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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 - MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 77 Cape Region Golf Year in Review 2012 his past week marked the end of this col- umn's 14th year. The, Cape Region experi- enced some significant events in local golf in 2012. January - Immediately after tile holidays, a Maryland food and weight-loss coach announces a four-part program, Weight Loss for Golfers. The stockholders of Shawnee Country Club vote overwhelmingly to seek a lease of their troubled property in lieu of dosing it or selling at a severely depressed price. Februanj - Wintertime golf con- ditions encourage a relaxed ap- proach to the rules ofgo Local courses with Bermuda turf grass are also in their relaxed, brown stage. The USGA offers a rules seminar in Chartwell, Md., close enough for Cape Region golfers with a penchant for detail. Marth - Shawnee CC leases its property to the folks who run The Rookery, with an option to buy after the fwst four years. The private club will operate as a pub- lic course, in tandem with The Rookery's Milton layout. Ruddo's Golf opens its third retail outlet in Fenwick Island, joining the others in West Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach. The Cape Henlopen High School golf team, led by returning coach Claudio Smarrelli, defeats Woodbridge to win its first match of the new season. April - The Vildngs win their second match against Sussex Central, but lose their third to Milford. The spring charity golf calendar begins to fill up. The Kings Creek Country Club lady golfers begin their busy competi- tion schedule. The Vildngs are whacked by Sussex Tech, and al- so lose players with academic troubles. May - The Cape golf team re- covers with a win over Lake For- est. I participate in the Golf Writ- ers Association tournament in Pinehurst. Cape finishes its sea- son with an 8-6 record, but fails to qualify in the team portion of the state high school champi- onship for the first time in the school's history. The Vildngs fm- ish fourth in the conference tour- nament, led by Elsa Toletti, a French exchange student who played well for Cape all year. June - Toletti and freshman Mike DiStasio qualify for the in- dividual section of the state high school championship, but miss the cut. Toletti is named all-con- ference. Kings Creek CC teaching pro Chris Krueger qualifies for the PGA Pro National Champi- onship. More than 100 junior golfers play the annual Rehoboth Beach Junior Open at Rehoboth Beach CC. I report on the annual golf trip with the guys, this year a return to some free Outer Banks courses. July - Cape Region golfer Char- lie Gouert makes a hole in one during a golf league round at Shawnee (now The Rookery North). Soaring summer temps over 100 degrees provide another opportunity to discuss preven- tion of and treatment for heat stroke and exhaustion. Several Cape Region golfers, including pros and accomplished amateurs such as Chase Brockstedt, distin- guish themselves in the Delaware Open and other big events. August - President Obama's 104th round of golf during his presidency causes a discussion about who is really an "avid" golfer. Brockstedt wins his sev- enth club championship at Kings Creek. The Cape Region does well in a Golf Digest review of the best golf clubs in Delmarva September- Cape Region golf courses participate in the Patriot Golf Day fundraiser. The USGA mourns the passing of Stanley Zontek, the Greens Section guru who personally assisted Shawnee CC and other courses with their turf challenges. The first annual Rookery Club champirnship is a success, with rounds at the South and North courses. October- The competition son for Cape Region clubs begins to wind down. The First Tee Pro- gram announces an upcoming Pro-Am tournament, with spon- sorship opportunities. November - Hurricane Sandy presents a cleanup challenge for Cape Region golf superintend- ents. Local golfer Patrick Normyle celebrates a hole in one during his Myrtle .Beach vaca- tion. The First Tee Pro-Amtour- nament at Rookery South rais s some nice cash for the cause. December - This year's dubi- ous Christmas golf gifts include a farting putting machine and a giggling golf ball. Fortunately, lo- cal golf outlets provide some better altematives. Thanks for reading! I look for- ward to another year of writing about Cape Region golf. Vikings Continued from page 72 Burton 17 and Andrew Grau 8 paced the Vikings. Easton featured balanced scor- ing from ]eter 13, Washington 11 and Pulley 11. Cape came back Dec. 29 and got housed by C.H. Flowers of Prince George's County 54-38. Toney Floyd with 13 points was the only Viking in double figures. "I wanted two games in the tournament against the best com- petition so we could learn some- thing about ourselves and get ready for the conference sched- ule," Re said. "We will get2 points toward the tournament from each of our losses. If we had played a weak team and won, we still would have gotten the same points. I want our kids to play against better people; that is how you learn." Cape sophomore forward David Kwan battles for an offensive rebound. Fredman Continued from page 72 with murder along with two oth- er men, all on a million dollars' bail. Lewis went from so guilty of something serious - including the word murder - to plea bar- gained misdemeanor obstruc- tion-of-investigation guy. In 2001 he was Super Bowl MVP. I'm sorry to all his fans, but I just NICK ROTH PHOTO Ray Lewis sits on the bench during the Ravens' week 2 game against the Ea- gles in Philadelphia. Lewis announced this week he will be retiring at the end of the season. never bought his act; I'm just not feeling it. Two young men died in a street fight that night, and no one was ever convicted and I know why. Three hundred 4 a.m. drunken witnesses, all with dif- ferent stories. Snippets - I'm going to Char- lotte, N.C., this weekend, Jan. 5, for Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club age-group gifts' lacrosse. I'll watch and take 1,000 photos of six games over two days; other- wise, I'm just some guy in a DAVE FREDERICK PHOTO Rebekah Mills of Caesar Rodney, just a sophomore, arlchors the winning '4-by- 800 team. She also won the 1,600 in 5:34 and the 800 in 2:34. "I didn't run last year," Mills said."l was on the swim team." beach chair. Linda Chi of CF Schwartz in Dover told me as a grandfather of nine I might as well buy a minivan and get it over with, but ifI say "Sienna" out loud, Darby Dog starts to growl. The happy Andy Reid at his just-got-fired-I'm-going-away press conference was just too strange for words. You don't get to change personalities abruptly whenever you feel like it. I like my miserable people to stay that way; I can't stand spontaneous combustions of giddiness. The Las Vegas line on pro football betting is based on the money placed, not the insight behind the game. People who bet produce a coagulated con- sensus that is close to being on the money. Green Bay and Balti- more home versus Minnesota and Indianapolis are touchdown favorites. Houston is 41/2 at home over Cincinnati. Seattle at Washington is a 3-point favorite. I like the Bengals in an upset; I!d like to pick Washington, but this is not your granddad's Seattle; the Seahawks are a seriously good team. Local body builder Brock Townsend has been an unrelenting Seahawks fan since forever. Go on now, gift Cape's Gekwan Pritchett gets fouled by C.H. Flowers' Juwan Weldon. ,NEW & USED GUNS . HOLSTERS . 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