September 2018 Newsletter



a newsletter for members of the wilmington country club


PRESIDENT GaryW. Ferguson


TREASURER John S.Wellons

SECRETARY Thomas C. Humphrey


CLASS OF 2018 D. Michael Gioffre, Jr. Cameron B. McDonald John C. Richmond Edward A.Tarlov MarthaWhite CLASS OF 2019 Richard D. Cates Kimberly A. Ciconte J. Brinton Detwiler Megan S. Greenberg William B. Harman, Jr. Laura Lubin Rossi David E.Wilks Edward K.Wissing HONORARY DIRECTORS Joseph F. Hacker, III Richard H. Keller


Robert G. Hackett, Jr. Calvert A. Morgan, Jr. Pierre duPont Hayward

Allen M.Terrell, Jr. John F. Porter, III


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I can’t resist using this month’s message to give recognition to the outstanding job Dan Pierson has done during his more than 25 years of service to your Club. As you know, Dan will be retiring at the end of the year and an active search is well underway for his successor. I had the opportunity to serve as Grounds Chair for three years and learned to appreciate how incredibly hard it is to maintain our grounds at the level our members expect.The job requires a deep understanding of the science of turf management, excellent people skills (members and staff), and the eye of landscape architect. It can also be a very frustrating position because we are so often at the mercy of our incredibly variable weather. Mother Nature can defeat the best laid plans every time! On balance, Dan has delivered an outstanding product day in and day out and he has designed and directed many, many projects that have improved the appearance or playability of our golf courses and racquet facilities. Dan and his team deserve a lot of the credit for the outstanding reputationWilmington Country Club has in our region and the country, and I am grateful for his service. Gary Ferguson President


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A NOTE FROM PHIL September Greetings!

The seasons are changing! After enduring a very uncomfortable summer, I’m pretty confident that we are all ready for some shorter days and cooler nights. Although they were especially beautiful this year, the summer annuals are looking a bit tired and ready to be replaced by fall mums.There are other signals to indicate that summer will soon be just a memory. One is the pool. Once again, our intention is to extend the pool season one weekend past Labor Day but this year, that intention is being met with several challenges.The pool will closeTuesday through Friday immediately following the Labor Day weekend. Whether or not we are able to reopen the following weekend will be decided once we get a look at the weather and available staff.Watch for email updates. Another signal that seasons are changing is that we just had a meeting to review this

year’s Christmas decorations. It reminded me to remind you that there is no better place to hold your Holiday Celebration than your Club. Christine and Barbara mentioned to me that several good dates remain available. In fact, the calendar permitted shifting Candlelight Dinners a little closer to Christmas this year to open up some desirable mid-week evenings.Whether your event is for 20 people or 200, personal or business, give us a call and let us show you how easy and painless Holiday entertaining can be. Inside the Clubhouse, September marks the beginning of the “Dining Season”. Formal and informal menus both undergo some minor adjustment to keep seasonal. Casual outdoor dining will continue to be available on the Club’s various patios as long as the weather holds. But why not consider dressing up a bit and joining friends and family in the Dining Room? Many of you take full advantage of our offer for a celebratory dinner on your birthday.The most frequent comment heard from members after enjoying their special evening is, “Why don’t we do this more often?” Good question! . . .Why don’t you? Don’t wait until you have something special to celebrate. Just come! You’ll be glad you did. My next item is our annual declaration of amnesty.We know that occasionally some Club items may unintentionally find their way home. Beer steins, glasses, silverware, demo racquets or clubs, fitness and locker towels, etc. all have a tendency to disappear over the busy summer. Once you have them you don’t know how to bring them back without appearing like they were “taken”. Not to worry. September is the month when you can simply bring these items back where they belong - no questions asked or judgments made! Returning any item means that replacements don’t have to be purchased which obviously helps reduce our operating costs. In previous epistles, I have issued a plea for help in finding the history that makes your Club a special place. It hasn’t gone unnoticed and, over the years, we have received some wonderful pieces.Thank you. Many items are on display in the Heritage Hallway. Please understand that the treasure hunt never ends.We need you to keep looking for those images and artifacts from the “good old days” at the Club. So, when cleaning out that attic or basement, if you run across something Club related, don’t assume that it wouldn’t be what we’d like to have. Anything that brings back memories of a different time at the Club qualifies as a treasure and only gets more valuable as time marches on. It seems like yesterday we were celebrating the opening of the Pool and Poolside Café with a wonderful three-day Memorial Day weekend. Swim Meets, Sports Camps, Golf and Racquets Championships, July 4th Fireworks, and Farm- to-Table Dinners are just some of the great memories of the season. I hope that you have had an opportunity to take advantage of the facilities enjoying your favorite activity. If not, don’t despair - there is still a full complement of social, fitness, golfing and racquets events planned, so plenty of chances remain! I’ll see you at the Club. Phil Iannelli General Manager




Please welcome the following new members when you see them at the Club.

