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112 FRIDAY, JUNE 19 - MONDAY, JUNE 2212009 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette I Rehoboth Beach Junior Open attr00tcts a crowd O ne hundred junior golfers swarmed over Rehoboth Beach Country Club June 15, in another highly successful Re- hoboth Beach Junior Open golf tournament. This is the downstate major event for junior golf in Delaware. Kids come from all over the Delmarva Peninsula to test their skills against a wide as- sortment of players in their age groups. Christina Vosters of Bethany Beach won the girls' champi- onship with a f'me 79. She will be a senior next fall at Worcester Prep in Berlin, Md., and plays on the school's golf team. She's of- ten found practicing at Bear Trap Dunes and Bay Club, and would like to play in college. Erica Pelligrini shot an 81 for second place. She's an incoming senior at Garnet Valley High School in Pennsylvania, and plays out of Concord Country Club, where she sometimes sees PGA Tour star Sean O'Hair practicing. Braden Shattuck won the overall boys' championship after beating Jeff Whiteside in an ex- citing three-hole playoff. Shattuck, 14, will be a sopho- more at Sun Valley High School in Aston, Pa. His 74 in the tour- nament included two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. Whiteside just graduated from Newark High School, where he was usually among the top 3 players on the Yellowiacket golf team. He will be attending grflmington University in the falL Helives in Bear and plays golf at Frog Hollow near Middle- town.. His 74 not only tied Shattuck for best among all the boys, but also won him first place in the boys' 16-18 championship. Jerry Temple of Wilmington, this spring's No. 1 player for Sale- sianum, took second with a 75. Tyler Cross won the boys' 14- 15 year old championship, with a 75. The Caravel Academy stu- dent will be a sophomore and was on the school's golf team this spring. Matt Bierer, 15, of Phoenimrille, Pa. took second with a 77. He'll be playing for Phoenixville High this fall. Ryan Rucinski won the Boys' 12-13 year old championship, af- ter a short playoff against Kyle Plusch. Both shot 80 in the main round, from the green'tees. Rucinski attends St. Catherine of Siena School in Wilmington and plays Hartefeld National in near- by Pennsylvania with his father. Plusch will be going into 8th grade at Alfred G. Waters School in Middletown, and he's often found on the links near his home at Back Creek. The tournament also marks the occasion to announce the winners of the Delaware State Golf Association Scholarship awards. Jerry Temple won the top prize for this year, a $3,500 per year stipend that he will use to attend the University of Delaware to study civil engi- neering. He also plans to play on the Blue Hen golf team. FRITZ SCHRANCK PHOTOS COLOCKWlSE RIIOM LEFT KVLE PLUSCI LEFT, and Ryan Rucinski both shot an 80 in the boys 12-13 age group champi- onship which Rucinski then won in a Iplayoff; Braden Shattuck, center, won the overall boys championship in a playoff against Jeff Whiteside, left. Whiteside won the boys 16-18 age group championship, with Jerry Temple, right taking second place; Eri- ca Pelligrini, left, and Christina Vosters won second and first place, respectively, in the girls championship; and Matt Bierer, left, shot a 77, good enough for second place in the boys 14-15 age group championship which was won by Tyler Cross, right, who shot a 75. Jacob Hersh of Newark won the second scholarship, a $2,00 per year award. He also will be attending the University of Delaware this fall and plans to major in mechanical engineer- ing. The former Vellowjacket golf team member was pleased with the scholarship, but less en- thusiastic about his 89 in the tournament. David Garcla of Middletown was awarded the third scholar- ship, for $1,000 annually. Hehas worked for the last few years at Rehoboth Beach Country Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. Devin Medd played best among the Cape Heniopen High School golf team members who played in the Junior Open. His 81 included an even-par back nine and a 10-over par score on the front nine. Shane Ghigliotty was next with an 83, and his play was also a bit erratic. He shot a 49 on the front nine and a 34 on the back nine, where his round began. "I lost some focus with the slow play, but I had a great time," he said. Casey Anderson's 84 ;teas boosted by a quadruple bogey on one hole and a triple bogey on another. Graduating senior Tristan Karsnitz was none too pleased with his 88, which he at- tributed to bunker trouble and some bad luck with the par fives. This tournament is a great shoWcase for junior golf in Delaware. For those interested in seeing how the game is pro- gressing for the next generation, it's also a hopeful indicator for potential success. SHAWNEE TOURNAMENTS - Shawnee Country Club in Mil- ford recently hosted two golf tournaments - the Memorial Day Mixed on May 25 and the Seniors Championship on June 13. In the Memorial Day mixed, team gross honors went to Dale Jarrell and Nancy Yost; team net honors (flight 1) went to Bob Burd and Barbara DeRue; and team net honors (flight 2) went to Ed Jackson and Donna Jack- son. In the Seniors Championship, individual gross honors went to Bob Burd; individual net (flight 1) went to Bob Gerritse; individ- ual net (flight 2) went to Mike Cavanaugtg individual net (flight 3) went to Bill Barnard; and indi- vidual net (flight 4) went to Ed Jackson. Golf Events JUNIOR GOU: PROGIh - The Lower Delaware Autism Founda- tion has announced it is starting a new golf program for children with autism ages 8 to 22 in part- nership with The Rookery Golf Course on Route 1 north of Lewes. Rookery golf pro Butch Holtz- claw will instruct the children on all parts 6f the game from putting to driving. The instruction starts with putting at the hole and moves away from the hole until driving is taught. The groups meet weekly throughout the summer. For more information about autism or to volunteer, call the office at 644-3410 or email GOLF OUTING FOR ALZHEIMER'S - On Monday, June 22, at Delaware National Coun- try Club (formerly Hercules Country Club), 400 Hercules Road in Wilmington, the Alzheimer's Association will host its fourth annual Delaware Golf Outing for Alzheimefs. The tournament will begin with registration and a cookout lunch at 10".30 am., and a shotgun start at noon, followed by a cock- tail hour and dinner 5 p.m. There will also be contests and other opportunities to win prizes including a $10,000 hole-in-one shootout, so don't miss out! A $250 registration fee in- cludes the cookout, all greens and cart fees, a buffet dinner, cocktails and a chance to bid. on silent auction items, including golf packages and outings at vad- ons courses in the Delaware Val- ley region. Sponsorship opportu- nities are still available. For more information about the golf outing, or to learn more about the programs and services offered, by the hlzheimees Asso- ciation Delaware Valley Chapter, contact Carolyn Moloney at 302- 633-4420.