THE BULLETIN A newsletter for members of the Wilmington Country Club JANUARY 2021
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ON THE COVER
Photo of #2 & #7 North
Photo to the right of the pond during a snow storm Photos courtesy of Becca Mathias, Communications Coordinator
04 President’s Message 06 General Manager’s Message 12 History Corner
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Hello 2021!
Melissa Riegel President
Thomas C. Humphrey Vice President
January is the time for renewal and planned change. This perennial tradition is energizing and balancing, even with the knowledge that what lies ahead is often unknown. Amidst these times of uncertainty, our dedicated staff and committee members work daily and tirelessly to cultivate a respite for community and friendship. Their efforts have been extraordinary - and demonstrate why Wilmington Country Club is one of the nation’s premier clubs. With the above in mind, this year I will periodically use the monthly Bulletin to highlight our many committees. My New Year’s goal is to showcase the expertise and responsibility under each committee umbrella. Most importantly, I aim to give some well- earned recognition to those involved. First words of appreciation are for our outgoing President Gary Ferguson and retiring Boardmembers, Martha White, Ed Tarlov and Mike Gioffre. In addition to their many contributions at the Board level, all four have been active leaders on multiple committees for a combined fifty years. Thank you to every member and all our staff for making Wilmington Country Club so very special. Though pandemic restrictions limit our opportunities for fellowship, be assured everyone is focused on making our Club fully operational as soon as responsibly possible. As we begin our 120th year, we have many exciting projects, events and plans unfolding. We are on the home straight.
Robert W. Friz Treasurer David E. Wilks Secretary DIRECTORS Class of 2021 Thomas A. Beck
Zachary L. Chipman Kimberly A. Ciconte Megan S. Greenberg Lisa A. Schmidt Edward K. Wissing Class of 2022 Rachel W. Heinle Douglas D. Herrmann Jennifer J. Hopkins Adam G. Landis Jonathan N. Saunders
Pamela Tikellis John S. Wellons
Honorary Directors Gary W. Ferguson Joseph F. Hacker, III Advisory Directors Robert G. Hackett, Jr. Pierre duPont Hayward Allen M. Terrell, Jr. John F. Porter, III
To serve on behalf of Wilmington Country Club’s 120 years of excellence is an honor and a privilege.
Warm regards, Melissa
WINTER GREETINGS Let me begin the New Year by, once again, thanking those members who so generously contributed to the Employee Christmas Gift Fund. Your recognition of the yearlong efforts of our staff is greatly appreciated. The Christmas Gift received by each member of staff helps to create the positive working environment that is required to maintain a dedicated loyal staff during these very difficult times. Now that we are in January, the Club’s operating schedule curtails dramatically. A couple of weeks ago, you received a notice of the adjustments - mostly as they relate to F&B services. I’ll get back to those in a moment, but first let’s take a look at everything else. In this Bulletin, each department has listed the various hours of operation that will be observed. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the schedules so that you are not inconvenienced. As in previous years, we will employ a realistic winter operating schedule that attempts to match our hours of operation with your patterns of use. Of course, 2021 will also be adjusted for COVID-compliance. Unless future mandates dictate otherwise, athletic facilities will remain available seven days a week. Golf services will remain closed on Mondays although the golf simulator will be available; bag storage and carts will open on Tuesdays with full golf operations offered Wednesday through Sunday. All racquet sports can be played, but the Paddle Hut will not be available for service and occupancy is limited to same household seating. The same goes for the new indoor tennis lobby. While we are under COVID restrictions, these areas may not be utilized as gathering locations. Now, let’s circle back and talk about Food and Beverage service. As noted in my earlier epistle, the combination of COVID restrictions and the Kitchen Renovation will have a significant impact on your ability to utilize your Club and our ability to service you. As a result, no indoor F&B service will be provided until the most recent COVID restrictions have been lifted. We are hopeful that this will happen sooner rather than later so we can resume normal services. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on providing the best “Curbside Service” in the area.