The cooler fall months are the perfect time to enjoy the scenic vistas that surround our Club. Whether you enjoy an evening dinning on the Terrace or a cocktail around the relaxing fire pits outside of Pub37 the view can’t be beat! Our Club and its accompanying landscapes are the perfect backdrop to showcase the Club.   As summer draws to a close and our fall season activities start to heat up, I would like to share a friendly reminder that many enjoyable events are on the calendar. Bring a guest to our final Lobster Night Wednesday, September 12th  or to our  ever popular Steakhouse Night on Wednesday, September 26th. For those friends or family that have expressed interest in Membership, these events provide that “extra splash” of special. In addition, our Friday Happy Hours are ALWAYS a great time with plenty of activity! Also, check out the monthly and weekly Bulletins for information on sports activities to which you may wish to invite a guest. If you have any questions or need assistance regarding membership or the proposal process,please feel free to reach out to me anytime. In addition, Meghan Spero, Membership Development and Communications Manager, is a great Club resource to assist throughout the process. She can be reached by calling (302) 655-6171. We look forward to seeing you this September! P.S.For those 65 and older that have expressed interest in membership, there is a fantastic Stock Purchase discount program. For young professionals 35 and younger there is also a discount dues and deferred Stock program. Call or email Meghan and she will be happy to provide all of the specifics! Melissa Riegel Membership Committee Chairwoman


Amy &TJ Devlin

James & Gail Oroho Jules & Linda Bonavolonta

SEPTEMEBER MEMBER MILESTONES Mrs. Michele C. Alivernini 20 Mrs. Diane M. du Pont 20 Mrs. Elizabeth Lord Scott 20 Mrs. Lee Davis 25 Mr. Robert P. Long 25 Mrs. John H. Lopez 55 Mr. James T. Chandler, IV 60 NEWLY ELECTED JUNIOR MEMBERS Paige Dealy, Ben Devlin, Chase Donohue, Ryan Fox, Lily Leung IN MEMORIAM The Board of Directors, members and staff of Wilmington Country Club extend their sincerest sympathy to the family of: SEPTEMBER EMPLOYEE MILESTONES Geraldine Murzynski - Snack Bar Attendant/Coat Check, 31Years Juan Corona - Assistant Banquet Chef, 19Years Kim Edwards - Accounts Payable/Payroll, 17Years Hipolito “Poli” Aguilar - South Course Bunker Captain, 17Years RyanWrightson - Line Chef, 12Years Samantha Kempter - Special Events Coordinator, 1Year Dorothy S. Cannon



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be part of the " IN " crowd I N S T A G R A M Share your story with us by following @wilmingtoncc1901 and using #wilmingtoncc on Instagram! • We encourage safety with the employees by highlighting 250 days of consecutive safety! • We have a Safety Committee to help identify ways to be promote a safe workplace and a First ResponderTeam to aid medical emergencies on property. • Over 1000 tennis ball cans are purchased at the Racquet Shop each year. • We have personalized squash racquets and paddles with our WCC logo and designed specifically for our Club. • The Fitness Center has over 22 pieces of cardio equipment, 13 strength machines, 33 weekly exercise & yoga classes as well as 8 staff members to help with all of your health and wellness needs. • Magdalena and her fine staff have prepared planting areas and installed more than 320 cubic yards (four tractor trailer loads) of the admired “DarkWalnut” hardwood mulch throughout the property... one pitchfork at a time. • The magnificent tree located close to the back right corner of 6 North tee is an American ElmTree. It is one of the very few left in great condition in the state, the mid-Atlantic, or even more sadly, east of the Mississippi River.




Daignac, France

Chateau La Freynelle is a mid-sized (75 hectares) estate in the village of Daignac, in the heart of the Entre- Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. The property is adjacent to the famous Chateau Bonnet which is owned by the Lurton family. Considered to be one of the best estates in this region, Chateau La Freynelle makes award winning red, white and rose Bordeaux wines that surpass its neighbors in finesse and quality. Through the dedication and perseverance of Veronique Barthe, who inherited the estate at the age of 22 years old after the tragic death of her parents, she has built an outstanding legacy and her wines are now widely distributed throughout the United States. La Freynelle has been in the Barthe Family since 1789 and Ms. Barthe is the first female winemaker in 7 generations of family ownership.


CHATEAU LA FREYNELLE BLANC 2017 $7.50/Glass $28.00/Bottle

CHATEAU LA FREYNELLE ROUGE 2016 $7.50/Glass $28.00/Bottle

60% Sauvignon & 30% Semillon & 10% Muscadelle

70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep, intense red in color with a freshly balanced nose of red orchard fruit and berries with light spearmint hints. Balanced and harmonic with a smooth palate and evocative raspberry flavors.

Straw-yellow in color with fruit-driven aromas of white peach, citrus and a gentle waxy note. The palate is elegant, with good fruit flavor and a smooth buttery finish.





TAVERN & GRILLE WEEKLY SPECIALS AUGUST 28TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3RD Beef Stir Fry with CrispVegetables in an Orange Ginger Sauce over Rice

MONDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm TUESDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Pub37: Opens at 10:45 am Café 1901: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed WEDNESDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Pub37: Opens at 10:45 am Café: 1901 Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed THURSDAY Dining Room: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Pub37: Opens at 10:45 am Café: 1901 Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed FRIDAY Dining Room: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm Pub37: Opens at 10:45 am Café 1901: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed SATURDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm Pub37: Opens at 10:45 am Café 1901: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed SUNDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Pub37: Opens at 10:45 am Café 1901: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed

SEPTEMBER 4TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9TH Chicken Cacciatore over Penne, Garlic Bread

SEPTEMBER 11TH THROUGH 16TH Roast Pork Loin, Braised Red Cabbage, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Apple Cider Sauce

SEPTEMBER 18TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 23RD Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread

