The MGA held its season opener on May 1st with the Yellow Ball Tournament. The format was a combined 3-player scramble/1-player net (playing a yellow ball), with all of the players rotating through the yellow ball position. Each team was given three yellow balls and at the end of the round each team got a one-stroke deduction for each remaining yellow ball. The format was well received and everyone seemed to enjoy the day. Congratulations to all the winners.

1st Place with a 159 – $40 each
Matt Coleman, Len Schoenfeld, Frank Toolan, Dave Ahearn

2nd Place with a 163 – $25 each
Tim Cafferty, Peter Born, Tom Copeman, (BD) Hank Mollenhauer 

3rd Place with a 170 – $16.25 each
Todd Faulkner, Ken Kelley, (BD) Larry Czernik, Ed Kitchen

Special Contests – $20 each
Closest to the Pin #8
Dennis Spencer 7’8”

Closest to the Pin #11
Len Schoenfeld 7’7”

There are more competitions coming up. Sign up and have some fun. You can’t win if you don’t play.

Ringer cards have been posted in the men’s locker room, so remember to update your pars and birdies after each round. This is a tournament anyone of us has a shot to win. If you did not participate last year, stop by the pro shop and have them sign you up. It is a good idea to check the bulletin board in the pro shop for upcoming tournaments and other events.

The Two Man Team Match Play tournament began May 24th. Encourage those participating and root for your favorites.

Dave Ahearn, DWMGA VP

It was an honor to serve as your president this year. Despite the challenging circumstances with the pandemic, we had a year filled with new friendships and fun activities, while also supporting our charities. I cannot thank the WADWCC Board and their committees enough for their enthusiasm, creativity and hard work!

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

The new clubs were a blast! The walking, riding, kayaking, birding and dog-walking clubs were formed to help keep us all connected in a safe outdoor environment. Hopefully these clubs will continue for years to come! The book and movie club continued their lively discussions via Zoom.

  • We collected carloads of food for the Beach Food Pantry and made generous donations to our charities through our November Preholiday Event and our February Share the Love event. WADWCC volunteers continued to support Food For Thought and will be supporting the Blood Drive.
  • We had amazing Zoom monthly programs ranging from presentations on water quality, plants and butterflies, to actors/singer performances (Ryan Clemens, Tshombe Selby, and Marcy Brenner), to historical talks (Whalehead Club and Lost Colony) to decorating tips (Carl Curnutte). We just finished a delightful field trip to the Elizabethan Gardens, complete with a butterfly release!
  • We learned new recipes, health tips, and skills through the many classes we had in the fall and spring.
  • We sold over 400 Tasty Treasures cookbooks, with all net proceeds going to the Beach Food Pantry and Food for Thought.
  • We greeted new Duck Woods members with gift bags and personally reached out to the new women members to welcome them to join WADWCC.
  • In addition to our Hospitality emails, we established a WADWCC Facebook Group and an online calendar of activities to enhance member communications. We used Survey Monkey for voting and gathering input.
  • Through our Christmas Families program, we provided gifts and very generous donations to bring some cheer to those in need.
  • Our artistic members decorated the club for Christmas and made beautiful holiday centerpieces as a fundraiser.
  • We raised extra monies to provide additional gifts to the club including a new bench for the front porch, centerpieces for the banquet room, and some needed kitchenware.
  • Our Scholarship committee continued to search for applicants and track recipients.

It is with great pleasure that I present the slate of new WADWCC officers for the 2021-2022 year. You will be in great hands with this very talented group of leaders: Mary Ahearn (President), Robin Hearne (Vice-President), Toni Joyner (Treasurer), Mary Lou Hoffert (Recording Secretary) and Jeanette Grimes (Corresponding Secretary).

President, Carol Riggin

Membership – Michele Maslak
New members are always welcome! Please reach out to me with questions or interest. (michelemaslak@gmail.com)

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Programs – Bobbie Perry
At our May meeting, Jill Landon, curator and site manager of Corolla’s Whalehead Club, presented a fascinating history of the magnificent hunt club as well as the people who owned and inhabited it over the years. A special treat was learning that one of our members, Joyce Rabat, lived and worked there as a student just a few summers ago! She also showed many amazing photos of the Currituck Outer Banks from back in the day.

To follow up on Carl Curnutte’s April Butterfly Program, twenty-nine of our members met at the Elizabethan Gardens for a butterfly release on May 10. We each received two envelopes encasing Monarch butterflies that we opened to release the beautiful creatures to their new environment. A few decided to hang around their liberators for a while before fluttering off! Our excellent guide, Dan, also treated to a very informative tour of the Gardens. What a fun way to spend a morning in May!

