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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 3 - Monday, March 6, 2006 - 123 New book centers on..history of golf resort Many golfers don't realize how much they owe a few forward- thinking individuals whose pio- neering efforts helped initiate the incredible rnwth in 'the pca-t in America since its modest begin- ning among the Scots. Even more don't have any idea of the role that serendipity played in furthering those first stuttering steps. For example, if a soda fountain magnate had been more stubborn about his efforts to ameliorate the effects of tuberculosis, for exam- ple, we might not have had the beauties of Pinehurst with us today. This story is among the themes explored by Audrey Moriarty in her enjoyable pictorial history, "Pinehurst: Golf, History and The Good Life," (Sports Media Group; $26.95). Moriarty is the executive director of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives in Pinehurst (www.tuft- sarchives.org). Her slim volume includes a fine sampling of the thousands of photographs from the Archives, providing a detailed social history of the famous Southeastern resort commu- nity. It's a pretty amazing histo- ry, all things considered. James W. Tufts grew up in mid- 19th century Massachusetts, and was able to work his way up from a humble start as an apothecary clerk to the ownership of a thriv- ing soda fountain business. He then became an early leader in the development of the American recreational industry. Like many 19th Century mag- nates, Tufts was not content to sit on his millions and stick to his pri- mary "business. Instead, he acted on philanthropic impulses and bought a huge plot of timbered- over scrnbland in the sand hills of central North Carolina. He was well along his chosen path of cre- ating a healthy retreat for those suffering from consumption when he-learned that tuberculosis was highly contagious. By that time, however, fun- seeking guests at the then-modest resort were already whacking golf balls in nearby cow pastures. Tufts and his successors shifted gears and began changing their develop- ment plans to accommodate this growing interest in the sport. The Archive photographs show how the original plan was con- ceived and then amended, helped along by some famous names in American landscape architecture, as well as golf course design. The pleasant climate and sur- roundings were a huge factor in making Pinehurst a major golf destination. It certainly didn't hurt that Donald Ross, one of the best and most prolific golf course GOLF Fritz Schranck designers of the early. 20th centu- ry, called the little village home for so many decades. Books such as this one and Stan Byrdy's "Augusta and Aiken in Golf's Golden Age" help golfers and others appreciate the histori- cal underpinnings of the recovery of the American South after the Civil War. The leisure and tourism indus- try of the Carolinas, Florida, and elsewhere was a major dement in the economic growth of the region, from the fn'st few railroad- oriented resorts in the late 19th Century, to the thousands of golf courses that now dot the Southern landscape. James Tufts may not have been thinking about golf when he first saw the Carolina sand hills. Nonetheless, Moriarty's book should help avid golfers appreci- ate the fact that Tufts followed through on his plan to create a beautiful resort community, even if golf wasn't part of the original scheme. TIME TO THINK ABOUT JOINING A CLUB -Golfers who are new to the Cape Region might not realize that there are several private club membership opportunities in the area, in addi- tion to several fine public golf courses. This note is the second in a short series describing the vari- ous country clubs that are open to membership applications. Many Cape Region golfers drive over to the east side of Georgetown to play their home course, Sussex Pines Country Club, a short distance from the Sussex County Airport and the new Delmarva Christian High School. The partially-wooded par-72 course (par-75 for women) also features a sizeable dining facility that is popular for Cape Region weddings. Currently there are no initiation fees. Memberships are available in different classifications, with annual dues including full access golf privileges ranging from about $2,000 for individuals to about $2,200 for family member- ships. New members must also purchase a share of stock for $1,000. For more information, call the club at 856-6283. Submitted photo Shown at the first Horsey Family Youth Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic is Tom Matte, center, enjoying the tournament with his golf team of Chad Otwell, left, and Brock Cerklefsk. HFYF Celebrity Golf Classic set May 25 at The Rookery Golf balls will be flying again, some down the fairway, some toward the rough and some even in the trees during the Second Annual Horsey Family Youth Foundation (HFYF) Celebrity Golf Classic to be held Thursday, May 25 at The Rookery Golf Course on Route 1 just north Lewes. The HFYF will host a star-studded event that includes the likes of Boog Powell, Tippy Martinez, Tom Matte and Bruce Laird. The HFYF Celebrity Golf Classic will feature a four-person scramble start, lunch and beverages on the course, hole-in-one contest to win a new car, closest to the pin and putting contest, and an appear- ance from the Jigermeister girls. Following the tournament, participants can mingle with celebrities at a dinner and drink reception held at The Rookery. The reception will feature music by DJ Sky Brady, awards and a live auction. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your favorite celebrity. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by calling Sara Otwell at 645-5949, or emailing sotwell@mav- erickmktg.net. All net proceeds from The HFYF Celebrity Golf Classic will benefit programs supported by the foun- dation in Delaware including Pop Warner football, Little League, varsity wrestling programs, girls soft- ball and traveling competition cheerleading squads. "Last years tournament was a truly wonderful experience thanks to our sponsors and the celebri- ties," said David G. Horsey, founder of the Horsey Family Youth Foundation. "Judging by the commit- ment we received from the business community last year we hope to make this year's tournament even more successful." . Space is limited for foursomes and dinner tickets. They are being sold on a first come first serve basis. For information on participating in the golf tourna- ment, call Otwell at 645-5949. Swingin' With a Star tournament to tee it up June 19 in Wilmington The 15th annual Swingin' With A Star Golf Tournament, benefiting the Delaware Fund for Women and the Christiana Care Breast Center Special Needs Fund, this year features two marquee names in women's golf. The star of the 2006 tournament is Val Skinner. She ranks among the Ladies Professional Golf Association's (LPGA) career earnings leaders and is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards for her tireless work to raise money for breast cancer research and other causes. Skinner serves as an ana- lyst for The Golf Channel and is a member of three golf Halls of Fame. Swingin' With A Star wiil be played this year on Monday, June 19 at the DuPont Country Club. Skinner will hit a shot with each group playing the 17th hole. Players or businesses interested in partic- ipating may email Beryl Barmore at bbarmore@wilmingtontrust.com for more details. This year's tournament also recognizes the vision and dedication of LPGA Hall-of-Famer Betsy Rawls, who co-founded Swingin' With A Star. She ranks fifth in LPGA'career tournament wins. Rawls is a Phi Beta Kappa graduale of the University of Texas and is a member of that institution's Women's Sports Hall of Fame. Since its inception, Swingin' With A Star has raised nearly $900,000 for women's causes.