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CAPE GAZETI - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 - 169 Frank Abbott started 00his game of golf00at Frank Abbotthas a vivid mem- membership for several years America. The hole-in-one prize is ory of his very first round of golf as a twelve-year old boy. The newly re-elected commis- sioner for the Town of Henlopen Acres grinned broadly as he recalled a long-ago Saturday at a country club in Pennsylvania. "My father was advised by his doctor to play golf, for his health," Abbott explained. "I went along and beat him and his friends in my first round with a 105. Now I can't score 105, but it's still fun." Abbott began golfing regularly soon after that. When he was an engineering student at Villanova University and a player on the col- lege's golf team, his uncle was the president of Llanerch Country Club in Delaware County, Pa. He took advantage of the family con- nection to obtain a junior-level membership there. After gradua- tion Abbott continued golfing, while also working as an engineer for RCA until World WarH inter- vened: . i--:' . :He joined the Nav,m ensign and finished his serverin March, 1946, as a lieutenant commander with a period of service on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff. Abbott then looked into rejoining Llanerch, where they were offer- ing membership bonds at $100 apiece. "I couldn't afford it," Abbott said. Instead, he stopped playing and ettrolled at Temple University's school in September 1946, g advantage of the G.I. Bill. r obtaining his degree and ping the bar, Abbott started working as an associate at a major law firm in Philadelphia. "I stopped playing golf for about 30 years," Abbott said. Fritz Schranck Running continued from page 168 Vicki Topel, 47, 24:47; 3. Marianne Krebs, 50, 25:14 55-59: 1. Don Stein, 24, 22:20; 2. Adrian Nakayama, 26, 22:37; 3. Jim Marvin, 36, ?? 1. Andrea Hoffman, 52, 25:27; 2. Terry Jacques, 112, 39:03 60-64: 1. Doug White, 15, 21:25; 2. Tim Abbott, 18, 21:50; 3. Gene King, 39, 23:58 1, JoAnn Szczepkowski, 58, 25:53 65-69: 1. Jack Huxtable, 35, 23:42; 2. Jack Noel, 41, 24:13; 3. HalCarrier, 46, 24:45 1. Marge Warshauer, 95, 29:55 70 and over: 1. Joe Gaffney, 49, 25:00; 2. Bob Dieck, 85, 28:42; 3. Dr. Lee Masser, 99, 30:15 DOGFISH DASH 5K, 10K - The first annual Dogfish Dash 5K AND 10K Run will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, from Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. The 5K and 10K race will GOLF "When you're trying to establish yourself as a young associate, they expect you to be in the office on the weekends and not out golf- ing." His professional career took off, leading to a partnership in a nationally-recognized fh'm with a focus on labor and employment law, representing hospitals and other industries. By 1972, however, Abbott's weekends were free enough for him to resume his golfing habit, and his former skills as a college golfer soon returned. He joined Main Line clubs such as Aronomick, as well as the Seaview club in Atlantic City. "My average scores were in the high 70s, so I was a 6 handicap or so," Abbott said. He also joined Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and was there to watch David Graham's 1981 U.S. Open victory at the historic course. after he retired from the active practice of law, but after he and his wife, Skip, moved to the Cape Region in 1994, he eventually had to bring that golfing chapter to a close. "Quitting Merion was one of the hardest things I ever did." He joined Rehoboth Beach Country Club in 1994, sponsored by his former law partner Kimber Vought, the former mayor of Rehoboth Beach, and built his new home in Henlopen Acres. Abbott admits to having been "conned" by his neighbors into serving his new community in several capacities. After a stint at the Beach Club and on the town's Board of Adjustment, he was elected to a commissioner's seat in 1998. The recent election earned Abbott his fifth consecu- tive term. Abbott's current ailments are now taking a toll on his golf game, but he's still swinging. "I usually play five holes or so, and then I just ride along with my friends for the rest of the round." He's often found on the Rehoboth Beach CC course with his regular foursome partners Earl Lynn, Tom Lewis and Joe Schranck. Abbott's also looking forward to playing golf soon with his son, Terry, and perhaps with a golfing grandchild or two. "Golf is a wonderful game. You can play it whether you're 12 or 87," he said. And Abbott is perhaps his own best proof that he's right ..... By the way, anyone who could carry a six handicap at Merion should be recognized as a golfer with some true talent. Abbott maintained his Merion I J begin at 8 a.m. ,d will travel down Rehoboth nue to Canal Road to the Junction and Breakwater Trail at the state park. The out and back course will return to Rehoboth Avenue and finish in front of Dogfish. Registration on race day begins at 6:30 a.m. Awards will be presented to the overall winners, masters winners " and top three finishers in eight age groups from 9 and under to 70 and over. Applications can be obtained at dogfish.'eom. BOTTLE & CORK 10- MILER - The Seven Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Running/Walking Series contin- ues with the 30th annual Gary P. Lister Bottle & Cork 10-mile