THE GARY CRANE CUP
If you missed the first qualifier for the Gary Crane Cup at Cacapon State Park on April 4, you really missed out. The weather was warm and breezy, and the course played tough, but a great time was had by all. Our second qualifier is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, when we travel to The Woods Resort in Hedgesville. The cost for eighteen holes of golf with a cart is just $25, and the first tee times start at 1:00 p.m. and follow at ten-minute intervals. The format for the competition will be the same as last year. Those wishing to compete for the Cup must play in at least three of the six qualifiers and turn in their scorecards to the pro shop after the round. From those scores, a handicap will be tabulated and applied at the Final Round, which will be held at Capon Springs Resort in October. Both a gross and net champion will be crowned at the Final Round. Charlie See (gross) and Don Peters (net) are the defending champions. Even if you’re not interested in competing for the Crane Cup, come on out and join us for a relaxing round of golf at a great price on one of the area’s premiere resort courses. Now that’s a deal I know you don’t want to miss!
WALK TO BE FIT PROGRAM
The Walk To Be Fit Program for 2017 officially began on April 1, but you still have plenty of time to get in on the fun. Just stop by any FNB Bank location (Fort Ashby, Romney, Hampshire Square, or Capon Bridge), the Hampshire Wellness and Fitness Center at Hampshire Square, or the HCP&R Office at 90 North High Street in Romney to register for the program. When you register, don’t forget to pick up your free pedometer and your tally sheet to log the miles that you walk. We will recognize four milestones this year: 100, 250, 500, and 1,000 miles. When you reach one of those milestones, or when your tally sheet is filled, just return it to the location where you picked it up, and we will contact you when you are eligible for a prize. Prizes for 2017 will include cups with lids and straws, tee shirts, and bag chairs. This year we have an added bonus. We will be giving away four GRAND PRIZES for those who reach one or more of our walking milestones. The drawing for the GRAND PRIZES will be held in October at the end of the program for the year, so you have seven full months to qualify. Each time you hit a milestone, your name will go into the prize pool. If you get all the way to 1,000 miles, you will be eligible to win the FINAL GRAND PRIZE, which is a one-night stay for two at beautiful Capon Springs Resort. The prize includes lodging, all fees and taxes, and three meals. Other GRAND PRIZES include gift certificates to Dairy Queen and Main Street Grill and a handcrafted wooden chest donated by B&B Woodcraft Design. Walking is great exercise on the path to a healthier lifestyle, and what could be better than receiving some nice prizes for your efforts? That’s what Walk To Be Fit is all about.
HCP&R is now offering Kettlebell classes from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at the Glo Tanning Salon, which is located directly across Route 50 from the Century 21 office. Kettlebells are cast iron weights shaped like a ball with a handle for easy gripping. Kettlebells offer a different kind of training using dynamic moves targeting almost every aspect of fitness – endurance, strength, balance, agility and cardio endurance. People love it because it’s challenging, efficient, and you only need one piece of equipment. Kettlebell classes are taught by certified instructors Kaleena Wilfong and Camilla Fout. The cost for Kettlebell classes is $5 per session, or for $20 you may purchase a punch card that is good for five sessions. Also, we are now selling a monthly card for $50. Even if you’ve never tried Kettlebell before, come on out and see what it’s all about. Mark your calendars today so you don’t miss a chance to get some exercise while having a great time with your friends.
DISC GOLF COURSE AT CAMP WALKER
We are making steady progress with improvements to our new Camp Walker Disc Golf Course. We have installed tee-marker posts for all the holes to make each teeing area more visible. We are also providing scorecards and course maps, both of which can be found in the mailbox beside the first tee. We have also installed new tee markers with the Camp Walker logo on them for each hole. The first tee is located on the flat ground out past the pavilion, where the road turns to the left and starts down over the hill toward the exit to the park. If you’re looking for a disc to play at Camp Walker, then we have several options for you. We have Skeeters, which are all-purpose discs that are suitable for every shot, for sale in the HCP&R office for just $7.00 each. We also have commemorative glow-in-the-dark drivers and putters that have the official Camp Walker logo on them for $15.00 each. All proceeds from the sale of these discs go for improvements to the course. If you haven’t been out to Camp Walker to play the course, you really need to take an hour or so and try it. I feel certain that you will find disc golf both physically and mentally challenging. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to spend some time in one of the prettiest spots in Hampshire County. And it’s free to play. Now that’s a deal I know you don’t want to miss!
THE HAMPSHIRE STRIDERS
The Hampshire Striders, a new athletic club designed to promote cross country and track and field, is currently holding membership registrations. The club will be a member of the United States Track and Field organization, and members will have the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national USATF events. The club is open to all males and females from third grade through adults, and members will practice at least once a week during the winter months, depending on weather conditions, and two to three times per week the rest of the year. In order to compete with the Striders, you must be a member of the USATF. To register for the USATF, log onto the HCP&R website and click on the Upcoming Events tab. Then click on the USATF Registration tab, which will link you to the registration form. For more information about the Striders, contact Coach Bill Lipps at (304) 822-3724 or HCP&R at (304) 822-7300.
ADULT BASKETBALL OPEN GYM
For those of you who want to show off your basketball skills, check out our Sunday night Open Gyms on both ends of the county. Shane Hawkins is in charge of the program at the old Capon Bridge Middle School, and they play there from 5:00 until 8:00 every Sunday evening. Roger Eversole and Joe Clower run the program at Romney Middle School, and they go from 6:00 until 8:00 each Sunday night. If you’re eighteen and over and out of school, drop by this Sunday and run with the big dogs!