First Ace Cup a huge success

June 12, 2021

Twelve talented young women came to the Cape Region June 3-5 to play the first Ace Cup/Battle at the Beach golf tournament. They brought not only their golf clubs, but also thousands of dollars in donations for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The tournament was the brainchild of three sets of parents of girls who often met and played together at national and regional junior contests. About 18 months ago, Eric and Susie Lundquist, Andrew and Ellen Barber, and Chase and Kelly Brockstedt began chatting about holding their own junior event. They decided to emphasize creating a fun competition and asking the golfers to raise funds for a worthy nonprofit recipient as part of the event.

Kelly Brockstedt and her husband Chase agreed to host the first Ace Cup. In remarks during the evening award ceremony June 5, Chase credited Don Byerly, manager of Kings Creek Country Club, for his wholehearted support of the project.

The Kings Creek CC golf professionals were also happy to help. Head pro Kevin Wiest assigned assistant pro Eric Willey to oversee the competition. Willey said the girls’ play was awesome, noting that they made more than a dozen birdies during the three competition rounds.

Phil Gottis, a board member for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, came to the gathering with Maggie Shope, constituent events manager for the association’s Philadelphia office. They accepted a check for $70,000, representing the money raised by the girls in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

“We are blown away by your initiative,” Shope said.

Gottis said, “To see young leaders care makes a big impact.”

Shope said the money will provide direct support for victims and their families, expand education and awareness programs, and support continuing efforts to improve treatment options and research for a cure.

The girls split into two teams for the tournament – Teal Tide and the StinGRAYs. The first session June 4 used a four-ball format, with a point available for the front 9, back 9 and total. The second session that afternoon was a nine-hole alternate shot contest, with six points available. The final competition took place June 5, and was standard singles match-play format, worth 18 points for front, back and overall.

Whoever did the seeding did a great job of keeping it competitive, with the Teal Tide team earning a 17-16 victory.

Teal Tide members were Sawyer Brockstedt, Ellison Lundquist, Haley Davis, McKenna Murphy, Ann-Sophie Bourgault and Valentina Hurtado. StinGRAYS players were Kate Barber, Chloe Chang, Sophia Dyer, Saia Rampersaud, Hannah Raub and Francesca Choquette.

Sawyer Brockstedt chose this year’s donation recipient, honoring a grandparent currently under treatment for the condition. Her father Chase said, “This disease touched our family.” He also noted receiving “so many calls, texts and messages” from donors about their own families’ experience. “This disease touches everyone in some ways,” he said.

Brockstedt gave thanks to the other parents, his wife Kelly, the Kings Creek CC staff, the Big Fish Restaurant Group, The Starboard Restaurant and the Sea Voice accommodations in Rehoboth Beach.

“The rigors of junior golf are not for the faint of heart,” Brockstedt said. Despite those challenges, he said the friendships and relationships the junior golfers make are “for a lifetime.”

He also told the golfers, “This is about making a change, using your skills for a purpose.”

See more photos from the tournament here.

First Tee Summer Family Fun Day June 22

The First Tee of Delaware will hold a Summer Family Fun Day  from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, at Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club.

Participants will learn about First Tee and its Life Skills Experience on-the-golf-course program. First Tee staff will also discuss the organization’s other programs in Southern Delaware, including school events and coordinated activities with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sussex County.

In addition, Life Skills Experience classes begin July 13 through Aug. 17, with no class held July 27.

For more information, go online to, contact SoDel Coordinator Rich Kapolka at, or call First Tee at 302-384-8759.

Local club competition results

The Rehoboth Beach Country Club Ladies 18-hole group played a Best Ball of 4 game June 9.

Kerry Lockwood, Julie Burton, Elise Coar and Suzanne Moore won first-place gross, with Patty Lessy, Peggy Roca, Cyndy Simeone and Carol Wetherhold winning first-place net. Lora Drewer, Barbara Collins, Ella Alexander and Beth Forbes finished second net.

The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies 9-hole group played a team one best ball game June 8, where the worst scores from three holes were cut.

Lynn Kokjohn, Christine Moore, Maurra Lindsay and Joyce McCoy won first-place net, with Marilyn Martens, Charlotte Samans, Julia Derrick and Mary Enzler taking second.

The Mulligan’s Pointe Ladies 18-hole group played a Nassau game June 8.

Cathy Cosgrove won the front nine, with Peggy Claussen in second. Wendy Michaelson took the back nine, followed by Kathy Hudak. Susan Shockley won the overall contest, with Mary Louise York in second.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18-hole group played a team Cha Cha game June 3. Jean Chlastawa, Vicki Martina, Sue Griesemer and Erin Reid won on a match of cards against Lisa Powell, Linda Outlaw, Marty Jaxheimer and Ana Dittel.

  • 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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