SEPTEMBER 25TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH Roast Turkey Breast with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Vegetable, Cranberry Relish

--- Specials cost $13.95 and include choice of soup or salad. Reservations in the Tavern/Grille for parties of 5 or more are appreciated. SEPTEMBER MONTHLY DESSERTS

GERMAN APPLE CAKE Caramel Sauce, Calvados Crème Fraîche Semifreddo COCONUT CREAM PIE Toasted Pecan Crust and Chocolate Amaretto Sauce LEMON POPPY SEED CHEESECAKE Berry Sauce and Sweet Crème Fraîche WARM CHERRY CREPES Chocolate Ganache, Candided Pistachios andVanilla Ice Cream




farm to table saturday, august 25th


WILMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH STEAKHOUSE NIGHT 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM DINING ROOM Call the Front Desk (302) 655-6171 to make your reservation.

4 Course Maine Lobster Dinner $42/Person

Jacket required for gentlemen, ties optional. Make your reservation with the Front Desk (302) 655-6171.









Labor Day Member-Member 9:00 am




5 Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm 9-Holers: BB of Foursome 9:00 am SG Back North Course



8 5K Fun Run/Walk 8:00 am Check In 8:30 am Start Time Callaway Demo Day 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 9-19 “D” Day 1:00 pm North Course Sign Ups Begin for October Member-Guest Sr. Stroke Play Championship 9:00 amTT North Course Men’s Tennis Member-Guest 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Grass Courts 15

Labor Day Food Service Operating at Sunday Hours

18-Holers: Points 9:00 am SG South Course Tennis Club Championships Begin Tuesday League: Pickleball & Bocce

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am 9-Hole Ladies’ Twilight 5:00 pm SG Front North

Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pub37

6:00 pm The Hut


12 Montchanin Bridge





Rosh Hashanah 18-Holers: MP v. Par 9:00 am SG South Course Pickleball & Bocce Championships 6:00 pm The Hut WCC Book Club 4:00 pm Ladies’ Lounge

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am Men’s Member-Guest 12:30 pm South Course

Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pub37 Sign Ups Begin for Glow Ball Tournament 9-19 Couples Golf 2:00 pm SG North Course

President’s Cup Finals End South Pool Closes for the Season

Rosh Hashanah Junior Squash Clinics Begin No Clubhouse Food Service Hut Open 5:00 pm

12:30 pm 9-Holers:

Wilmington Invitational 9:00 am SG Back South Course Lobster Night 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dining Room







22 Titleist Demo Day 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

No Clubhouse Food Service Hut Open 5:00 pm Outing North & South Courses Restricted

Sr. Stroke Play Championship 9:00 amTT South Course ~ BBOP Finals End North ~ Mixed 2-Ball Finals End North Mixed Twilight 5:00 pm SG Front North Course Delaware Doubles Challenge 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WGAP Senior Championship

Yom Kippur Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm 9-Holers: 9-Hole Club Championship 8:30 amTT Front North Course

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am 18-Holers: Guest Day 9:00 am SG North Course

Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pub37 Tennis Mixed Doubles Round Robin 6:00 pm

8:00 am - 11:30 am TT South Course




26 Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm 9-Holers: Scramble Best 7 of 9 9:00 am SG Front South Course Steakhouse Night 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dining Room




No Clubhouse Food Service

18-Holers:T&F 9:00 am SG North Course Team Squash Singles League Begins

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am Paddle Opening Night Social 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm The Hut

Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pub37 Fall Junior Racquets Fest 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hut Open 5:00 pm Private Golf Outing North & South Courses Restricted Private Tennis Outing 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


PhiladelphiaVets Squash Doubles League Begins

Tennis Club Championships End


THURSDAY BRIDGE NEWS Need a partner? Call Mary Jo Fidance (652-5570) and leave a message stating the date you need a partner!

MONTCHANIN SOCIAL DUPLICATE BRIDGE WEDNESDAYS Lunch Buffet - 12:30 pm Bridge - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm If you are interested in joining our group or have any questions, please call Marina Tarlov at 658-1532.

THURSDAY MORNINGS - 9:30 AM Louise Roselle, Chair, (302) 421-3603 Ginny Kuhn,Vice-Chair, (302) 656-3801 Lou Ann Carter, Bridge Manager, (302) 652-6709

September 13th - International Fund Game

JULY 19TH First Place: North - South Section A, B & C: Candy DiSabatino - Mary Jo Fidance First Place: East - West Section A: Patricia Turk - Eleanor Brown Section B: Sharon Laas (Guest) - Betty Duncan Section C: CindyWright - Michele Massaglia Section A: Charlotte Bispham - Anthony Cardinal Section B: Barbara Togman - Katherine Hoopes Section C: AnneWattman - Mimi Meaney First Place: East - West Section A, B & C: Nancy Barlow - Bill Barlow AUGUST 9TH First Place: North - South Section A: Kimmie Fulweiler (Guest) - Patricia Turk Section B: Joan Gee - Jane D’Alonzo First Place: East - West Section A: Joan Lehrfeld (Guest) - Virginia Kuhn Section B: Betty Duncan - Lynn Dealy Section C: Marcia Balotti - Patricia Bussard JULY 26TH First Place: North - South


Left to Right: Louise Roselle, Lee Davis, Arnie Fisher Congrats Lee Davis for earning her Life Master in Bridge!