Phil Iannelli General Manager
Christine Jordan Clubhouse Manager Tip Tribbitt, CEC Executive Chef Barbara Henderson Manager of Banquets Mindy Blumetti Controller Susan Mathias Administrative Assistant Meghan Spero, PGA Membership Development and Communications Manager Jonathan Urbanski Director of Golf Courses & Grounds Michael Shank, PGA Director of Golf Bob Lennon, PGA Teaching Professional Ed McQuillin Director of Racquets Ed Chilton Assistant Director of Racquets
Clark Verchick Chief Engineer
Your support of this offering has remained strong all year and we anticipate that it will continue. Each week, we will be providing the schedule for the next two weeks as part of the weekly update and as an attachment to the nightly menu that you receive. You can expect that once the temporary kitchen has been established, Curbside Dining will be offered Wednesday through Sunday 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. But, it is worth repeating that as soon as Governor Carney eases the current social restrictions, we will resume indoor operations. There are a couple winter topics to deal with as well. With the onset of cold weather, (not to mention those pesky New Year’s Resolutions), activity in the Fitness Room always increases. If you are unfamiliar with the correct use of a piece of equipment or are in need of setting up an exercise program, please feel free to ask any of our fitness team members for assistance. They are also available for personal training. The other winter topic is the weather. We already had one winter storm and our weather guru assures us there will be more. When that happens, we truly appreciate our outstanding grounds crew who are tasked with snow/ice removal. Regardless of how vigilant their efforts, the risk of a slippery spot always exists. I urge you to always use caution when walking to and from the Clubhouse. It is also worth noting that effective January 1st, the new Directors and Officers who were elected in November, assume their responsibilities for 2021. At the Board of Director level, Martha White, Ed Tarlov and Mike Gioffre have completed their service to your Club. Their commitment to serving your Club is deserving of appreciation and recognition. As they step down, others are stepping up. Beginning service as Directors are Rachel Heinle, Doug Herrmann, Jennifer Hopkins and Pam Tikellis. Your Club will also have a new President. A special thanks to Gary Ferguson who has completed his third and final one-year term. He sure had some interesting challenges pop-up during his tenure! The Board has elected Melissa Riegel to serve as your Club’s 36th President. Congratulations are certainly in order! These individuals volunteer their time and share their talents for no other reason than to see the Club continue to thrive. It isn’t always easy or fun, but their efforts are crucial for your Club’s success. Never was that more true than in 2020. That’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading. Let’s continue to work to have a safe, and healthy winter. Eventually, I’ll see you at the Club! Phil Iannelli General Manager
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 2020 was certainly the Challenge, and I know everyone is looking forward to 2021. But, if nothing else, 2020 served to illustrate the wonderful camaraderie and friendships (new and old) that make being a member of the Wilmington Country Club so special. Many members expressed gratitude for all the opportunities for continued social engagement and sports for all ages-all at the proper distance, of course. 2021 will be an exciting year. Plans are underway for the BMW Golf Championship which will provide members with priority access to volunteer opportunities as well as the opportunity to purchase two tournament tickets with exclusive ‘access to a member only hospitality venue. 2021 also brings us a ‘newly completed indoor racquets and recreation building with increased opportunities for racquet play, pickle ball, and more. If other family members, friends, or colleagues are not members, we encourage you to share how much your Club meant to you as we traveled through all of 2020’s restrictions and how much more the Club has in store going forward. Spread the word. Share your experiences. Propose a new member.
Happy New Year.
Pamela Tikellis Membership Committee Chair BE A PART OF THE IN CROWD FACEBOOK /wilmingtoncountryclub
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Please welcome the following new members when you see them at the Club.
NEWLY ELECTED JUNIOR MEMBERS Ernie Jack DiSabatino, Ryan Dudderar, AJ Falco, Jake Falco, Alexis McDonald, Nicholas Waesco
Dr. Cecil C. Gordon, Jr.
Mrs. Gretchen Nielsen
Mrs. Yvonne Gordon
Mr. Michael W. Ashley
Mr. David D. Wilkinson
Mr. Alan D. Craig
Mrs. Tookie Clark
Dr. Garrett B. Lyons, Jr.
