September 2017 Newsletter



a newsletter for members of the wilmington country club

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE As our summer season winds down and we enter the fall, we should stop to again appreciate our staff atWilmington Country Club. While our bricks and mortar are wonderful, it is our staff who make for our outstanding member experience. With this in mind,we will all receive, later in September, a request to support the Club’s Centennial Scholarship Fund. This fund was started as part of our Club’s Centennial Celebration in 2001 with the first awards being made in 2002. Under the direction of the Centennial Scholarship Committee, chaired by Jamie Murray, this fund has grown to over $528,000. Each year, applications are received from Club employees and their family members requesting support for their educational costs.At the Committee’s meeting in June 2017, the applications from 26 employees/dependents were reviewed and all were considered worthy of an award. In total, $48,000 was awarded to those 26 individuals. Eighteen of the applicants achieved GPAs greater than 3.0. Of the 26, 10 applicants received awards in previous years. The Centennial Scholarship Fund in an excellent way for us to show our appreciation to our outstanding staff. If you have given in the past, please continue your support. If you have not yet given, please consider a donation later this month. As always, thanks for reading. Joseph F. Hacker III President



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


PRESIDENT Joseph F. Hacker, III

VICE PRESIDENT GaryW. Ferguson TREASURER Cameron B. McDonald

NEWLY ELECTED JUNIOR MEMBERS Samuel DeSantis, Beatrix Nace, Julia Reese


SECRETARY Melissa Riegel



CLASS OF 2017 Richard D. Cates J. Brinton Detwiler Megan S. Greenberg William B. Harman, Jr. Roland C. Pamm Laura Lubin Rossi Edward K.Wissing CLASS OF 2018 D. Michael Gioffre, Jr. Thomas C. Humphrey Randall P. Mitchell John C. Richmond Edward A.Tarlov

Mr. John S.Wellons Mr. Andrew J. Podolsky Mr. Richard P.S. Hannum, Jr. Mrs. Kathleen Seitz

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Mrs.Tina B. Mitchell Mr. Patrick M. Ashley Mrs. Marcia Balotti

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Carlos Rojas, Cook RyanWrightson, Line Chef


John S.Wellons MarthaWhite

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Hipolito "Poli" Aguilar, South Course Bunker Captain Kim Edwards, Accounts Payable/Payroll

HONORARY DIRECTORS Richard H. Keller William H. Daiger, Jr.

Juan Corona, Cook

Geraldine Murzynski , Banquet Server

IN MEMORIAM The Board of Directors, members and staff of Wilmington Country Club extend their sincerest sympathy to the family of:


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

Betty L. Fasick - Member 30 years S. Maynard Turk - Member 53 years

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

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT If you have a birth announcement that you would like to share, please email Meghan Spero at with your child’s name, date of birth and a picture.


A NOTE FROM PHIL September Greetings! Comments, Feedback, Suggestions, Constructive Criticism... call it what you like, receiving it is commonplace in the life of any Club’s General Manager. It comes in all different shapes and sizes and can be delivered in a variety of different formats. Sometimes it evolves around individual use, preferences and perception while other times it is focused on the “greater good” of the membership as a whole. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that our membership is not shy about making their thoughts and feelings known. Even though sometimes the points raised are difficult to address or resolve, your willingness to share them with me speaks to the level of trust you have in our commitment and desire to maintain the highest possible quality levels. I sincerely thank you for that. Be assured that all input is valued and I recognize its importance - particularly to the individual who has offered it.

In recent years, we have extended the pool season a weekend past Labor Day with general success. We will do it again this year. The pool will be closed Tuesday through Friday immediately following the Labor Day weekend, but will reopen Saturday and Sunday, September 9th and 10th with hours 11:00 am until 6:00 pm.The Café will also be open the same hours. Hope for good weather! Inside the Clubhouse, September marks the beginning of what I like to call the “Dining Season”.Although the patio will remain open until the weather turns, I urge you to consider dressing up a bit and visiting the Dining Room. In my humble (and perhaps biased) opinion, there is not a nicer room or experience in the area.Thursday remains a “jacket, no tie” night. Piano music makes the experience complete on Friday and Saturday evenings.You don’t have to wait for a Birthday to enjoy a wonderful evening out with special friends or family. What’s new? This month, one answer to that question is “Fitness on Demand”. We have converted the former Group Ex/Yoga room located in the Squash Building to a “Fitness on Demand” studio.“Fitness on Demand” provides hundreds of instructor-led video class offerings that cross all facets of fitness. From Spinning toYoga and everything in between, members can now enjoy a structured workout that fits their schedule. Members who already participate in one of our Group Exercise Packages may enjoy this new offering at no additional charge, but any member may gain access to the area for a minimal monthly charge ($10).Watch for information regarding introductory workshops to learn more. I know the seasons are beginning to change because 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. Barbara and Kara mentioned to me that several good dates remain available. 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. Speaking of the Holidays, our Clubhouse team has been quite busy with the final plans for the upcoming season. A complete informational/promotional brochure from our Communications team that outlines the entire schedule from Thanksgiving to New Year’s will be distributed before the end of the month. There are several new events planned, as well as a return of your favorites.When you get yours, please take a moment or two to review the details so you can plan appropriately. Once again, summer has passed with incredible speed. It seems like yesterday we were enjoying the opening of the Pool and Café with a wonderful three-day Memorial Day weekend. Swim Meets, Sports Camps, Golf and Racquets Championships, July 4th Celebration and the addition of Bocce, Croquet and Pickleball are just some of the great memories of the season. I hope you have had a chance to take advantage of the facilities enjoying your favorite pastime. If not, don’t despair - there is still a full complement of social, golfing, racquets and fitness activities planned, so plenty of opportunities remain! I’ll see you at the Club! Phil Iannelli General Manager


