New golf movie well worth your time

June 24, 2022

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater is showing a well-reviewed golf movie through Thursday, June 30, and Cape Region golfers should fill the seats.

“The Phantom of the Open” is based on a true story. Maurice Flitcroft, a shipyard worker in Cumbria, England, who had never played golf, decided he should enter the 1976 British Open qualifying tournaments. His unbounded optimism was not matched by any actual talent for the game. Through sheer audacity and a bit of luck, he set an Open qualifying record for the worst score ever.

Flitcroft’s continuing efforts to compete in a British Open become what reviewers have called “warm-hearted,” “laugh-out-loud funny,” and “way above par.”

Mark Rylance plays Flitcroft, with Sally Hawkins as his wife. Rylance won an Oscar for his performance in the thriller “Bridge of Spies,” and will be familiar to PBS watchers for his portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in “Wolf Hall.”

For tickets and showtimes, go to Ticket prices are $9 for film society members and $11.50 for future members. The theater is at 17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes, in Dartmouth Plaza behind the Lewes Wawa. 

PGA Rehoboth Junior Open

The Philadelphia PGA section has run the Rehoboth Junior Open for several years at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. The 2022 edition held June 20 included several Cape Region juniors.

In the nine-hole coed 12-and-under division, Sammie Metz of Rehoboth Beach finished in ninth place, with Jack Tunnell of Lewes in 12th. Ellie Walls of Millsboro came in 14th.

Maia Alinskas of Millsboro tied for fourth place in the 18-hole girls’ 13-15 category. Jake Hollerback of Millsboro tied for second place in the 18-hole boys’ 13-15 group. Ethan Mercer of Rehoboth Beach finished eighth in the 18-hole boys’ 16-18 group.

Plantation Lakes fundraiser

The community of Plantation Lakes in Millsboro is gathering again for a charity fundraiser Friday, July 22. The rest of the Cape Region is invited.

The Chris O’Halloran Memorial Outing honors the first homeowner on the Plantation Lakes board of directors. O’Halloran was a first responder to the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a retired employee of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, a Navy veteran and an avid golfer. He passed away from lung cancer in June 2019.

The fundraiser supports Home of the Brave, the homeless shelter for veterans near Milford.

The tournament is an 18-hole scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The $125 per player entry fee covers the golf, a custom gift, a lunch banquet, awards and the donation.

To play the event, contact Plantation Lakes golf pro Ian Madinger at To sponsor a hole or inquire about other sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy O’Halloran at

Bounce the bugs away

The 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic returned to its early-June calendar slot after two years in October.

That meant the spring gnats and mosquitoes were happy to go after players, caddies and fans on the Seaview Resort’s Bay Course.

These pests are not a big deal if the wind is up, but if it’s calm, they make their presence known immediately and often.

At the practice putting green before the first round, I watched caddie John Easley stuff a bit of cloth inside his baseball cap and return the cap to his head.

It was a dryer sheet.

“I was told to do this” as a bug repellant, Easley said. He added, “We’ll see how it works,” and then grinned.

The upstate South Carolina native, who was working for LPGA rookie Ruoning Yin of China, had never heard of this little life hack. Neither had I, so I did some checking.

One active ingredient used in Bounce or other sheets, linalool, is also used by plants such as lavender and basil to ward off insects. The sheets also include beta-citronellol, the active mosquito repellant usually associated with citronella candles.

You learn something every day.

Local club competition results

The Mulligan’s Pointe Ladies 18-Hole group played a two-person game June 21, won by Ann Reid and Bonnie Quesenberry. Maxine Ansbach and Donna Dolce won second place, with Brenda Lewis and Jackie Styles-Chernuta taking third.

The Rehoboth Beach Ladies 18-Hole group held its Ladies’ Spring Member-Guest tournament, using a two best balls of four format, with scorecards used for playoffs.

Lora Drewer, Holly Scanlan, Marcy Saliba and Stacey Craig were the overall champions. Carroll Knott, Linnie Dugan, Carroll McGill and Paula Campbell won first gross.

In the first flight, Gina Bergin, Barbara Rosato, Kathleen Riedy and Janis Emshwiller won first net. Pam McCrery, Bernadette Murphy, Ginny Dellose and Lorraine Seiberlich took second. Bailey Scheurer, Pressie Hoffman, Sally Fogarty and Dot Filbert finished third, with Kathy Cowles, Jackie Everett, Amy Caro and Anita Pettitt in fourth.

For the second flight, Jullie Burton, Kimi Hutchinson, Kerry Lockwood and Jennifer Mirabella won first net. Barb Collins, Karen Borges, Beth Forbes and Katie Sowick finished second. Deb Hudson, Cathy Klocko, Cyndy Simeone and Barbara Wisneski took third, with MK Wills-Smith, Sue Stadsklev, Sherri Lanham and Susan Fitzgeralf in fourth.


  • 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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