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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, MAY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 107 he Henlopen Confer- ence lost one of its longest-serving golf coaches May 8, when Steve Vansant passed away at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Vansant, 61, finally succumbed to the effects of a heart attack he suffered last August, a week be- fore he was to travel south to play in his first World Amateur tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A math teacher at Lake For- est, the 1975 University of Delaware graduate started the original golf team for Lake For- est High School more than 20 years ago. He enjoyed his last season of coaching for the Spar- tans in spring 2010. An extremely avid and talent- ed golfer, Vansant spent most of last summer playing nearly every day at Shawnee Country Club, his home course, He also served on the club's board of di- rectors. Gardner Shugart, a former president of the club, said, "Steve really, really loved this game. His legs bothered him last summer, and he walked with a cane. He would use the cane until it was time to hit, put the cane down, swing his club, and pick Steve Vansant up his cane again. A great guy" Vansant's frequent playing partner, Mike Kavfinaugh, fondly recalled Vansant's keen love for golf, especially when there was a dollar or two riding on the re- sults. "Steve always handled the betting" Kavanaugh said. "He would have all these complicat- ed bets going on, and no one else could figure out his score- card with all he was tracking on it. He'd come into the clubhouse and start pointing at people after the round, saying, You owe $6.75, you owe a quarter,' and so on." He continued, "He just loved playing the game. This past sum- mer I think we played five days straight, then seven days straight, then 10 days straight." John Eustis, one of Vansant's best friends, simply said of his passing, ',Thousands of miles and thousands of rounds...." I knew Steve as the Lake For- est golf coach, as well as a fellow member at Shawnee. He was un- failingly pleasant company. As a high school golf coach, he often expressed a nicely realistic as- sessment of the kids on his teams, as well as their competi- tion. The Lake Forest golf teams rarely challenged the Cape Hen- lopen squads, but it was not for lack of effort, for which Vansant deserved a lot of the credit. STEVE REALLY, REALLYLOVED THIS GAME. HIS LEGS BOTHERED HIM LAST SUMMER, AND HE WALKED WITH A CANE. HE WOULD USE THE CANE UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO HIT, PUT THE CANE DOWN, SWING HIS CLUB, AND PICK UP HIS CANE AGAIN. A GREAT GUY. - GARDNER SHUGART FORMER PRESIDENT, SHAWNEE COUNTRY CLUB At the time he was stricken, Vansant had only just begun his offmial retirement from his decades of teaching and coach- ing at Lake Forest. His passing reminds us once again of the need to seize the moments we may enjoy here on Earth, be- cause we can never know when those moments will cease. Local dub results Last week's colunm included a segment about the May 1 inau- gural Ladies Day tournament at n spite of the wind, ftshing has been pretty good. The water temperature in the bay and ocean is hovering near the 60-degree mare and we should have even better action when calmer conditions fmaUy arrive. The final days of the tog sea- son produced limit catches from reefs, wrecks and rocks in the ocean and the bay. Sea bass sea- son will reopen Sunday, May 22, and from what I hear there should be plenty of fish waiting for anglers to arrive. The flounder regulations changed May 11. The current minimum size is now 18 inches while the bag limit remains at four fish per day. Flounder were caught from the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal, the Cape Hen- lopen Fishing Pier, Indian River Inlet, Indian River Bay and Massey's Ditch. Baits include live minnows; strips of bunker, herring or squid; Gulp! and Speck Rigs. Keep in mind that an 18-inch flounder is a pretty big ftsh and will take a pretty big bait. Large baits will cull out the smaller flounder and should at- tract a bigger class of flounder. Rockfish have been caught from the surf and from Indian River Inlet. Cut, fresh bunker or herring have been the best offer-- ings in the surf while swim shads from Storm or Tsunami have been effective from the rocks. Boat fishermen-at the in- let have found success on rock- ftsh by using white bucktails with a white worm in the rip that runs from the Coast Guard Station to the entrance to South Shore Marina. Right now, rockfish are mov- ing from the spawning grounds to the ocean and will pass by Delaware in starts and spurts. The prudent angler will be on the beach or rocks as much as possible to interc@t the fish as they pass by. Even this early in the season, night tides will outproduce those that occur during the day. The only exception will be dark days with an east wind and a lit- tle rain. Surf fishermen have encoun- tered a few blues, kings and the always-welcome dog sharks and clear-nose skates. Like the rockftsh, the blues will be here and gone, but the kings should stick around for awhile. Black drum were caught from shallow water in the Delaware Bay. The Coral Beds gave up some over the weekend, and Broadkill Beach had a few blacks caught from shore. One was caught at the Outer Wall by a somewhat surprised tog fisherman. Clam is always the bait of choice for drum fishermen. Drum fishing should continue to improve as the month goes on. The best action is usually as- sociated with the new or full moon when the current is at its strongest. A few boats have tried shark fishing, but so far have not had any success. Threshers should be inside the shipping lanes and makos on the 20-fathom lumps any day. Kings Creek Country Club. Due to a communications glitch, I failed to note that the third-place honors for this tour- nament went to Bernie Reid, Francie Young, and Kathy Nave. A blind draws score was added to the trio's scores. No t Undof Rule 8-1 of the official Rules of Golf prohibits the giving of ad- vice to one's competitors during a round of golf, while also per- mitting some kinds of assistance to one's playing partner. For other kinds of help, how- ever, it doesn't matter who's be- hag helped, as discussed in a re- cent Ruling of the Day at the USGRs website. In this situation, a golfer finds another player's golf club while out on the course. He picks it up and puts it in his own bag, al- ready filled with his own 14 clubs. Intending to return the :. club to its rightful owner, he turns the club in to the pro shop, never having used it during the round. As the USGA held, there's no penalty for being a mensch, at least under these circumstances. 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