Lydic sisters shine at First Tee National Championship and Pinehurst

July 9, 2022

Congratulations to Hannah Lydic of Ocean View for winning the 2022 First Tee National Championship July 1 – and additional congratulations to her sister Sarah, who finished in fourth place.

Outstanding junior players from First Tee chapters all over the country played the University of Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.

Hannah, the 2022 DIAA girls’ champion, shot five-under par in the 54-hole event. Her sister Sarah, the 2021 DIAA champion, finished at three-over par.

Scott Allen, senior Southern Delaware coordinator for First Tee Delaware, said, “We are so proud of Hannah! Not only is Hannah a tremendous player, but she is also an amazing person who does a great job demonstrating our life skills.”

First Tee Delaware Executive Director Bob Norris joined in the praise: “Through eight years with First Tee Delaware, Hannah built her inner strength, self-confidence and resilience to handle any challenge she faces on the golf course and in life.”

Norris also highlighted the contributions made by Mike "Cutty" Cutright of Bear Trap Dunes, the First Tee coach for both sisters. “The coach/mentor relationship Mike has with both Hannah and Sarah is very special,” Norris said.

Sarah posted a short note on Instagram: “Proud of my big sis for bringing home the title. Blessed to be a part of the First Tee.”

Hannah expressed deep appreciation for her First Tee experience on Instagram: “So much fun playing this week alongside some very talented golfers and great people. The First Tee is building game changers around the country, and I’m so blessed to be a part of such an inspiring organization!”

The Lydic family next traveled to Pinehurst, N.C., for the 44th Junior North & South Amateur Championship held July 4-6. Playing the famous Pinehurst No. 2 course July 4, Sarah posted a two-under par 70, while Hannah struggled a bit and posted an 80.

The girls’ championship continued the next two days on the Pinehurst No. 6 course. Sarah stayed in contention July 5, with a three-under par 69. She finished with a one-under par 70 in the third round, earning second place against the eventual winner, Ting-Hsuan Huang of Taiwan.

Hannah posted a 75 July 5 and even-par par 72 July 6, tying for 39th in the field of 85 ranked competitors.

Black and Gold tournament 

Rehoboth Beach Country Club held its annual ladies Black and Gold tournament July 6, raising $1,800 and what was described as “lots of food” for the Food Bank of Delaware in Sussex County.

The Nassau format event was another close contest, as the Gold Team edged the Black Team 12.5 to 11.5.

Gold Team members included Nan Bender, Judy Shaw, MK Wills-Smith, Peggy Roca, Yvonne Vinton, Elise Coar, Judy Bennett, Gina Bergin, Sally Fogarty, Jullie Burton, Kerry Lockwood, Pauline Porter, Marcy Saliba, Beth Forbes, Lora Drewer and Lisa Krausz.

The Black Team comprised Suzanne Moore, Jeanne Allan, Kim Stockson, Barb Collins, Kathleen Cowles, Susie Nevins, Tina Brinsfield, Sheila Halfpenny, Shelby Moore, Eileen Davey, Deborah Hudson, Cyndy Simeone, Pat Beebe, Arlene Simms, JoJo Barrows and Carol Wetherhold.

Cape Region golfers at Delaware Amateur

Congratulations to Blake Micholas of Kings Creek Country Club for his 10th-place finish at the 2022 Delaware Amateur, held June 26-29 at Bayside Resort Golf Club near Fenwick Island. He finished 11 strokes behind the winner, Jacoby Chappa of Maple Dale Country Club in Dover.

Other Cape Region golfers also played well, including Aaron Williams of Bayside (T-11); Braden DeCapite (T-17), Ed Brown and Tim Golden of Rehoboth Beach CC (T-29), Bryan Shepherd of Bayside (31); and Nick Shevland of Cripple Creek G & CC (32).

Local club competition results

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-Hole group played a 1 best ball of 4 game July 5, won by Lesley Corydon, Beth Cohen (blind draw), Stephanie Roash and Noreen Buzerak.

Janet Hartman, Mary McLoughlin, Beth Cohen and Tish Brey finished second, with Cathy Larabee, Joan Repetto, Deb Hinderer and Lesley Corydon (blind draw).

The Mulligan’s Pointe Ladies 18-Hole group played a scramble game July 5, won by Sue Ahern, Kathy Hudak and Mary Louise York.

Linda Kaufmann, Wendy Michaelson, and Donna Dolce took second place, with Tammy Findlay, Rita McConnell, Barbara Parti and Ann Reid finishing third.

The Kings Creek Ladies 18-Hole group played an Odds Out/Evens In game June 30. Erin Reid won first-place gross in the first flight. Jen Flinchbaugh finished first net, with Sharon Denny in second and Sally McGovern in third.

For the second flight, Faye Slatcher won first-place gross and Robbie Monkman won first-place net. Anne Farley took second net and Ana Dittel finished third.

Joanne Yurik won first-place gross in the third flight, with Alicia Polsky winning first-place net. Debbie Grant finished second net and Vicki Martina took third.

The Rehoboth Beach CC Ladies 18-Hole group played a Mystery Holes game June 29, where the 6 worst-scoring holes are converted to pars.

Nan Bender, Yvonne Vinton, Arlene Simms and Carol Wetherhold won first-place net. Barbara Collins, Elise Coar, Marcy Saliba and Lora Drewer finished 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

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