BOOK CLUB Our Tuesday, September 5th selection, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, confronts the problems of race, prejudice and justice. Ruth Jefferson is an African American labor and delivery nurse in a Connecticut Hospital. During a routine checkup of a newborn, she is told by the father to get away from his wife and baby, and then the father talks to her boss. Ruth is assigned to another patient and a note in the newborn’s folder says, “No African American personnel to care for this patient.” The next day, Ruth is the only nurse in the nursery when the baby stops breathing. What should she do? She hesitates but then does perform CPR, but it is now too late, and she is charged with a serious crime. Can she win with a white public defender? Will having 20 years nursing experience, being a widow, and having a husband who was killed while serving in Afghanistan help her or does her race negate everything? Join us on the 5th at 4:00 pm. in the Ladies’ Lounge as Patsy Walls leads the discussion of this intense book dealing with a challenging, controversial topic. Our October selection is Christina Baker Kline’s novel, Orphan Train , which tells the story of the orphan trains which ran between 1854 and 1929 and which took thousands of abandoned children from the East Coast to the Midwest where their fate would be determined by luck and chance. Kline features a rebellious foster teenager and a 91 year old widow who rode the orphan train when her parents died. Their tales of resilience in the face of aching loneliness and upheaval are inspiring.

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.

SPECIAL BRIDGE LESSON & LUNCHEON WITH ARNIE Six Principles to Improve your Technique as Declarer


Please sign up at the Front Desk with your table of 4. You will play all of the hands with only your table.

All levels of play are welcome. Call Mary Jo Chandler or Louise Roselle with any questions.


THURSDAY BRIDGE NEWS Need a partner? Call Mary Jo Fidance (652-5570) and leave a message stating the date you need a partner! 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 JULY 20TH First Place: North - South Section A: Anthony Cardinal - LeeWiley Section B: Diana Terrell - Ann Liarakos Section C: ChristaWalker - Nancy Bowman (Guest) First Place: East - West Section A, B & C: Candy DiSabatino - Mary Jo Fidance JULY 27TH First Place: North - South Section A: Thomas Hughes - Elizabeth Fahl Section B: Donna Cohen (Guest) - Nancy Diver First Place: East - West Section A: Susan Herrmann - Sandy Anzilotti Section B: Dorothy Newlin (Guest) - Katherine Hoopes AUGUST 3RD First Place: North - South Section A: Patricia Sinex - Lou Ann Carter Section B: Eleanor Brown - Eleanor Maroney (Guest) First Place: East - West Section A: Elizabeth Fahl - Anthony Cardinal Section B & C: Nancy Barlow - Bill Barlow AUGUST 10TH First Place: North - South Section A & B: ChristaWalker - Candy DiSabatino First Place: East - West Section A: Kimmie Fulweiler (Guest) - Louise Roselle Section B: Judy Chapman (Guest) - Joan Connolly


5 o'clock Cocktails & Dinner for all!

Spouses & Friends Welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact Candy DiSabatino at (302) 655-1003

Sign up at the Front Desk (302) 655-6171

The Wilmington CC Duplicate Bridge group is honoring our long-time director Arnold Fisher at the North American Bridge Championship to be held in March of 2018 in Philadelphia. This fall Arnie will have been directing

here at WCC for 30 years. He is a well respected national and international champion, director and teacher and was recently honored by the American Contract Bridge League for reaching the impressive milestone of 20,000 lifetime master points, a feat few accomplish. Pictured: Chairman Louise Roselle (left) and Assistant Chairman Ginny Kuhn (right).




MONDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut : Opens at 5:00 pm TUESDAY Dining Room : Closed Tavern/Grille : 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

THURSDAY HAPPY HOUR AT THE PUB Thursday, September 21st, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Small Plates Dip Trip: Crab, French Onion, Spinach, Kettle Chips · 10 House Made Mozzarella Sticks: Balsamic Marinara · 8 Spicy Shrimp LettuceWraps · 8 Pork, Cheese & Bean Empanadas: Chimichurri · 10

Pub : Opens at 10:45 am Café : Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm

WEDNESDAY Dining Room : Closed Tavern/Grille : 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Bison Sliders: Smoked Cheddar,Tomato Onion Jam, Arugula (2) · 8 / (3) · 12 Chipotle Chicken Tacos: Avocado, Pico, Poblanos, Cheddar Jack, Sour Cream · 11 Scallop & Bacon Egg Rolls: Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce · 10 SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET - TAVERN & GRILLE Sunday, September 24th, Starting at 11:00 am Full A La Carte Brunch Menu Available Made to Order Omelet Station Brunch Buffet featuring: Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Home Fries, Bacon, Sausage, Scrapple, Chicken Breast, Fish Entrée, Assorted Cold Salads, Fruit, Bagels, Coffee Cake and a Variety of Breakfast Breads

Pub : Opens at 10:45 am Café : 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

Pub : Opens at 10:45 am Café : Opens at 11:00 am Hut : Closed

LOBSTER NIGHT Final one of the season! Wednesday, September 27th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dining Room – Jackets Required Make reservations by calling the Front Desk OKTOBERFEST Thursday, October 12th - Tavern & Grille German Dinner Specialties, Live Accordion Music SAVE THE DATE: HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL Friday, October 27th, 6:00 pm Indoor Tennis Courts Music, Food, Games, Prizes

FRIDAY Dining Room : 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille : 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Pub : Opens at 10:45 am Café : Opens at 11:00 am Hut : Opens at 5:00 pm

SATURDAY Dining Room : 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille : 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Pub : Opens at 10:45 am Café : Opens at 11:00 am Hut : Closed

SUNDAY Dining Room : Closed Tavern/Grille : 10:30 am - 8:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE: CANDLELIGHT DINNERS Reservations begin Tuesday, November 7th at 9:00 am by calling the Front Desk Tuesday, December 19th Wednesday, December 20th Thursday, December 21st

Pub : Opens at 10:45 am Café : Opens at 11:00 am Hut : Closed




August 29th through September 4th Grilled Chicken & Eggplant Parmesan over Spaghetti, Garlic Bread September 5th through September 10th Roast Pork Loin, Braised Red Cabbage, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Apple Cider Sauce September 12th through September 17th Ground Sirloin with Green Vegetable, Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy

September’s wines of the month keeps us in the state of California.This month we are heading to the Lodi region of California, nestled between San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Long referred to as the center of California’s wine production, Lodi enjoys a rather conducive climate for grape growing. Cool wet winters and summers of hot days and cool nights lend the region to high quality wines and rather prolific production levels. Although the wines of Lodi have certainly taken a back seat to those of Napa and Sonoma, recent vintages have brought the region’s wines to the forefront, especially the wines produced from the Zinfandel varietal and other eclectic varietals.

September 19th through September 24th Roast Turkey Breast with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Vegetable, Cranberry Relish

James Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California 2013 Glass $8.00 / Bottle $32.00

September 26th through October 1st Calves Liver with Bacon & Onions, Green Vegetable, Potato du Jour ---

The Cabernet Sauvignon is a very approachable but nonetheless a substantive wine, featuring lush fruit flavors with a touch of oak. In the words of the James Mitchell winemaking team,“wine as real as Lodi – rugged, bold and honest”.

Reservation Cancellation Policy If you have made a reservation for the Dining Room or a Club function and are unable to attend, please take a moment to call and cancel. This simple gesture may make it possible for another member who wants to attend to do so. Dining Room Attire Jackets, but not ties, are required for gentlemen on Thursday evenings.Ties are required on Friday and Saturday evenings. Specials cost $12.95 and include choice of soup or salad. Reservations in the Tavern/Grille for parties of 5 or more are appreciated.

James Mitchell Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi, California 2015 Glass $8.00 / Bottle $32.00

The Sauvignon Blanc offers beautiful aromas of tropical and citrus characteristics that culminate in a crisp and bright finish. The wine is more akin to the French style with herbal nuances but still exhibits the citrus attributes of the new world style.