Mr. J. Carlisle Peet, III
Mrs. Jane E. McKinstry
Mr. John C. Peet, IV
Mrs. Gypsy Smith
Ms. Joni L. Peet
William L. Medford, MD
Mr. F. Michael Donohue, IV
Mrs. Barbara C. Riegel
Mr. H. Harrison Kephart, Jr.
Mrs. James H. U. Hughes
Mr. David Peter Lazar
Mr. Peter C. Morrow
Mr. David C. McBride
Mr. John F. Porter, III
IN MEMORIAM The Board of Directors, members and staff of Wilmington Country Club extend their sincerest sympathy to the family of:
Charles F. Gummey, Jr. - 62 Years
EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES Ric Greback Racquets Superintendent, 28 Years Bob Lennon Teaching Professional, 13 Years Christopher Annone Men’s Locker Room Manager, 10 Years Jennifer Chieffo Garde Manger, 10 Years Nicholas Buoni Assistant Equipment Manager, 6 Years Sean Whiston South Course Superintendent, 5 Years Jonathan Urbanski Director of Golf Courses and Grounds, 2 Years Mary Harrison Group Fitness Instructor (PT), 23 Years
AROUND THE CLUB
Happy New Year!
With 2020 behind us, we are looking forward to a new, brighter 2021!
As in years past, January begins our reduced dining operations, with no food & beverage on Monday and Tuesday. That will continue in 2021. Additionally, while Delaware has the “same household dining” mandate in place, we will only be offering dinner via curbside take out Wednesday through Sunday. In-person dining will not be available in any of our dining venues. When Delaware lifts that mandate, we look forward to seeing everyone inside again! Our take out procedure will operate very similarly to before. We will have one take out menu offering your favorite items from the Tavern & Grille and Café 1901. Curbside take out phone lines will be staffed beginning at 2:30 pm and orders can be picked up starting at 4:30 pm. As always, no need to come in, we will bring everything right to your car. F&B JANUARY HOURS Friday, January 1st : Only athletic facilities open – No F&B offered Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd : No indoor F&B; Curbside Dinner Service 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Monday, January 4th - Thursday, January 7th : No F&B service available due to conversion of temporary kitchen Friday, January 8th - Sunday, January 10th : No indoor F&B; Curbside Dinner Service 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm Monday, January 11th and Tuesday, January 12th : No F&B service offered Wednesday, January 13th - Sunday, January 17th : No indoor F&B; Curbside Dinner Service 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Christine Jordan Clubhouse Manager
*Stay up to date with our Food & Beverage hours in the Weekly Happenings
BOOK CLUB January 5th : Show Them You’re Good by Jeff Hobbs. Sandy Hobbs will lead the discussion. Show Them You’re Good , is a portrait of four very bright and ambitious Central American and Mexican-American high school seniors in California who find themselves after years of straight A’s and stellar extracurriculars hoping to gain admission to Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth and other top-tier colleges. The boys attend Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district, in a city that ranks fifth from last in spending per pupil. They live in Compton, surrounded by neighborhood gangbangers and I.C.E. agents, of whomthey live in fear. Theboys’ stories,Hobbswrites, “represented exactly the immigrant narrative that had been celebrated through generations as central to American ideals - except that this narrative was neither celebrated nor idealized when the flesh of its central characters was not white.” Immigrant youth, especially undocumented students and so-called Dreamers, have been shoved around as political pawns, alternately lionized and vilified, but we don’t have much in-depth, nuanced reporting about who these youth really are, how they think and live, how they navigate and interact with American institutions beyond border walls and detention camps. The story also follows five students at Beverly Hills High School, 22 miles across the city from Compton and one of the wealthiest districts in the country. The Beverly Hills students mostly don’t have to worry about money, or the law, and suffer a more tedious form of boredom and anxiety. Hobbs contrasts the experiences of the two groups of boys and is interested in how both groups struggle to carve out lives from the expectations prompted by their origins - the Latinos slandered by Trump as “bad hombres” and “rapists”; and the Beverly Hills kids resented by Middle America as spoiled brats. Hobbs spent hundreds of hours over a year with these boys – watching and interviewing them in class, at dances, sporting events, assemblies, homecomings, proms, graduations and in the students’ homes, to expand the view of the modern “immigrant experience,” and at a critical juncture: high school and college admissions, i.e. the experience of first-generation overachievers and the challenges they face in these efforts. Please join us on January 5th, at 4:00 pm in the Clubroom, as we discuss Show Them You’re Good . February 2, 2021 : The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood. The story is historical fiction with the central figure, Emily Warren Roebling, wife of the lead Engineer, Washington Roebling, and her role in the design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. NOTE: We are in need a discussion leader for this book – please let me know if you would like to lead the February discussion of this book.
