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Delmarva Scramble for First Tee sees major boost

June 18, 2022

The First Tee of Delaware held its annual Delmarva Scramble tournament June 6 at Rehoboth Beach Country Club, after bad weather forced a postponement from the original May 5 date.

The delay may have helped. PGA professional Scott Green, the senior southern Delaware coordinator for First Tee of Delaware, said the tournament, supplemented by an online auction, grossed over $56,000. That total was 40% more than the 2021 tournament and nearly five times the total raised in 2019.

Green said, “The funds will all stay in Sussex County to help support our growth, which has been significant.”

In 2019, there were 15 children enrolled in a program at one golf course. By 2021, the First Tee reached 146 juniors at four courses, with additional programming at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Dagsboro and Georgetown.

Projections for 2022 call for more than 250 children in the Life Skills programs at eight golf courses. The Rehoboth Beach Boys & Girl Club will join its counterparts in Dagsboro and Georgetown, and three Indian River School District schools will also be involved.

The First Tee continues to need volunteer coaches to help run its programs. For more information about these opportunities, contact Allen at ScottTFDE@gmail.com.

Jimmy Campbell gets religion

Jimmy Campbell is a nice young golfer for Charter of Wilmington who worked at Rehoboth Beach Country Club last summer. He finished 25th in the two-round 2022 DIAA State Golf Championship June 1 at Odessa National.

Campbell’s second-round 79 was 11 strokes better than his first round. However, he created even more excitement for himself that day than just his score.

On the par 5 16th hole, Campbell’s tee shot landed in a fairway bunker on the right side, about 215 yards from the green. The ball sat about three feet from the bunker’s front edge. That edge featured a foot-high vertical wall between Campbell and the green.

I marshaled the hole during both rounds and stood a few yards from bunker, planning to rake the sand after he finished.

Campbell stepped down into the sand, glanced a little too briefly at the challenge facing him, and swung quickly.

The ball slammed into the bunker wall and shot straight up in the air, making a huge noise. Campbell staggered back as the ball spun high over his head. It fell back into the bunker a few feet away from where he stood.

As Campbell steadied himself for a second attempt, I said gently, “Looks like you just saw Jesus.”

“And God!” he replied with some force.

A few seconds later, Campbell made a better choice about where to aim, cleared the bunker easily, and finished the hole with a bogey six.

I expect next time he will be more careful.

The prospect of unexpected and potentially serious injury can do that to most people – even golfers.

All-State/Henlopen Conference honors

Congratulations to the Cape Region golfers who earned all-state and/or Henlopen Conference honors for their performances during the spring season.

The Delaware State High School Golf Coaches Association named Sarah Lydic of Sussex Academy as the Girls’ Player of the Year, with Red Lion Academy’s Evan Barbin the Boys’ Player of the year. Sussex Academy’s Hannah Lydic and Sawyer Brockstedt were also named to the all-state girls’ first team.

The association used the players’ USGA handicaps generated from the regular season’s match results.

The Lydic sisters and Brockstedt also won first-team Henlopen Conference awards. Sussex Academy’s Austin Dostal and Dominic Piperno were named to the conference’s second team, along with Cape Henlopen’s Tom Burn and Ethan Mercer.

Henlopen Conference honorable mention honorees included Jacob Gabbard (Cape Henlopen), Ervin Ascensio (Sussex Central), Thomas Gogarty (Indian River), Luke Bunting (Sussex Tech) and Thomas Hermansader (Milford).

Local club competition results

The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies 18-Hole group played a best ball of partners game June 15, with Suzanne Moore and Judy Bennett winning first-place gross.

Pris DeSena and JoJo Barrows won first-place net, with Elise Coar and Barb Collins in second. Lora Drewer and Kim Stockson tied for third net with Kerry Lockwood and Shelby Moore, followed by Bee Ekdahl and Arlene Simms in fourth net.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-Hole group played a 3 clubs and a putter scramble game June 14. Players were limited to three of their own clubs with their putters, and no swapping was permitted among team members.

Dot Filbert, Deb Chase, Farah Englert and Ellan Hylton won first place. Carolyn Horn, Carey McDaniel, Debbie D’Orazio and Kathleen O’Connor took second, with Betsi Fakler, Stephanie Gano, Kathy Board and Kathy Nave in third.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18-Hole group played their 3 clubs and a putter game June 15. Diane Shawver, Sara Cavendish, Barbara Hines and Lisa Lekawa took first place. Lisa Powell, Lori Guitson, Kathy Casey and Faye Slatcher finished second.

The same group played a team Cha Cha game June 9. This often means that one best net score counts on even holes with two best net scores used for the odd-numbered holes.

Candy Robinson, Jean Chlastawa, Linda Eicher and Sheree Mixell won first place. Donna Deely, Barbara Hines, Sue Griesemer and Gail Letts took second.

 

  • 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 HoleByHole.com.

    Contact Fritz by emailing fschranck@holebyhole.com.

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