Cape golf team finishes regular season with more wins

May 17, 2019

The Cape Henlopen High School golf team finished its regular match season in fine form with three straight victories.

Ben Skelley’s 42 won medalist honors May 14 at Heritage Shores as the Vikings defeated Woodbridge, 179-218. Senior Dane Palmer was second for Cape with his 44, with Tommy Burn posting a 46. Reed Jones and Quinn McCullough tied for the fourth scoring spot with 47s.

The Vikings also played well during a successful tri-meet against Milford and Delmarva Christian May 8, winning 170-204 and 170-200, respectively.

Palmer shot a two-over par 37 for medalist honors in his last home match. Fellow senior Saxon Kalb posted a 45 and senior Reed Jones shot a 46. Junior Ben Skelley’s 42 completed the team scoring on Cape’s Senior Day.

The Vikings finished 11-4 for the season, and next play in the Henlopen Conference Championship Tuesday, May 21.

A fitting way to improve your golf game (part 1)

It is so much easier now to tailor your golf equipment to your abilities. An option that was once thought to be limited to golf professionals is now wide open for golfers of all abilities. 

At the May 4 Demo Day at Rookery South, club reps from Titleist, Callaway, Cobra, Ping and Mizuno enjoyed a steady business from golfers trying out new clubs and placing orders for new equipment. Several reps kept their Trackman launch monitors running to capture their potential customers’ swings and help find fitting solutions. Mizuno’s Chuck Henry used his company’s 3D Shaft Analyzer to narrow down the potential choices.

Lewes resident Brad Cowen is a new and enthusiastic convert to the idea that regular golfers should be fitted for their clubs. “It was great. I’ve never been fitted before. I was always a Dick’s Sporting Goods kind of guy when it came to buying clubs,” Cowen said. “It was nice to be able to try each one of the clubs on the same day.”

When I met Cowen, he was finishing up a fitting and the purchase of a new set of Mizuno irons from Henry. “The Mizunos just felt right,” Cowen said. “It’s a pretty huge purchase, but it’s worth it not to be frustrated. You can really feel the difference.”

Part of Cowen’s fitting included trying several different shaft models for his new clubs. He said the different options altered how he perceived the clubhead weight.

Part 2 of this piece will appear in next week’s column. 

Brewer’s ace at American Classic

Congratulations to Barbara Brewer of Lewes for her hole in one May 9 at American Classic Golf Club. Brewer used her trusty Ping 5-iron and a Nike golf ball she bought during the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional for the 110-yard shot on the par 3 fifth hole. 

She said she was disappointed that no one was at the club’s bar when she finished the round, because she was ready to buy some drinks. 

Perhaps her friends can convince her to give them a rain check (along with an adult beverage) to celebrate her triumph.

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club tournament June 6

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 10th annual charity golf tournament Thursday, June 6, at The Peninsula. Tournament proceeds support Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, the Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club, and Long Neck-area youth programs and organizations.

Entry fees are $150 per player or $600 per foursome, and cover the round, practice range, drink tickets for the refreshment cart or cocktail hour, a box lunch, and dinner. There are several prizes as well as on-course competitive events during the tournament. A $5,000 putting contest splits the take between the winner and the Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club in the winner’s name.

Registration is available at

FOP Lodge #2 holding second annual charity tournament

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 will hold its second annual charity golf tournament Friday, June 14, at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown. The event supports the Health and Welfare Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors.

Tee off for the scramble shotgun best ball format is at 9 a.m. The $95 per player fee covers the cart and round, pre-tournament breakfast and after-round luncheon, along with auction and door prizes.

For more information, contact Robert Schappert at 410-271-5480 or

Local club competition results

The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies played a team net competition May 8. Daisey Hudson, Kim Stockson, and Ann Cunningham won first place, with Stockson earning individual low gross honors. Elise Coar was closest to the pin on the third hole.

The Kings Creek Ladies 9-Hole group played a team net Stableford game May 8. Golfers earned individual Stableford points for each hole, and team scores were combined using an ABCD format. 

Linda Miniscalco, Tina Brown (blind draw), and Kathy Nave won first place. Hope Lavachia, Linda Miniscalco (blind draw), and Jeanne Drake took second. Bernie Reid, Sandy Neverett, and Debbie D’Orazio finished third. Jane Perkins won closest to the pin on the seventh hole.




  • Fritz Schranck has been writing about the Cape Region's golf community since 1999. Snippets, stories and anecdotes from his columns are included in his new book, "Hole By Hole: Golf Stories from Delaware's Cape Region and Beyond," which is available at the Cape Gazette offices, Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Biblion Books in Lewes, and local golf courses. His columns and book reviews are available at

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