HISTORY CORNER : DON PEDRO In the December Bulletin, we looked at the history of our land and the orchard. This month, we explore the rich connection our land has with a famous stud Merino ram and country sheep farming. Some members may know that the barn on Hole 13 North has been called the “Sheep Barn” by staff for many years. Officially known as the Clover Hill barn, the Clover Hill farm was a working farm until 1969, almost a full 10 years after our courses opened. In that final year of operation 147 sheep and two rams were listed in the farm inventory. 1 A long-time member recalls that a hooked tee ball over the fence was in danger of being eaten by a pig. Our connection with the land, however, begins much further back, in 1810. In that year E.I. duPont purchased 181 acres from the estate of Nathan Simmons to create what he named the “Merino Farm” (later increasing to 445 acres). Mr. duPont intended to establish and maintain a flock of 500 Merino on this new farm. 2 The original Merino Farm included almost the entire South Course, along with eight holes of the North, the Clubhouse, golf practice facilities, tennis facilities and pool. The Merino Farm was literally at the heart of what would later become Wilmington Country Club.
E.I. du Pont’s interest in merino wool was of long standing. His father, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, along with French banker M. Delessert, imported the first and most famous full-blooded Merino ram, Don Pedro, to America in 1801. It was said he was one of the finest Merinos ever imported. 3
“Mr. duPont de Nemours, then in France, had persuaded Mr. Delessert, a banker of Paris, to send to this country some of these valuable sheep. He, having been at the head of a commission appointed by the French government to select in Spain 4000 Merino which, by the treaty of Basle, the Spanish government had stipulated to present to France; it is natural to suppose those which he selected for his own flock were among the best. Four fine young ram lambs were accordingly shipped, two intended for Mr. Delessert’s farm on the Hudson in New York, one intended for Mr. duPont de Nemours who was at the time settled near New York, and the other was to be presented to Mr. Thomas Jefferson. Mr. duPont embarked in the ship Benjamin Franklin, on board which ship the four lambs were shipped, and his passage to the United Sates was long and boisterous, in consequence of which three of the sheep died, and it was with the greatest difficulty that Mr. duPont preserved the fourth. The ship arrived at Philadelphia in July 1801.” 4 Don Pedro, the only surviving Merino ram, spent four years at Mr. Delessert’s farm in New York before being put up for sale in 1805. E.I. duPont eagerly seized the opportunity to purchase the fine ram who had travelled to America in his care. Family tradition has it that he drove from New York to Wilmington in his gig holding a struggling Don Pedro firmly between his knees. 5 Mr. duPont was not disappointed in Don Pedro. Upon moving to the Brandywine, he was offered to stud gratis to the local farmers, where he greatly improved the local flocks. Don Pedro was regarded as the true basis of E.I. duPont’s flock, and the patriarch of the Merino Farm. E.I. duPont’s flock ultimately increased to 1200 Merino, mixed Merino and common sheep living on the farm, the largest and finest flock in the United States. 6 In 1837, the farm was sold to Antoine Bidermann, whose son James Bidermann sold it to Henry duPont, father of Col. Henry A. duPont. Eventually the land became a part of Winterthur, before being acquired as the property for Wilmington Country Club and our golf courses and facilities. The number of Merino decreased after the merino mania of the early 19th century subsided. However, for almost 160 years, sheep were a part of our landscape as a result of the most famous stud Merino ram, Don Pedro.
