“Scoop” Oelke Open hits the links
The annual Scoop Oelke Open returned to the first Friday in May this year. And Ed Houseknect Sr. unexpectedly returned to the Scoop Oelke Open.
The 37th Oelke Open had spent the past two years being played in mid-July, thanks to heavy rains that rendered the Rocky Point Golf Course unplayable in 2016 and 2017.
Houseknecht, on the other hand, didn’t even stay away from one year after saying last year he had golfed in his last Oelke Open.
There were reasons, course.
“We were two Houseknecht’s short this year,” said Ed’s daughter, Carol Gagen. “Dad had to come in at the last minute to save the team.”
David Houseknecht “had” to attend the Kentucky Derby and was out of town. Stephen Houseknecht had suffered a foot injury and was on the disabled list.
Well, if there was one thing more important than retiring from golf, it was maintaining the Houseknecht family’s streak of having competed in of ever y Oelke Open.
Ed Sr. had about a week’s warning that he was needed to golf with Ed Jr., Carol, and Carol’s husband , Larry.
“I still play golf once a week, nine holes,” said Ed Sr., 83. “I’m still pretty active. I’m not going to give it up until I can’t walk.
“I felt pretty good for the first 12 holes. Then my lower extremities kind of left me.”
Carol called Ed Sr. “our best putter in the tournament, which uses a best-ball format.
“That’s because I can get from the gold cart to the putting green real easily,” Ed Sr. said. “My kids should be coming back next year, so I’ll leave it to them.”
Ed is a member of the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame, for which the Oelke Open is the sole fund-raising event.
The Oelke Open also funds three scholarships at CCBC Dundalk, in memory of Charles Holsten, Chip Wischuck and Richard McJilton.
The tournament is named after the founder of The Eagle, Kimbel “Scoop” Oelke.
The Houseknecht foursome shot a 66; this year’s winning team finished with a score of 57.
That was the team of Matt Allman, Ash Blankenship, Giovanni Faudale and Paul Wicker.
It was the first time the team had competed in the Oelke Open.
Second place, with a score of 58, went to Ken Brewer, Bob Aupperly, Woody Powell and Gordon (first name unavailable).
Finishing in third place with a score of 61 were another family with a long histry in the Oelke Open: Kent Mosmiller, Derrick Mossmiller, Darryl Mossmiller and friend Joe Roux.
The winners for closest to the pin were: Darryl Cobb (hole #4); Ken Brewer (holes #7 and #11); and Chip Mack (hole #14).
There were 16 teams entered n this year’s event. And, for the first time since 2015, golfers like Joe Cristy Jr. (who comes from High Point, N.C.) and Bill Becker (who makes the trip from Ocala, Fla.), didn’t have to re-arange their travel plans at the last minute.
There were 16 teams competing at this year’s 37th annual Scoop Oelke Open, which raises money for the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame and three CCBC scholarships.
A golfer lines up a putt during the 37th annual Scoop Oelke Open.
The winning foursome at the 37th annual Scoop Oelke Open were (from left) Matt Allman, Ash Blankenship, Giovanni Faudale and Paul Wicker.
Deb Hartzel presented the Tim Hartzel Award at the Scoop Oelke Open to the team of (from left) Marty Rennie, Dave Causey, Roger Thibaudeau and Jake Alpigini.