One of our past scholarship recipients, Kate Sutherland, will tell us at our June meeting how she used our scholarship proceeds to further her education. We will all be proud and happy to hear how this young woman has achieved her dreams and goals and what she is doing now.

Blood Drive – Patty Nelson
WADWCC and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will be co-sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on August 10th & 11th. More details will be available in June, on our Facebook page and the DWCC newsletter. Any questions regarding the upcoming Blood Drive, please email me at patty8523@gmail.com or call me at 252-715-1120.

Food Pantry – Judy Copeman
There are many opportunities to volunteer over the summer. These include: packing food for the Summer Food for Kids program, sort and stock the shelves and get the Pantry ready for clients, or assist clients with their shopping. If you are interested please call the Pantry at (252) 261-2756.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If you interested in helping next year, please contact me at jflakowicz@gmail.com.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse & Marilyn Connaughton
We will meet on June 28 at 10:30 AM. This meeting will be to nominate books for our next season. Details on the nominating process will be sent to the members in advance. Additionally, we hope to have this meeting outside at Duck Woods, and info concerning the location will be sent as well. Please note this is the LAST Monday in June. Questions? Please contact Ellen at erileyk@aol.com.

Welcome Wagon – Patty Nelson
We are excited to welcome 5 new Golf members for April! We reached out to Cori Davies & Andrew Ottavio; Sherin & W Allen Ferguson; Allison & Matthew Broughton; Sue & Ray Rhew and Jennifer & Andrew Zasada.

Spring has sprung and with it the great weather for social gatherings and recreational opportunities. Also, Executive Chef David has developed new menus debuting May 1st focused on quality, sustainable food offerings that bring fresh sea and farm products to the table. Homemade offerings that will be sure to please, as well as small plate dinner options that will leave room for some homemade desserts. Chef David enjoys special requests, so please feel free to contact him at dwchef@duckwoodscc.com.
 
Our annual Membership Open House will be on May 29th and the 30th to provide an opportunity for your family and friends to enjoy our club amenities and offerings for consideration of membership. Please do not hesitate to contact me at dwgm@duckwoodscc.com to register them for a great weekend of activities as our guest.
 
I would like to thank Curt Baskette, our Golf Committee Chair for assisting and Cherrie Wheeler of the LGA and Ed Kitchen of the MGA for organizing their member volunteers to help with the clubhouse beautification project this Spring. A lot of hard work was done by the members in plantings and mulching of the clubhouse grounds, it looks great! Again, it reminds me of the Duck Woods Country Club community of caring members support, before and all throughout the pandemic and as we emerge out of COVID – 19 stronger and more committed than ever to enhance the lives of our members, guests and staff.

Patrick O’Keefe

The pool will open for the season Friday, May 28th! Make plans to join us!

POOL HOURS
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

POOL PASSES
7-day pool passes are available in the Administrative Office for $25.
Daily guest pool fees are $5.
All guests must be accompanied by a member at the pool.

POOL PARTIES
Pool parties are available here at the Club!
Contact Teresa at 252-261-2744 ext. 227 for details.

SWIM LESSONS
Certified Instruction swim lessons for all ages will be available at the pool this season.

Lessons will be taught on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

Adult Private Lessons
$30.00 per person

Children Private Lessons
$15.00 per person

Children’s Group Instruction (minimum of 3)
$10 per person

Please contact Erica in the Administrative Office to sign up at 252-261-2744.

WATER AEROBICS
Come and Join the Fun!

Duck Woods Country Club Summer Aqua Blast
Where: Duck Woods Country Club Pool
When: June 13th—September 3rd
Instructor: Sylvia Wadsworth (Certified Water Fitness Instructor)
Payment: $6.00 per session you attend

Members only. Members may make reservations with the Administrative office for an invited guest to attend (once monthly).

Grandchildren Passes are valid from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for members’ grandchildren 21 years old and under:

Full Amenities Pass
$175 per child
(Golf, Racquet Sports, Bocce, Fitness, Pool, Dining)

Racquet Sports Pass
$115 per child
(Racquet Sports, Bocce, Fitness, Pool, Dining)

Pool Pass
$80 per child

Full Amenity Passes are also available on a monthly basis at $60 per month, per child.

Please contact Erica in the Administrative Office at 252-261-2744 for your grandchildren passes this summer!

ADULT INSTRUCTION
(weather permitting)

Tuesday
Open Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday
2.0 – 2.5 Tennis Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3.5 & Up Tennis Clinic
6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.

Friday
Doubles Strategy Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newbies Pickleball Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday
2.0—2.5 Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

JUNIOR TENNIS INSTRUCTION
(weather permitting)

Monday-Friday

Red Ball & Pickleball (4-7 year olds)
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
*Call for availability

Contact Kevin for a private lesson via email at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com or call/text to 703-489-3794.

