Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Here & There Column 8-31-10

Dangerous Scam E-Mails On Our Computers

Those e-mails arriving almost daily on our computers promising millions of dollars are dangerous and should be deleted immediately.
An example of one we received last week from a woman in Abidjan Ivory Coast (where ever that is??) says she is a widow and a mother with a son and her husband was killed by the gunman due to his political ambitions. She noted that she had $18.3 million US dollars and she needs a bank account where these funds can be transferred to and invested into profited ventures such as real estate, hotel business, gas station. If you cooperate she promises to compensate us with part of this fund.
Wow.....what a come on to get into your banking account.
Other e-mails arriving in our computers read like this......"I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise. I am the bill and exchange manage in Bank of Africa. I hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I am about to expose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families."
Others read like this, "I am writing following an opportunity in my office that will be of immense benefit to both of us. In my bank in London, United Kingdom there is an abandoned sum of money in the vault that was deposited by one of our foreign customers who unfortunately lose his life in the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash which took place on January 31, 2000 including his wife and only daughter," and "it is therefore upon this discovery that I decided to make this proposal to you so that the bank can release the money to you as the beneficiary (I want to present you as his business associate) for safety and subsequent disbursement since the immediate beneficiaries are dead and I will not like this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed."
The e-mail from Madrid Spain and a lottery international said I had been approved for a lump sum of $1,000,000.00 and "all participants were selected from Worldwide websites especially Yahoo mail through our Microsoft Computer Ballot System."
All of these e-mails say that they require "your honest cooperation to enable us to see this dealt through," and Internet security providers indicate all of these are fraud.
The scam attempts we face on the Internet are something all of us should pay close attention to.
Beware of these quick get rich schemes. It just isn't going to happen.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Golfing Highlights Column 8-27-10

Enjoying the great play at the Town of Fallsburg Municipal Tarry Brae Golf Course are, from the left, Golfing Highlights Columnist Ed Townsend, Monticello golfer John Hoffmann, former Livingston Manor golfer now a Padukah, Ky. resident George Korth, Narrowsburg golfer Ed Guthrie and Tarry Brae PGA Professional Glenn Sonnenschein.

Part of the beauty at the Tarry Brae Golf Course is scenery like this.

Maintenance At Tarry Brae Is Excellent

Kudos go out to Tarry Brae Golf Course Superintendent Clark Bartholomew and Assistant Superintendent Jack Jaycox and the entire grounds crew for keeping this course in the outstanding condition we recently found it.
Our foursome consisting of myself, Narrowsburg golfer Ed Guthrie, Padukah, Ky. golfer and former Livingston Manor resident George Korth and Monticello golfer John Hoffmann found the entire Tarry Brae facility in top-notch condition.
The pro-shop is well maintained and great food is served up at the snack bar and grill.
Terry Brae was first developed in the early1950's and was designed by William Mitchell. In the mid 1950's the golf course was taken over by the Town of Fallsburg.
This beautifully designed course is classified by many as a premier golf facility.
P.G.A. Professional Glenn Sonnenschein heads up the staff at Tarry Brae and the Lochmor Golf Course.
One of the major reasons the course is in such great shape is because of the state-of-the art irrigation system which uses a computerized automatic watering program.
Last week we outlined the front nine of Tarry Brae and this week we will take you through the back nine (holes 10-18) which play 3,513 yards to a par 36. This 18-hole course plays to a total of 6,965 yards with a par 72.
Hole No. 10 is a 543-yard par 5 with the fairway sloping left to right. Best to take your tee shot left center.
Hole No. 11 is a 201-yard par 3 with the fairway running slightly uphill. The green has traps on the left and right. Hitting the right club off this tee decides a par score.
Hole No. 12 is a 365-yard par 4 with trees on the left side and a fairway trap on the right. Best to take your drive in the center of the fairway. There is a big trap to the left and center of this green. Hole No. 13 is a 433-yard par 4 with a slight dogleg to the left. A fairway sand trap is on the right and green trap is on the left side.
Hole No. 14 is a 408-yard par 4 with an open fairway. Take your drive left center to avoid the fairway trap on the right. There is a trap on the left side of the green.
Hole No. 15 is a 391-yard par 4 with trees and fairway bunkers on the left side. Best to take your tee shot right center. Traps on the green are on the left and right center.
Hole No. 16 is a 425-yard par 4 with a fairway sand trap on the left side. Take your tee shot center of the fairway. There is a small stream about 20 yards in front of this green which also has a sand trap on the right side.
Hole No. 17 is a 206-yard par 3 with a pond on the right and a stream running in front of the green. Careful club selection is the key to a birdie or par here.
Hole No. 18 is a 541-yard par 5 with a sloping fairway running uphill. A nice finishing hole.
For golf course information and tee times call 434-2620 or go to their web site at http://www.tarrybrae.com/

The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

The Importance of Wedges:
In today's ever-changing golf game, most players are under the influence that if they hit the ball longer they will play better.
Even though technology has increased how far the ball will travel, the scores are about the same. There is no doubt that if you hit the ball longer you should have less club to the green and be able to get the ball closer to the hole and make more putts.
I believe this to be true, but you better be able to hit the shots on the green close to the pin. In order to hit the ball close, I feel it is important to carry three wedges in your golf bag. Most people have a pitching wedge that comes with their set. This club has 47 to 49 degrees of loft. You have a choice to make for the other two wedges. A gap wedge with about 50 to 55 degrees of loft and a lob wedge is about 60 to 64 degrees of loft. I would choose between these two clubs depending on how far you hit the ball.
A lob wedge will save you shots around the green and a gap wedge will help you with the in between yardages in the fairway.
You should always carry a sand wedge that has 54-57 degrees of loft.
Some touring Professionals will carry 4 wedges in their bag.
The next time you play a round of golf, count how many shots you take from 100 yards in to the green. I think you will find that this will total about 60 percent of your score.
When you are trying to improve your score, it is important to lower the number of shots you take close to the green. I think having three wedges in your bag will help you accomplish a lower score.
Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 292-0323 or via email at menges@hughes.net

Ed's Outlook

We are approaching the end of August but remember that some of the late summer and early fall golf is the best there is at our area golf courses. Take advantage of many courses that offer special fall rates.
Poems tell an important message as is evident in a poem written by Liberty Poet Ellsworth Buck and addressed to Roscoe Twin Village Golf Course (TVGC) members. The poem reads as follows: "This is for the memories, that I had yesterday, I will never forget the course I liked to play, I caddied on that course, 82 years ago, there I leaned to play, the game that I love so. I can't play anymore, but my memories linger still, about the wonderful people, and they always will."
In reply to Buck's poem TVGC sent the following poem to him, "Ellsworth Buck, You can't help but notice when he steps on the first tee box, He's the best dressed golfer on the course in his knickers and matching sox, He has a long driver and he hits it to the max, heck....He's a writer, singer, poet and even plays the sax. He's thanked us for the memories he says we've given him but the truth is that we all should be thanking him. For all of us at Twin Village know we're very lucky to have a chance to say, that we are friends of "BUCKY."

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you believe would make good reading or have league standings and tournament information, Ed can be reached by telephone at 845-439-8177, by email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com and by fax at 845-230-8674. For a much more expanded version of this golf column, please visit our Web Page at http://bght.blogspot.com/ This column is also available on Facebook.

TRAP HELPS HAMMER
STAFFER SNARE 854 SERIES

Hammer Amateur staff player Brian Horn rolled an 854 with the Hammer Jigsaw Trap bowling ball during his Thursday night Scratch Trio League on Aug. 12, 2010 at Olathe Lanes East, in Olathe, Kan.Horn works at In the Zone Pro Shop in Olathe, Kan., joined the Hammer staff in 2003 and said he has seen his game become more consistent since. His previous high series of 824 was using the Road Hawg, another Hammer ball, he said.He said he likes the Trap because of the look it gives him.“The Trap gives me a look that no other Jigsaw has given me before,” he said. “I felt very at ease during the set.”During game one, Horn left a four-pin in the first frame.“I then made a one and one move left and the strikes started coming,” he said. “I finished with a 290, but what made it special was that I was able to talk to my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Andrea, right after. She didn’t understand, but I had dedicated the 290 to her.”In the end, Horn was able to dedicate his highest series to-date to his daughter.“I would like to thank Eric Maxwell, Dallas Baldridge, Sarah O’Brien, Matt McFarland, Vito Figlioli, and Hammer bowling for all the support they have given me,” he said, “and Marc Heninger for convincing me to use a layout plan that I had never tried before.”The layout Horn used was with the pin an inch above his midline with the mass bias kicked out 30 degrees.“Brian threw a great set with the Trap,” said Jeff Ussery, Hammer Brand Manager. “The Trap is a great ball, and Brian knows that to be the best, he has to throw the best. Good for him.”
TURBO AGREES TO BE A PROMOTIONAL
SPONSOR OF THE HISTORIC
2011 BOWLING'S U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has inked a deal to have Turbo Bowling Accessories become a promotional sponsor of the prestigious 2011 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open. As part of the agreement, Turbo captures product line exclusivity to all marketing aspects of the historic event and the qualifiers leading up to the finals.

