Cape golf team loses first match of 2019 season

March 29, 2019

The Cape Henlopen High School golf team’s 2019 season began on a typically cold, blustery day at Rehoboth Beach Country Club March 26. The Vikings lost to the Caesar Rodney Riders, 168-184. Caesar Rodney’s Weston Harrington won medalist honors with a very good 3-over par 35.

Vikings senior Saxon Kalb led Cape with his 42. A quadruple bogey eight on the par 4 second hole marred an otherwise good day. “I felt pretty good,” Kalb said. “Other than that second hole, I liked it. It felt pretty strong.”

Fellow senior Dane Palmer was second best for the Vikings with his 43. “I had trouble judging what club to hit today,” he said. “I was a half club to a full club short a lot of the time.”

His judgment wasn’t off the entire round. On the par 5 ninth, Palmer pitched nicely to the green above the hole and sank a tricky putt for birdie.

Reed Jones finished third for Cape with a 48, while Anthony Koot’s 51 completed the team scoring.

Cape head coach Rob Harrod said, “I am disappointed that we lost, but I saw all sorts of good stuff from my guys. There is plenty to be optimistic about. We know for sure what we need to work on, and the team is committed to doing that and being ready for our next match.”

LPGA Amateur Golf Association Kick-Off event 

In 2018, the Executive Women’s Golf Association joined an alliance with the LPGA Foundation, renaming itself at the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

The long-running group provides a community for women golfers. LPGA Amateur chapters can be found in 110 cities in the United States and internationally.

The 23rd Kick-Off event for the Delmarva Peninsula region is set for 11 a.m., Sunday, April 14, at Bear Trap Dunes. The day includes a buffet lunch, nine holes of golf or a golf clinic, and prizes. All women golfers are invited, but preregistration by Sunday, April 7, is required. There will also be a drawing for a free membership for new members.

To register, go to For more information, contact Diane Heath at

Rules of Golf Seminar April 19

One of the most extensive changes ever made to the Rules of Golf went into effect Jan. 1. Every televised professional tournament since then has shown incidents affected by the new regulations.

To help golfers understand and apply the new rules, Rehoboth Beach Country Club will host a seminar at 4 p.m., Friday, April 19, in the club’s ballroom. The event is open to club members, local PGA professionals and the public.

Jeremy Greiner is on the PGA of America Rules Committee and will conduct the seminar. He has officiated many PGA events at the regional and national levels, and will focus his presentation on the new changes. If time permits, there will be a Q & A session.

The $25 fee covers the 90-minute seminar and light hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.

For more information, contact the RBCC pro shop at 302-227-3616.

Kings Creek Frostbite Scramble 

Almost 60 golfers participated in the first tournament of the 2019 season at Kings Creek Country Club on March 16.

Jason Gaughan, Griffin Gaughan, Chase Brockstedt and Sawyer Brockstedt won first-place gross in the Frostbite Scramble. John Purple Jr., Mitch Green, Craig Parmenter and Kim Hutchinson won second-place gross.

In the net category, the team of Adam Schmidt, Jim Bushby, Sean Toner and Jason Frost took first place, followed by Joanne Yurik, Vicki Martina, Diane Stetina and Linda Kauffman. Kelly Brown, Mike Brown, Jim Miller and Brian Plombon finished third.

ECCO Shoes

Danish shoemaker ECCO has been around since 1965, with a New Hampshire presence overseeing the American market for the casual footwear company.

Its first hit in the golf shoe market came when Fred Couples began wearing ECCOs in 1999. If the coolest person on the PGA Tour could wear spikeless golf shoes, anyone could. That affiliation is still going strong, judging from the Couples poster in the ECCO booth at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

I took a look at a few of the golf shoe options, starting with the BIOM Hybrid 3 ($200 SRP). This new model features yak leather uppers in either white or dark shadow, a deep gray. The BIOM elements place the feet closer to the ground than other shoes. The lugs on the sole provide stability and rotational support. A Gore-Tex fabric membrane provides waterproofing for the shoe’s interior, supporting a 3-year warranty.

The Golf Soft model is ECCO’s bestseller, retailing for $170. In addition to white and dark shadow, the other color options are a light Navajo brown and a medium Marine blue. These are low-rise spikeless shoes with treated leather uppers to provide water repellency. The warranty covers the first two years.

ECCO shoes are available at the Tanger Outlets on Route 1, as well as from private club pro shops and large golf retailers, such as the PGA Superstore and Golf Galaxy.

  • 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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