1. Clover Hill Barn Inventory. (January, 1969). Courtesy of the Winterthur Library, Box WF5, WF6, WF48, WF83,WF85, WF86, WF88, WF488, WF454. 2. Boatman, R.M. (May, 1961). The Agricultural Establishment at Eleutherian Mills, 1802-1834, p. 14, 29. Courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library. 3. Connor, L.G. (1921). A Brief History of the Sheep Industry in the United States, Agricultural History Society Papers, p. 101. [Online] www.jstor.org. 4. Mease, J. (1811). Archives of Useful Knowledge, p. 104-105. Philadelphia: David Hogan. 5. Hagley Museum and Library (1970). Don Pedro and the duPont Textile Mills. 6. Gibson, G. (June, 1963). The Delaware Woolen Industry, p. 59. Courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.
A NOTE FROM GROUNDS Given the past several months, a little bit of snow in December hopefully put you and your families in the holiday spirit. The snow cover did come at a time when renovation work on the South Course was due to slow down between Christmas and New Year’s. However, we did lose about a week and half because of the snow, and it seems rain has occurred at least one day per week since the work began in late September. There have been many workable days in between weather events and a lot of earth moving has occurred throughout the South Course. Most of the heavy lifting has been on number fourteen, with the shift of the fairway bunker complex and moving the green complex back an approximate 60 yards. While our staff has been installing irrigation on the golf hole, McDonald & Sons has moved to number twelve to shift the fairway slightly left, moving the fairway bunkers in accordance with the new alignment of the golf hole. To put some numbers to the overall improvements to the South, the project percentages currently are: • 72% of fifty-three existing greenside bunkers have been completed • 35% of thirty-four existing fairway bunkers have been completed • 13% of eight new fairway bunkers have been completed • 13% of eight new teeing grounds are in construction phase
Jon Urbanski Director of Grounds & Golf Courses
All of the work of course is dependent upon weather. The biggest factors with winter weather is if our suppliers can keep delivering our bunker sand and most importantly, cut sod for exposed areas. Getting bentgrass down on fairway areas will help with erosion, but also begin the process to “knit-in” with root development to withstand traffic in the spring – golf carts and mowers. Tee construction has been slow but we are not worried. Tees are relatively cheap to build, and additions can have the most bang for your buck in terms of enjoyment for the golfer, whether they are new forward tees, or in our case, event tees for the BMW Championship. In reality, we do not foresee any issues with our new tees if they are built now or if they are built next fall when the contractor returns to build the tournament practice tee fronting 18 North green. We are excited to begin the 2021 season in all aspects of our grounds operations. We are pleased to announce we have filled our internship positions for the coming year. Michael Sheehan is a student at Penn State University, currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania and is a volunteer fireman with the Goshen Fire Company. While not attending to his studies, he is an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent-in-Training at Radley Run Country Club. Brett Wilcom is a turfgrass student at University of Maryland and hails from Ijamsville, Maryland. He grew up on a farm, tending to various livestock and crops. He began his golf course career at Whiskey Creek Golf Course and Holly Hills Country Club, and last year worked at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Kenneth Lacek is currently taking classes through the University of Georgia while being employed as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent-in-Training at Delcastle Golf Course. He has progressed quickly through management hierarchy of Billy Casper Golf, charged with delegating tasks to the team at Delcastle. He is a local resident and a graduate of Delaware Military Academy. Lastly, did you know the Club’s Horticulturist, Magdalena Ayon and her staff planted over 3,800 tulip bulbs in-front of and in back of the Clubhouse for the coming season? We definitely will see their handy work come this spring!
From all of us on the grounds team, “As the New Year dawns, we hope it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. Happy New Year!”