The 2011 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, sponsored by the Brands of Ebonite International, is open to all female youth and adult bowlers in the United States and their international counterparts. The June 30, 2011 finals will be hosted on-site at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (home of Super Bowl XLV). The event, scheduled to air on ESPN, is expected to draw one of the largest live viewing audiences in the history of the sport.

Turbo, a leading manufacturer of bowling insert products and accessories, plans to use the partnership to further expand recognition in women's sports. "As a female executive of the bowling industry, it is my privilege and honor to be able to lend our support and sponsorship to this prestigious event," said Lori Tessmar, president of Turbo Bowling Accessories. "We commend the BPAA and Ebonite International for stepping up and offering this tremendous opportunity to showcase women's bowling."

Bowling continues to be the largest participation sport in the U.S. as annually, more than 71 million consumers take to the lanes. Now women represent 49% of all bowlers and their involvement has grown the last four years with a 1.5% increase in the past 12-months.

"We are proud to have Turbo aligned with the 2011 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open and all marketing associated with this once-in-a lifetime event," said Steve Johnson, executive director of the BPAA. "As a progressive leader in our industry, Turbo recognizes the surging popularity of bowling among women and the heightened consumer demand to watch and attend bowling events.
Wayne Webb Caps 2010 PBA
Senior Tour Season with Win

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Wayne Webb capped the 2009-10 Senior Tour season with a win in the Senior Jackson Open August 24 at Jackson, Mich. and he clinched Senior Player of the Year honors in the process. He joins fellow Hall of Famer Mark Roth as the only bowlers to win both the PBA Tour and Senior Tour Player of the Year awards.> > Webb, the 1980 PBA Tour Player of the Year, defeated Ray Johnson of Battle Creek, Mich., 211-194, in the championship match for his third Senior Tour title of the season and fifth of his career. He also won the USBC Senior Masters and Senior Columbus Open earlier this year.> > Nursing a knee injury suffered in the PBA Senior U.S. Open in June, Webb qualified 40th after the first round in Jackson and had to fight back to qualify 25th to make the cut for match play after the second round. He then won six matches Tuesday on his way to the victory.> > “I thought about withdrawing after the second round but because Player of the Year was on the line I felt I should keep going,” said Webb, who also owns 20 PBA Tour titles. “The whole tournament was a roller coaster ride.”> > > Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. had a shot at Senior Player of the Year with a win and a fourth- place finish or worse by Webb. Williams, who won a record seventh PBA Player of the Year title at the conclusion of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season in April, was trying to become the first player to win both the Senior Tour and PBA Tour Player of the Year in the same season, but was eliminated in the best-of-five-game Round of 16 by Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2.> > > > Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, who also had a shot at Senior Player of the Year going into the final event with a victory, also lost in the Round of 16.> > > > “It didn’t look like it was going to happen,” said the 53-year-old Webb, “The way he (Walter Ray) was bowling, I don’t know if I could have beat him.> > > > “With my knee, I felt lucky to still be in the tournament. After awhile I was just running on adrenaline.”> > > > Roth won PBA Player of the Year crowns in 1977, ’78, ’79 and ’84 and Senior Player of the Year in 2002.> > > > “Mark was my idol growing up and I’m honored to be in his company,” said Webb, who is a bowling proprietor in Columbus, Ohio. “Winning Player of the Year 30 years apart is pretty cool — it’s something they can’t take away from you.”> > > > In the semifinals, Webb defeated Patrick King of Yankton, S.D., 236-198, and Johnson defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, 232-226, to advance to the championship match. Webb earned $8,000 for the win and Johnson $4,500 for second.> > PBA SENIOR JACKSON OPEN> Airport Lanes, Jackson, Mich., Aug. 24> > Championship Match> Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio ($8,000) def. Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich. ($4,500), 211-194> > Semifinal Round (losers earn $3,000)> Webb def. Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 236-198.> Johnson def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 232-226.> > Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)> Webb def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2-1.> King def. Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 2-1.> Johnson def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-0.> Csuhta def. Bob Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 2-0.> > Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)> Traber def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-2.> Webb def. Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3-1.> King def. Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3-2.> Donaghue def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-1.> Baker def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3-0.> Johnson def. Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3-1.> Faragon def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3-1.> Csuhta def. Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3-0.> > Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)> Traber def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0.> Webb def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-0.> Buckley def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3-0.> Donaghue def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-1.> Henson def. Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3-0.> Johnson def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1.> Faragon def. Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3-0.> Mora def. Pete Kaczmarczyk, Warren, Mich., 3-1.> > Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)> Knopp def. Andrew Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 3-1.> Webb def. John Chapman, Canada, 3-0.> Buckley def. Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 3-1.> Donaghue def. John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3-0.> Henson def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-0.> Johnson def. Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3-0.> Faragon def. Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3-1.> Mora def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-1.> >

KULICK IS A FINALIST FOR
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Kelly Kulick, the first woman to capture a title in the 51-year history of the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for The Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year.


“To be in the pool of athletes nominated for this award goes to show what a great year I had,” Kulick said. “It is an honor to be nominated.”The award will be presented Oct. 12 at the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The Women’s Sports Foundation will celebrate the accomplishments of the top women athletes at the annual fundraising gala.Twenty athletes from 20 sports have been nominated for Sportswoman of the Year – 10 each for individual and team competition.


The finalists were nominated based on athletic achievements from Aug. 1, 2009 through July 31, 2010.Finalists will be voted on by The Women’s Sports Foundation membership and through online voting. Fans can cast their votes until Aug. 31, 2010 at midnight (Eastern) by clicking here.Kulick, of Union, N.J., is a six-time Team USA member who was a finalist in the team-sport category last year. She said the nomination helps bring recognition to the sport of bowling and she “hopes when they see the resume, they will appreciate the year I’ve had.”Kulick’s resume is quite impressive. In September 2009 she won the PBA Women’s World Championship, and in November she won the PBA Women’s Series Shark Championship. In January, she became the first woman bowler to win a PBA Tour title when she beat Chris Barnes in the title match at the Tournament of Champions, a major on the tour.In March, Kulick won the Canon Malaysian International Open and then captured two major women’s tournaments – the United States Bowling Congress Queens in April and the U.S. Women’s Open in May. Both were her second career championships in each event, and she became the first person to capture both in the same year.Kulick, 33, was selected to Team USA and will represent the United States at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships in September. She currently is ranked as the No.1 female bowler by the PBA.Women’s Sports Foundation founder Billie Jean King, a tennis great who beat Bobby Riggs in a “Battle of the Sexes” match, congratulated Kulick after her victory over Barnes by saying it was “not only historic, it serves as a motivational and inspirational event for girls and women competing at all levels all around the world.”And come October, Kulick said she would “love to be on that stage” with King.Joining Kulick as a finalist in the individual-sport category are:

* Torah Bright, snowboarding* Rebecca Bross, gymnastics* Yu-Na Kim, figure skating* Ai Miyazato, golf* Alana Nichols, paralympic skiing* Sanya Richards, track and field* Anna Tunnicliffe, sailing* Lindsey Vonn, skiing* Serena Williams, tennis
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104 YEAR-OLD BOWLER ROLLS A 224
GAME TO "KICKOFF" THE NEW SEASON


WATERFORD, Mich. - Almost 6 years ago to the day, Rolla Zuck shot a 199 game on his 99th birthday during his league bowling match at Century Bowl in Waterford, Michigan. Like all good athletes, Rolla believes that practice, practice, practice makes you better. Only 1 month shy of his 105th birthday, Rolla rolled a 224 game during the "League Season Kickoff Tournament" at his favorite bowling center, Century Bowl. The tournament included all league bowlers getting ready to start the new season. Rolla had one of the best scores and everyone celebrated. Many of the younger, high average bowlers were inspired by the great score and are ready to bowl another 80 years.