AUGUST 16TH - SWISS TEAMS First Place (tie): Anne Priebe (Guest) - Ann Marie Finch - Judy Jackson (Guest) - Carl DeMartino Patricia Sinex - Kimmie Fulweiler (Guest) - Eleanor Brown - Eleanor Maroney (Guest) Third Place: Virginia Kuhn - Joan Lehrfeld (Guest) - Sandy Anzilotti - Mary Jo Chandler


BOOK CLUB Our WCC Book Club will meet on September 11th, the second Tuesday in September, as many people may be away because the first Tuesday is the day after Labor Day. Our September 11th selection is Jason Fagone’s incredible book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies . In 1916, at the most intense period ofWorldWar I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon, George Fabyan, at his own private research facility known as Riverbank Laboratories outside Chicago. She was hired to be on a team to decode Shakespeare’s texts to find proof that Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. She studied the different styles in which different letters were written to find messages she could unscramble in order to determine the true author. Fabyan had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met William Friedman, the man who would become her husband and a groundbreaking cryptologist. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told. Her invaluable work with the Navy, the Treasury Department and the Coast Guard leading code breaking teams during Prohibition and bothWorldWars was unbelievably tense and exciting, ground-breaking work for women. Join us at 4:00 p.m. on the 11th in the Ladies’ Locker Room as Janet Robinson leads the discussion of the work this brilliant and courageous woman did in cryptology for our government. For October, we have chosen Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital . Fink vividly recreates the chaotic hours inside Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005.The story focuses on events that occurred when the hospital was flooded, its generators failed, and the exhausted medical staff struggled to survive and maintain life amid chaos when no adequate evacuation plan for everyone existed.



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST BALLROOM 9:00 AM CHECK IN 9:30 AM LESSON START $38/Person - Lesson & Luncheon Please sign up at the Front Desk with your table of 4.You will play all of the hands with only your table. Call Mary Jo Chandler with any questions (302) 622-9363. BRIDGE MEMBER-MEMBER TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH CLUBROOM

Bridge 1:30 pm Cocktails 4:30 pm Dinner 5:30 pm




The origins of our orchard go back to the early 1930’s. At that time, about 15 years after Henry Francis du Pont had assumed management from his father, the total acreage of Winterthur Farm had grown to well over 2000. One record has it that 70 workers and their families made up a population of over 200 people living on the farm. It had a railroad station, a post office, a sundry shop and an elementary school. In 1932, possibly triggered by a ‘self-sufficiency’ frame of mind that was common during the great depression, Mr. du Pont asked that a fruit orchard be designed to go along with a vegetable garden that was located where the North Course 6th fairway is today that had grown to 5 ½ acres. Mr. E. J. Humphries, his Farm Superintendent, produced a very extensive plan to satisfy his request. The result was not your everyday orchard! In all, it covered 23 acres. Mr. Humphries included 108 apple trees (22 species), 108 peach trees (10 species), and a number of pear, plum, cherry, nectarine and peacharine trees. The pear, plum and other miscellaneous trees were in four rows about 30 feet apart starting near the front of the North Course 9th tee and running roughly parallel to the fence toward the green. The apple and peach trees were in another 9 rows covering our present entrance road. He also planted two rows of grapes – eating as opposed to wine varieties – along the fence. It is important to note that the orchard and the vegetable garden were not commercial ventures. Nearly all of the harvest went to feed Mr. du Pont’s family and the Winterthur employees and their families. A publication, the Winterthur Reporter, from the fall of 1984 says that, during the summer and fall months, four full-time employees were engaged in canning and freezing the harvest. A processor in West Chester made cider and apples that could not be eaten immediately were taken to a cold storage facility in Chester County. Two men were employed year round to prune and spray the orchard and to pick and sort the fruit in the fall. The entire orchard was part of the 335.056 acres that became the Wilmington Country Club in 1952. A condition of the sale was that the Winterthur staff would maintain the orchard and the vegetable garden and the products would belong toWinterthur until Mr. du Pont’s death. Members who

have been in the club for more than 35 years may remember that, until 1969, the entrance road made 90 degree turns to go around the trees rather than go diagonally through the orchard as it does now. The orchard today is quite different and we can point to some factors to explain how we got from then to now. • First the life expectancy of cherry, plum, nectarine and peacharine trees is much shorter than that of apples and pears - they are all gone. • The grape arbor was probably removed when the line between the properties was defined in 1952. • All of the original peach trees were removed as they deteriorated with age. • Many trees of all kinds were removed to build the 9th hole. • Other apple trees came down to reroute the entrance road after Mr. du Pont’s death in 1969. • Finally, apple trees have a long, but finite, life expectancy and today only 3 of the trees planted in 1932 remain. Key to today's array is that, in 1997, after some years of indifference, a modest program of pruning and spraying was started. Improvements came quickly and in 1998 a decision was made to replace some of the lost trees. Modern varieties were chosen and new trees were planted on the same 'grid' as the original orchard. Dwarf trees were chosen for easier maintenance and new, hybrid species such as Gala, Fuji, Empire and Enterprise were added along with existing varieties such as Golden and Red Delicious and Cortland. We have continued to replace lost trees and 4 varieties of peaches have been restored along the fence. Today, in total, there are about 70 apple trees and 25 peach and pear trees. WCC members and employees are welcome to enjoy peaches in August and early September and apples from September through November. As in the past, a map, identifying all the trees in relation to the cart path and other physical features, will be available near the handicap computer above the Pub. Get a copy and have fun locating and picking your favorites. Fruit that is judged ready to pick will be indicated by a green ribbon attached to the branches.