A NOTE FROM GOLF Happy new year! 2020 was a year unlike any other, but by many accounts it was an exceptionally good year for golf. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and a tornado, we hosted approximately 37,000 rounds of golf. Only 1997 and 1998 played more golf at Wilmington in the past 25 years, and we did it for much of the season on one golf course. Daily play was consistently high, and participation was robust in the coaching, junior golf, and tournament programs we were able to put forward. It feels appropriate to start 2021 with gratitude for all that we were able to safely accomplish in 2020. Looking ahead, our sincere hope for 2021 is to offer a regular season full of events and programs. While it is not yet clear when that will be fully possible, there is reason to be hopeful, and ample reason to be excited. The current improvements underway on the South Course promise to enhance an already phenomenal golf course following their completion. And hosting the BMW Championship in a mere 20 months is certain to create plenty of conversation and buzz in the coming months. If you have not yet taken a look at our BMW Championship merchandise website be sure to check it out. Over the winter months we ask that you continue to practice safe behavior. Remember that using the Golf Simulator currently requires a mask at all times, even while alone. We ask that you prop the door open with the door stop when using the space. If you are playing golf on the course, we are still leaving the flag in place. When headed to the simulator, consider grabbing a member of the Professional Staff to make your practice time as effective as possible. We are always happy to assist your improvement. Players who utilize coaching over the winter months make great progress. Be aware that hours of operation change over the winter. Please see the listed hours so that we may properly serve you. The PGA Merchandise Show this month is virtual, marking the first time since the Show’s inception in 1954 it will not be held in Florida. However, we are always interested to hear your thoughts on what we carry in the Golf Shop. Please stop by and let us know if there is anything you would like to see in 2021.
Michael Shank, PGA Director of Golf
North Course Only Monday: 10:00 am Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 am DRIVING RANGE Monday: Closed Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm BAG ROOM Monday: Closed Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30 am - Dusk GOLF SHOP Monday: Closed Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
RESOLVE TO PLAY BETTER GOLF IN 2021 Play your best golf yet in 2021 with help from our Professional Staff. Director of Instruction Bob Lennon is running a special to start the season: purchase five lessons for $400 ($550 value). Please call the Golf Shop to purchase, or for more information. Lessons must be used prior to the end of the 2021 season. WINTER COACHING TIPS Director of Instruction, Bob Lennon, PGA gives us some TPI exercises to help improve your golf game in 2021! Click on an area of the body below to watch a video focused on exercises for that region.
GOLF SHOP HOURS The Golf Shop is now open daily, Wednesday to Sunday, beginning this month. It will re-open on Tuesdays in March. If you need Golf Shop services, please make arrangements to do so between Wednesday and Sunday during this time. Additionally, during the cold winter months there may not be an employee in the bag room. Please see a member of the Golf Shop staff for any assistance with clubs. BMW CHAMPIONSHIP MERCHANDISE Check out our BMW Championship merchandise website with items from Peter Millar, Holderness & Bourne, Imperial hats, and more. Over the coming weeks we plan to continue adding additional vendors with BMW Championship branded merchandise for members and their family and friends. Additional women’s and junior items will be coming in early spring. Purchases may be put on member charge and picked up in the Golf Shop. Click the link below.
BMW CHAMPIONSHIP MERCHANDISE MEMBER SHOP
WOMEN’S 9-HOLE GOLFERS
Barbara Togman President
Rosanne Cox Vice President
Susan DiPietro Treasurer
For 2021, dues for the 9 Hole Women’s Golf group will be $40 for the season, a reduction from last year due to the lack of activity because of Covid. If you are currently a member of the group and want to stay active, you do not need to do anything. You will be automatically charged on your January Club statement. If you want to drop out, please contact Susan Mathias (smathias@ wilmingtoncc.com) or complete the form mailed out recently. If you would like to join our group, please contact Susan DiPietro at firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-691-5161 or 302-750-3797. We encourage all new members and look forward to having you join us!
WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLFERS
Ellen Cannon President
Pam Tikellis Vice-President
Pam McCrery Treasurer
Ginny Dellose Secretary
We are finalizing the calendar for the 2021 season. Our Opening Day with golf and the spring lunch meeting will be on May 18th. We are moving the Senior and Super-Senior Tournament, usually held in May, to September 14th. The full list of tournaments and dates will be posted in the Ladies’ Locker Room in January.