Tapas Night September 6th | 6:00 - 9:00 PM | DINING ROOM meant to be shared among friends, Each small plate ordered arrives at your table when ready. This style of dining allows you to try various dishes including cured meats and cheeses, vegetables, salads, meats, and seafood...something for everyone! We recommend 2-3 plates per person as all items are served a la carte allowing you to build the meal you want!



To make your reservation, please call the front desk at 655-6171 JACKETS REQUIRED



LOBSTER NIGHT W E D N E S D A Y , S E P T E M B E R 2 7 T H 6 : 0 0 PM - 9 : 0 0 PM dining room Complete four course Maine lobster dinner. $42/Person Jacket required for gentlemen, ties optional. Please make your reservation with the Front Desk.











Happy Hour in The Pub 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Labor Day Men’s Member-Member South Restricted All Day

Friday Night Lights The Hut 6:00 pm








Labor Day Clubhouse Food Service 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

18-Hole Event North Restricted AM

9-Hole Event Front North Restricted until 11:00 am

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am

Happy Hour in The Pub 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pool Open Weather Permitting 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Men’s Tennis Member- Guest (Grass Courts) 10:00 am - 1:00pm Lunch Included 5KWalk/Run 8:00 am Check-In 8:30 am Race Start Men’s Senior Stroke Play Championship North Restricted AM Farm to Table Dinner 6:30 pm Cocktails 7:00 pm Dinner

Men’s,Women’s, & Mixed Tennis Singles & Doubles Club Championship Begin

Labor Day Sale in the Golf Shop Ends

Tapas Dinner in the Dining Room 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WCC Book Club Ladies’ Lounge 4:00 pm

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Sport & Social Nights The Hut 6:00 pm








Pool Open Weather Permitting 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

No Clubhouse Food Service

18-Hole Event South Restricted AM

9-Hole Invitational Back South Restricted until 10:30 am

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am

Happy Hour in The Pub 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Junior Tennis & Squash Programs Begin

Sport & Social Nights The Hut 6:00 pm

Men’s Member-Guest South Restricted at 12:30 pm

Friday Night Lights The Hut 6:00 pm

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm








Men’s Senior Stroke Play Championship South Restricted AM

No Clubhouse Food Service

18-Hole Event South Restricted AM

9-Hole Event Front North Restricted until 11:00 am

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am

Junior Racquets Fest 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Private Golf Outing North & South Closed

Sport & Social Nights The Hut 6:00 pm

Happy Hour in The Pub Small Plates 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Happy Hour in The Pub 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Men’s,Women’s, & Mixed Delaware Tennis

Board of Directors Meeting 5:30 pm

Doubles Challenge 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm BBQ Included

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm








Sunday Brunch Buffet Tavern & Grille

No Clubhouse Food Service

18-Hole Event South Restricted AM

9-Hole Event Back South Restricted until 10:30 am

Thursday Bridge 9:30 am

Special Bridge Lesson & Luncheon with Arnie 9:30 am

Private Golf / Racquets Outing North & South Closed

Pickleball and Bocce Club Championships

Ladies’ Fall Member-Guest North Restricted AM

Lobster Night 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dining Room

Happy Hour in The Pub 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Men’s,Women’s, & Mixed Tennis Singles & Doubles Club Championship Finals

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Paddle Opening Night 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm









MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS: Tapas Dinner in the Dining Room -Wednesday, September 6th 5kWalk/Run - Saturday, September 9th Farm to Table Dinner - Saturday, September 16th Lobster Night -Wednesday, September 27th


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farm to table dinner




Our Fitness Staff is on site with our group exercise instructor s and per sonal trainer s. Member s can schedule a per sonal training session with any of our per sonal trainer s: Rick Howard, Corey Ryan, Chris Weiss, Maria Lucey and Beth Sheehy. ONE HOUR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS OR FITNESS PROFILE Individual: $67 Package of 5: $310 ($62/hour) Package of 10: $570 ($57/hour) GROUP PERSONAL FITNESS SESSIONS 2 people: $40/per son 3 people: $30/per son 4 people: $25/per son 5 or more people: $20/per son MASSAGE Tracy, Susan, and Vicki have set aside available hour s each week but request at least twenty-four hours advance notice, as they are not onsite staff. Some time slots are already filled; other hour s may be available. TRACY HALTERMAN therapeutic Wednesday:12:30 pm - 7:30 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Exciting research is getting the attention it deserves, indicating that the stronger you are, the longer you will live.Two separate studies were conducted that both reached the same conclusion, muscle strength is positively associated with longevity. The researchers also found that strength was independently associated with longevity, even controlling for factors such as cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness. One study looked at grip strength in over 6700 men, aged 20-80 years. They followed-up on average after 19 years and found the positive effect.The first data set showed that all-cause mortality was reduced (especially so for 60+ year-olds) as was cancer mortality. The other study included over 2000 men and women aged 70-79 years and found that leg strength was also positively associated with

longevity. In fact, several studies have now reached the same conclusion. Therefore, it is important to develop muscle strength as well as aerobic fitness, balance, flexibility, and body composition. For more information on increasing strength at any age, please see the Fitness Staff or call the Fitness Desk at X2113. Rick Howard Director of Fitness

FALL 5K FUN RUN/WALK Saturday, September 9th

8:00 am - Check-In 8:30 am - Start Time $25/Person - Guests Welcome!