A NOTE FROM THE GOLF SHOP There was plenty of golf action at the club in August. Our Men’s Match Play event provided great drama, our annual championships continued through their brackets, and our junior golf camps continued to get our youngest players on the course. There is even more in store for September. Several terrific events including the Men’s Labor Day Member-Member, Men’s Member Guest, Senior/ Super Senior Stroke Play, Ladies Guest Day and more are all on tap for the weeks ahead. Check out all of the action below.

Michael Shank, PGA Director of Golf

SEPTEMBER GOLF EVENTS Saturday, September 1st : Men’s Labor Day Member-Member (9:00 am Shotgun Start South Course) Sunday, September 2nd : Mixed Two-Ball Championship - Quarterfinals End (North Course) Thursday, September 6th : Ladies Twilight (5:00 pm Shotgun Start North Course) Saturday, September 8th : Callaway Demo Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Sunday, September 9th : Men’s President’s Cup – Finals End (South Course) Thursday, September 13th : Men’s Senior/Super Senior Championship – Finals End Thursday, September 13th : Men’s September Member-Guest (12:30 pm Shotgun Start South Course) Friday, September 14th : Glow Ball Tournament – Signups Begin Saturday, September 15th : Men’s Senior Stroke Play Tournament – Round 1 (9:00 am Starting Times North Course) Sunday, September 16th : Men’s Better Ball of Partners – Finals End (North Course) Sunday, September 16th : Men’s Senior Stroke Play Tournament – Round 2 (9:00 am Starting Times South Course) Tuesday, September 18th :Women’s GAP Senior Amateur (11:00 am Starting Times South Course) Thursday, September 20th : 18 Hole Ladies Guest Day (9:00 am Shotgun Start North Course) Saturday, September 22nd :Titleist Demo Day (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Sunday, September 23rd : Mixed Two-Ball Championship – Semifinals End (North Course) Monday, September 24th : Private Outing (North and South Courses Restricted) Sunday, September 16th : Mixed Twilight (5:00 pm Shotgun Start North Course) Monday, September 17th : Private Outing (North and South Courses Restricted)



Despite a shaky forecast, the skies stayed clear all day for the semi-finals and finals of the Men's Match Play Championship and some great golf was played.  In the morning matches Blake Hinckley holed out twice from the fairway for eagle on both holes 3 and 12, on his way to a sterling 67 and victory over Dave Heaney. Defending Champion Jared Green defeated Hal Erskine in the other semi-final, despite another eagle two from the fairway by Mr. Erskine on the fifth hole. As a result, the afternoon match pitted the Defending Champion Jared Green against our reigning Men's

Club Champion Blake Hinckley.  In the end Blake Hinckley's fine ball striking carried the day as he carded a three under par round into the final hole to claim his first Men's Match Play title. Congratulations to our Men's Match Play Champion, Blake Hinckley!



Congratulations to Steve Walczak who claimed the title in the Men’s Senior Club Championship Match Play. Mr. Walczak defeated Chris Anderson in the finals for the title.

Congratulations to Dr. Dave Stephens who closed out another Annual Championship title of the season by winning the Men’s Super Senior Handicap Championship. Dr. Stephens defeated Fred Sears

in the finals for the title.

PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE GOLF RECAP 2018 was another successful year for Wilmington Country Club’s PGA Junior League Golf. We went from 14 players in 2017 to 25 in 2018 and created two teams! For those not familiar of

PGA Junior League, it is essentially “Little League” for Golf. Players play together on a team and in matches they play a two-person scramble to help ease the stress of individual competition and promote leadership and sportsmanship through a common goal. It also allows juniors to play local courses including Biderman, Hartefeld, Kennett Square, Newark, and Rock Manor. We would like to thank all the players for their strong play and positive attitudes as well as the parents for all

their help driving to matches/practices and chaperoning on-course. A special shout out to our Post Season All-Stars including Jack Homer & Drew Allen from Team 1 and Drew Clark from Team 2. Jack Homer & Drew Allen have advanced through Sectional Qualifying and will play in the Philadelphia Section Championship on August 25 at Cedarbrook. 2018 Players : Asher Eichenbaum, Avery McCrery, Beckett Chipman, Beckett Huber, Ben Ashley, Colin Burke, Connor Smith, Cooper McDonald, Drew Allen, Drew Clark, Eli Stover, Elizabeth Spagnolo, Ethan Groves, George Rossi, Jack Allen, Jack Hebert, Jack Homer, James Mitchell, Justin Solacoff, Mack Rubano, Michael Dignazio, MichaelWaesco, Parker Alivernini, Quinn Green,Thomas Flickinger


UPCOMING EVENTS SENIOR/SUPER SENIOR STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Courses : South and North Format : 36 Holes Stroke Play Additional Info : Championship Flight (Members Aged 55+) - White Tees Super Senior Flight (Members Aged 70+) - White Tees. 2017Winner : Randy Mitchell ANNUAL MEMBER-MEMBER Date : Saturday, October 6th & Sunday, October 7th – Entries Open Course : Saturday South Course Sunday : North Course Format : Better Ball of Partners Time : 9:30 am Shotgun, Lunch following both days Entry Fee : $100 player North Course : 9/15 South Course : 9/16

