Sarah Lydic heads to US Women’s Amateur in Chambers Bay

Sarah Lydic will compete in the 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship August 8-14 in Chambers Bay, Wash.

It’s a great accomplishment, especially for someone who just finished grade 10.

The 2021 DIAA State Golf Champion from Sussex Academy qualified for the event with a tie on points for first place in a qualifying round held on July 13 at Kenwood Golf & Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

“It was all so far back,” Lydic said recently. “One of the par 3s was 197 yards. I used my 3 wood and my ball ended up 10 feet from the pin. Hitting your shots in the right places was a necessity. You can’t force it, especially on the hardest holes.

Lydic said most of the competitors were playing at the college level. USGA entry rules for the female amateur also allow no more than a 5.4 Handicap Rating, but as Lydic said, “You have to play so much better than that.”

She said she didn’t know what her own handicap was – +3.0 as of July 26, according to the DSGA – but noted that her scoring average had fallen into even/below par territory in recent weeks.

Good timing.

Lydic’s performance at the North and South Junior Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina the week before Kenwood qualified was also timely. Her under-six total in the 54-hole tournament earned her a second-place finish and a chat with Kim Lewellen, the coach of the Wake Forest University women’s golf team.

“Coach Kim was watching me, and so was her husband,” Lydic said. Shortly after, the coach told Sarah that she wanted to offer him to play for Wake Forest.

“I told him there wasn’t much to think about. I couldn’t be happier playing there,” Lydic said.

The Wake Forest connection was already strong. Sarah and Hannah Lydic both attended golf camps years ago, including a camp with the coach. Sarah said she liked the place.

Additionally, their late grandfather, Richard “Kent” Lydic, was a Wake Forest golf fan and a big supporter of their accomplishments. “He must be smiling,” their father Garrett said.

Ronemus rolls an ace

Congratulations to Deb Ronemus for her hole-in-one on the 17the hole at The Rookery on July 20. She used her Cobra 5 hybrid and a Bridgestone e12 golf ball for the 103-yard shot. Linda Welch, Kelly Barber and Jane Kuhfuss witnessed the ace.

Ronemus has already won ninth and 15th from The Rookerye holes, so betting against her on a par 3 is probably not a good idea.

Biography of Porky Oliver wins state and national awards

Congratulations to John Riley of Wilmington for his book awards for his biography of one of the best professional golfers to ever come from Delaware.

“How He Played the Game: Ed ‘Porky’ Oliver and Golf’s Greatest Generation” won first place in the Delaware Press Association’s nonfiction book category in March. This victory qualified Riley for the national competition organized by the National Federation of Women in the Press. The NFPW also gave Riley the top spot among nonfiction books for 2022.

Riley said: “It has been an honor to work with the Oliver family and the Ed Oliver Golf Club to tell Porky’s story and thrilling to see the book recognized locally and nationally.”

I recommended the book in my February 4 column.

Rotary Club Long Neck Sunrise fundraiser a success

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club held its annual fundraiser on June 20 at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club. Revenue from entry fees and sponsorships exceeded plan, with the total of $36,000 exceeding the previous year’s amount by $8,000.

The event supports Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and local organizations serving youth, veterans, adult literacy and programs addressing opioid addiction.

Results of local club competitions

The Rehoboth Beach Country Club Ladies 18 hole group played best ball odds, 2 best balls evens on July 27th. JoJo Barrows, Carol Wetherhold, Dale Lipnick and Genine Fidler (blind draw) won the first net, with Robbie Robinson, Christina Harvey, Barb Collins and Jeanne Allen in second.

The Kings Creek Ladies 9-Hole group played a 1, 1, 2 match on July 26, won by Chris Emery, Deb Chase, Patty Davis and Patty Quercentti. Marie Murray, Darci Whitehead, Kathy Andrus and Davis (blind draw) took second place.

Mulligan’s Pointe Ladies 18-Hole group played a match in Nassau on July 26.

In the Premier League, Linda Townsend won the front nine, with Valerie Gib in second. Tammy Findlay won the backstroke, with Sue Ahern in second. Karen Feuchtenberger won the 18-hole contest, followed by Diane Braver.

In the second division, Nancy Mahwinney won the front nine with Christine Allison in second. Rita McConnell won the backstroke, with Pam Pichoila second. Brenda Joyce won the all-around followed by ML York.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18-Hole group played a clean match at Stableford on July 21.

Winnie Sewell took first place in the first flight, with Cynthia Robinson in second and Erin Reid in third. In the second flight, Jeannine Doane took first place, with Ana Dittel in second and Katie Heintz in third.

Debbie Grant won the third flight, followed by Alicia Polsky in second and Vicki Martina in third.

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