Preparing for golf and tax season, and more Oscar fun

March 10, 2011

Cape Region golfers are finally in a position to finish and file their federal income tax returns, especially for those seeking a refund of hard-earned cash now held by our friends at the Internal Revenue Service.

Thanks to Congress and the administration’s extended dilly-dallying last fall over whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, the IRS needed extra time to make computer programming changes, mainly for the more complex Form 1040 returns. There wasn’t much point in working on these filings until the Treasury Department was ready for them, by the end of February. This delay had a particular impact upon the taxpayers who itemize a variety of deductions, such as charitable donations.

And that’s where golf comes into the picture.

I recently received my first invitation of 2011 to a well-deserving charity golf tournament from the good folks at the Children’s Beach House.

This year’s CBH Golf Classic will be held May 26, at The Peninsula on Indian River Bay near Millsboro. Ellison Carey of Merrill Lynch in Dover is the lead sponsor, but several additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the two-ball, best of four shamble format event.

These sponsorships, with various amenities attached, range from $500 at the bronze level all the way to the diamond/naming sponsor level at $10,000.

If you’d just like to play in thetournament instead, a single golfer entry fee is $175, and foursomes can be arranged. For those interested in simply enjoying the tournament’s poolside barbecue buffet after the round, that’s a mere $50.

As you can imagine, the folks at the Children’s Beach House would be perfectly fine with accepting all or a portion of your tax refund from last year as the source of funds for your tax-deductible contribution toward their 2011 golf tournament.

See how easy that is?

To register for the tournament, call 302-655-4288, or go to

More Oscar fun
In a recent column I discussed the Oscar-nominated movie “The King’s Speech,” starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, in connection with a review of a collection of P.G. Wodehouse’s golf stories.

I have since learned there is a far more direct connection to golf for this year’s Best Picture award winner, which also won Best Director, Best Actor for Firth, and Best Original Screenplay.

In a Feb. 28 piece in The Telegraph newspaper of London, England, Show Business Editor Anita Singh wrote about how a round of golf led to the movie being made.

As she described it, a British theatrical agent named Joan Lane read the script with a view toward making it into a play. After a keen lack of interest expressed by various stage producers, she then arranged for a dramatic reading of the script at a London theater.

Lane’s husband plays golf with Richard Hooper, and Meredith Hooper joined her husband at the reading among the invited guests. Mrs. Hooper loved it, and told her son, director Tom Hooper, that he should make the film.

As the Oscar-winning director said at the Oscar ceremony, “The moral of the story is: listen to your mother.”

Even more important, you just never know how the connections you make while playing golf will pan out. In this case, those of us who are big fans of “The King’s Speech” would certainly agree.

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