"Rolla is an amazing person as well as bowler," said Century Bowl Manager Sheila Kiefer. "Between turns, Rolla is joking and having fun with his fellow Monday Century Kegglers league members. However, he becomes focused when it is time to bowl. Last year, he even carried a 152 per game season average."

Rolla has been bowling for many years on the Monday afternoon Century Kegglers league at Century and has enjoyed every minute. According to Century Bowl Director of Operations and Guest Happiness, Roger Philipi, "Bowling is the greatest lifelong activity and the key to longevity. Many people in the new 50+ generation want to remain active. Bowling provides an exciting social and recreational atmosphere. For some people, bowling keeps the competitive edge alive."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Here & There Column 8-24-10

Dennis Dietrich uses this huge roller to provide excellent playing conditions during the Eddie Collins Memorial Softball Tournament Aug. 14 at the Mongaup Valley field.

This four-legged tournament visitor wasn't helping out with ground crew work but would have liked to find a comfortable shady spot during the Saturday afternoon contests.

The grounds crew at the Eddie Collins Memorial Tournament works hard to give tournament teams the best playing conditions possible.


Grounds Crew Important To Tournament

A good grounds crew and proper field maintenance definitely adds to the importance of a well run softball tournament and such was the case during the weekend of August 14-15 as some of the best softball teams in the Northeast came to Sullivan county to play in the 29th annual Eddie Collins Memorial Tournament at the Edward M. Collins Park in Mongaup Valley.
The overall success of events like this popular softball tournament are often overlooked but credit for how well run this tournament is must go to Dennis Dietrich and all of his volunteer workers who keep the score books, work the scoreboard, play music between innings, operate two concessions stands and provide the overall important field maintenance.
Preparation for a big tournament like this takes hours and hours of work and planning and as soon as this tournament ended plans were already being formulated for next years event.
The games we saw truly proved that these were some of the top men's major modified softball teams in the Northeast and if you enjoy sports and particularly modified or fast pitch softball then this venue was the place to be on this weekend.
We often talk about activities and events that support Sullivan County's business economy and this annual softball tournament brings players and visitors that eat, sleep and play for three days in Sullivan County.
And to be sure the tournament teams themselves told us at this weekend event that this is a very well run and managed tournament and that a lot of credit must go to Dennis Dietrich and his many volunteer helpers.
This tournament is held in honor of Eddie Collins, a 1970 Eldred Central School graduate who was known throughout the area as an outstanding athlete. He passed away from viral pneumonia in April 1981 when he was just 29 years old.
This tournament featured some premium players that produced a top quality softball tournament and a must see for those who enjoy a good brand of softball.
Kudos to Dennis Dietrich and his crew for staging a top quality sporting event for Sullivan County.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Golfing Highlights Column 8-20-10

PGA Professional Glenn Sonnenschein at the Tarry Brae Golf Course checks the Doppler Radar weather on his office computer.

The Clubhouse at the Tarry Brae Golf Course houses the pro shop and restaurant.
This is just a small portion of the beautifully maintained pro shop at the Tarry Brae Golf Course.
Playing the beautifully maintained Fallsburg Municipal TarryBrae Golf Course were, from the left, Golfing Highlights Columnist Ed Townsend, Monticello golfer John Hoffmann, former Livingston Manor resident George Korth, Narrowsburg golfer Ed Guthrie and PGA Professional at Tarry Brae Glenn Sonnenschein.


Doppler Radar Plays Important Role At Tarry Brae


We arrived at the Fallsburg Municipal Tarry Brae Golf Course on Pleasant Valley Road in South Fallsburg with a weather report in our hands that showed "a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m" and Golf Professional Glenn Sonnenschein was johnny on the spot as we walked into his office where he was viewing that day's weather activity on the Internet Doppler Radar.
The Doppler system showed storms west of the Buffalo area and Glenn felt comfortable that it would be a pleasant day on the golf course with the beautiful sunshine we were experiencing at the time of our arrival. .
Glenn remarked that this radar predicting system has become a "valuable tool in golf course management and if we are aware of severe weather and thunderstorms we send people right out on the course to get golfers back to the clubhouse."
Tarry Brae celebrated their 50th year in business on June 5 and there are many reasons why this beautifully designed course is classified by many as a premier golf facility.
This course has four sets of tees, Black, Green, Golf and Yellow and the recommended tees by handicap men 0-8 Black tee, men up to 20 Green tee, men 21-35 and women 0-10 Gold tee and men 36 and up and women 11 and up Yellow tee.
The expanded tee options gives golfers the opportunity to choose the right tees to match your ability.
The average size green on this beautifully designed course is about 4,500 square feet and golfers will find the course well bunkered with various water hazards that tend to test your abilities.
Tarry Brae was first developed in the early 1950's by some of the hotels in the Town of Fallsburg who felt they needed golf facilities to compete with some of the neighboring hotels who had their own golf course.
Tarry Brae was designed by William Mitchell and in the mid 1950's the golf course was taken over by the Town of Fallsburg. The town completed some of the work on this course and the golf course was officially opened in 1958.
This 18-hole par 72 golf course plays 6,965 yards from the Black tees, 6,389 yards from the Green tees, 5,789 yards from the Golf tees and 5,514 yards from the Yellow tees. The front nine plays 3,452 yards for a par 36.
This course is rated by Golf Digest with three and one-half stars and is considered by many to be classified as a premier golf facility.
While playing this golf course one can certainly consider this facility as very picturesque with enjoyable rolling greens and contoured fairways set in wooded surroundings. The view of Echo Lake of the fairway approaching the sixth green will leave you breathless.
Tarry Brae offers a comprehensive golf shop that carries both golf equipment and men's and women's apparel. A snack bar and grill is available.
Professional Golf Association (P.G.A.) Professional Glenn Sonnenschein heads up both staffs at Tarry Bray and the Lochmor Golf Club and has been associated with these facilities since 1997. He officially became a PGA Pro in 1990 after completing a seven-year PGA program which included a playing ability test.
Glenn offers custom club fitting, private and group instruction, group and tournament assistance and service for all your golfing needs.
Green fees at Tarry Brae include a $47 rate for 18-holes with cart on weekends and a weekday special of $39 for 18-holes with cart including lunch. There are reduced rates after 1 and 3 p.m.
Clark Bartholomew is the golf course superintendent and Jack Jaycox is the assistant superintendent.
This week we will detail the front nine (1-9) of this golf course and follow up next week with the back nine (10-18).
Hole No. 1 is a 392-yard par 4 with an open fairway and a slight dogleg to the right. A trap on the left side of the green. Be careful with your approach shot to this green and don't go over the green.
Hole No. 2 is a 402-yard par 4 with trees on both sides of fairway which slopes left to right. There is a sand trap in front of a slightly elevated green.
Hole No. 3 is a 438-yard par 4 with a dogleg left. Take you best shot over the tree and fairway trap on the left side of the fairway. There is a sand trap in the front of this green.
Hole No. 4 is a 209-yard par 3 presents an open fairway with green traps left front and right back. Club selection important here for your birdie or par.
Hole No. 5 is a 408-yard par 4 with a two-level open fairway. Water comes into play on the right edge of the fairway. Traps are left and right of the green.
Hole No. 6 is a 491-yard par 5 with trees on the left side of the fairway. Take you tee shot right center. The fairway eventually slopes downhill to the green. Best to stay right shooting down to the green....don't go over the green as Echo Lake is in the background. This is a real pretty approach shot to this green.
Hole No. 7 is a 169-yard par 3 with traps left and right of the green. Again club selection here plays an important part in getting a birdie or par.
Hole No. 8 is a 417-yard par 4 and best to take your tee shot right center. There are fairway traps left and right side. Pretty much an open fairway.
Hole No. 9 is a 526-yard par 5 with a dogleg right. Take your tee shot right center for better approach shots to this green. A trap on the left side of the green.
For golf course information and tee times call 434-2620 or go to their web site at http://www.tarrybrae.com/

