament scheduled for Sept. 11

The Stephen R. Lett Scholarship was recently handed to winner Catherine Burton. Shown are (l-r) Donald T. Burton, grandfather; Marye Burton, mom; Catherine J. Burton, winner; Donald W. Burton, dad; and Jacqueline Burton, grandmother. BY SUBMITTED
August 15, 2014

A new college scholarship golf tournament will take place Sept. 11 at The Rookery North Golf Course, in memory of 2004 state high school golf champion Andrew Geyer.

Geyer was a standout player for the Wesley College golf team, after a stellar record with the Milford High School Buccaneers. On Feb. 15, 2009, he was struck and killed by a drunk driver while walking in Morgantown, W.Va., where Geyer had gone to see a WVU basketball game.

While at Wesley, Geyer was a model student-athlete, finishing in fifth place in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships, and helping Wesley to a seventh-place finish in the 2008 NCAA Division III Championships.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Andrew Joseph Geyer Endowed Scholarship, established at Wesley.

The four-person scramble event has a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The $100 entry fee per player includes range balls, greens fee with cart, prizes and a dinner following the round.

Entries can be turned in at either Rookery Golf Shop. For more information, contact Chris Osberg at Rookery South at 302-684-3000.

Lett’s Play Golf Charity Golf Tournament a success once again

Kings Creek Country Club again played host for the sixth edition of the Lett’s Play Golf tournament July 25.

The event is the major fundraising event for the Stephen R. Lett Scholarship Fund, created to support high school seniors who demonstrate qualities of leadership, academic discipline and community awareness.

An independent panel selects the scholarship winner from among the applicants. Each recipient is provided the financial aid each year of his or her four college years.

Catherine Burton of Rehoboth Beach is the 2014 recipient of a $10,000 college scholarship award. The Cape Henlopen High School graduate will receive $2,500 per year for four years, and attend Temple University in Philadelphia this fall.

This year’s tournament winners were Chase Brockstedt, Sean Mercer, Gary Cecchett, and Kevin Baird, winning first-place gross with a 74. Jamie Davis, Dean Esham, Bill Savage and Lance Abbott won first-place net with a 60.

The second-place gross foursome was Dennis Durkin, Nick Del Campo, Ed Ota and Sean Mercer (Blind Draw). Second-place net went to the team of David Spilman, Jimmy Fakler, Drew Romans and Keith Engle.

Third-place net honors went to Leonard Iacono, John Eisenbrey, Joe Capano and Jimmy Powell. The foursome of Dorrie Spilman, Cory Warther, Ryan Storrie and Geoff Riddell took fourth-place net.

Kings Creek Head golf professional Kevin Wiest said, “This tournament is always one of the most exciting events of the season. We were able to raise over $30,000 in scholarship funds this year.”

Scholarship Fund President Stephen R. Lett said, “With the high cost of a college education today, we are pleased that our tournament attracts so many players and sponsors who want to make a difference in a young person’s life.”

More information on the Scholarship Fund is available at

Local club competition results

The Rehoboth Beach Country Club 18 Ladies’ Day event Aug. 12 featured a best 2 ball of team format. Judy Bennett, Beth Carpenter, Pam McCrery and Gayle Truitt were first net with a score of 120. McCrery was also first in the individual gross category with her 78.

In the gross category, the team of Carol Wetherhold, Elaine Taylor, Kim Stockson and Pauline Porter took first place. Kim Stockson’s 67 won first-place net in the individual competition.

The Kings Creek Country Club Ladies 18 Hole Golf League played a Stableford low net contest Aug. 7.

Marilyn Hewitt won first place in the first flight, followed by Linda Outlaw in second and Vicki Tull in third.

Prabhat Karapurkar finished in first place in the second flight, with Dorrie Spillman taking second and Leslie Ledogar in third.

Gail Petren won the third flight, while Pattie Magee took second and Trish Galioto came in third. She also was closest to the pin on the eighth hole, at only 3-feet-2-inches.

The Kings Creek Ladies 9 Hole gang played Aug. 11, with the team of Mary Beth Merolla, Shirley Maloney, and Barbara Morales taking first place. Morales also won closest to the pin honors on the 16th hole.

The Sussex Pines Country Club Ladies Golf Association played a Net Par or Better competition Aug. 12. Carol Love won first place, while Barb Willin finished second and Susan Shockley came in third.