“Scoop” Oelke Open hits the links

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

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.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

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.

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