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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 95 B argain-hungry visitors continue to flood Cape Region retail outlets this holiday season. With 10 days to go, here are some other good options for finding something nice for your golf-loving family and friends at local golf clubs and other golf opportunities. American Classic Golf Club lies just off Postal Lane near Route 1, at 18485 Bethpage Drive, and the owners are jus- tifiably proud of the improve- ments they have made at the nine-hole course. This year, the club is once again selling $35 gift bags, filled with golf items such as tees, socks, Blyster finger wraps, Trion Z bracelets and other goodies. The club also offers memberships in one-, three-, and six-month installments, in addition to the unlimited play annual membership. Open from 8 a.m. to dusk, the club also sells gift certificates in any amount (302-703-6662; americanclassic- Baywood Greens, at 32267 Clubhouse Way in Long Neck, is selling golf bags for 20 percent off, with most summer shirts for men and women reduced 25 percent. Winter knit hats and FootJoy winter gloves are also in stock for those hardy souls.   In addition to gift certificates in any amount, Baywood les- sons are available at $40 for 30 minutes, $70 for an hour or $185 for three one-hour lessons. The club is also selling NFL logo golf balls (Bridgestone e6’s) at $35 per dozen, featuring the Eagles, Ravens, Redskins, Giants and Cowboys (302-947-9800; Stenger’s Shamrock Farms Par 3 is a pleasant layout just west of Milton at 22222 Saw Mill Road, and is open year-round. For the month of December and January, folks who purchase five rounds of golf earn a free sixth round. Memberships are also available (302-684-1808; sham- Ben Bateman’s 365 Golf of- fers a high-tech simulator for all-weather golf play, at 37165 Rehoboth Ave. He sells gift cards for the time slots. You can also schedule lessons at 365 Golf with PGA teaching pro Steve Smith (302-727-0789; 365golfde. com). The Rookery’s pro shops at both North and South courses are running several special sales. At the North shop (302- 422-7010), they are selling last year’s demos and older model new clubs. Drivers are $175, fairway woods are $99.99 and hybrids are $89.99. The Milford course is also selling golf shirts as low as $19.99. At Rookery South at Routes 1 and 16 east of Milton, summer polos for men or women are offered at $35. Select golf shoes and bags are 25 percent off, and other select deals are available for clubs and hats. They do a brisk business in gift certifi- cates, and arrangements for les- sons can also be made (302-684- 3000; Out of the Sand is the newest entrant in the Cape Region golf business scene, on the southern end of Midway Shopping Cen- ter on Route 1 (302-200-9777; Featuring three golf simulators, the facil- ity also offers other interactive sports options, such as hockey and baseball. Gift certificates are available, and reservations can be made.   Midway Par 3 is a longtime Cape Region favorite for locals and the tourist trade, just off Route 1 at 34578 Pinnacle Road. Barbara Moore highlighted several Christmas special items at 20 percent off, including sun- glasses, towels, caps and hats and gloves. In addition, they offer 10-round golf packages for juniors ($85), seniors ($104) or friends and family ($112). Dis- counted rounds are also avail- able at two for $25, four for $45, and six for $65 (302-645-7955; Heritage Shores is holding a gift card sale through Sunday, Dec. 24, with the cards dis- counted 10 percent and good for golf, merchandise and food and beverage purchases at the Bridgeville club just off Route 13. The Christmas sale also continues, with 30 percent off through Saturday, Dec. 16 and 35 percent off from Dec. 17-24 on in-stock apparel, footwear and headwear in the golf shop and signature shop in the Sugar Beet Market (302-337-7514; heritage- Plantation Lakes is the Cape Region’s newest golf course, an Arthur Hills design for which nine holes are open and nine more are planned for construc- tion. The winter play rate for nine holes is $25, including the cart rental and range balls. To play 18, the rate for the same package is $39. You can check them out at 20301 Charlotte Blvd., Millsboro (302-733-8072; Some Cape Region golfers may feel they have everything golf-related they need or want. For these folks, consider making a donation in their name to The First Tee of Delaware. The pro- gram has served thousands of young people statewide, with an emphasis on character building, life skills and the healthy habits golf can create (302-384-8759; Oakley wins PGA event Congratulations to Heritage Shores assistant golf pro Zac Oakley for his Dec. 5 victory in the second event of the PGA Tournament Series in Florida.  The son of Senior British Open champion Pete Oakley is again working this winter as a caddie at Seminole Golf Club. He won the two-day tourna- ment with a 6-under 66 in the fi- nal round, including two eagles, and earned $5,000. Oakley beat some well-known competition, including longtime PGA Tour professional Omar Uresti. Local Christmas golf gift opportunities GOLF Fritz » Schranck By Kenny Riedel Special to the Cape Gazette SeniorforwardRandyRickards tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and six steals to lead the Cape Henlopen boys' basketball team to an 81-33 thrashing of Polytech Dec. 12 in Lewes. Ten Vikings scored in the wire- to-wire win, which was Cape's third in a row and its most lop- sided victory in coach Steve Re's seven-year tenure. Senior forward Ian Robertson continued his torrid start to the season with 17 points and 11 boards, while senior guard Izaiah Dadzie hit three of five three-point tries on the way to 13 points. Sophomore guard Skylar John- son enjoyed a breakout game for the Vikings and showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with down the road. The cat- quick lead guard treated the stat sheet like a Golden Corral, scooping up a little of every- thing en route to 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Cape (3-1, 2-1 Henlopen North) raced to a 7-1 lead after 90 sec- onds and never looked back, going up 22-7 on a Robertson layup in the final seconds of the first quarter. The Vikings con- tinued the onslaught through the second frame, scoring seemingly at will and pestering the Pan- thers into 16 first-half turnovers. Dadzie's second trifecta of the night put his squad ahead 39-14 with 2:25 left in the first half, and that advantage swelled to 45-18 at the break. The Cape lead ballooned to as many as 57 points late in the fourth quarter before Polytech splashed in three unanswered three-pointers to end the game, narrowly averting a 50-point blowout. The Vikings' domination ex- tended to every column of the scorebook, as they connected on 30 of their 59 field goal tries (51 percent), drained nine of their 23 attempts from long range (39 percent), and held Polytech to anemic 23 percent shooting. Cape also won the battle of the boards 44-21 and notched a sea- son-best 20 assists, a number that would make most college teams jealous. Junior forward Anthony Smith recorded his first varsity bas- ket on a second-quarter lay-in and finished with six points, while sophomore guard Kris Rushin contributed four points and a pair of assists. Juniors Luke D'Ambrogi, Jack Dennis, and Nick Sivels added three points apiece, all on second-half three- pointers. Sivels' bomb from the left corner represented his first varsity points. Re was pleased with his team's ability to maintain its focus and energy against a clearly over- whelmed opponent. "It's about trying to be mature about the game and handling our business the right way," Re said. "We did a good job in the second quarter and third quarter. When the guys that usually don't get a Cape boys rock Polytech 81-33 Big game versus CR set for Dec. 15 DAN COOK PHOTOS RANDY RICKARDS slams one home during the Vikings’ blowout of Polytech. Cape’s Luke D’Ambrogi hits a three. Continued on page 99