Entry includes event t-shirt, post-run party, and contribution toWCC Centennial Scholarship Fund. Pool opens early for post-run swimming and event. Run on your own or as a family. Race will conclude at the pool.

SUSAN BROWN therapeutic Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Tuesday Evening

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

Register by calling (302) 655-6171 or online







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 Maria Lucey Krysta Lafferty

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

8:00 am

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

*Balance Mary Currie

*Balance Mary Currie

8:30 am

9:00 am

Shape Up (Fitness Center) Beth Sheehy

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

9:15 am

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

9:45 am

10:00 am

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

10:30 am

X-17 Beth Sheehy

6:00 pm

6:15 pm Warm Yoga Flow Beth Sheehy

Restorative Yoga 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. 15 $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.



As our current course improvement project list for this late fall and winter does not entail any work of significant disruption, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our annual dedication to activities that can be categorized as both improvement and maintenance in nature. The two main areas of ongoing concern are drainage... continuation of the sand channel program, and tree maintenance... removal and selective replacement. As we have described in previous newsletters, the sand channel drainage program, concentrating on South fairways, has been an unqualified success in overall course drainage improvement. Even though we have endured more occurrence this year than last with cart restrictions, and a lot more rain, similar circumstance in years prior to sand channel drainage would have been exponentially greater in delayed cart availability.With further success this coming year completing fairway work planned for all of 6 South, the low area at

the bottom of the hill in front of 14 green, the landing area of 15 South, and a few other smaller areas may reduce most future rain event cart restrictions to a matter of hours and not days. As you can well imagine, it will be a great relief to our superintendents to not have to make that call except on a very rare occasion.

sand channel 18 & 1

Our trees are clearly a significant asset to our environment. Properly located and in good health, few elements of Mother Nature are more appreciated. As a living entity, they can be susceptible to elements of disease and insect pests, severe weather, poor planting schemes, or simply old age. As conditions decline for whatever reason, some trees become a physical hazard or an aesthetic distraction.With a population as numerous as ours at WCC, some percentage will always require serious consideration for removal at which time replacement need will be evaluated. Right now, we estimate we have forty to fifty trees that need removal as soon as possible. It will not be likely that we will be able to get to all or even most, but we should be able to make considerable headway prioritizing the most dangerous first. Dan Pierson Director of Grounds


maple left of 12 s fairway

maple left of 1 s fairway

white oak between 3 and 6 s fairway

pin oak next to 3 n tee


NEWS FROM THE GOLF SHOP We are entering the Fall months and temperatures should be cooling down. We have a wide variety of Men’s and Ladies’ outerwear and second layer pieces that will have arrived by the time this publication comes out. Please make sure to come into the Golf Shop to check out the new merchandise!

GOLF HOURS OF OPERATION GOLF SHOP through sept. 10th Monday: Closed Tuesday, - Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm sept. 10th - sept. 30th Monday: Closed Tuesday, - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm BAG ROOM Monday: 12:00 pm - Dusk Tuesday - Friday: 7:30 am - Dusk Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 7:00 am - Dusk 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 sept. 10th - sept. 30th 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 COURSE OPENING through sept. 10th Monday: 9:00 am Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 7:30 am sept. 10th - sept. 30th Monday: 9:00 am Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 am Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 8:00 am NORTH COURSE SNACK BAR Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm SOUTH COURSE SNACK BAR Tuesday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm DRIVING RANGE through sept. 10th


Our Wilmington Country Club Junior Golfers had a successful year in the PGA Junior League. Partnering with Bidermann, our team only had one loss throughout the entire season.They played many local courses in the season, travelling to Newark CC, Hartefeld National GC and Bidermann GC. We would like to thank those who participated throughout the season: Beckett Huber, Drew Allen, Jack Allen, Mac Rubano, Joe Ciconte, Jack Homer, Conner Smith, George Rossi, Avery McCrery,Thomas Gordon, Luke O’Hair, Grady O’Hair, Michael Dignazio, & Jack Hebert.We would like to congratulate Michael Dignazio and Avery McCrery for qualifying for the All-Star PGA Junior League competitions as well! Good luck to you in the postseason!


