DSGA Scholarship winners announced

June 21, 2019

The Delaware State Golf Association Scholarship Fund announced this year’s winners of the organization’s scholarships at the Rehoboth Junior Open June 17.

Esther Park of Wilmington won the Robert McCurry Award, named after a founder of the fund and a great friend of junior golf. She will receive $6,000 for the first year, up to $24,000 total, and attend Georgetown University.

Dane Palmer of Lewes and William Starnes of Middletown tied for the James Powell Award. Each will receive $4,000 for the first year, up to $16,000 total. Starnes is heading to Penn State, while Palmer is going to James Madison University.

Kaden Kinard of New Castle and Jack Stosic of Newark tied for the R. Gerald Medd award. Each will receive $2,000 for the first year, up to $8,000 total. Kinard will attend Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Stosic will go to Penn State.

The DSGA runs a major fundraiser tournament in October at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Scholarship winners demonstrate high academic achievement, community service and a love of golf.

For more information about the fund or to make contribution, go to

Bridgestone golf balls

Bridgestone Golf returned to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., in January 2019 because it had something very new to announce.

Marketing manager Elliott Mellow said, “We’re happy to be back. We need to be here.”

The name for the company’s new E12 golf ball came from the development process for it. “It represents 12 years of study, with over 2.5 million swings analyzed,” Mellow said. “We think we can revitalize the distance ball category with our new design.”

He showed me two primary innovations. First, the mantle layer of the three-piece ball, between the core and the cover, is made of a far denser polymer. This Active Acceleration element provides “added thrust at impact that combines with a softer core for more forgiveness,” he said. “And that comes at a mid-price point [$29.99].”

The ball also features a Delta Wing Dimple pattern, which resembles a honeycomb instead of the usual round indents. Mellow said the design’s sharper edges create more turbulence, which reduces aerodynamic drag and promotes a longer flight.

It’s not likely that this Surlyn-covered golf ball will out-spin urethane-coated balls in the higher price category. However, Mellow said the E12 should appeal to players who prefer to make “hit and stop” shots to the green.

He has a point. What’s the use of making the ball spin backwards on impact with the green if that impact is not past the hole in the first place? Why not try to hit as close to the hole as possible, knowing that the ball should stop quickly upon landing?

I also took Bridgestone’s new ball-fitting challenge. The company set up a test center at the Convention Center and is taking it on the road during the season.

I hit drives, 8 irons, and wedges into a net. A GC Quad launch monitor recorded the results with my usual TaylorMade Project (A) ball and Bridgestone Tour B RX5, aimed at those with driver speeds below 105 mph.

Mellow said Bridgestone’s models are preferred in these tests by about 75 percent to 25 percent. In my case, there was some sidespin improvement with the Bridgestone ball, and I am now doing some real-life testing.

Pinky Returns fundraiser tournament July 29

July 8 is the deadline for entering the 12th annual Pinky Returns Golf Tournament and After-Party, held July 29 at Kings Creek Country Club.

The event supports the Julie Dickson Foundation, aimed at helping women and girls with academics, business pursuits and athletics. Helene Guilfoy set up the foundation in memory of her wife. “Julie truly was a selfless champion of women, and the Foundation is focused on helping empower women and girls to excel and succeed,” Guilfoy said.

To register for play or as a Friend of Golfers or for more information, go to

Eleanor Soltner Memorial Outing set for Aug. 7

This year’s edition of the Eleanor Soltner Memorial Golf Outing takes place Aug. 7 at Rookery North. The event supports Delaware Hospice in Milford.

Tournament organizers are seeking sponsors as well as players. Sponsorship opportunities range from Hole ($100) to the Gold level ($3,000). The player fee of $100 covers green fees, cart, breakfast, refreshments on course, range time and the awards reception with lunch. Silent auction items will also be available.

To register, go to or contact Bob Burd at 302-422-3501.

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18-hole group played a 3 clubs and a putter team competition June 11.

Ruth Ann Santry, Nancy Froome and Martha Jaxheimer won first place. Donna Feely, Victoria Martina, and Barbara Hines took second and Jennifer Falcone, Jeannine Doane and Joanne Yorik finished third.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-hole group played their three clubs and a putter game June 12. Janet Hartman, Mary Beth Merolla and Judi Pezone won first place. Lisa Gercenstein, Gail Petren and Nancy Derrickson finished second, and third place went to Patti Davis, Rita Musi and Valerie Evans.

  • 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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