Hyde wins Lett Scholarship

September 1, 2017

Sarah Hyde of Rehoboth Beach won the 2017 Stephen R. Lett Scholarship, worth $2,500 per year for four years of undergraduate studies. 

The scholarship proceeds come primarily from a summertime tournament fundraiser held at Kings Creek Country Club, where Lett served honorably and well as the club president for several years. 

Hyde graduated in June from Cape Henlopen High School. A constant presence at the Kings Creek Country Club junior golf clinics as a little girl, she later switched to swimming and lacrosse. Hyde won a Delaware state swimming championship title in 2016, and competed for both Cape and Sussex Family YMCA swim teams.

Hyde also made a name for herself in lacrosse as a member of three state champion Cape teams. She was named a second-team all-conference player for lacrosse, and also earned academic all-state honors.  

She will attend the University of Delaware this fall, seeking a nursing degree. 

Eligible high school students must be nominated for the scholarship by either members or employees of Kings Creek, but are not required to be otherwise affiliated with the club or be Delaware residents. An independent selection committee reviews the applications and selects the recipients. 

Several Cape Region students have benefited from past Lett Scholarship awards, including Sara Koon (2016), Mason Jones (2015), Catherine Burton (2014), Tyson Mayers Jr. (2011) and Patricia Conlon (2010).

In a statement issued prior to the event, Lett said, “With the high cost of a college education today, we are pleased that our tournament attracts so many players and sponsors who want to make a difference in a young person’s life. It’s a great tournament for a really good cause.”

This year’s fundraiser tournament took place Aug. 21, due to bad weather on the originally scheduled July date. The format used the single best ball of each foursome on par 4s and 5s, and the two best scores on the par 3s. 

Prior to the afternoon shotgun start, head golf pro Kevin Wiest warned the 76 players about the eclipse and the danger of looking into the sun without special glasses. Several groups had one or more pairs with them to see the unusual phenomenon, but the eclipse had no noticeable effect on playing time. 

Stephen Forrest, Mike Tobiason, Chris Boos and Mike Brady won first-place gross, with second gross going to Adam Schmidt, Andrew Metz, Andrew Rowe and Sean Toner. 

Mary Ann Veitch, Lisa Schofield, Lynn Sweeney and Leslie McClintick won first-place net, with second net going to Justin Norman, Pat Foley, Mike Suit and Justin Cassell. 

Ed Ota, Nick DelCampo, Kevin Conlon and yours truly took third-place net. Ota, a retired insurance company general counsel and Kings Creek member, really enjoyed making a birdie/net eagle on the par 4 10th hole at the height of the eclipse event. As his cart partner, I agreed with his suggestion that he should play during eclipses at every opportunity, because he did so well on that hole and several others.

Jen Falcone, Denise Sills, Carol Simon and Prabhat Karapurkar won fourth-place net.

For more information about the scholarship fund, go to, or call 302-227-7172. 

NFL Scramble Sept. 7

The Rookery South is holding its annual NFL scramble tournament Thursday, Sept. 7, using a two-player scramble format with a 3 p.m. shotgun start. 

The entry fee of $60 per player ($45 for members) includes the greens fee with cart, net and gross prizes, and dinner after the round.

No word yet on whether any mulligans are earned by wearing your favorite team’s colors.

Milton Fire Company Fundraiser Sept. 27

The Milton Fire Department and Ladies’ Auxiliary are holding their annual Fall Golf Outing at Rookery South Wednesday, Sept. 27.  

The team scramble event begins with registration and continental breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch and awards follow in the clubhouse after the round, with prizes available in several categories. 

The entrance fee is $85 per player, and the deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 14. For more information, contact Paul Caras at 302-236-0100.

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-Hole group played an individual low gross/low net game Aug. 23. 

Jeanne Drake won first-place gross in the first flight. Tina Brown won first-place net, with Sandy Neverett taking second net. Drake also won closest to the pin on the fifth hole. 

Susan Eisenbrey won first-place gross in the second flight. Amy Rowe won first-place net, and Linda Miniscalco finished second net.

  • 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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