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Posted: September 22nd, 2013

 

The restoration fund for J.C. Martin Golf Course in Erie continues to grow.

The Robert “Spider” Rutkowski Memorial Tournament at the 9-hole course on Aug. 19 originally raised $50,000 for the Phase 3 project of a practice facility to be built in 2014, and now is up to $61,000.

The first two phases, including irrigation, drainage and building of tees, and rebuilding greens featured over $260,ooo raised by groups such as the Western New York PGA, and the AJGA tournament held at the Kahkwa Club in 2011.

Jim Rutkowski Jr., General Manager of Industrial Sales & Mfg., one of the organizers of the Spider Rutkowski event, says that donations are still being accepted. Checks can be made out to the Erie Community Foundation, 459 West 6th, Erie, 16507. 

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: September 19th, 2013

Eagles are abundant at Lake View Country Club, as Homer Capotis would attest.

On Sept. 10, Capotis had two eagles on the front nine  in the same round on his home course, both from long range on par-4 holes. The 57-year-old knocked in a wedge from 120 yards on the 391-yard No. 4 hole, and a 6-iron from 170 yards on the 364-yard No. 8 hole.

Capotis, 57, who teamed with his brother Mike to win the West Penn Senior Better Ball last month, had a 9-hole total of 34.

 

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: September 18th, 2013

Erie’s Drew Deimel, who turned professional a year ago after a sterling amateur career, finished tied for 28th in a Web.com Tour pre-qualifier Sept. 10-12 at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Deimel, who competed against 80 players, had to finish in the top 38 to advance to the first stage of qualifying Oct. 8-11 in a 4-round event  at Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Lakeland, Fla. If he can advance there, he will play in the second stage at one of six sites in November, with a chance to go to the grueling Q-School 6-round finals in December at TPC Stadium in Laquinta, Cal. in an attempt to secure a Web.com Tour card.

The PGA Tour eliminated Q School a year ago, and Web.com Tour players have to finish among the top 25 in earnings to move upstairs to the premier tour.

Deimel, 23, starred at Cathedral Prep and twice qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament, the only player from Gannon to accomplish the feat. He won a pair of EDGA titles, the 2010 Amateur and 2011 Match Play.

Deimel has played a mini-tour in Florida since turning pro in September of 2012.

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Posted: September 9th, 2013

Lake View Country Club assistant pro Rick Schriefer and member Jim Wienheimer combined for a better-ball 64 to take second place in the WNYPGA’s Rochester Classic on Friday at Irondequoit C.C. The duo finished a shot behind Chris Stoddard and partner Brian McKenna of Park CC.

Peek’n Peak head pro Dwayne Randall carded a 71 to edge LIfe Member Lonnie Nielsen of OrchardPark, N.Y. by one shot in the pro tournament. Tom Keenen of Erie’s Dick’s Sporting Goods tied for sixth with a 75.

Lawrence Park pro Scott Jenkins teamed with Ted Grassi III for a 71 in the pro-am.

 

Bob Jarzomski

 

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Posted: September 9th, 2013

Kathy Stickell regularly enters Erie District Women’s Golf Association tournaments, and on Friday, Sept. 6, the Lake View member finally rose to the top to win the EDWGA Seniors Championship at the Country Club of Meadville.

Stickell shot an 82 for a two-stroke victory over 2011 champion Kathy Lynch, also of Lake View. Lawrence Park’s Gail Heubel, who won the title in 2012, finished with a 92.

Sue Lefaiver, owner of multiple Seniors and also EDWGA Match Play crowns, won low net with a 74 after winning a two-hole playoff over Kathy Chandler.

In the 50-plus category, Lynch was first, while Cindy Dudzinski had a 76 to win low net by three strokes over Irene Walcott.

In the 60-plus division, Linda Reade had 95 to edge LIz Apel by 1 shot, while multiple seniors winner Liz Robinson had a 97. Chandler won low net with 74, Sharon Sobeleski at 76 and Mary Ann Brabender 79.

In the Super 70 seniors, Kathy Moss had 94 for low gross, Nancy Gunn 79 for low net.

Congratulations to all the winners and organizers of the tournament.