A NOTE FROM RACQUETS In 2020 we sawmore racquets play with tennis, paddle and pickleball than ever before and expect this to continue through 2021. As state mandates change we look forward to offering many more playing opportunities for all our racquet sports at Wilmington. The response to our new racquets facility has been astonishing. Everyone loves the new courts and the central location of all the racquet sports, racquet shop and viewing area. Pickleball is really growing at Wilmington Country Club. The sport has attracted all ages of players and many families looking for an activity to play together. We offer Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm and Thursday morning from 10:00 am - 11:30 am pickleball learn and play clinics each week. Be sure to sign up on foretees or call the Racquet Shop since most sessions fill up. We have included in The Bulletin all our Racquets Club Champions for 2020. Congratulations to all. COVID REMINDER Masks must be worn at all times in the Racquets Facilities and on court. Hand sanitizer is on each court for your use. Keep at least 6 feet from others.
Ed McQuillin Director of Racquets
See you on the courts. PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
This month we would like to feature one of our junior tennis players Capucine Jauffret. Capucine is a 12 year old student athlete attending Ursuline Academy. She is currently ranked #5 in the United States in the girls 12 and under age division and #16 in the girls 14 and under division. Her strengths on the tennis court are her footwork and forehand. She enjoys other sports and playing with her siblings. Capucine admires tennis pro Victoria Azaranka because she possesses a similar game and works hard to win every point. Capucine has been coached by her dad since she was very young and by WCC Tennis Professional Scott McNamara. We wish Capucine continued success on and off the tennis court.
ADULT TENNIS CLINICS MEN Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm
Cardio Tennis Cardio Tennis
Saturday Saturday MIXED Thursday LADIES Monday Tuesday Tuesday
Mixed Cardio Tennis
8:45-10:00am 8:45-10:00am 8:45-10:00am 5:00-6:00pm 9:00-10:00am 8:45-10:00am 10:00-11:00am 9:00-10:00am 10:00-11:00am 8:30-10:00am
3.5+ Singles Clinic
3.0 Clinic 3.5+ Clinic
3.0 Singles Clinic 3.0 Cardio Tennis
3.5+ Cardio Tennis 3.0 Cardio Tennis 3.5+ Cardio Tennis
Saturday Saturday Sunday
3.0 Match Play
ADULT PICKLEBALL CLINICS
Practice and Play Practice and Play
2020 CLUB CHAMPIONS TENNIS
Men’s A Singles Men’s B Singles Ladies B Singles Men’s A Doubles Men’s B Doubles Ladies B Doubles Mixed A Doubles Mixed B Doubles PADDLE Men’s A Doubles Men’s B Doubles Ladies A Doubles Ladies B Doubles Mixed B Doubles PICKLEBALL Men’s Doubles Ladies Doubles Mixed Doubles
T J Shopa
Chris and Connor Jauffret Ryan Sysko and T J Shopa
Debbie Ashley and Jolie Houston Mark Mumford and Bessie Speers
Vince Abessinio and Sabrina Hamman Davies
Mark Mumford and Nolan Bacchieri
Chris Tigani and Ricky Giacco
Cindy Prendergast and Lucy Nutting
Lori Vansickle and Nicki Kenny Chris Tigani and Jen Brown
Adam Landis and Fauto Rellano
Cindy Prendergast and Milbrey Jacobs Mark Mumford and Cindy Prendergast
PADDLE & SQUASH
JANUARY PADDLE SCHEDULE JANUARY EVENTS Morrow MXD Event: 1/29 to 1/31, Grab a partner! MEN’S LEAGUE Practice starting week of 1/4 and matches starting week of 1/13 Monday Clinic: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Starting week of 1/4 Monday Night Practice: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Starting week of 1/4 Wednesdays W4 Team: 7:00 pm Thursdays W1, W2 and W3 Teams: 7:00 pm WOMEN’S LEAGUE Practices starting week of 1/4 and matches starting week of 1/11 Monday Cup 3 and Cup 8 Play: 9:30 am Monday Cup 6 Practice: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday Cup 5 and 6 Play: 9:30 am Wednesday Cup 8 Practice: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday Cup 5: 8:45 am - 10:00 am Thursday Cup 2: 10:00 am - 11:15 am Sunday Women’s League Play: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm WEEKLY CLINICS Ladies Beginner Clinic: Fridays, 10:15 am Ladies Clinic: Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Men’s Clinic: Mondays, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Junior Clinic (11+ Years): Mondays and Thursdays: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Junior Clinic (7 - 10 Years) Mondays and Thursdays: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