COURSE AVAILABILITY September 1st – September 9th Monday: 9:00 am Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 am Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 7:30 am September 10th – September 30th Monday: 9:00 am Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 am Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 8:00 am DRIVING RANGE September 1st – September 9th Monday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday,Thursday & Friday: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm Wednesday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Saturday & Holidays: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm September 10th – September 31st Monday: 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesday,Thursday & Friday: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Saturday & Holidays: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm Sunday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm BAG ROOM September 1st – September 9th Monday: 12:00 pm – Dusk Tuesday,Thursday & Friday: 7:00 am – Dusk Wednesday: 7:00 am – Dusk Saturday & Holidays: 6:30 am – Dusk Sunday: 6:30 am – Dusk September 10th – September 31st Monday: 12:00 pm – Dusk Tuesday,Thursday & Friday: 7:30 am – Dusk Wednesday: 7:30 am – Dusk Saturday & Holidays: 7:00 am – Dusk Sunday: 7:00 am – Dusk GOLF SHOP September 1st – September 9th Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm September 10th – September 31st Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm SNACK BARS North Course: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm South Course: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Call the Golf Shop (302) 655-6022 to sign-up. Please let us know who your partner will be and if you would like to take a caddie or cart. Cocktail Party will be held Friday, October 5th with Pari-mutuel betting and skill prizes. Putting Championship will take place Friday during the cocktail party 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

OCTOBER MEMBER-GUEST (BRING 1 OR 3) Date :Thursday, October 11th – Entries open September 8th Course : South Course Format : Better Ball of Partners Time : 12:30 pm Shotgun, Lunch begins at 11:00 am Entry Fee : $150/ Player Tournament Chairperson : Mr. Shawn Randall

Members may bring one or three guest(s) for this event. Includes Lunch Buffet, On Course Snacks and beverages (including beer), Golf,Tee Gifts Event Prizes, and Dinner with Cocktails.

MEN’S GLOW BALL TOURNAMENT Date : Friday, October 19th Course : North Course & South Course Format : Fun Scramble using Glow Balls Price : $40 per person Time : 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Cocktail Party 6:30 pm – Shotgun Start Following Play – Cocktail Party in Pub


WOMEN’S EIGHTEEN-HOLE GOLFERS Jan Hobbs President Nicoll Keeney-DiDomenico Vice-President Pam McCrery Treasurer Catherine Dean-Gooderham Secretary Congratulations to our repeat Women’s Club Champion, Nicoll Keeney-DiDomenico, who won the 36-hole event with a “best ever” score at Wilmington of 75! Reminders for September: • Guest Day sign-ups close September 11th. • Final Mixed Twilight will be held on September 16th. Cocktails and dinner to follow. • President’s Cup, final round must be played by September 18th. • TheWGAP Seniors will be here September 18th. • Guest Day scheduled for September 20th - “Fall into Golf ” theme. The Nominating Committee will begin to seek candidates for positions on your Golf Committee. Please consider volunteering on this important Committee for 2019. The Closing Scramble, luncheon and meeting is scheduled for October 9th, beginning at 9:00 am. Join us for the last event of the season. WOMEN’S NINE-HOLE GOLFERS Rita Kingery Cook President Tiny Mulvena Vice President Claudia Peters Treasurer Our 2018 season is beginning to wind down but there are still important events to be played. The first is our Invitational in which we host the ladies from DuPont CC and Newark CC on September 12th.The following week, September 19th, is the 9-Hole Club Championship. July and August were busy with the following results: July 25th - Best 6 of 9 1st - Melissa Riegel 2nd - Susan DiPietro 3rd - Carla Green August 1st - Red Tees A and B Division: 1st - Karen Healy 2nd - Claudia Peters 3rd - Denise Ferguson C and D Division: 1st - Marlene Zeleny 2nd - Melissa Riegel 3rd - Rita Cook Putting Champion : Susan DiPietro, with Claudia Peters as Runner-up in a sudden death! August 8th - Step-Aside Scramble 1st - Becky Dickinson, Audrey Fasy, Rosemary Crawford, Ann Van Ogtrop 2nd - Marilyn Pennella, Marlene Zeleny, Mary Jo Chandler 3rd (tie) - Ruth Handler, Susan DiPietro, Janice Conner, Penny Stephens / Karen Healy, Cynthia Woolley, Patrice Sysko, Diane Ciconte August 15th - Best 6 of 9 1st - Marilyn Pennella 2nd - Gail Mumford 3rd - Donna Julian



ADULT TENNIS Beginning Tuesday, September 4th MONDAY 10:30 am – 11:45 am Ladies' 4.0 Doubles Clinic

After a successful summer season our fall season begins with all three racquet sports. In this month’s bulletin our new adult and junior tennis programs for the fall are listed.The junior program will carry through the indoor tennis season and the adult tennis program will change for the indoor tennis program when the fall ladies league is completed in mid October. We have several great events in September for tennis. Our annual men’s tennis member guest round robin will be held on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00am-1:00pm. Following some great tennis on the grass tennis courts we will have a lunch in the Hut. Sign up individually or with a partner in the Racquet Shop. The Delaware

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm Men’s CardioTennis TUESDAY 10:30 am – 11:45 am Ladies’ 3.5+ Doubles Clinic

