Golf: Shameless self-promotion

June 14, 2019

Time for another book signing!

Tonight I will be at Bethany Beach Books on Garfield Parkway from 7 to 9 p.m. to sign copies of my award-winning book, “Hole By Hole: Golf Stories from Delaware’s Cape Region and Beyond.”

I would love to celebrate golf in the Cape Region with as many readers of this column as this fine bookstore can hold.

It’s Father’s Day weekend, and of course the book is a great gift for dads - but that’s not all. It’s also a great gift for your non-dad golfing buddies, or a fun treat just for you.

Thanks for your support!

Mizuno Golf Clubs

The Mizuno Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for the beauty, high quality and performance of its forged irons.

The Japanese company with a U.S. operation based in Georgia has not enjoyed the same level of success with its drivers, but that may change based on the reported reaction to its new ST 190 Series.

I spoke with Jeff Crawford, an associate marketing manager for the golf division, at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. We started the conversation by looking at the ST-190 G model ($499 SRP).

The black head is a classic shape on top, but the G’s special attributes are easily seen on the bottom. Mizuno calls the channel set just behind the clubface its Wave Technology, aimed at improving club head speed while also providing forgiveness from off-center miss-hits. That element is a carryover from past models, but it obviously works.

Crawford also pointed out two parallel weight tracks running perpendicular from the toe and heel. He said 2- and 7-gram weights for the Fast Track Technology can be slid and locked into place anywhere on the tracks, helping golfers tune the club to their particular driving technique.

The ST 190 model uses a single weight back in the sole instead. Its placement should benefit golfers who need a bit more help hitting higher shots for more distance ($399 SRP).

Both clubs feature a carbon composite top that gave Mizuno’s engineers the opportunity to shift the club’s weight to more advantageous locations and lower the center of gravity. An adjustable hosel permits loft changes of up to 2 degrees plus or minus. Four different shaft options are available with no upcharge, all set at 45-inch length.

Epworth UMC seeks sponsors, auction items, and players for Oct. 5 tournament

The Simpson Men’s Group of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth will hold its seventh annual golf fundraiser tournament Saturday, Oct. 5, at American Classic Golf Club in Midway.

The event supports several local programs providing food, shelter, and other resources for those in need in the Cape Region. As before, the beneficiaries include the Community Resource Center, Immanuel Shelter Inc., and Epworth Food Programs.

The group seeks sponsors, auction items, and players for the four-person team scramble format event. Sponsorship opportunities include three different sign options. The highest dollar option ($500+) adds the sponsor’s logo and business card-style sign in the event publications and public announcements.

The tournament takes place in two flights, beginning with the morning outing. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a scramble start at 9:30 a.m. The afternoon round begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. and scramble start at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served between the flights, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., when the silent auction also takes place.

The $50 entry fee ($60 with cart) covers golf, lunch and prizes, including a hole-in-one contest for a car provided by the Auto Gallery in Lewes.

For more information, contact Evans Shearon at 302-841-3072 ( or Stu Bruce at 302-519-1889 (

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18 Hole group played a team Cha Cha game June 6. One low net score is used for odd-numbered holes and two net scores are used for the even-numbered holes.

Sheree Davis, Barb Hines, and Linda Eicher won first place, with Donna Deely, Denise Sills, and Yona Zucker taking second. Deely was also closest to the hole on the 7th hole. Leslie McClintick, Sheree Mixell, and Karen Wilkens finished in third.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-Hole group played their Cha Cha game June 5. Hope Lavachia, Nancy Derrickson, and Deb Chase won first place. Ann Bailey, Linda Miniscalco, and Patti Davis took second, and Jeanne Drake, Bernie Reid, and Sue Eisenbrey took third. Drake was closest to the pin on the 17th hole.

The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies played a gross and net version of Cha Cha June 5. Arlene Simms, Melissa Fitzgerald, Patty Lessy, and Pauline Porter won first-place net. Judy Scrutchfield, Marcy Saliba, Connie Kotula, and Judy Holtzclaw won first-place gross. Carol Wetherhold was closest to the pin for the day.

  • 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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