Congratulations to our very own, Avery McCrery, who has now completed two legs of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, and is now headed to Pinehurst! She has finished in second place in the local qualifier at White Clay Creek Country Club, and was recently in first place at the sub-regional qualifier at Applebrook Golf Club. We will all be cheering for her in the final qualifier at Pinehurst in North Carolina on September 3rd. To follow her results, please go to

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS Saturday, September 2nd : Labor Day Member-Member Thursday, September 14th : Men’s September Member-Guest Saturday, September 16th & Sunday, September 17th : Men’s Senior Stroke Play Championship (Registration now open) Friday, October 6th & Saturday, October 7th : Men’s Member-Member (Registration opens Saturday, September 2nd) Thursday, October 12th : Men’s October Member-Guest (Registration opens Saturday, September 9th) Friday, October 20th : Glow Golf Event (Registration opens Tuesday, September 12th)




Jill McDonald President

Jan Hobbs Vice President

Katherine Klocko Treasurer

Leslie Porter Secretary

REMINDER Welcome back to all who have been on vacation! In September, our start time changes to a 9:00 am shotgun.We are hoping for cooler weather to carry us through the fall. Our Handicap Tournament is under way and the final round is to be played by September 19th. FALL GUEST DAY We will host our Fall Guest Day on September 28th. It will be a shotgun start at 9:00 am with coffee, Danish, golf, then lunch and prizes.This event is chaired by Johanna Kung and Nicoll Keeney. This event is opened to all WCC women golfers who have an established 18-hole handicap. So bring a friend or three and plan on having a great time. Please sign up in the Ladies’ Locker Room or call the Golf Shop, 302-655-6022. New members are always welcome. Please contact Kathy McCormick at kathleen.mccormick@ or Jill McDonald at

Titleist has been testing prototype hybrids and irons in preparation for the launch of the new 718 AP irons and 818 H1 and H2 hybrids. Early indications show that the irons will be adding an AP3 category, which will bridge the gap between the very forgiving, player improvement AP1 model, and the tour proven design, with workability and feel. The 818 hybrids look better than ever, with a clean, sleek clubhead and weight placed in the sole for added ball flight benefit. More details are surely to be released as they get closer to the release of these clubs.


Rosalind Freeman Chair

Rita Kingery Cook Vice-Chair

Claudia Peters Treasurer

Here are the winners in the summer Nine-Hole Group Competitions:

JULY 26TH - STEP ASIDE SCRAMBLE 1st Place (Tie) - Rosalie Timmons, Joy Honig, Gail Mumford

1st Place (Tie) - Gretchen Mayne, Kris Qualls, ChristaWalker, Ann vanOgtrop 1st Place (Tie) - Gerri Pacini, Claudia Peters, Melissa Riegel, Pat Ripsom PUTTING CHAMPIONSHIP Winner - Rosalind Freeman Runner-up - Karen Healy AUGUST 2ND - LOW GROSS 1st - Tiny Mulvena 2nd - Donna Julian 3rd - Mary Humphrey AUGUST 9TH - SHAMBLE 1st - Donna Julian, Judy Orth, Pat Ripsom, BonnieWhite 2nd Place (Tie) - Claudia Peters, Chris Campbell, Roz Freeman, Blind Draw - Marlene Zeleny 2nd Place (Tie) - CynthiaWoolley, Susan Stalnecker, Diane Ciconte,Vicki Novak AUGUST 10TH - LADIES TWILIGHT 1st Place - Tiny Mulvena, Barbara Togman, Gail Mumford 2nd Place - Carla Green, Kay Ryan, Susan DiPietro Straightest Drive - CathyWelsh Congratulations to all of our winners, we look forward to more challenges with upcoming events. Please sign up in the Ladies’ Locker Room or Golf Shop. For anyone interested in joining the 9-Hole Group, please contact Donna Julian at

Ping has released the new G400 family of clubs that are sure to be the best combination of forgiveness and speed that Ping has released. Please make sure to check these out in the Golf Shop, as we have many demo clubs to test before purchasing.




