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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 107 Tyler Witman wins second state high school golf title There are very few repeat state champions in high school golf. Therefore, Tyler Witman is in very special company. The Cape Henlopen High School senior won his second statewide championship on May 30, with a fine 73-76-149 total score over the tough Wilmington Country Club South Course. He beat Dave Simmons of Concord High School by a single stroke/ "It was strenuous," said a smil- ing and relieved Witman. "Espe, cially the back nine." Going into the second day's round, Witman held a one-shot lead on Simmons. The Concord player managed to outplay Wit- man on the front nine, however, and the two players were even as they started the back nine. Lightning caused a one-hour delay in the action, but Witman said he wasn't affected by it. On the other hand, the South Course eventually took its toll on most of the tournament players, and Witman and Simmons were no exceptions. Coach Jerry Dorneman, assis- tant coach Corey Groll and I watched the two competitors play the last four holes with Dover's Will Scarborough, who by then was out of the running for medal- ist honors. Witman had the lead at that point, but then made it inter- esting. Simmons parred 14, and Wit- man bogied it. Both players parred 15, with Witman just miss- ing a very good birdie opportunity from about 8 feet. Simmons short-sided the green on the next hole, a 180-yard par 3. Witman hit a self-described "hooded 5-iron smothered shot" even further left. He then hit a bad flop shot, leav- ing the ball in the rough and bringing both hands above his head in disbelief. As he said later, "That's the first time I flubbed a chip in a long time." Witman's next shot reached the green, but barely, while Simmons' chip rolled 10 feet past the hole. Witman's double-bogey and Sim- mons' bogey tied both players. On the next hole, Simmons and Witman both hit drives into the right rough, and neither one could reach the green with their ap- proaches. The resulting bogeys kept the two boys tied as they reached the final hole. Simmons hit a fine drive down the left center of the fairway. Wit- man hit an even better drive sever- al yards past Simmons, on the right center. Simmons' second shot was "a little fat," according to Witman, and came up far short of the green. Witman's approach landed about 25 feet below the pin, and then rolled back another 5 feet or so. Simmons' chip shot al- so came up short, nearly parallel to Witman'S ball on the green. The Concord player's first putt then stopped about 3 feet away. Witman's first putt was on a nice line, but then curled left and stopped about ayard,from the GOLF Fritz Schranck hole. Simmons made his bogey, and after a careful look at the green Witman rolled in his par for the win. Witman came in fourth in the states as a freshman, and won the event as a sophomore. He lost by a single stroke as a junior, and played well enough to win again as a senior, after a very good sea- son. The Henlopen Conference Championships on May 22 at Sus- sex Pines may have helped Wit- man in the states. He lost to Scar- borough in a playoff, after both players shot 2-under par in wet conditions. The Viking's fifth-place state tournament finish this year, thanks to Witman, Brad Schneider (82- 85), John Purple (90-91), and Micah Vugrinec (88-100), should give the returning players a good target for next year. Juniors Brett Hertel and Andy Lee are coming back to the Viking squad, joined by sophomore varsi- ty veterans Purple and Brian Davidson and freshman Jason Hastings. Witman will attend the Univer- sity of Maryland on a golf schol- arship, and Vugrinec will go to Methodist College for that school's well-regarded golf pro- gram. Schneider plans to study turf management at Delaware Technical & Community College. This was one of the better Cape golf teams, and this is a school with a very good golf tradition. LADY GOLFERS - The 18 Hole Lady Golfers at Sussex Pines Country Club were back in action May 27 for a low gross, low net tournament. In the low gross division, first place went to Sandy Bunting, followed by Bernie Reid in second. In the low net division, Mary Bunting and Bea Hylbert tied for first, fol- lowed by Phyllis Green and Glo- ria Romano tied for second and Linda Townsend in third. UD GOLF OUTING - The third annual Southern Delaware Golf Outing benefitting student scholarships at the University of Delaware will be held Tuesday, June 3, at Baywood Greens golf course on Long Neck Road. For more information, call 302- 831-1093. MERCEDES DEALER CHAMPIONSHIPS - i.g. burton Imports will host the 2003 Mer- cedes Dealer Championships, a nationwide amateur golf program for men and women age 21 or old- er to benefit the American Heart Association. The event will be held Wednesday, June 11, at the Shawnee Country Club in Mil- ford. The format is individual stroke play, full handicap. Registration and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. fol- lowed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. An awards reception will follow immediately after play. The winner of each flight re- ceives a Waterford trophy and earns a spot on a three-member team that advances to the regional tournament at Pinehurst Resort, N.C. Sept. 11-14. The national fi- nal takes place Jan. 7-12 in Maul The hole-in-one prize is a Mer- cedes-Benz C230 sports sedan. A registration fee of $95 in- cludes $50 to be donated to the American Heart Association. For more information and to register, call Paul Caras or Pete Palmer at 424-3042 by June 2. SHORT PUTTS - The golf course hole-by-hole handicap al- location service can be accessed at the website HoleByHole.com. Send your news about local tour- naments, charity golf events, holes-in-one and other golf news by email to Fschranck@HoleBy- Hole.com or to steveh@cape gazette.com. A good cause! Cape Henlopen High School wrestlers teamed up with middle school wrestlers and wrestling boosters for a chicken barbecue and car wash May 24 to raise funds to defray the cost of summer camp for participants in the three-school program. Din- ers enjoyed a finger-licking meal while they had their car or truck spotlessly cleaned by the district grapplers. Above, Booster Patrice Rig- gin, left, applies a secret recipe sauce while Debbie Tartal, right, turns the taste- tempting chicken. At right, wrestling coach Chris Mattioni, standing, su- pervises Cape wrestler Nick Albanese as he details the wheel of a car. Fritz Schranck photo Cape Henlopen High School's Tyler Witman, center, poses with his medal for first place in the 2003 state high school golf championship at Wilmington Country Club May 28 with his coach, Jerry Dorneman, left, and his mother, Susan. AHA Golf Classic tees it up June 11 Tee off at the American Heart Association's (AHA) 1 lth Annual Classic at the Greens Golf Tournament, set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Baywood Greens golf course on Long Neck Road. The tournament begins with registration, lunch, driving range practice and fun putting and chipping contests along with team photos. Play is a scramble with a shotgun tee-off at 1 p.m. There will be a variety of prizes. For example, low gross and low net winners will each win a round of golf at different golf courses. Additional prizes will be awarded to runner-up teams; men and ladies closest to the pin and longest drive; "hit the green" sponsored by East Coast Property Management; and a prize for the team who wins the Green Ball Challenge sponsored by Delaware National Bank. For more information, call the AHA office at 856-7386. Dan Cook photos