Cape Gazette

Sports Briefs

Aug 15, 2014

Blue-Gold Golf Classic set for Sept. 22

The 20th Annual DFRC Blue-Gold Sussex Golf Classic is open for registration for interested golfers. This year’s event will take place Monday, Sept. 22, at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. Participants may sign up in groups of four or register as individual players.

DFRC Blue-Gold Golf Classics are held annually in each of Delaware’s three counties. The first tournament teed off in New Castle County in 1988, and with Kent and Sussex counties following the lead, together the three tournaments have raised more than $1 million for DFRC. Statewide sponsors from Sussex County are the Dewey Beach Lions Club, Shore Silver and Irish Eyes.

The format for the event is a four-person scramble, which will feature contests like closest to the pin and longest drive, and will conclude with an award presentation for top finishers. Participants will receive lunch, an event shirt and a 19th hole reception with an open-bar happy hour and dinner buffet immediately following play. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event kicks off with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

“We’re very excited to approach the 20th anniversary of the DFRC Blue-Gold Golf Classic in Sussex County. Having Morgan-Stanley and PATS Aircraft Services continue their support as major sponsors of the tournament is integral to the funding DFRC is able to realize from this endeavor,” said Dan Tidwell, DFRC Sussex County coordinator. “We’re looking forward to another outstanding opportunity to promote DFRC in Sussex County.”

Part of the constantly expanding events for DFRC supporters, this is the latest endeavor in the months leading up to the 60th DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game to be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the University of Delaware football stadium. All proceeds benefit programs for people who are intellectually challenged, through grants provided by DFRC.

Cost is $175 per participant. Online registration is available at

Opportunities are available for businesses and organizations to support this event as a statewide, hole or event sponsor. Sponsor information can be found at or by contacting the DFRC office at 302-454-2730.

Bagel Bombers 12U to host tryouts

The Bagel Bombers 12U Jester team will hold tryouts for the upcoming season from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown. Signups will open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Brad Jester at 302-228-5980 or

Ronald McDonald 5K Sept. 20 in Lewes

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, Races2Run and Irish Eyes will present the third annual Ronald McDonald 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 20, at Irish Eyes in Lewes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and race starts at 9 a.m. Honorary co-chairs are Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes and Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton.

Runners and walkers are welcome. Irish Eyes will host a post-race party with free drinks and food. Ronald McDonald will lead the free Kiddie K at 8:50 a.m. Preregistration is $20 and day-of cost is $25. Register at

Clothing Our Kids golf tourney Oct. 15

The inaugural Clothing Our Kids Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in Long Neck. The scramble format event begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Cost is $150 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart; deli-style boxed lunch and iced water coolers on the cart; two drink tickets for beer, wine, nonalcoholic beverages redeemable from roaming carts; and Peninsula Signature items: metal divot tool, bag tag, ball and ball marker. There will be six contests: closest to the pin, longest drive, and three team prizes. A buffet awards dinner will follow the round with a cash bar, raffles and door prizes. Payment is due by Sunday, Aug. 31.

Clothing Our Kids is a local 501c3 charity that provides essential school clothing to impoverished Sussex County children, grades pre-K through five. The goal is to never turn a child away. Last year, the organization helped almost 1,000 kids with about 6,500 clothing items. However, as needs continue to grow, financial resources are increasingly strained.

For more information, about Clothing Our Kids, go to For any questions or registration, contact Suzanne Worrall at 908-638-8844 or

VIA golf tourney set for Sept. 22

The 16th Annual Village Improvement Association Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Sept. 22, at The Peninsula Golf Club in Millsboro. Registration for the event is $125, which includes cart, Southern barbecue lunch and prizes galore. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. For more information, go to and click on events or call 302-226-1681. Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.

Annual wild turkey survey ongoing

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for Delawareans to assist with its 5th annual wild turkey survey, helping with locations and determining how many of the big birds exist in Delaware. The data also will help biologists track the health, distribution and reproductive success of the state’s wild turkey population with the goal of ensuring a sustainable harvest of this treasured and robust game species.

Beginning in early 1984, with support from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists released 34 wild-trapped turkeys from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont into Sussex and Kent counties. Reintroductions continued through the 1990s, and once the population had established a foothold in Delaware, a hunting season was opened in 1991. Today, Delaware has a healthy statewide population estimated at 6,000 birds.

To help ensure the continued success of wild turkeys in Delaware, the Division of Fish and Wildlife needs information on the big birds’ annual reproductive success. One simple and cost-effective method is for volunteers to record and report sightings of turkeys during their day-to-day activities. The 2014 survey period will continue through Sunday, Aug. 31. Upon sighting turkeys, participants are asked to record the date, location and number of adult hens (females), gobblers (males), and poults (young of the year) they observe. Participants are asked to submit their results by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

For more information, contact wildlife biologist Matthew DiBona at 302-735-3600.

Kids Cottage Tennis offers weekly camps

Kids Cottage Tennis and Sports Camps are offering weekly camps at big discounts for local kids ages 3-12. Camp space is available for local families for $10 per day and $50 per week. Regular pricing for out-of-state campers is $200 for the five-day camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays. This fun camp is being made available for local families who might not otherwise have an opportunity to have a camp experience this summer. No tennis experience is required, and kids will learn tennis immediately. All equipment is provided, but campers should bring a swimsuit, hat, sunscreen and water. Lunch is available from KCCC pool grill and also discounted from Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach. Camps need to have a minimum of 10 to qualify for the discounted price. Campers will learn tennis, play fun games and swim in the pool. Camps run until Aug. 22. Campers may register with Marty Godwin by calling 310-418-5000 or emailing

Bottle & Cork 10-Miler and 5K Sept. 6

The 38th annual Gary P. Lister Bottle & Cork 10-Miler and 5K will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, starting and ending at the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach.

“The Bottle & Cork race began in 1977 and is one of the oldest running competitions in the state,” said Race Director Wayne Kursh.

The race course has changed over the years from a half marathon to a 10-mile run. Legend has it that the runners didn’t like the course that ran past the Bottle & Cork, but they wanted to finish there. So the 10-mile and 5K courses were born.

“Twelve years ago, the race was renamed in honor of Gary P. Lister, who was a schoolteacher and worked at the Bottle & Cork. This is an annual historic running event,” Kursh said.

Wayne and Barb Kursh, race directors, invite everyone in the area to come and be a part of this exciting finale to the Dewey Running and Walking Series. Parking is free in Dewey on race day until 11 a.m.

Registration is available online at or locally at the Rehoboth Beach Running Company until the Thursday before the race. Cost for the 10-Miler is $30 in advance and $35 from Thursday until race day. The 5K cost is $20, or $25 from Thursday to race day. Packet and number pickup will be available Friday, Sept. 5, at the Bottle & Cork from 5 to 7 p.m. Day of race registration will open at 6:45 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. sharp.

The race benefits the Sussex Consortium, which is in the Cape Henlopen School District and serves 140 special needs students from Sussex County.

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