September marks the end of summer, but it is beginning of all three racquet sports at WCC. During September we have many events and programs we hope you will join. On the tennis calendar we will conduct the Men’s Tennis Member-Guest on the grass on Saturday, September 9th, the Delaware Tennis Doubles Challenge on Sunday, September 17th, the Junior Racqets Fest on Friday, September 22nd, and the Biden combined Golf &Tennis Event on Monday, September 25th. We have included our Fall Adult and Junior tennis program schedule for your interest. During the month of September, we conduct our Adult Tennis Club Championships for Men and Ladies in Singles and Doubles in the A and B divisions. Sign up in the Racquet Shop if you would like to play. In addition, we are fielding seven ladies' teams in theWilmington Cup league and offering a men’s and ladies'

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Men’s CardioTennis

TUESDAY 10:30 am – 11:30 am Ladies’ Doubles 3.0 Clinic

WEDNESDAY 9:00 am – 10:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis

THURSDAY 9:00 am – 10:15 am Ladies’ Singles Clinic 9:00 am – 10:15 am Ladies’ Doubles 3.5+ Clinic

tri-level league on Saturday mornings for 3.5, 4.0, & 4.5 doubles teams.We are also conducting for the first time a Pickleball and Bocce Club Championship onTuesday, September 26th beginning at 6:00 pm. Sign up in the Racquet Shop. See you on the courts. Ed McQuillin Racquets Director Friday, September 1st : Friday Night Lights at The Hut, 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 5th :WCCTennis Club Championships Begin Tuesday, September 5th : Sports and Social Night at The Hut, 6:00 pm Saturday, September 9th : Men’s Tennis Member-Guest of the Grass, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday, September 11th : Fall Junior Tennis & Squash Program Begin Tuesday, September 12th : Sports and Social Night at The Hut, 6:00 pm Friday, September 15th : Friday Night Lights at The Hut, 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 19th : Sports and Social Night at The Hut, 6:00 pm Friday, September 22nd : Junior Racquets Fest, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Monday, September 25th : Beau Biden Combined Golf and Tennis Event Tuesday, September 26th : Pickleball & Bocce Club Championships, 6:00 pm Thursday, September 28th :WCCTennis Club Championships End Thursday, September 28th : Paddle Opening Night, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UPCOMING RACQUETS EVENTS TUESDAY SPORTS & SOCIAL NIGHTS Join us on Tuesday nights beginning at 6:00 pm and learn to play Pickleball, Bocce, or Croquet. Enjoy a drink or light food in The Hut after you play. This Tuesday program will continue every Tuesday through September 26th when we will conduct our first annual Pickleball & Bocce Club Championships. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Grab your family and friends and join us for an evening of Pickleball, Bocce, & Croquet under the direction of our professional staff. The Hut menu and bar will be available all evening. The scheduled Friday nights beginning at 6:00 pm are September 1st and 15th. Sunday, September 17th : Delaware Doubles Challenge, Men’s, Ladies & Mixed Doubles, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Mixed CardioTennis FRIDAY 10:30 am – 11:30 am Ladies’ CardioTennis SATURDAY 8:00 am – 9:00 am Men’s CardioTennis 9:00 am – 10:30 am Men’s Round Robin 9:00 am – 10:00 am Ladies' CardioTennis



Monday Night Squash Doubles Round Robin Begins Monday September 11th Depending on number of players, court times may vary between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm ADULT SQUASH CLINICS & PROGRAMS New this season, the Club will be hosting some Grand Prix Junior Squash Tournaments. They will be one day events that will last roughly 3-4 hours depending on the number of participants. The Grand Prix will be for boys and girls and will be age group oriented with Under 7, Under 9, in addition to the regular divisions of Under 11,13,15,17 and 19. Our first event will be in early November. Men’s Squash Doubles Clinic :Thursdays beginning September 21st, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Breakfast Club Squash Doubles : Begins week of October 2nd, 6:30 am – 8:30 am Please sign up by September 15th. Wilmington Squash League : Begins Tuesday, October 3rd. Please sign up by September 15th. Captains Cup 8 Person Rosters with 2 singles matches and 3 doubles matches. Most matches to be played on Saturdays beginning October 14th. 8 Captains will select team members. Please sign up by Sunday, October 1st. Squash Ladder Both singles and doubles begins October 16th To be added to the ladder list please contact Ed Chilton – Ladies Doubles League If interested in participating in a morning or evening league please contact Ed Chilton – To sign up for programs, please contact the Racquet Shop – Wilmington Country Club has a rich squash history. The Club has hosted many national doubles tournaments including men’s and mixed doubles' championships, over 20 years of Professional Prize money doubles tournaments, Professional singles tournaments and exhibitions along with many in-house and state doubles and singles events. In addition, many WCC members have played collegiate squash, as well as traveled to national and professional events around the globe. Squash has been rated the #1 healthiest sport in the world by Forbes Magazine and is the perfect recreational activity for all ages. Playing squash not only keeps one fit, it also increases muscular strength and endurance while getting the heart pumping. Hand-eye coordination is a key component in this mentally and physically challenging sport. Squash offers the best work out for any athlete and is a great social pastime.This upcoming squash season we have programs for all ages and ability levels. Please reach out to the Racquet Shop to begin participating in squash. JUNIOR SQUASH Wednesdays (Beginning September 20th) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursdays (Beginning September 21st) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