The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

How To Attack Buried Bunker Lies
To blast the ball out of the sand, your club needs to swing more up and down to create a steeper angle of attack.
To help illustrate, have someone stand (picture a wall) several feet behind the ball. In the backswing, hinge your wrists early to get the club up more, avoiding the person (or wall).
Also make note of the length of the backswing. It should almost be a full swing. In order to create enough speed and energy to blast the ball out of the sand, avoid taking a short and/or low backswing.
From this position, you will be able to swing the club into the sand on the downswing. It's imperative that you strike down into the sand 1 to 2 inches behind the ball and finish with the club low to the ground.
Amateur golfers often try to scoop or help lift the ball out of sand and this usually results in the club hitting the sand too far behind the ball and either missing it completely or taking too much sand and leaving the ball in the bunker. Or, the club misses the sand and strikes the top of the ball, resulting in a topped shot that can go anywhere.
Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by phone at 292-0323 or via email at menges@hughes.net

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you believe would make good reading and have league standings and tournament information, Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177 by email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com or by fax at 845-230-8674. For a much more expanded version of this golf column please visit our Web site http://bght.blogspot.com/ This column is also available on Facebook.
EBONITE INTERNATIONAL HIRES
NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

Ebonite International, Inc. District Sales Manager Mike Judy has been promoted to the position of National Sales Manager. Judy has been with Ebonite International, Inc. for more than three years. He was a district sales manager at Track two years before Ebonite International, Inc. acquired the assets of Columbia Industries, which also owned Track.He acted as Ebonite International’s District Sales Manager covering Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. His territory will be split among five other district sales managers.Judy grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Wright State University, where he studied Electrical Engineering and bowled for the collegiate bowling team. Judy started his professional career as a Sales Engineer selling industrial metal-cutting equipment to job shops and Fortune 500 companies, he said.“I have been bowling since I was 4 years old and my passion has always been bowling,” Judy said. “So about seven years ago, I decided to combine my sales background with my passion for the sport of bowling and haven’t looked back.”Judy is a Silver Certified Bowling Coach. He helped start a high school bowling program at Middletown High School and is a past president of the Miami Valley USBC Association. He has been listed on the Bowlers Journal list of Top 100 Coaches multiple times.“I’m very excited about taking on the National Sales Manager position,” Judy said. “I feel I can contribute to the growth of our industry and help our sales team improve our market share. I plan to hit the ground running.”Judy has been married to his wife Michelle for 11 years and they have 2 children. They currently live in Franklin, Ohio. Judy will office in Hopkinsville.“Mike Judy has shown solid leadership skills and we know he will do an excellent job as National Sales Manager,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bob Reid. “We are fortunate to have an individual with both ‘outside’ sales management experience, and bowling industry experience, among us. I am very pleased that we were able to ‘promote from within’ for this position.”
O'Neill Golden In Singles At
World Men's Championships

MUNICH, Germany - In what has become one of international bowling's biggest rivalries, the United States topped Korea for the singles gold medal recently at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Men's Championships in Munich, Germany.

Team USA's Bill O'Neill defeated Korea's Choi Bok-Eum, 244-202, in the one-game gold-medal match at Dream Bowl Palace. England's Dominic Barrett and Team USA's Chris Barnes shared the bronze medal after falling in the semifinals.

It was the latest clash between the two world bowling powers, which have met for medals in men's events, women's events and youth events around the world over the past few years. And it was Team USA coming out on top in the opening event of this edition of the World Men's Championships.> > "Hearing the national anthem play in another country after winning the gold medal is something you can't describe," said O'Neill, who won two titles on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour last season. "It's hard to get too hyped up about it, though, because it was in singles. It would be an even more emotional experience with my other teammates up there with me. Hopefully, we get a chance to do that this week."> > In the title match, O'Neill started strong with three consecutive strikes, a spare and five more strikes. By the time six frames were in the books, O'Neill had amassed a 44-pin lead and rolled to the title.

O'Neill entered the semifinals as the fourth seed after six games of qualifying earlier Saturday. He defeated top seed Barrett, 187-170, in the semifinals to advance to the gold-medal match. "This feels pretty good because I think I was pretty fortunate to even be in the top four," said O'Neill, who advanced to the semifinals by a slim four-pin margin over Sayed Ibrahim Al Hashemi of the United Arab Emirates. "I had a tough semifinals match, and in the championship match I moved to the right 10 boards, played straighter and it worked out."> > In the other semifinal, Barnes, the third seed, lost to No. 2 Choi, 217-191, after a devastating split in the eighth frame. Barnes, who said he never quite managed to figure out the right lane, left the 3-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame on that lane and never recovered against Choi.> > "He had the better ball reaction by a lot and sometimes that just happens," said Barnes, who shot the tournament's second 300 game in qualifying. "I expected this pattern to be my weakest, so to come out here and get a medal is pretty satisfying."> > The attention now shifts to the doubles event, which begins with the first three of five qualifying squads on Sunday.> > Team USA left-handers Patrick Allen and Rhino Page, the defending world doubles champions, will team up on the opening squad. Barnes and O'Neill pair up for Sunday's final squad, while Tommy Jones and Wes Malott will compete together on the second squad Monday.> > BowlingDigital.com will provide live streaming of the semifinals and finals of each event and coverage can also be viewed live on BOWL.com. The doubles semifinals and final are scheduled to begin on Monday at Noon Eastern.> > The 2010 WTBA World Men's Championships features 356 competitors from 65 countries competing for medals in six events - five-player team, trios, doubles, singles, all-events and Masters match play.> > For complete coverage of the World Men's Championships, including photos, videos, stories and results, visit BOWL.com.> > United States Bowling Congress> The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to more than two million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.> > The interactive home of USBC is BOWL.com. Go to twitter.com/USBC for the fastest USBC headlines.> > Bowl with US> > 2010 WTBA WORLD MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS> At Dream Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany> Saturday's Results> > CHAMPIONSHIP> (Winner earns gold, loser gets silver)> > (4) Bill O'Neill, United States def. (2) Choi Bok-Eum, Korea, 244-202> > SEMIFINALS> (Winners advance, losers tie for bronze)> > (4) Bill O'Neill, United States def. (1) Dominic Barrett, England, 187-170> (2) Choi Bok-Eum, Korea def. (3) Chris Barnes, United States, 217-191> > > QUALIFYING> (Top 10, six games)> > 1, Dominic Barrett, England, 1,395. 2, Choi Bok-Eum, Korea, 1,392. 3, Chris Barnes, United States, 1,375. 4, Bill O'Neill, United States, 1,372. 5, Sayed Ibrahim Al Hashemi, United Arab Emirates, 1,368. 6, Pasi Uotila, Finland, 1,357. 7, Ernesto Franco, Mexico, 1,353. 8, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,349. 9, Nobuhito Fujii, Japan, 1,347. 10, Jang Dong-Chul, Korea, 1,346.
Columbia 300’s Burst Wins
High Roller Tournament

Dennis Killough, of Indian Trail, N.C., took home $25,000 using the Columbia 300 Burst bowling ball in the competitor-sponsored High Roller tournament in Las Vegas. A rookie among the trio of finalists, Killough quickly made his presence known in the Age 49 & Under division.Killough took a pair of Columbia 300 bowling balls with him to Vegas, the Bedlam and the Burst, he said.“I had pretty much settled on the Burst because it gave me more control down lane,” he said. “I had been using the Burst all week during the VIP’s and sweepers.”As the week went on, he noticed that the lanes were beginning to hook more up front, so he drilled up another Burst on Friday afternoon, he said.“I drilled this one so that it would get through the heads easier and be more controllable on the backend,” Killough said.Saturday dawned with Killough having a really good 1-2 punch, he said.“I used my low pin Burst early and when the heads burned up some, I was able to switch to the high pin Burst I had drilled,” he said. “After two matches I was only using my high pin ball.”That high pin ball brought him that high dollar $25,000 win.“We’re proud that Dennis could have such great success with the Burst,” said Bugsy Kelley, Columbia 300 Brand Manager. “That ball is great, and you will continue to see success stories because of it. Congratulations to Dennis for being able to take advantage of it in a tough event.”
Tom Baker Ends PBA
Senior Tour Win Drought

Tom Baker of King, N.C., captured his first Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title in three years recently, defeating Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, 237-181, to win the PBA Senior Pepsi Open at Spare Time Lanes at Decatur, Ill.