Doubles Challenge will be held the following day on Sunday, September 16th from 1:00-5:00pm. This annual event to benefit the Delaware Tennis Foundation features ladies, men’s and mixed doubles. The compass type draw ensures at least 3 matches for the day following a consolation path whether you win or lose.A courtside barbeque follows the tennis event. Our junior racquets fest will be held on September 28th from 6:00-8:30pm featuring junior playing tennis, paddle and squash. Prizes and food will be served for all juniors. During the month of September we will be conducting our Adult Tennis Club Championships. We will be holding divisions for both ladies and men in singles, doubles and mixed with A and B flights. Sign up in the Racquet Shop by August 31st. We will also be hosting our 2nd annual Pickleball and Bocce Club Championships on Tuesday, September 11th. We are looking forward to seeing you on the courts in the Fall. Ed McQuillin Racquets Director UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday, September 4th : Pickleball and Bocce, 6:00 pm Saturday, September 8th : 5K Fun Run/Walk, 8:00 am Check In, 8:30 am Start Monday, September 10th : Junior Squash Clinics Begin Tuesday, September 11th : Pickleball and Bocce Club Champs, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saturday, September 15th : Men’s Tennis Member Guest, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday, September 16th : Delaware Doubles Challenge, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Thursday, September 20th : Men’s andWomen’s Squash Clinic - Thursdays 10:30 am - 11:30 am Thursday, September 20th : Ladies' Singles/Doubles Squash Clinic - Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, September 21st :Tennis Mixed Doubles Round Robin, 6:00 pm Monday, September 24th : Private Tennis and Golf Outing, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 25th :Team Squash Singles League Begins Tuesday, September 25th : Philadelphia Vets Squash Doubles League Begins Thursday, September 27th : Paddle Opening Night Social, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Friday, September 28th : Fall Junior Racquets Fest, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm Mixed CardioTennis WEDNESDAY

10:30 am – 11:30 am Ladies’ CardioTennis THURSDAY 9:00 am – 10:15 am Ladies’ 3.5+ Doubles Clinic 10:15 am – 11:30 am Ladies’ 3.0 Doubles Clinic FRIDAY

10:30 am – 11:30 am Ladies’ CardioTennis SATURDAY 7:45 am – 8:45 am Men’s CardioTennis 8:45 am – 10:00 am Men’s Round Robin 8:45 am – 9:45 am Ladies’ CardioTennis



Kids will develop and build their rallying and playing skills through a variety of fun and engaging athletic, technical, and tactical games.Whether they are brand new to tennis or have experience our goal is to get kids moving and playing with one another from the first time they step on the court!

Orange Competition Wednesday 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Thursday 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm $161/7 weeks, $28 drop-in Green Competition Wednesday 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm $196/7 weeks, $33 drop-in

Red 1 (5-6 years) Monday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Tuesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Saturday 11:15 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm $119/7 weeks, $22 drop-in Red 2 (7-8 years) Monday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Tuesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Saturday 11:15 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm $119/7 weeks, $22 drop-in Orange (9-10 years) Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Friday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm $140/7 weeks, $25 drop-in Green (11-12 years) Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm $140/7 weeks, $25 drop-in Yellow (13-14 years) Monday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Tuesday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm $161/7 weeks, $28 drop-in

Yellow Competition 1 Wednesday 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm, $161/7 weeks, $28 drop-in Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, $196/7 weeks, $33 drop-in Friday 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, $196/7 weeks, $33 drop-in Yellow Competition 2 Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, $196/7 weeks, $33 drop-in Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, $196/7 weeks, $33 drop-in Friday 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm, $161/7 weeks, $28 drop-in

High School Monday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Tuesday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm $161/7 weeks, $28 drop-in High Performance Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm $196/7 weeks, $33 drop-in

2018 Session Dates: Session 1: September 10th - October 28th

Class Size Policy: To ensure each player receives the best quality of instruction we will be limiting class sizes to 6 players per court. Classes will also need at least four players for the program to go forward. Make Up Class Policy: Kids can make up two classes in the following session. If your child is not able to come, please let us know so that players on the waiting list or who’d like to drop in are able to join the class that day. Drop-In Policy: Kids are able to drop-in into any appropriate level class that is not full (6 kids). The drop-in rate is slightly higher per class than registering for the entire session.

JUNIOR ACADEMY These classes are for players who want to pursue more competitive opportunities and meet WCC Jr. Tennis Pathway parameters. Competition players will be encouraged to play on our Junior League Teams, as well as compete in both District (DE), Sectional (DE, NJ, PA) USTA tournaments. Classes will include on-court playing and off-court fitness training portions. All players who register for the full session will receive an End of Session Player Review.


Class times are subject to change due to indoor court availability.



"There is no glory in practice. But without practice, there is no glory. - Unknown"

SINGLES & DOUBLES ROUND ROBIN Mondays 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm To sign up for programs, please contact the Racquet Shop COACHING CORNER Over the next few months I’ll be doing a series on “Styles of Squash”.There are numerous styles of play and I will discuss the pros and cons of the style as well as the strategy against that type of player. THE HARD HITTER This player will try to overpower you. Puts you on the defensive, by keeping you off balance and making you rush your shots.They play with high intensity and usually are fast to the frontcourt. Pros : Makes opponents react. Can hit winners by passing opponents. Doesn’t allow opponents to get set up and use deception. Cons : Usually lacks control. Hits too low on the front wall. Can be tiring. Loose balls can create bad positioning. Slow recovery due to over swinging. Can become one-dimensional.