The Return of The Delaware Pro Doubles Championship is set for Thursday, January 11th - Sunday, January 14th, 2018. This is one of the premier tournaments on the Squash Doubles Association tour. We will once again have the world’s best doubles players competing for the 25K purse. Our favorite players such as Damien Mudge, Clive Leach, Swiss Baden, Manek Mathur, Matt Jenson, Viktor Berg, John Russell and many others will be competing for this prestigious Title. The 180 mph rails, terrific three walls, exceptionally tight reverse corners and athleticism will be on display for this world class event. We are looking for sponsors and patrons to support the event and we hope you will consider joining us for the return of this tournament. Come watch some phenomenal squash and talk to these world-class pros during the social gatherings. Please contact Ed Chilton to support the US Pro Doubles - echilton@wilmingtoncc. com



Green Academy Monday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tuesday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Thursday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 1: $236, $38/drop-in Yellow Academy Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session 1: $236, $38/drop-in Friday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Session 1: $195, $30/drop-in

All players who register for the full session will receive aWCC Jr.Tennis T-shirt. The full list of session dates and junior clinic policies are listed below. Class times are subject to change due to indoor court availability.

Red 1 (5-6 years) Thursday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 1: $134, $22/drop-in Red 2 (7-8 years) Thursday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Saturday 11:15 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 1: $134 , $22/drop-in Orange Development (8-10 years) Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30pm Friday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Session 1: $155, $25/drop-in Green/Yellow Development (10+ years) Thursday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Friday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

High School Monday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Outdoors Only)

Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Session 1: $216, $33/drop-in

High Performance Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Outdoors Only) Session 1: $236, $38/drop-in

SESSION 1 Monday, September 11th - Sunday, October 29th *Deadline to registerWednesday, September 6th*

Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session 1: $175, $25/drop-in



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 three players for the program to go forward.

These classes are for players who meet WCC Jr. Tennis Pathway parameters and want to pursue more competitive opportunities. Academy 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 a WCC Academy Competition TeamT-shirt and End of Session Player Review. Class times are subject to change due to indoor court availability.


Kids can make up two classes in the following session. If your child is not able to come, please let us know so players on the waiting list are able to join the class that day.


Orange Academy Monday 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Tuesday 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Wednesday 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Session 1: $181, $28/drop-in

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.



Let’s gear up for the upcoming paddle season! Clinics, camps, leagues, socials, round robins, tournaments, & more. NEW THIS YEAR: Preseason camps for all beginners with local pros (September) SundayWomen’s League (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm starting end of October) Cup 8Women’s team (Monday AM matches starting end of October)

MONDAY 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years – Red Ball 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-8Years – Orange Ball

TUESDAY 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years – Red Ball 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-8Years – Orange Ball 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 8-10Years – Blue Dot Ball 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot ball 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: High School THURSDAY 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years – Red Ball 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-8Years – Orange Ball 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 8-10Years – Blue Dot Ball 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot ball 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: High School SATURDAY 10:15 am – 11:00 am: 5-6Years – Red Ball 11:00 am – 11:45 am: 7-8Years Orange Ball 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: 8-10Years – Blue Dot Ball 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot Ball SUNDAY 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: 5-6Years – Red Ball/7-8Years – Orange Ball 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: 8-10Years – Blue Dot Ball 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot Ball

2016/2017 CLUB CHAMPS NEWS MXD A Club Champs: Debbie and Michael Ashley MXD B Club Champs: RyanWhite and Dave Dietz

Men’s A Club Champs: Michael Ashley and Andy Podolsky Men’s B Club Champs: George Kimbiris and Dan Leung Women’s A Club Champs: Cindy Prendergast and Bessie Speers Women’s B Club Champs: Debbie Ashley and Lisa Mester

PADDLE OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Kick off the paddle season with drinks, grilling, and paddle! Please sign up with the Racquet Shop 655-6513 or

Different colored balls may be substituted depending on the ability level of the class

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Philip Iannelli, CCM General Manager Keith VanYahres Assistant General Manager Christine Jordan Clubhouse Manager

Tip Tribbitt, CEC Executive Chef Barbara Henderson Manager of Banquets Donna Schroeder

Controller Susan Mathias Administrative Assistant Meghan Spero Membership Development and Communications Manager Dan Pierson Director of Grounds Joe Guillebeau Director of Golf Bob Lennon Teaching Professional Ed McQuillin Director of Racquets Ed Chilton Assistant Director of Racquets Clark Verchick Chief Engineer

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