PICKLEBALL WEEKLY PLAY SCHEDULE:
Advance Play
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Sundays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newbies Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Open Play (All Levels)
Saturdays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please call the Tennis Shop at 252-261-6438 or e-mail dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com

RACQUET SPORTS TIP
From: Kevin Cretella, The Director of Racquet Sports

“The Split Step”


Make it a point to split step every time your opponent hits the ball. This will have you in better rhythm with the ball and you will always be able to turn in the correct direction based on the direction your opponent’s racquet face is pointing at their contact point. Try this out this month and let me know how it works for you!

FUN FACT!
Only three players in the past 30 years have averaged winning north of 54 per cent of all points they played. If you guessed a Spaniard, a Serbian and a Swiss, you would be dead right.

Rafael Nadal – 54.55% (96,208/176,360)
Novak Djokovic – 54.40% (92,938/170,841)
Roger Federer – 54.17% (126,548/233,608)
*Credit: Craig O’Shannessy

CONGRATULATIONS!
Kevin is now officially certified through the United States Pickleball registry with the highest possible
rating of “PPR Certified Professionals”!

BALL MACHINE RENTALS
Contact Kevin or Whitney at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com to rent the pickleball or tennis ball machine.

The pickleball or tennis ball machine can be rented for:
$10 per hour
$90 for a yearly single plan
$110 for a yearly family plan

New Machine Yearly Package Rental Deals:
$135 for a yearly single plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines
$165 for a yearly family plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines

ATTENTION SOCIAL MEMBERS
Upgrade to a Family Pickleball Membership for just $32 more per month!

NEED NEW TENNIS OR PICKLEBALL EQUIPMENT?
Check out our selection in the pro shop! If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can always order what you need!

UPCOMING RACQUET SPORTS EVENTS

May 15 & 16 (Saturday & Sunday)
Pickleball Tournament

May 22nd (Saturday)
Ladies Swinging Into Spring Tennis Tournament

May 31st (Monday)
Red, White, & Blue Social

June 11th (Friday)
Friday Night Mixed Social

June 26th (Saturday)
Black & White Cup

After surviving a difficult year of Covid-19 the tennis program at DWCC continues to flourish. With restrictions being lifted and vaccines being administered we have seen more players returning to the courts.

The DWLTA had their first Social and Quarterly Meeting in March. Many members attended, playing tennis first and then enjoying light snacks and refreshments at the meeting after. We welcomed our new members, Lynn Watts, Robin Hearne, Marcie Reese and Becky Voslow. We are happy to have you join us.

We were finally able to have our first tennis social since Covid-19 cancelled so many the past year. The Spring Kick-off was held April 3rd. It was great to reconnect with some of our members while playing Tennis and Pickleball. Everyone had a great time playing and socializing. We look forward to more events like this as the year progresses.

The LTA would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Colegrove family. John Colegrove passed away unexpectedly a few months ago. Janet is an avid tennis player and member of the LTA. Both she and John supported the tennis community for many years. The LTA paid tribute to John at a small memorial service on April 6th. We picked out a Hashino cherry tree which, along with a beautiful memorial plaque is planted beside the upper parking lot. The tree can be seen from the Colegrove home. If you stand by the tree you can see the golf course and tennis courts. John will be dearly missed but his memory will live on.

The LTA board would like to extend an invitation to all Duck Woods tennis players to join the LTA. The LTA board welcomes any questions you may have about our organization by contacting any one of us.

Jean Spencer, President
Spencerobx@msn.com

Lee Vermeulen, Vice President
Diane Rohan, Secretary
Toni Joyner, Treasure

Have a great Spring and enjoy this fabulous weather. See you on the courts.
Jean Spencer

The Professional Staff and I love producing a golfing experience that provides you, your family, and your guests, an enjoyment with lasting memories. Events such as last month’s Masters Par 3 Tournament, is a great example of how your clubs’ fellowship and camaraderie is rising to the forefront of the Golf Operation. Eighty players participated in last month’s event, along with a wide range of demographics participating; a Golf Professionals dream!

With the sun rising in the sky, the Outer Banks weather is turning for the good and so is our Couples Golf. Couples Golf has become one of the most popular events to participate at the club for golfing activities. It is not unusual to foresee close to 50 players each Sunday, due to the rapid increase in popularity.

For 2021, the format is focusing on teaming up couples in a Captains Choice event. Captains Choice is when all players tee off, and the team selects the best shot. This format is continued until the ball is holed; for all 9-holes. This is a great way to play in an extremely relaxed atmosphere, plus the post-round festivities that congregate around the fire pit.

