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130 - CAPE GAZEqffrE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Beginning ,}t'a beautiful friendship at Clubhouse Golf?. Golfers are like everybody else in at least one respect. During a recession, they have a natural reluctance to spend a lot of money on their favorite pastime. As a result, the business of golf hasn't been so hot lately. For example, Top-Flite Golf, maker of the famous clubs and golf balls as well as the pricier Strata golf balls, recently filed plans in bankruptcy court to sell its assets to Callaway Golf. At the time of the bankruptcy filing, Top-Flite said its $250 mil- lion in sales was simply insuffi- cient to manage its $530 million in debt. If the goveent and the bankruptcy court iapprove the deal, Callaway will obtain Top- Flite for $125 million, free and clear of debt. National Golf Properties, the leading publicly-held real estate investment trust devoted to own- ing golf courses, went private ear- lier this year. The combination of ,,a : ,',6...   . . . - s ior gettmg our shoe::'his store, the situation ijust very spe- cial. "We have a national network of sales reps, but we'd be foolish not to go after the local market. We're definitely trying to do that, and we hope it works." For his part, Larkin was im- millions in debt and problems presses t the attitude towardeus- with lease aments had more " tomeS' ice s by the 3- than a little to do with the conver- sion, which also involved Ameri- can Golf Corporation, a related golf course management compa- ny. Women's Golf Unlimited, mak- ers of Square Two clubs and other products aimed primarily at women's golf, recently saw its stock price dip to 45 cents. Three years ago the stock traded about six times higher. On the other hand, some golf companies continue to do well. Callaway's sales volume over the last twelve months topped $797 million. Share prices for Fortune Brands, the parent company for Titleist and Footjoy, now trade at more than twice the value set three years ago. And in the Cape Region, two small golf companies are now see- ing the benefits of working togeth- er to meet their customers' needs. Like Humphrey Bogart's Rick and Claude Raines' Captain Re- nault in "Casablanca," this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, helping both business- es ride out the recession. About a month and a half ago, Cyclonic Golf's Sales Coordina- tor John Server dropped in on Ed Larkin, the head of Clubhouse Golf. Server said, "Ed and his crew do a great job. He makes his cus- tomers very comfortable there. We talked about what we could offer, and one thing led to another." Shortly thereafter the first ship- ment of several Cyclonic golf shoe styles appeared on the shelves of the popular local golf shop. Tom Mendel, the president of the Lewes shoe company, put it simply: "I like his store as a cus- tomer, and Ed is a complete gen- tleman. The way he runs the place is definitely an improvement over the outfit he once worked for." clonic staff. "The best example of that was recently. One of our customers liked one of the Cyclonic styles very much, but we were out of stock in his size. He left us his cell phone number, and we told him we'd call him when it came in. Then we called Cyclonic. One of the girls there said she was coming down to Rehoboth, and would bring a pair down with her. "We had the shoes in an hour. The customer was really surprised when I called him back so quickly. Frankly, I was surprised myself. I figured a 24 hour time frame would be great. Having them here in an hour? You can't beat it," Larkin said. Mendel said, "Of course, that's the kind of customer service that's not going to happen unless the two operations are in the same neighborhood. But we were happy to help." Here's hoping that these two Cape Region golf companies con- tinue to find ways to enhance their budding symbiotic relationship. AFFILIATE GOLF TOUR- NENT TEES OFF OCT. I - The Sussex Cotiny Assocmtlon of Realtors will sponsor its sixth an- nual Affiliate Golf Tournament, set for Oct. 1 at Bear Trap Dunes. The cost is $65 per player and in- cludes golf, lunch, drinks, prizes and a cocktail party. Fritz Schranck photo Clubhouse Golf manager Ed Larkin with his new Cyclonic golf shoe display. Submitted photo And the winners are... Winners of the Rehoboth Beach Country Club 9-Hole Ladies Golfers August Scramble were (l-r) Kathy Piazzon, Joan Stevens, Gigi Lank and Sandra Lord (not pictured). The day begins at noon with registration and lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony and cocktail party will be held at 6 p.m. The format is modified best ball with handicap, and prizes will be given for closest to the pin, closest to the line and longest drive. For more information or to reg- ister, call 855-2300. SHORT PUTTS - The golf course hole-by-hole handicap al- location service can be accessed at the website Send your news about local tournaments, charity golf events, holes-in-one and other golf news by email to Fschranck@HoleBy- or to steveh@cape WET BASEMENTS STINK !! Mold, mildew and water leaking into your basement causes health and foundation problems. What can be done to fix the problem? Allstate American Waterproofing is an honest, hardworking local company. We will give you a FIE evaluaUon and estimate and a fair price. We have repaired thousands of basements in the area; we can provide local references. When your neighbors needed waterproofing they called Allstate American. Why don't you? Call now to receive a 20% discount on all work completed by August 16th. CALL 1 800 420 7783 NOW! Youth Arts & Crafts (5-12 yrs.) 8/11, 8/18 & 8/25  Shelly Talmo & Lisa Sd'dater Located at Grove Park across from Chamber office on Rehoboth Avec,. WEDNESDAYS Lure to Juggle on the Beach 7-8 p.m 8/13. 8/20 & 8/27 Instructor Don F'sher. Night Rec. area at Baltimore Avenue & the Boards FRIDAYS Face painting and sing alongs, story telling, clowns or magic. Semething every Friday Night 7 - 8 p.m. all surnmw long. 8/8 Lollipop the Clown - Laura Grimes 8/15 Magic Fun with Jack Noel Located at the Tot Lot by Lake Gerar (In case of poo mthe, Grove Park wUl be the back up.) For  Inlmmatl Call -418 TemCawt= =27-ge - 0m.-01e Bea $7 per hour EXCLUSIVELY P-U.B.L.I.C 18 Hole Championship Course Long Neck Road, Long Neck, Delaware FOR GOLF RESERVATIONS: 302.947.9800,888.844.2254 Find all the help you need! 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