For more information, contact Lisa at email@example.com
SQUASH BUILDING GUIDELINES • Members and staff will wear face masks at all times within the facility in accordance with the State of Emergency Orders. Individuals are now required to wear masks and eye protection while playing. You may wear a mask and eye guards, or a mask and an IMask (squash specific) on the court. Eye mask shields available for purchase in the Racquet Shop. • WCC is allowing singles and doubles play. • Court Reservations are required for play. Please use the Foretees System or contact the Racquet Shop. Drop in play is not allowed. • Squash Building hours are from 7:00 am - 8:30 pm. Singles Court reservations will be one hour long; 45 minutes of play and then 15 Minutes to clean and then exit the building. Doubles Court reservations will be 75 minutes long; 60 minutes of play and then 15 Minutes to clean and the exit the building. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes along with a Swiffer like tool to clean the walls will be available outside court 1, between courts 2 and 3 singles, and between the doubles courts. Please help by cleaning all touch points and back and side walls up to six feet high after using the court. Remember, WCC has newly sanded squash floors. Be mindful not to spill or over spray on the walls to avoid getting any fluid on the floors. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LIST OF GUIDELINES
2021 JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM JUNIOR HOT SHOTS Munchkins (3-4 years) Level: Beginner Tuesday 3:45pm-4:30pm
Orange Academy Level: Advanced
Monday 4:00pm-5:15pm Thursday 4:00pm-5:15pm Friday 4:00pm-5:15pm
Wednesday 3:45pm-4:30pm Saturday 10:15am-11:00am
Red 1 (5-6 years) Level: Beginner Tuesday 3:45pm-4:30pm Wednesday 3:45pm-4:30pm Sunday 2:15pm-3:00pm Red 2 (7-8 years) Level: Beginner Tuesday 3:45pm-4:30pm Wednesday 3:45pm-4:30pm Sunday 1:30pm-2:15pm
Green Academy Level: Advanced
Monday 4:00pm-5:15pm Thursday 4:00pm-5:15pm Friday 4:00pm-5:15pm
Yellow Academy Level: Advanced
Monday 5:15pm-7:15pm Thursday 5:15pm-7:15pm Friday 5:15pm-7:15pm
Red 3 (7-8 years) Level: Advanced *Players have completed five sessions of Red 2.
Session 3 : January 4-February 21 Session 4 : February 22-April 11 Session 5 : April 12-May 30
Wednesday 3:45pm-4:30pm Saturday 10:00am-11:00am
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 three 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.
Orange Hot Shots (9-10 years) Level: Beginner & Intermediate Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
Green & Yellow Hot Shots (11-13 years) Level: Beginner & Intermediate Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm
High School (14+ years) Level: Beginner & Intermediate Tuesday 5:30pm-6:45pm Wednesday 5:30pm-6:45pm Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
FITNESS CENTER REMINDER • Keep your mask on at all times. • Clean everything you touch. • Social distance.
FITNESS CENTER HOURS Monday - Friday : 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday : 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
• Try not to face other people while exercising to protect those around you from your elevated breathing. It has been shown that breathing while exercising can spread particulate up to 20ft. • Keep your workout contained to one area. • Try not to circuit train. Circuit training increases the chances of someone using a contaminated piece of equipment. • If you don’t feel 100% do not come to the Fitness Center. TPI SCREENING ELITE PHYSICAL THERAPY Improve your Golf Game with a TPI Screen from Elite PT! Through an assessment, our certified physical therapist will assess for areas of limited flexibility or strength that may be causing pain with your game, or even worse, inconsistent or poor play. From there, we will provide you with at-home exercises that can be implemented in your regimen to improve consistency, reduce pain, and keep you on the course. Call Elite Physical Therapy at (302) 477-1536. VIDEOS WITH CHRIS WEISS Click on the photos below to watch our Fitness Instructor, Chris Weiss, share some of his exercises and workouts to help this shoveling season and the ultimate racquets warm up!
NEW WCC FITNESS INSTAGRAM Follow along on Instagram @wcc1901_fitness
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