Baker, a PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year, earned $8,000 and denied Csuhta’s bid for his first Senior title. Csuhta earned $4,500 for second.

Baker, who won his ninth career Senior Tour title, has struggled after winning four consecutive PBA Senior Player of the Year awards and credited a change from a five-step to a six-step delivery in last week’s stop in Hammond, Ind., for giving his game new life.

“I was watching Pete Weber bowling at a trade show in York, Pa., recently and I noticed he used a six-step delivery and thought I need to change something, so why not try it?” said the 55-year-old Baker. “I fell into it naturally and I could tell immediately the improvement it was making in my timing.

“I knew I had a timing and release problem but I didn’t know exactly how to correct it,” he added. “I think going to the six steps was the answer.”

Baker’s last Senior Tour win came in the Senior Dick Weber Invitational in August of 2007. His nine Senior titles ties Bob Glass and Pete Couture for fifth on the all-time Senior titles list. John Handegard is the leader with 14.

“When I first came out on the Senior Tour, those first few wins came easy,” Baker added. “But after bowling both the senior and regular tour it might have had a negative effect after awhile. Hopefully I’ve got it straightened out now.”

In the semifinal matches, Baker defeated Patric Donaghue of Honoeye Falls, N.Y., 231-201, and Csuhta defeated Senior Player of the Year contender Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 268-237.

Two other Senior Player of the Year contenders – Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio and Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas – were eliminated in the Round of 24 and Round of 16, respectively.

Heading into the Jackson, Mich., Senior Open – the final event of the 2010 season - Webb leads in Senior Player of the Year points with 48. Williams Jr. has 36 and Mark Williams has 32. Senior Player of the Year points are awarded only to the top four finishers: 16 points for first, 8 for second, 4 for third and 2 for fourth.

Webb will win his first Senior Player of the Year title in Jackson if he finishes in third place or higher, regardless of where Williams Jr. or Mark Williams finish. If Williams Jr. wins in Jackson, he can overtake Webb if Webb finishes fourth or lower. If Mark Williams wins in Jackson, he would pass Williams Jr. and could tie Webb if Webb finishes out of the top four. But Webb would win the tiebreaker, which is overall points for the season, if he finishes 13th or higher.

Williams Jr., who earlier won the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Player of the Year award for a record seventh time, could become the first bowler in history to win PBA Player of the Year, PBA Senior Player of the Year and PBA Senior Rookie of the Year honors in the same year.

The 2010 PBA Senior Tour finale gets underway Sunday at Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich., and ends Tuesday, Aug. 24. Final day coverage of the event will be available on pba.com’s Xtra Frame video service.

PBA SENIOR PEPSI OPEN
Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill., Aug. 17

Championship Match
Tom Baker, King, N.C. ($8,000) def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio ($4,500), 237-181.

Semifinal Round (losers earn $3,000)
Baker def. Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 231-201.
Csuhta def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 268-237.

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Donaghue def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-1.
Baker def. Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 2-0.
Williams Jr. def. Bob Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 2-0.
Csuhta def. John Forst, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2-1.

Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Donaghue def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-2.
Gonzalez def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-1.
King def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3-0.
Baker def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3-1.
Williams Jr. def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-1.
Faragon def. Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 3-1.
Csuhta def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3-0.
Forst def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-1.

Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Donaghue def. Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3-2.
Brady def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-1.
Bower def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-2.
Lineberry def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-2.
Dias def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3-2.
Tryniski def. Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3-0.
Csuhta def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-0.
Forst def. Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 3-2.

Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Donaghue def. Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3-2.
Traber def. George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3-0.
Bower def. Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3-2.
Patchen def. Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-1.
Dias def. John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3-2.
Blankenship def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-1.
Tapp def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-0.
Mora def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3-2.
PBA Spare Shots

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HELPS ROTH ACHIEVE ANOTHER MILESTONE: HE GOES BOWLING
“It’s like a miracle,” Denise Roth said after watching husband Mark Roth, a Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and one of the greatest bowlers in history, walk unaided on the approach and throw a 12-pound bowling ball for the first time in more than 14 months.

Since Roth, 59, suffered a massive stroke in late May 2009 that left the left side of his body paralyzed, he has refused to give up the fight to regain his life. His first public appearance following his stroke was at the GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship in late March in West Babylon, N.Y., motivated him to continue his rehabilitation. He followed that appearance with a trip to Columbus, Ohio, in April where he spent a week with his former PBA Senior Tour competitors.

Last week, with the assistance of a recently-developed device called a “WalkAide” that provides electronic stimulation to eliminate a common stroke condition called “drop foot,” the 34-time PBA Tour champion made another milestone leap forward. With the WalkAide, he was able to lift his left foot almost normally and walk “without tripping over his toes,” Denise Roth said. And with the ability to stand and walk on his own, Roth decided to test the device on a bowling lane in Fulton, N.Y., where he quickly worked his way up from a 6-pound ball to a 12-pounder, Denise said.

“Mark had use of the device for a seven-day trial and it was amazing,” Denise said. “He could walk faster and farther than any time since his stroke. He actually bowled with confidence. He was getting around 100 percent better, which helped him get some badly-needed exercise.

“He had to turn the WalkAide back in after the trial period, so now we have to wait to see what the insurance company says (about getting it back),” she added. “It’s a wonderful device. It actually took some of his hip pain away, too.”

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP powered by XTRA FRAME:
FORMER EXEMPT PLAYERS SAPP, GARBER POST VICTORIES
In a weekend of limited PBA Regional activity, a pair of former PBA Exempt Players posted victories.

In the Central Region’s third annual Lefeld Implement Classic, covered live on Xtra Frame, Derek Sapp of Keokuk, Iowa, won his fifth PBA Regional title and $4,500 on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio. Sapp defeated PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 206-203, in the championship match. Exempt players Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., finished third; Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., finished fifth, and Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio finished seventh.

In the West/Northwest Region, Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., won $2,000 and his fifth career PBA Regional title Sunday in the Harbor Lanes Open at Harbor Lanes in Eureka, Calif.

In the Midwest Region, amateur Richard Ness of Belleville, Ill., defeated Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill., by 62 pins to outlast a field of 41 non-champions in the St. Charles Lanes Challenger Open in St. Charles, Mo. Ness finished with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,430 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The victory in the tournament for bowlers who have never won a PBA title was Ness’ first, but because he is an amateur, Ness does not get credit for a PBA title nor is he eligible for entry into the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions.

On Sunday, Aug. 22, Xtra Frame provides final-day coverage of the PBA Central Region Elite Motors/Backhaul Direct Open from Crest Lanes in Marion, Ind. Xtra Frame then travels north to Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich., for live coverage of the final day of the PBA Senior Jackson Open from Airport Lanes. The Jackson Open is the final event of the 2010 PBA Senior Tour season.

All PBA title holders (National, Senior, Regional, Senior Regional, Women's Series champions) who are PBA members in good standing as of October 1 are eligible for the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions.

O’NEILL CLAIMS FIRST TEAM USA GOLD MEDAL IN WTBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., making his World Tenpin Bowling Association Men’s World Championships debut, claimed Team USA’s first gold medal in singles – the opening event of the multi-event competition.

After qualifying fourth to advance to the medal round, O’Neill defeated Dominic Barrett of England in the semifinal round, 187-170, and Korea’s Choi Bok-Eum, 244-202, in the gold medal match Saturday at Dream Boat Palace in Munich, Germany. Chris Barnes also made it into the medal round, but lost to Choi in the semifinal round, 217-191, to settle for a bronze medal.

On Monday, Patrick Allen and Rhino Page teamed up for a bronze medal performance in doubles, sneaking into the medal round in fourth place, but losing to eventual gold medalists Martin Paulsson and Mathias Arup of Sweden, 449-373. Barnes and O’Neill missed the medal round by 11 pins.

Trios, five-player team, all-events and Masters medals have yet to be decided.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Here & There Column 8-17-10

Terry Lee Goffee performs the "Ultimate" Johnny Cash Experience at the Wayne County Fair August 7.

Sullivan County residents Leah and Paul Exner (and the monkey which was won a Fair booth) enjoy the Terry Lee Goffee show at the Wayne County Fair.