run and 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in Dewey Beach. The 10-mile run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk begins at 8:10 a.m. at the Bottle & Cork on Route 1 in Dewey Beach. A portion of the proceeds rom the race benefits Beebe Medical Center. Packet pickup and late registra- !' SUSSEX 'PINES LADIES - The Sussex  18'hole lady golfers., were back in action Tuesday, Aug. 29, playing a low net tournament. Winners included tion takes place from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept: 8, at the Bottle & Cork T-shirt shop and from 6:30- : 7:50 a,m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Awards will be given to top three male and female finishers in five-year age groups. There will also be an awards ceremony for those who have Successfully com- pleted the Seven Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Running Series on the stage of Bottle and Cork fol- lowing the race. Eighty-one males and 81 females have completed the first six events. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this event all fin- ishers in both the 10-miler and 5K will receive a pint glass with event logo. For more information or to reg- ister, contact race director Wayne S. Kursh at, or call 302-654-6400. UPCOMING RACES Saturday, Sept. 2 - Last Blast Prediction 5K, 8 a.m. at Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach; Call 644- 8952 for details; Sunday, Sept. 3 - Rehoboth Main Street Aquatldon, 8 a.m., Rehoboth Beach; Call 227-7667 for details. FRANK ABBOTr Janet Griffith, first place, fol- lowed by Ana Dittel, Joanne Foster, Doris DeFilippis and Sandy Bunting and Alicia Sosman (tied for fifth place. The 9-hole lady golfers also were in action, Aug. 29, playing with three clubs and a putter. First place winners were Carole Farrell, first flight, and Binky Tompkins, second flight; second place went to Nance Ossman, fh-st flight; and Carmela Coleman, second flight; and third place went to Carol Love, first flight; and Louise Boyd, second flight. MERCEDES-BENZ TOUR- NEY - i.g. Burton has announced the fourth annual Mercedes-Benz Golf Championship will be played Wednesday, Sept. 6, at The Rookery Golf Club on Route 1 north of Lewes, Registration and lunch start at 11:30 a.m. The shot- gun start will be at 1 p.m. Dinner and awards will follow the tourna- ment. Entry fee is $125 per person with $100 donated to Scholarship a new Mercedes-Benz C230. Winners of this tournament will advance to the regional tourna- ment at Pinehurst on Oct. 5-8, and could move on to the final cham- pionship being held in Hawaii. To register, or for more infor- marion, call Pete Palmer at 302- 424-3042. DRY DOCK TOURNEY - Dry Dock, Inc., will host its fourth annual Golf Benefit on Monday, Sept.  18, at The Rookery Golf Club on Route 1 north of Lewes. Check in starts at 8:15 a.m., fol- lowed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The format is scramble. The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 for a foursome. The fee includes greens fees, cart, coffee and pastries on arrival, lunch, nonalcoholic beverage, cart and a goodie bag. There will be prizes for the top teams, and other raffle and door prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit Dry Dock, Inc., an Angola-based facility which provides meeting space for 12-step groups and other nonprofits, as well as providing transportation service to sub- stance abuse and mental health treatment facilities. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Roger Peterson at 645-8959. MILLSBORO CHAMBER TOURNEY - The Millsboro- Long Neck Classic will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 at Baywood Greens, cohosted by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Long Neck Business Association. Prizes include a $1 million Continued on page 171 Cannonball 5K race steps off Sept. 17 Set for its third running on town for the weekend for Sail Sunday, Sept. 17, the Cannonball Lewes, part of the 375th anniver- Race 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile sary activities. Walk has been touted as "the most Those tall ships that may be beautiful race course in seen along the route include the Delaware." Kalmar Nyckel, Alliance and Race-day registration begins at Dove. 7:30 a.m. at the Lewes Historical Pre-registration for the race is Society complex at Second and $15 and can be accomplished by Shipcarpenter streets in Lewes visiting or with the starting gun scheduled to Race day reg- fire at 8:30 a.m. istration is $20. Water stations The course traverses historic will be available along the course Second Street and Bank Street and T-shirts will be given to all before turning onto Front Street participants. and continuing down Pilottown The Cannonball race benefits Road, one of the most historic The Lewes Historical Society, a streets in Delaware. The race non-profit organization dedicated makes the turn on to Front Street to preserving Lewes's heritage by its namesake - the Cannonball and sharing it with others. House, built circa 1765 which The race kicks off the Seashore serves today as Lewes' maritime Striders Fall Season and is man- museum, aged by Tim Bamforth and An added bonus for the 2006 Seashore Striders. race is running or walking by sev- For more information, call 645- eral of the tall ships that will be in 7670.