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Posted: August 27th, 2013

Venerable J.C. Martin Golf Course, the only course in Erie’s city limits, received over $50,000 for a short-game practice facility hopefully installed in 2014 after a benefit tournament honoring the late Robert H. ‘Spider’ Rutkowski on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Jim Rutkowski, general manager of Industrial Sales & Manufacturing Co. and Spider’s nephew, said there were three shotgun starts, including one at 7 a.m. in honor of his uncle, a longtime employee at Erie Insurance Exchange who always preferred the earliest starting times.

Many golfers work or worked at Erie Insurance.

An aut0graphed painting of Arn0ld Palmer was donated and is in the JCM Clubhouse.

J.C. Martin also has benefitted by an AJGA tournament (juniors) and youth clinics headed by Kahkwa Club head pro Michael O’Connor along with an annual outing that has raised money in six figures for restoration of the course where many learned the game in their youth.

Bob Jarzomski



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Posted: August 27th, 2013

Kirk Stauffer, the 8-time Western New York Section PGA player of the year, leads in the point standings going into this week’s tournaments.

In his 29th year as head pro of Pine Acres CC in Bradford, Stauffer has 536 points and a 70.73 stroke per round average. Peek’n Peak head pro Dwayne Randall is second with 486.5 points, and Kahkwa assistant Alex Weir third with 363 points.

Stauffer, 52, won his second WNYPGA Section Championship in July at Whispering Woods Golf Club, shooting 31 on the front side the second day and a course-record 6-under-par 66 to win by seven strokes. He was top qualifier for the PGA  National Championship at Myrtle Beach, S.C. in June 2014.


Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: August 15th, 2013

The Gannon wrestling program  had another successful golf outing on Aug. 10 with more than100 participants and 42 sponsors. The sixth annual event raised over $5,000 as one of the program’s main fundraisers of the year.

Union City Country Club hosted the alumni event. Twenty-six wrestling alumni between 1990 and 2013 appeared. 
The foursome of Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., Gannon Faculty Athletic Representative Jay Willow, Gannon head baseball coach Nate Cocolin and Gannon assistant baseball coach Greg Coleman took home top honors with an 18-hole score of 55.

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: August 13th, 2013

PGA champion Jason Dufner paid his dues.

The 36-year-old native of Cleveland, who won his third PGA tournament with his methodical yet brilliant performance at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. played in 123 events on what is now called the Tour, including twice on the Nationwide Tour stop at Peek’n Peak for the Lake Erie Charity Classic and Peek’n Peak Classic.

In 2005, Dufner tied for 17th with a 5-under-par 283 total and earned $6,255, with Esteban Toledo winning the tournament, and in 2006, the year before he returned to the PGA Tour, he tied for 8th at 9-under 279 to cash $13,575. Current Tour member John Merrick was the champion.

Dufner by the way made 82 cuts, won twice, and earned $862,853, or just over $7,000 per the 123 tournaments he  played in. On Sunday, the stoic Dufner received a check for $1,445,000 for winning the tournament that he lost in a playoff with Keegan Bradley in 2011.

The Buy.Com Tour and Nationwide Tour ran from 2oo2 to 2007 at Peek’n Peak.

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: August 7th, 2013

Riverside Golf Club co-owner Patty Flood does not recall a pair of holes-in-one on the same day since she and Linda Christiansen bought the Cambridge Springs course four years ago.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Bart Philip aced the 128-yard No. 11 hole, using an 8-iron, and Riverside regular Rick Trypus holed out on the long 185-yard No. 13 hole using a 6-iron.

 ”That was Rick’s third hole-in-one,” Flood said. “Nevertheless, since I’ve been here, I think that’s the first time we’ve had two out here on the same day. The course is 98-years-old, so there’s a good chance it happened before.”

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: August 6th, 2013

Going into Wednesday’s EDGA Flagship City Junior Tour Championship at Venango Valley Golf Club, the inaugural tour attracted 410 youngsters ages 10-18 to six events, an average of nearly 62 participants in the  Wednesday tournaments.