The Golf Committee and I highly encourage all players to kindly fill in their divots with the sand provided in the carts, or if you walk, Sand Bottles are provided at the start of both nines. Players who warm up or just practice on the Long-Range Practice Facility, are also asked to fill in their divots with the sand provided. As golfers, proper etiquette is to fill in your divots and fix your ball marks.

We hope to see you around the club soon.

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Saturday, May 1st
Shotgun start @ 9:00 am
MGA Opening

Monday, May 24th
MGA Team Match Play Begins

Tuesday, June 8th
LGA Quarterly

Tuesday, June 15th
LGA Member-Member

Come join us! As previously mentioned in the DWCC monthly newsletters, the Newbees is a ladies’ golf group for those who are new to golf or are just coming back into it. No experience is needed. The goal is to learn a bit of golf in a FUN and relaxed environment with NO pressure! (We don’t even keep score!)

Our golf pro, Aaron Palen, has graciously offered to volunteer his time in helping the Newbees get acclimated to golf. The $10 participation fee, payable at our Kick-Off meeting on May 4th will get you a summer of learning golf basics, making new friends, and having lots of fun!

If you have already signed up to be a Newbee, you should have received an email from Colleen Hummel. If you are interested in signing up and haven’t yet, please email Colleen and let her know so you can be added to the list.

We are excited to begin a new class of Newbees! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Colleen Hummel
mchummels@outlook.com 
703-395-0133

Mary Kendrick
mmkendrick@aol.com

Cheri Cosgrove
cheri.cosgrove@verizon.net

Donna Countryman
2mildon@embarqmail.com

DWCC NEWBEES SPRING KICK-OFF
Mark your Calendars!
Tuesday, May 4th at 1:00pm

2021 JUNIOR SPORTS CAMP
Come join us for our 2021 Junior Sports Camp!
Enjoy Golf, Swimming, Tennis, and Pickleball!

The dates are as follows for camp:
July 5th-9th / August 2nd-6th

Children: Ages 5-13
Cost: Individual: $175 Per Week / Two or more: $160 Per Week
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Junior Sports Camp is open to children of members and members grandchildren. 50 children per camp allowed.

Please contact Erica in the office to sign up at 252-261-2744

The North Carolina winter wouldn’t let go in mid-April for our first Quarterly so only the die-hard or crazy ladies (26 of us) played golf anyway. Because of the 20+ mph winds out of the north it was decided we would play from the Gold Tees. For many, a totally different course. All six teams had good showings even with the wind and cold. The team of Carnell Boyle, Lolita McKenna, Joanne Small, and Pat Smith and the team of Cherri Wheeler, Emily Ausband, Lynn Chase and Barbara Williams tied with the score of one under 35. Everyone was glad to get in the Club house for a hot beverage and lunch.

Our membership is down from this time last year. We have lost a few ladies due to health and a few who have left the club for a variety of reasons. Please encourage those ladies who are playing in our different groups to join the LGA. Dues are only $20 per year and allows members to play in the member/member where last year we had enough teams playing that we were able to have flights in both the 9-hole and 18-hole groups. We paid out an over-all winner gross and net and each flight net winners for both groups as well as closest to the pins on the par 3s.

Start thinking about your partner for this year’s member/member tournament schedule for June 15th. Last year was the first year the member/member was played using both Green and Gold tees and we need to make some adjustments in the Super Ball Captain’s choice format. As always you and your partner should be within 10 strokes handicap of each other (using both Green and Gold Tees if necessary). However, regardless of the tees used, each player will be required to use 7 drives (not counting par 3s) for the 18-hole group and 3 drives each (again, not counting par 3s) for the nine-hole group. This should “level the playing field” for all and require good strategy along the way as teams navigate the course.

Thank you to all who came out to help out with sprucing up the grounds around the front of the Club and the Cart Barn. It took a couple of false starts to get the mulch and grass to the Club for the volunteers to “get ‘er done.” The LGA and MGA members gave up a Saturday and/or Sunday to give the club a better curb appeal for potential new members, thanks again. You are the best!

Remember, we are back to racking bunkers, please place the rakes back into the bunker on the low side after cleaning up after your bunker shot. Also, remember to sand your divots in the fairway and fix ball marks on the green. If everyone will fix their scarring on the course and a couple of extras each hole it will benefit us all later in the season. Also, we are now turning in score cards, so please remember to hand in a signed score card after each round and of course post your score on the same day as you play when feasible.

The season is off to a cold start so far, yet Eastern North Carolina always provides its share of hot and humid days. As the days warm up, please remember to drink, drink, drink… water! Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and hit ‘em long and straight!

See you on the course!

Cherri Wheeler