Despite the heat, Cape Region club players press on
Mad dogs and Englishmen are not the only ones that go out in the midday sun.
Dozens of Cape Region club golfers hit the links during the recent hot spell to play in local tournaments, despite the beastly conditions. They deserve our thanks, if only to make us feel even better about our own choices to stay indoors with a nice cool beverage, perhaps while watching a matinee movie.
At Shawnee Country Club, the Shawnee Ladies Golf Association held its annual member-guest tournament, just as this heat wave began in earnest.
Peg Bundek and June Allen combined for a gross 82 to win first place in that category, followed by Carlyn Bryan and Carole Ann Medd one stroke behind.
Ann Reed and Retta Rose Frampton won the net competition with a blistering 61, followed by Shelby Swain and Alice Daino.
At Kings Creek Country Club, the ladies’ 18-hole group played a Three Blind Mice tournament July 21. This format throws out scores from three holes, selected by a draw by the club pro.
Tricia Ritthaler won first place, with Vicki Tull and Melanie Pereira tied for second.
Kings Creek CC held its Ladies Member-Guest Tournament July 22. The club was happy to report it had neither cancellations nor casualties from the heat, thanks to the pro shop staff.
Diane Herndon, Carole Ann Medd, Stefanie Herndon, and Judi Hans won first-place overall gross honors. In the net overall category, the foursome of Melanie Pereira, Kathy Casey, Winnie Sewell, and Cindy Paterka took first.
In the first flight, the winning gross foursome was Connie Dejuliis, Taylor Lewis, Emma Sills, and Denise Sills. The winning net foursome in this flight was Bernie Reid, Norma Spicher, Patty Marvel, and Cynthia Huntsberger.
In the second flight, Pat Sernyak, Joan Donohue, Jeanne Chrabaszcy, and Jane DelGaudio won first place in the gross category. Debbie May, Linda Eicher, Marie Joholske, and Carol Simon won first place net in the flight.
In the third flight, Hazel Pusey, Sandy Harrison, Kathy Hudson, and Kay Herrman won the gross competition. In the net category, Ellen Purple, Kathy Cannatelli, Sue Nardo, and Gail Lagullo was the winning foursome.
Marilyn Hewitt won the putting contest. Kay Herman was closest to the eight hole among the guests, at 4-feet-9-inches. Among the members, Stefanie Herndon’s shot was closest to the 16th hole, at 4-feet-3-inches. Kathy Born had the longest drive among those with handicaps of 26 or above, while Patty Marvel had the longest drive among those with handicaps of 25 or less.
On Saturday morning, July 23, Shawnee golf pro Devon Peterson prepared for the annual Jim Reed Memorial Tournament benefiting junior golf by icing down dozens of golf towels, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Grateful players received their chilled towels during the round.
Notwithstanding the over-100-degree conditions, 84 golfers showed up to play in the popular event. As they gathered for the start, Peterson announced that any golfer who walked in the tournament would be also given a free psychological consultation by Dr. Joe Zingaro, a Shawnee member and the chief head guy at People’s Place. Four players qualified for the freebie.
Zingaro said the consults would have been short and to the point: “Basically, they’re just nuts.”
To help speed up play, Peterson also changed the format. Each foursome member selected the best drive, played in from there, and picked up if the first putt didn’t fall. Team scores were based on the single best ball of the foursome.
Abe Ellison, Kevin Sandleitner, Kyle Sandleitner, and the cart-using Zingaro won the gross category with a 59.
Dale Jarrell, Terry Jarrell, Dave Hermansader, and Jim Broadhurst won the first flight net with a 20-under 50. In the second flight, Matt Thompson, Billy Thompson, Tommy Isaacs, and Simm Stifler took first with a 23-under 47.
On July 25, just as the heat wave broke a tiny bit, the Kings Creek CC ladies’ 9-hole group played a best-ball format event. First place went to Noreen Buzerak, Celia Martin, and Susie Shevock.