“Before the year, we thought we would get 20-to-30 kids out there, so this was far beyond our expectations, which was great,” EDGA Tournament Director Jay Willow said.

Awards will be given to top players in each age category, based on points during the regular season, and the winners of the Tour Championship. The age groups included Boys 16-18, Boys 13-15, Boys 10-12, Girls 16-18 and Girls 13-15.

“This gave youngsters a chance to compete weekly, without having to travel,” Willow said. “We had only about 6 to 8 girls participate, but we hope to get more next year.”

The tour is sponsored by Erie Sports Store. The EDGA had tournament sponsors for the first time in its history, including Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services and Erie Golf and Travel Expo. 

Bob Jarzomski

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Posted: August 5th, 2013

Enjoy this video visit to home owner Dave Pelz’s backyard golf course. If you have a yard the size of the Ponderosa, and $$$$$$ aplenty, then you can have one too.

It has immaculate replicas of holes at Pebble Beach, Augusta National, St. Andrews, etc., all done with artificial turf made specifically to the types of real grass on a  golf course. There are sand traps with beautiful white sand that you might want to take a blanket to one of them and lie down and get a tan, while dreaming of playing great golf courses.

So imagine playing in Dave’s backyard — naturally, in Texas —  while you’re in your own, hitting balls into a chipping net.

For more than golf fun, Go to Million Dollar Homes.

– Bob Jarzomski


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Posted: June 29th, 2013

Aaron Polanski, an Erie transplant who plays most of his golf at Pittsburgh’s 3 Lakes Golf Course, where he is a member, has been enjoying rocking drives with his new Taylor Made R11 driver and 3-wood. Polanski’s Cleveland irons and wedges, along with his Taylor Made putter complete his bag.
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-Joe Cuneo

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Posted: June 27th, 2013

June 28, 1971 Morning News

June 28, 1971 Morning News

As the first round of this year’s U.S. Women’s Open begins at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., Thursday, it brings to mind when Erie’s Kahkwa Club played hosted JoAnne Carner’s runaway win in the 1971 open.

Forty-two years ago to the day, Carner’s even-par 288 bested the field by seven strokes thanks to her one-over-par final round of 73 that she finished before nearly 5,000 fans on Kahkwa’s 18th green. A total of 14,716 fans attended the four-day tournament and 45 million more watched on a national television broadcast on ABC.

Carner’s humble cash prize of $5,000 illustrates how times have changed in women’s sports and sports in general. By comparison, this year’s winner will earn nearly $600,000.

In another reminder of days gone by, check out this excerpt from the following day’s edition of the Erie Morning News, which repeatedly referred to the “strawberry blonde” and summed up Carner’s win in a way only vintage sports writing can:

The hard-hitting lass didn’t even raise a sweat – despite the humid 88-degree weather yesterday – on the course. After the round had ended, however, happiness just oozed out of her.

Carner returned to Erie and to Kahkwa to play in the now-defunct Erie Charity Classic in the 1990s.

- Joe Cuneo

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Posted: June 26th, 2013

Last Friday, June 21, marked the first day of summer. And, in typical Erie weather fashion, a switch was seemingly flipped, bringing hot and humid summer days with it.
But it was a long time coming for some area golf courses, which had to deal with double the usual amount of rain in May. Some courses had to shut down for several days and encouraged players to “lift clean and place” and play winter rules in the fairways.
Erie Golf Course was one of the clubs that had to deal with the inclement weather.
“We had to do cart path only for a while,” said Colin, a clubhouse attendant at Erie. “It was slow for a while, but we were lucky that we didn’t have to shut down.”
Erie, which relies on business from leagues Monday through Thursday, did have to cancel three days of leagues, however. But it was a small casualty when compared to other courses that were flooded thanks to the numerous downpours.
Needless to say, the rain (or lack thereof) is a “fluid” situation.

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