Wayne County Fair & Terry Lee Goffee

The Wayne County Fair marked is 148th anniversary this year and kudos go out to the fair management for bringing outstanding entertainment like International Artist Terry Lee Goffee who presented the "Ultimate" Johnny Cash Experience on Saturday evening August 7.
By far one of the best tribute acts in the country the show August 7 was amazing and the crowd response was overwhelming.
We had seen the real Johnny Cash in person in concert several times during his great career and as a result of our attendance at the Terry Lee Goffee show we were able to experience once again his music live.
Several Johnny Cash fans sitting in front of us noted that they felt they had "seen and heard the Ghost of Johnny Cash with Goffee's strong voice.
You had to be a Johnny Cash fan be in attendance at this incredible show and Goffee pleased everyone with the shows quality and his true tribute to Johnny Cash.
Previous tributes given to Goffee included one by Tommy Cash who noted, "the show is great, my brother would be proud."
Terry Lee Goffee is a big man who seems to do the near impossible without effort and with his stage appearance he definitely brings Johnny Cash back to life.
For all Johnny Cash fans it is reassuring to know that The Man in White lets The Man In Black still perform gigs for the people and that The Man In Black and The Man in White are not alone as they have a faithful servant in the person of Terry Lee Goffee.
Our thanks go out to the Wayne County Fair and Dirlam Bros. Lumber Co. Inc. for sponsoring this great show.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Golfing Highlights Column 8-13-10

Talking the importance of "Golf Packages" at The Players Course at Wyboo this past April were from the left, Rodney "Taylor" Jester, George Korth, Players Course Owner and Pro Tommy Wallace and Golfing Highlights Columnist Ed Townsend.

Bringing Golf Packages To Sullivan County


Golf in Sullivan County is lacking only in one area.....golf packages.
A number of years ago when the resort industry was healthy golf was a part of your hotel vacation and within the past several golf seasons most of Sullivan County golf courses are offering golf and lunch or golf and breakfast specials and one golf facility just north of Sullivan County on Route 97 has a Eat, Stay and Play package.
Sullivan County golfing could learn a lot from popular South Carolina golf packages where golfers get to choose the golf courses they want to play and for one price, some as low as $72 a day, you get 18-holes of golf with a cart, double occupancy in a motel room and breakfast and we even know of one package that throws in the evening supper meal.
We talked to two golf industry experts during a South Carolina golf package trip in early April this year.
Tommy Wallace is the Pro and owner of The Players Course at Wyboo near Manning, SC and we found him to be one of the finest southern gentlemen we have ever met and he admits with a friendly smile on his face that he has been managing this course for some 40 plus years.
Wallace noted very strongly that "Golf Packages like the one offered by Swamp Fox Country Golf are very important to the economy of my golf course during the months of February through May and September through November and some 65 percent of my total income comes from golf packages."
The 2010 Sullivan County threesome that talked with both Wallace and Florence, SC Swamp Fox Country Golf director Lisa Haynes Suggs, included Neversink golfer Rodney "Taylor" Jester, former Livingston Manor resident and now Peducah, Ky. golfer George Korth and Livingston Manor Golfing Highlights columnist Ed Townsend.
The three of us quickly learned why Swamp Fox Golf has been labeled "Golf's Super Bargain," because when it comes to thinking golf in South Carolina you hear a lot about Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, but in the eastern part of the state you find the best bang for your buck with economical golf packages in one of the most beautiful and unhurried areas of our country.
Southern hospitality is also a big draw for Northeast golfers who get to play spring golf in the Florence South Carolina area which offers golf packages on 32 different golf courses.
Golf packages like the one we have described could prove to be a big economic boost for a weak Sullivan County economy.
For complete details about the background of Swamp Fox Country Golf Director Lisa Haynes Suggs and how we played The Players Club at Wyboo go to our Web Page at http://bght.blogspot.com/

Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

Scoring is all abut getting the ball in the hole with the least amount of strokes.....and the short game is a key component to accomplishing this.
One of the ways to improve the short game is to work on distance control.
In this drill, I set up four targets....whether it's buckets or whatever visual object you can find...with distances ranging from 10 to 40 yards.
After the targets are in place you then hit one ball at each target in sequence. By hitting at different targets in sequence, you once again will prevent yourself from locking in to one distance. In the long run, this will help you develop better feel for your distance control.
As far as club selection, I suggest you start with a 5-degree wedge for this drill and then experiment with your other wedges.
The key here is to develop your touch for the different distances.
Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by phone at 292-0323 or via e-mail at menges@hughes.net

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of golf and to several golf writers associations. If you have a topic that you believe would make good reading or have league standings and tournament information, Ed can be reached by phone at 845- 439-8177, by e-mail at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com and by fax at 845-230-8674. For a more expanded version of this golf column, please visit our Web Page at http://bght.blogspot.com/ This column is also available on Facebook.

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Tom Baker is First Round Leader in
PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Tom Baker averaged 230 for eight games to take the first round lead in the PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open at Olympia Lanes August 10 at Hammond, Ind.

Baker had a 1,840 eight-game pinfall with games of 226, 193, 244, 243, 237, 228, 257 and 212 to lead Conn Casey of Canada in second with a 1,804 total. Hall of Famer and Senior Tour rookie Walter Ray Williams Jr. is in third with a 1,791 total.

“I’ve been bowling well until I get to match play this year,” said Baker, who is also a four-time PBA Senior Player of the Year. “I just can’t seem to make it past the top eight in match play.

“I’m in a pretty good comfort zone right now because I can play inside and generally I have pretty good success at this center so hopefully things will continue to go well the rest of the tournament.”

Rounding out the top five are Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., in fourth with 1,773, and Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., in fifth with 1,730.


The 117-player field returns Wednesday for another eight-game qualifying round to determine the top 32 players who advance to match play on Thursday. Thursday’s Round of 8 will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the semifinal and championship matches. Final day coverage of the Senior Lake County Indiana Open is available on PBA.com’s Xtra Frame video service.

PBA SENIOR LAKE COUNTY INDIANA OPEN
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Aug. 10

FIRST ROUND (after 8 games)

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,840.
2, Conn Casey, Canada, 1,804.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,791.
4, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,773.
5, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,730.
6, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,729.
7, (TIE) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio and
Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 1,711.
9, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,709.
10, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,700.
11, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,698.
12, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,685.
13, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,679.
14, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,677.
15, John Chapman, Canada, 1,668.
16, (TIE) Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y.,
Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif. and
Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,663.
19, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 1,661.
20, (TIE) Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa.,
George Tignor, Winchendon, Mass.
and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,654.
23, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 1,651.
24, (TIE) Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y.
and Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,649.
26, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,646.
27, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,645.
28, (TIE) Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla.
and Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,637.
30, (TIE) Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio
and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,636.
32, (TIE) Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn.
and Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,634.
34, Russell Michaud, Hudson, N.H., 1,628.
35, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,613.
36, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,610.
37, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,609.
38, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,605.
39, Mark Zamora, Bellevue, Neb., 1,604.
40, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,600.
41, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,597.
42, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,596.
43, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,593.
44, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,590.
45, (TIE) Gale Voshell, Dover, Del.
and Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,589.
47, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,582.
48, (TIE) Rick Vittone, Canada,
and Bob Beach, Waynesville, Ohio, 1,581.
50, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,576.
51, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,575.
52, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,572.
53, Keith Oszuscik, Plymouth, Ind., 1,570.
54, Chuck Schuette, Bettendorf, Iowa, 1,561.
55, Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 1,557.
56, (TIE) Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas
and Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,554.
58, Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,552.
59, Bob Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,550.
60, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,549.
61, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,548.
62, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,547.
63, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,545.
64, (TIE) Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill.,
Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio,
Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis.
and Michael Camerano, Brookfield, Ill., 1,544.
68, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,542.
69, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,541.
70, (TIE) Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y.
and Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,540.
72, (TIE) Les Ash, Centerville, Ohio
and John Forst, Salt Lake City, 1,539.
74, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,522.
75, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,520.
76, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 1,504.
77, Russ Klosinski, LaPorte, Ind., 1,503.
78, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,502.
79, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,497.
80, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,495.
81, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,494.
82, (TIE) Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga.
and Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,490.
84, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,489.
85, (TIE) Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa
and Tom Ferry, Green Bay, Wis., 1,483.
87, (TIE) Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich.,
Gary Reh, Nesbit, Miss. and
Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,480.
90, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,475.
91, (TIE) Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich.
and Jimmy Johnson, Bellevue, Neb., 1,465.
93, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,459.
94, (TIE) Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind.
and Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 1,458.
96, (TIE) Edward Szklarski, Burbank, Ill.
and Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,448.
98, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1,441.
99, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,438.
100, Lionel Stewart, Anderson, Ind., 1,427.
101, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,424.
102, Ed Marzka, Orlando, Fla., 1,420.
103, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 1,419.
104, Steve Bergan, O'Fallon, Ill., 1,414.
105, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,411.
106, Norm Ginsberg, Kissimmee, Fla., 1,410.
107, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,409.
108, Michael Brinkmann, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 1,397.
109, Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., 1,393.
110, Barry Warshafsky, Lowell, Mass., 1,392.
111, Hubert Harrison, Middletown, Ind., 1,368.
112, (TIE) Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev.
and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,344.
114, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 1,329.
115, Radar Presley, Atlanta, 1,322.
116, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,297.
117, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 1,210.
PBA’s Xtra Frame Gets Major Upgrade
through Partnership with NeuLion
Improved online video quality, easier
viewing, other features to debut in September

