Holes-in-one for homes

Date Published: 
January 31, 2014

Following a sold-out 2013 clinic, the Walt Jones Memorial Project is moving to Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown for its Indoor Winter Golf Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Golf Pro Matt Keller of Cripple Creek Golf & County Club offers some putting tips at last year’s Walt Jones Memorial Project Winter Golf Clinic.Coastal Point • Submitted: Golf Pro Matt Keller of Cripple Creek Golf & County Club offers some putting tips at last year’s Walt Jones Memorial Project Winter Golf Clinic.“It went swimmingly well last year and, as a result, in anticipation of a larger participation, we had to move to a larger venue,” explained event coordinator Greg Reid. “Delmarva Christian [High School] stepped up and said, ‘You can use our gym,’ which is double the size of the Sea Colony gym.”

According to Reid, the move will allow them to accommodate 40 golfers per session, compared to only 25 golfers per session last year.

“We should have six pros per session [this year],” Reid said of the larger venue. “You’re looking at groups of four to six people per pro, which is a pretty good ratio.”

With the proceeds for the second-year event again going to Habitat for Humanity, not only will participants be benefitting a worthy cause by signing up, but, as an added bonus, they’ll be getting a bargain: two hours with pros for only $30.

“The people who come and participate enjoy the instruction because the pros are good,” Reid claimed. “[They would] usually cost you 50 to 60 bucks for a half-hour.”

This year instructors including Brett Marshal from Ruddo’s and Jack Skilling from Sussex Pines will be volunteering their time and knowledge, and, according to Reid, pros from Peninsula and Cripple Creek are also expected.

To further accommodate the growing event, Airport Carpets has donated an additional 25-foot-square carpet to make up the two featured putting and chipping areas. There will also be eight mats for golfers to practice their full swing, which is doubled from last year.

In addition to the golf action, the event will again feature a “Chinese auction” this year, in which participants will be able to bid on donated items including golf clubs, hats, shirts, umbrellas and even rounds of golf.

With growing numbers for virtually every aspect of the fundraiser, Reid highlighted that the event is not only about raising money but ensuring that local golf enthusiasts have a good time, as well.

“Everybody [has] a great time, and they love the Habitat mission,” he said. “I think the whole spirit of the thing is it’s wintertime — it’s a great time to get in and warm up, get a few pointers on your game and support a great cause.”

There will be two sessions this year, a morning session from 9 to 11 a.m. and a later session from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets for adults cost $30, and tickets for children cost $20. All proceeds will be spent within Sussex County for Habitat for Humanity projects. To sign up, visit www.waltjonesmemorialproject.com or call Jacquie Sanders at (302) 855-1153, ext. 208.