MONDAY 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 12-14Years 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: 14+Years 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm: High School TUESDAY 4:35 pm – 5:20 pm: 5-6Years 5:20 pm – 6:05 pm: 7-9Years 6:05 pm – 7:05 pm: 10-12Years WEDNESDAY 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: 14+Years 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm: High School THURSDAY 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-9Years 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 10-12Years 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 12-14Years SUNDAY 12:40 pm –1:20 pm: 5-6Years 2:20 pm – 3:05 pm: 7-9Years 3:05 pm – 4:05 pm: 10-12Years 4:05 pm – 5:05 pm: 12-14Years 5:05 pm – 6:05 pm: 14+Years


• Move up in the court • Volley as much as possible as this gives them little time to wind up their swing

• Vary the pace of shots • Good use of the lob

• Redirect the ball when they are off balance • Avoid going short unless they are in the back • Don’t allow the opponent to set up in the front court • Shorten the backswing • Don’t try and outhit a hard hitter (unless you can actually out hit them). It only fuels the fire.

KEEP IN MIND: Hard hitting doesn’t mean high tempo, and high tempo doesn’t mean hitting it hard.

Session 1 September 10th - October 28th (Sunday Classes begin September 30th)

Ed Chilton Assistant Director of Racquets


Paddle season is right around the corner!

PADDLE OPENING NIGHT SOCIAL Thursday, September 27th: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Bar and Grill Open

MEN’S LEAGUE INFO Men’s Monday Night Practice: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm beginning September 24th. League Play starts in October - Information on

PADDLE CAMP Saturday, September 29th Women’s Camp: 9:00 am to 11:00 am Men’s Camp: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Cost $40




FITNESS NEWS ELITE PHYSICAL THERAPY Appointments starting at 1:00 pm

PERSONAL TRAINING Our Fitness Staff is on site with our group exercise instructors and personal trainers. Members can schedule a personal training session with any of our personal trainers: Rick Howard, Corey Ryan, Chris Weiss, Maria Lucey and Beth Sheehy.

Members who are Elite Physical therapy patients have the option of scheduling appointments at the Club. Appointments can be made by contacting Elite Physical Therapy directly at (302) 274- 2332. Members who are interested in receiving physical therapy treatment are welcome to stop by the Fitness Center for more information. PELVIC TILT AND YOUR GOLF SWING Assistant Fitness Director, ChrisWeiss, shares the importance of being able to do a "PelvicTilt" and how it impacts your golf swing in our monthly video!

ONE HOUR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS OR FITNESS PROFILE Individual: $67 Package of 5: $310 ($62/hour) Package of 10: $570 ($57/hour) 2 people: $40/person 3 people: $30/person 4 people: $25/person 5 or more people: $20/person MASSAGE GROUP PERSONAL FITNESS SESSIONS

Tracy, Susan, and Vicki have set aside available hours each week but request at least twenty-four hours advance notice, as they are not onsite staff. Some time slots are already filled; other hours may be available.

TRACY HALTERMAN therapeutic Wednesday:12:30 pm - 7:30 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm SUSAN BROWN therapeutic Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Tuesday Evening


Our Assistant Fitness Director, Chris Weiss, is TPI Certified! "Designed for golf teaching professionals, medical practitioners and fitness trainers, the TPI Certification program is an evidence based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing."

VICKI RUDAWSKY sports Tuesday &Thursday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Call or stop in the Fitness Center for more details on a TPI specialized Fitness Program.







Boot Camp Beth Sheehy

Hot Vinyasa Beth Sheehy

Boot Camp Beth Sheehy

Hot Vinyasa Beth Sheehy

6:00 am

Golf Fitness (Squash Building) Corey Ryan *Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

Golf Fitness (Fitness Center) Corey Ryan

Golf Fitness (Fitness Center) Corey Ryan

7:00 am

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

FIT Maria Lucey

FIT Maria Lucey

7:15 am

TRX Chris Weiss

FIT Fusion Beth Sheehy (Every other Saturday) Krysta Lafferty

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

8:00 am

*Balance Mary Currie 45 minute class

*Balance Mary Currie 45 minute class

8:15 am

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

8:30 am

9:00 am

Shape Up (Fitness Center) Beth Sheehy

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

9:15 am

*Foundations (75°) Mary Currie 45 minute class Senior Fitness Mary Harrison (Beginner Level)

9:45 am

10:00 am

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

10:30 am

6:15 pm Warm Yoga Flow Beth Sheehy

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

X-17 Beth Sheehy


$14/Session *$16/Premium Session $140 Unlimited 30 Day Rate $380 Unlimited 90 Day Rate All classes are one hour in length unless otherwise noted. Limited space and pre-registration is preferred. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Due to the overwhelming response to our classes, if you sign up for a class and do not attend without canceling at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged even if you have an unlimited package. Sign up online at or call (302) 655-6171 ext. 2113. $14/Session *$16/Premium Session $140 Unlimited 30 Day Rate $380 Unlimited 90 Day Rate All class s are one hour in length unless otherwise noted. Limited space and pre-regi tration is preferr d.Walk-ins welcome, sp ce permitting. Due to the overwhelming response to our classes, if you sign up for a class and do not attend without canceling at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged even if you have an unlimited package. Sign up online at or call (302) 655-6171 ext. 2113.


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