 

– Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: September 9th, 2013

The  EDGA Streeter Cup Senior Better Ball tournament is set for Thursday at Lawrence Park Golf  Club, and it has attracted a large field with 51 teams (102 players) so far for the final EDGA event of the 2013 season.

Spoden and Johnson also won in 2010, while Johnson teamed with Steve Demetry to win the 2003 tournament. The Streeter Cup, named after Kahkwa Club’s Jim Streeter, began in 2002, and the winning pair each get a blue jacket for the title, as does the season’s J.C.  Martin Seniors champion. Dave Hewett won that tournament in July.

The Better Ball (best score on hole) tourney starts at 10 a.m.

 

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: September 5th, 2013

Kevin Stadler, who defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff to win the 2004 Nationwide Tour Lake Erie Classic at Peek’n Peak has had an impressive two weeks to move up from 86th to 43rd in the Fed Ex Cup playoffs.

Stadler, 33, was 43rd in the Barclays two weeks ago,shooting a 64 in the first round, then tied for fourth at the Deutche Bank Championship over the Labor Day weekend, winning over $315,000. JHe shot another 64 in the event.

The burly Stadler has not won on the PGA Tour, but has been consistent as he remains on the Tour, earning more than $7 million. When Stadler won the playoff at the Peak, it gave him status on the secondary tour, and Watson expressed happiness for Stadler, saying that he already had status on the tour and now Stadler could play in any Nationwide Tour event.

By the way, on the day the young Stadler won, his father, Craig ‘The Walrus’ Stadler, won a Seniors Tour event.

Watson, the long-hitting lefty, won the Masters in 2012.

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: September 5th, 2013

Kahkwa Club assistant Alex Weir qualified Tuesday for his second straight National Car Rental PGA Assistant Champonship by finishing as the second qualifier in the WNYPGA  Assistants Championship at Mendon Golf Club. Weir, who won the tournament in 2012, shot rounds of 69 and 74 for a 143 total to tie for second with three others, then advanced via a playoff.

Cody Endress of Cobblestone Creek CC won with a 141 total.

Weir, from Rochester, N.Y., is eligible to play in the 37th PGA Assistants Championship, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the PGA Golf Club (Wannamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 

 

 

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Posted: August 30th, 2013

Retired Erie attorney Dennis Williams said his son-in-law, Jeffrey Barton, is not much of a golfer. But Barton, a former San Diego Padres minor leaguer who married Leah Barton seven years ago, was not even playing in a golf outing at PAA-Ko Ridge Golf Club near Albuquerque, N.M. on Aug. 22, when his name was pulled out of a hat to take a swing for $1 million with five other players who shot well enough to qualify for the chance from 150 yards away.

Barton was in a clubhouse bar with his boss from a hospital machinery distributor when his name was picked, and did not have his clubs with him. So he had to borrow a left-handed 8-iron.

After the first four players hit the green, the fifth guy hit it into the water, and, according to Williams, Barton was relieved.

“He said  ’I can’t embarrass myself any more than that guy’, then his boss handed him a beer and told him to chug it, then swing away,” Wiliams said. “You can see that the guy taking the video was trying to follow the ball in the air, then it lands on the green and starts rolling toward the hole. The people are cheering for it to go in, and everybody goes crazy when it does. It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen.”

Barton earned an annuity of $25,000 a year for 40 years.

The brief video of the moment has naturally gone viral.

– Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: August 28th, 2013

surfergolf

Clever or absurd, there is a new way to traverse a golf course with a surfboard with wheels, called GolfBoard, with the ad saying, “the ride on the electric board makes getting from one shot to the next as fun as hitting a great drive or approach shot.”

It’s something like snowboarding or surfing on a type of Segway. But golfers walking or riding a traditional cart might be hoping to witness a “wipeout.”

Might be fun going down a big hill, but probably won’t improve your swing and can’t help reading and making putts. Probably won’t get over water either. Does it have USGA approval?

Quite the Venture.  Didn’t the Ventures create the  theme song for Hawaii 5-0?  Check out the visual effects at the web location below, then catch the wave.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/765640644/surf-the-earth-with-the-golfboard?ref=kickspy

Bob Jarzomski

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