The Professional Bowlers Association has entered into a partnership agreement with NeuLion, Inc., which will dramatically improve video quality, ease of viewing and provide numerous other improvements to the PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service when it debuts in September.

As part of its ongoing goal to make Xtra Frame the world leader in online bowling content, the PBA has entered into a partnership with the world leader in providing live and on-demand sports and variety programming delivered via broadband to the international Internet community.

NeuLion, which provides its digital services to the National Football League, National Hockey League and a number of NCAA teams among others, will become the platform for PBA’s Xtra Frame. Bowling fans will continue to “connect” to Xtra Frame through pba.com, the PBA’s official website, but will find the new Xtra Frame home page will have a dramatically different look and will offer a new series of online experiences including enhanced video quality, pause and rewind of live streams, highlights, chat, exclusive on-demand content and more.

“Partnering with an established industry leader such as NeuLion is another step in the rapid, continual growth in quality, scope and viewership of Xtra Frame,” said PBA COO and Deputy Commissioner Tom Clark. “Our fans are going to love the added features and benefits and will feel closer to PBA action than ever before. We selected NeuLion because it gives us a single-solution provider and its experience in the sports marketplace is important to us.”


PBA’s effort to enhance its digital business stemmed from the need to unlock the social potential of the sport for the casual and avid fan in the wake of Xtra Frame’s steadily growing popularity. NeuLion’s cutting-edge technology dovetails perfectly with the PBA’s expansion into the social networking world, and the PBA’s official website will provide the launch pad for interaction with the bowling community around the world.


As an example, because bowling is a leading recreational sport in Japan, Xtra Frame will be available for fans in Japan and NeuLion will implement its multi-language support services to offer landing pages, sign up promotions and order flow in Japanese.

The NeuLion platform also will provide the PBA with new opportunities to provide subscribers with a wider variety of subscription options, and the ability to view content without the need to install special software.

“The NeuLion Platform will offer the PBA additional features in the future for e-commerce, auction and mobile video. As we partner with PBA and build its digital business, bowling fans will find more and more products and services available,” said Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President of NeuLion.

The new PBA video service will launch in September, and will be fully operational for daily coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Oct. 24-Nov. 6, at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., the kickoff event of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,800 of the best bowlers from 13 countries who compete in Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Regional and Senior Tour events. Nearly one million ESPN viewers watch PBA Tour on Sundays during the tour season and thousands watch PBA activities online by using PBA’s video streaming service, Xtra Frame. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Bayer, Brunswick, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, One A Day Men’s 50+ Multivitamin, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.

About NeuLion
Based in Plainview, N.Y.; Sanford, Fla., and Toronto, Ontario, NeuLion (TSX:NLN) works with content partners to develop end-to-end solutions for multimedia IPTV services. The NeuLion IPTV Platform encodes, delivers, stores and manages an unlimited range of multimedia content and the Operational Support System (OSS) maintains all billing and customer support services. Content partners are responsible for content aggregation and the sales and marketing for the individual IPTV service. The Company ranks as a world leader in customer/partner relationships with sports, international and specialty television content partners including, in sports, the NHL, the NFL, NCAA Division I schools and conferences and, in respect to international and specialty television aggregators and networks, KyLinTV (Chinese), ABS-CBN (Filipino), Talfazat and Talfazat-ART (Arabic), TV-Desi (South Asian) and Sky Angel (Christian). Customer/partner content can be viewed by way of the Internet on PCs and mobile devices and on the television through the Company’s IPTV set top box.

Here & There Column 8-10-10

Forestburgh 5K Supports Hospice

Summer activities throughout Sullivan County bring entertainment and competition to many and one of the outstanding sporting events is the annual Forestburgh 5K run and walk.
The race this year takes place on Saturday, August 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Lake Joseph in the Town of Forestburgh.
Race entry forms with complete directions can be downloaded at http://hospiceoforange.com and click on events or at http://sullivanriders.org.
Pre-registration is $18 and same day registration begins at 7:45 a.m. on race day for $20.
The first Forestburgh 5K run and walk took place in August 2007. The race was established as part of the Forestburgh Day events in the Town, as well as to raise awareness about and donations for Hospice of Orange and Sullivan counties.
This agency that has been the beneficiary of the race since its inception. In its first three years the race has raised over $40,000.00 for this worthy cause.
The race course is a measured 5k and timing chips will be used for the first time in 2010.
The race winds through the roads of the Lake Joseph community and the Inn at Lake Joseph.
Approximately 1/2 mile of the course is off road.
The overall race winners in 2007 were Tim Billias and Leane DiSalvo, in 2008 Tim Billias and Amy Uss and in 2009 David Wilbur and Emma Cohen.
Mark this important date down on your Saturday activities and compete or support this great activity and Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Golfing Highlights Column 8-6-10

The 392-yard par 4 (18th) hole at The Players Course At Wyboo near Manning, SC requires a good tee shot over the trees on the left for your best scoring opportunities. Most golfers take their tee shot right up the middle to where the dogleg left begins and then its a straight approach shot to the green.

Lisa Suggs, golf director at Swamp Fox Country Golf in Florence, SC handles all the motel reservations and golf tee times and all for very reasonable daily rates. Call her for your next South Carolina golf trip at 1-800-845-3538.


Beautifully designed homes dot the fairways at The Players Course At Wyboo near Manning, SC


Gary James is the owner-manager of CreekRatz Restaurant at Murrells Inlet at 2001 South Cashua Drive, Florence, SC.


Our most popular restaurant in the Florence, SC area while golfing with the Swamp Fox Country Golf Package is the CheekRatz located at the Waterfront On The Marshwalk at Murrells Inlet at 2001 South Cashua Drive. Here one enjoys great food, a great view, cold drinks and entertainment. Make this a must when you visit Florence, SC. and Swamp Fox Country Golf.


Rodney "Taylor" Jester putts one towards the hole at The Players Course at Wyboo.


And of course Rodney "Taylor" Jester not only enjoyed his golf but special treats like this foot-long hotdog.


And of course that Pesky old Crow was still stealing chips out of the golf cart when we went to the green for putting.


The incredible scenery with Lake Marion in the background is all part of The Players Course at Wyboo near Manning, SC.


Enjoying the southern hospitality and great golf at The Players Course At Wyboo, near Manning, SC, are from the left, Neversink teenager Rodney "Taylor" Jester, Paducah Ky. golfer and former Livingston Manor, NY resident George Korth, The Players Course Pro and owner Tommy Wallace and Golfing Highlights Columnist Ed Townsend from Livingston Manor, NY.


Following some golf tips by George Korth (in the background) Rodney "Taylor" Jester lines up for a shot.

