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106 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 And you th,mght golf committee meetings were boring Periodically I become involved in situations that make me wonder why very few others, if any, ever thought of utilizing them as a plot for a novel or movie. I sometimes felt this way about the inner workings of private country clubs, especially after I joined tile board of directors and later became club president. While driving home from board meetings, after trying to address a host of difficult issues, I'd think about how those last few hours would have made a good chapter. Tim Southgate beat me to it with "Driver," his delightful new novel based upon a troubled pri- vate country club in England. It's published by High Tee Press, and available through Ama- zon.co.uk. Southgate wrote re- cently and said it is still negotiat- ing a presence on Amazon.com. In many respects, this book hit very close to home. Thankfully, in many other respectsAt didn't. David Crowley is a 48-year-old retired headmaster of a British secondary school who suffers from a combination of debilitating symptoms. He's a widower who blames himself in part for his wife's suf- fering. His method of dealing GOLF Fritz Schranck with the crisis leads him to con- clude he was far too selfish. In fact, he used to be a very good golfer but has essentially stopped playing as a form of penance. He also has trouble expressing his emotions in conversations with his son, who nonetheless is pressing him to rejoin the human race. His retirement from the school system was not exactly voluntary, but in the three years since accept- ing his pension he's had great dif- ficulty even considering other gainful employment. In fact, Crowley is so burned out from his old job and grief over his lost bride that he's deeply concerned about whether the new job he ac- cepted as club secretary for Bran- "field Park is something he can re- ally do. A club secretary is the British equivalent of a country club gen- eral manager, as understood in the United States. The committee - board of directors - for the club is headed by a club captain, the equivalent of the American club president. Other than the differences in nomenclature, however, anyone with experience with nonprofit or- ganizations and their governance, especially in the country club con- text, will easily recognize the common elements that make this book so interesting and fun. For example, the other leading characters are nicely realistic and well-drawn. The club captain is well-mean- ing, but he knows that he'must temper his own interest in reform with the knowledge that he has to convince the rest of the member- ship to agree with him. Brigadier Henry Tufneil, a re- tired officer, has a long family his- tory with the club and a keen in- Who will be the bi terest in continuing his unusually extensive control over club af- fairs. Kathryn Earnshaw, the most in- fluential female member of the committee, is strong-willed, a skilled golfer, and an attractive woman but with no apparent in- terest in romance. Mark Essam is a local banker with a direct knowledge of Bran- field Park's financial problems, but with a member's interest in trying to help Crowiey figure out a way to keep the club from going under before the bank's deadline for improvement. Toby Kelham is a very wealthy member, whose land holdings in- clude property adjacent to Bran- field. He's somewhat prickly and overbearing, a man accustomed to using his power for his personal benefit. Crowley soon under- stands that this is a committee member who bears watching closely. Crowley's mission is to find a way to restore the club's financial condition, while not losing sight of its status as a real golfing gem. Others don't quite share his goal, however, and that-'s where the mystery lies. It also forms the crux of the novel's action. Crowley enlists the aid of the club staff, some of the club mem- bers, and others in his quest to re- vive the club. Along the way, he rediscovers his own interest in professionalism, personal devel- opment, golf and even an unex- pected romance. Readingqtbout the parallel track of improvements and reforms for Branfield Park and its manager makes for an extremely enjoyable afternoon or two. Cape girls lacrosse competes in tourney A band of brave sisters from Cape Women's Lacrosse ventured off to Temple University's Astro- turf to compete with 15 other teams in a one-day outdoor seven- on-seven tournament Sunday, Nov. 3. Shukri Gibbs, Jesse Green, Kirsten Cannatelli, Casey Layton, Vicki Green, Sarah White, Jackie Lovett, Jordan Bryan, Katie Mc- David, Jamie McNatt, Laura Lay- ton and Kelsey Spence faced tough teams from Long Island, South Jersey and the Philadelphia area holding their own against some very strong competition. The band of 12 was made up of