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DSGA tournaments are flighted and ‘very, very competitive’

Published by: The News Journal

As a 17-handicap golfer, Len Fischer wouldn’t stand a chance in the Delaware State Golf Association’s Amateur or Open championships.

But the Newark resident and DuPont Country Club member will be shooting for a flight championship for the third time when he tees it up in the DSGA Spring Classic today and Friday at Kings Creek and Rehoboth Beach country clubs.

“I play in three or four DSGA tournaments a year, and I participate in the DSGA’s Frozen Fridays from November to March,” he said Wednesday before a warmup round at The Rookery in Milton. “The handicap system, if you do it properly, makes you even with the other guys, and it’s very, very competitive within your flight.”

The DSGA will conduct 21 tournaments this season, many of them team events that are flighted to give all golfers a chance.

“I enjoy the competition,” said Dale Hoover, an 18-handicap who joins more than 20 fellow Newark Country Club members in going downstate to the Spring Classic. “You’re playing against people similar to your caliber, and you get to know a lot of golfers from around the state.”

Hoover has won his flight in both the Spring Classic and Fall Classic, played in September. He will partner with Joe Wienkowitz over the next two days, and has been jokingly told he will be looking for a new partner if his team doesn’t fare well.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Hoover said. “A lot of guys come from upstate down to these two tournaments, and then you get to know people down here, too. We play in some club tournaments, too, but we always look forward to this.”

All golfers who are members of DSGA-affiliated clubs, which is virtually every course in the state and a few in Maryland and Pennsylvania, are automatically DSGA members and eligible to play in the tournaments. But even if you’re not a member anywhere, you can join the DSGA’s virtual E-Club, establish a USGA handicap and play in DSGA events. For information, call 234-3365 or email dsga@dsga.org.

2011 DSGA SCHEDULE

  • May 18 Four Ball with Senior Flights, Chester River Yacht and Country Club
  • June 16 Mid-Am and Senior Four Ball, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club Rising Sun Course
  • June 27 Amateur Championship qualifier, Heritage Shores Golf Club
  • June 29-30 Junior Boys and Girls championships, Newark Country Club
  • July 11-13 DSGA Amateur Championship, Back Creek Golf Club
  • July 18 Open Championship qualifier, Frog Hollow Golf Club
  • July 27 Four Ball Net, Newark Country Club
  • Aug. 1-2 DSGA Open Championship, Kings Creek Country Club
  • Aug. 11 Four Ball Net and Individual Net, Penn Oaks Golf Club
  • Aug. 16 Mid-Open Championship, Hartefeld National Golf Club
  • Aug. 24 Four Ball and Senior Four Ball Championship, White Clay Creek Country Club
  • Aug. 30-31 DSGA Senior Championship, Odessa National Golf Club
  • Sept. 8-9 Fall Classic, Shawnee, Cripple Creek and Heritage Shores
  • Sept. 21 Four Ball Final, Bayside Resort Golf Club
  • Sept. 28 27-Hole Challenge, Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club
  • Oct. 3 DSGA Pro-Am Invitational, Bidermann Country Club
  • Oct. 30 Halloween Scramble, Frog Hollow Golf Club

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