three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, and two freshman. Seven-on-seven lacrosse is a bit different than the 1 l-on- 11 ver- sion played in the spring. It looked more like a basketball game than the positional play that occurs in a lull field contest. With Cape approaching its first varsity season in the spring, fans can ex- pect some quality play out of this group and its cohorts, who are still involved in fall sports. Lewes Middle gets second win of season Lewes Middle School's football team posted its second win of the season last week with a 24-20 vic- tory over Laurel. The team's record stand at 2-3 with one game remaining. The Vikings opened the scoring in the first half when Matt Starr scampered 70 yards to paydirt and a 6-0 Lewes lead. However, Lau- rel came right back with a touch- down drive of its own and tacked on two extra points for an 8-6 lead. The Vikings got back on the board in the third quarter when quarterback Dan McPike found Tracy Jones open on a slant pat- tern and completed the pass for a 50-yard scoring strike to make the score 14-12. The battle seesawed back and forth until Lewes' Jones scored on a 40-yard reverse to narrow the Bulldog lead to 20-18. The Vikings defense then came alive and saddled Laurel with two loss- es to force a punt, which was blocked by Derek Dreyerand Casey Fagan. With two minutes left, McPike 6onnected with Alec Driskill on a 40-yard sideline route to seal the 24-20 victory. Big Fish Grill tops in flag football league The two remaining undefeated teams, Big Fish Grill and the Raiders (AKA Espuma/Third Edi- tion), went head-to-head, Nov. 3, vying for the sole No. 1 ranking in the Sussex Family YMCA Adult Flag Football League. The Raiders went out ready to play with a 12-0 lead at halftime. However, Big Fish Grill came back in the Second half with 21 unanswered points to eventually take the No. 1 standing. Big Fish Grill (4-0), 21, Raiders (3-1), 12. Adriatico (2-2) shut out Re- hoboth Barber Shop/CMS (0-4) by a final score of 35-0. With sec- onds left on the clock, Edencrest (0-4), nearly topped Ace Exhaust (3-1), but couldn't secure the final touchdown. The final score was Ace Ex- haust 14, Edencrest 12. The final week of regular sea- son play, with Edencrest facing Rehoboth Barber Shop/CMS, be- gins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. No. 1-ranked Big Fish Grill will go up against Adriatico at 11 a.m., while Ace Exhaust and the Raiders will play at noon. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs the following Sunday. Games are held at Rehoboth Ele- mentary School football field every Sunday. RBSA announces officers for 2002-03 The Rehoboth Bay Sailing As- sociation (RBSA) recently an- nounced its officers for 2002-03. Elected were Rob Davis, Lewes, treasurer; Roeke Gaston, Dover, secretary; Dr. Douglas Hicks, Re- hoboth Beach, vice commodore; Dave Raughley, Townsend, vice Commodore; and Drew Woodall Jr., Rehoboth Beach, commodore. Ron Allen of Rehoboth Beach is the association's administrative director. RBSA has four racing fleets: Catalina 25 Fleet 92, Sunfish Fleet 200, Hobie Fleet 106 and Light- ning Fleet 325. The association plays host to several important regattas each year, and also supports the Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta. For more information about the RBSA, call Allen at 227-9008. Submitted photo National champ conducts clinic Sheldon Thomas points out the importance of leverage and direction with Rehoboth Beach Wrestling Club (RBWC) club member Connor McDonald at the RBWC's preseason clinic leondueted recently at Rehoboth Elementary School Thomas won an NCAA Division I national championship at Clarion University where he was a three-time All-American at 118 pounds. He also won four state titles while at St. Mark's and was named Delaware's most outstanding wrestler three tilnes. Friends of Coaches eye Hall of Fame With Legends Stadium a reality, the Lewes-based Friends of the Coaches has turned its attention toward getting former Lewes High School coaches Tony Geor- giana and the late Don Hanley in- ducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame class of 2003. Friends members Jim and David Robinson will make the Hall of Fame nominations at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, in Carroll Room of Carpenter Hall at Wesley College, Dover, and at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Carpenter Center at University of Delaware, Newark. The Robinson brothers ask all interested Friends members and anyone else wishing to support the nominations to join them on one or both of those dates. Former Rehoboth High School coach Frank Coveleski is already a state Hall of Famer. For more in- formation, or to join the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame Association to enable a vote on the induction, call Jim Robinson at 856-547- 5800 or Dave Robinson at 697- 2173.