Rodney "Taylor" Jester waits for his golf partner and the next challenging hole at The Players Course at Wyboo, Manning, SC

Teenager Enjoyed Swamp Fox County Golf

You can't take the love of sports and especially the love for the game of golf away from 15-year-old Tri-Valley Central School athlete Rodney "Taylor" Jester.
Prior to the start of the golf season this past spring Rodney joined a threesome who journeyed to one of their favorite stops, the Swamp Fox Country Golf at Florence, South Carolina.
Jester said he heard members of the threesome comment about the reason they liked Swamp Fox and he added that the golf package certainly did provide outstanding golf facilities and economical golf at $77 per night for their motel room, golf with cart and breakfast.
The Florence area also offers some great eating facilities like the Creek Ratz and The Original Shuckers Raw Bar where Rodney commended that "my sister and I witnessed George Korth eating those raw oysters and we wanted to duck under the table when he offered us some."
Besides his love for golf, Jester is very active in Junior Varsity basketball and baseball at the Tri-Valley Central School district and is planning this fall to return to Junior Varsity football which he did not play last year.
Rodney started in athletics at the school in the Saturday morning youth basketball program and played Little League baseball until he reached the seventh grade and entered the Modified baseball and basketball programs. He was one of four Freshman to make the JV basketball team last year where he played the small forward position and was the second leading scorer on the team.
As a member of last year's JV baseball team Jester batted third in the lineup while playing two positions, short stop and pitching. His overall batting average for the season was 524 while his pitching ERA was 5.63.
Rodney is the son of Dina and Rodney Jester and gets to play recreational and some tournament golf during the summer months with both of his grandfathers.
Highlights of this golf trip to Swamp Fox Golf in South Carolina for Rodney was the special educational aspects of the game given to him by former Livingston Manor golfer and now Peducah, Ky. resident George Korth.
Korth took Rodney under his "golfing wings" and gave him golf tips and instruction that Korth has gained over his 40 plus years of golfing experiences.
Rodney noted "I play better now for what he told me and now I line up better, have cut down on my slice and strike the ball better off the tee."
"I enjoy the game of golf as it's an individual sport and requires my best ability for a winning score," Jester said.
He did not that so far the golf game has not affected his baseball swing.
Rodney said the golf courses he played in the Swamp Fox Country Golf package were, "really nice," and that his favorite course was The Players Course at Wyboo, SC.
Making the trip to Swamp Fox Country Golf with Jester and Korth was Golfing Highlights Columnist Ed Townsend from Livingston Manor.
The par 72, 18-hole Players Course is golfer-friendly and accommodates varying proficiency of play. Big, forgiving greens and wide Bermuda fairways make playing the course a joy for all golfers, however, positioning of the tees and the choice of tee box can significantly increase the challenge of play and appeal for the serious player.
Designed in 1992 by Ernest Wallace and kept to PGA standards, the course features fairways of rolling terrain, with undulating greens, large bunkers, heavy wooded borders and water hazards prominent on almost every hole. The golf course winds around the shores of Lake Marion, Lake Arbu and several small lakes and ponds within the property.
Golf on The Players Course at Wyboo is a combination of wonderful play and incredible scenery. The putting green and driving range will help you hone your game and the clubhouse has a full-service pro shop and snack bar.
The course plays 7,007 yards and the course has four sets of tees. The course plays open on the front nine while the back nine plunges deep into the woods.
Tommy Wallace is the Pro and developer of this golf facility and indeed is one of the finest southern gentlemen we have ever met and he admits with a friendly smile on his face that he has been managing this course for some 40 plus years.
Wallace noted very strongly that "Golf Packages" like the one offered by Swamp Fox Country Golf are very important to the economy of his golf course during the months of February through May and September through November. Some 65 percent of his total income comes from golf packages. Wallace says that this course was built so that the golfer could have a good time and he noted that he has a lot of repeat customers which is very important to him.
This course has a fully automated fairway, green and tees watering system which indeed helps the Course Superintendent Richard Peters to keep the course in the excellent condition we found it to be.
In almost the center of this golf course is located the 24-acre Lake Arba which makes play on this course that much more interesting.
The private developer of homes around the golf course is Bill Gregory and the course plays host to many local tournaments.
This course rating/slope is: blue tees 68.8/123; white tees 67.2/115.
Having been around the game most of his life, Wallace grew up in Hartsville, SC but spent a lot of his adult life in Myrtle Beach.
Playing the golf course, this golf facility looks like this:
Hole No. 1 is a 550-yard par 5 with a dogleg to the left. Trees to the right and pond on the left closest to the green. One trap on the left of the green.
Hole No. 2 is a 395-yard par 4 with a dogleg to the right as you approach the green with no traps.
Hole No. 3 is a 373-yard par 4 which plays pretty straight with a small dogleg to the left as you approach the green with traps on the left and right side.
Hole No. 4 is a 176-yard par 3. Small pond to the right front portion of the green with traps on the left and right sides. Good club selection get you your par.
Hole No. 5 is a 420-yard par 4 with trees along the right side and a dogleg left, no traps on this green.
Hole No. 6 is a 405-yard par 4 playing pretty straight with some trees along both sides of the fairway. No traps on this green.
Hole No. 7 is a 185-yard par 3 with trees lining both sides of the fairway and trees in back of the green that has no traps.
Hole No. 8 is a 443-yard par 4 with water crossing the fairway after your tee shot and trees on the right side. Also a slight dogleg to the right. No traps on this green.
Hole No. 9 is a 565-yard par 5 with water on the left, trees on the right, a dogleg left and traps on the right and left side of the green.
Hole No. 10 is a 527-yard par 5 with trees lining both fairways, dogleg left and no traps on this green.
Hole No. 11 is a 454-yard par 4 with trees on the side where the dogleg left starts. No traps on this green.
Hole No. 12 is a 440-yard par 4 with trees both sides of the fairway, big dogleg to the left. No traps on this green.
Hole No. 13 is a 171-yard par 3, some trees left side, no traps on green.
Hole No. 14 is a 405-yard par 4. Pretty much straight with trees on both sides of the fairway on the second half of this hole. No traps on this green.
Hole No. 15 is a 388-yard par 4, straight hole with trees on both sides of fairway. No traps on this green.
Hole No. 16 is a 162-yard par 3 with trees lining both sides of fairway and in back of the green. Water to the right rear of this green with no traps.
Hole No. 17 is a 518-yard par 5 with trees on both sides of this fairway. Slight dogleg to left and no traps on this green.
Hole No. 18 is a 392-yard par 4. Nice finishing hole. Take your shot over the trees on your left for the best score as dogleg to the left takes you to this green with one trap on the left side.
Total yardage is 6,969 and is a very enjoyable 18-holes of golf.
This Sullivan County threesome noted they have been fortunate and greatly blessed in handing all of their golfing, motel and breakfast requests over to the "Princess" of South Carolina golf, Lisa Haynes Suggs, golf director of Swamp Fox Country Golf in Florence, SC.
Lisa was born into the game of golf, her father was a golf pro, she started playing golf at the age of 5, scored her first hole-in-one at age 6, stayed close to the game through her high school and college years and became Swamp Fox Golf Director in 2004.
The three of us have quickly learned why Swamp Fox Golf has been labeled "Golf's Super Bargain," because when it comes to thinking golf in South Carolina you hear a lot about Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, but in the eastern part of the state you find the best bang for your buck with economical golf packages in one of the most beautiful and unhurried areas of our country.
Southern hospitality is also a big draw for Northeast golfers who get to play spring golf in the Florence South Carolina area which offers golf packages on 32 different golf courses.
We usually check with Lisa in the early fall about courses she would recommend and high on her list was the The Players Club at Wyboo.
We can certainly endorse that statement and enjoyed our conversation with Tommy Wallace following our 18-holes of golf. He was very proud of this facility and the opportunities this golf course offers.
Be sure to put the The Player Club at Wyboo on your list when you call Lisa and Swamp Fox Country Golf at 1-800-845-3538 for your next golf trip to South Carolina. Their web site is http://www.swampfoxgolf.com/ and their email is swampfoxcountrygolf@sc.rr.com
US BOYS TAKE SILVER MEDAL AT
WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

HELSINKI, Finland - The United States boys settled for the silver medal in team event recently after a high-scoring battle with Korea at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Youth Championships.Junior Team USA fired a game of 860 in the gold-medal match, but it wasn't enough as the Koreans got ahead and never relinquished the lead in shooting 892 at Tali Bowl. The Korean girls also won the team gold medal.Craig Hanson led a balanced effort from the Americans with a 226 game and was followed by Jake Peters (222), Devin Bidwell (211) and all-events gold medalist Andrew Koff (201). The Koreans were led by Ju-Young Kim with 237, while Hae-Sol Hong shot 235, Jong-Woo Park had 221 and Seung-Hyeon Shin had 199."There's a little disappointment, but you can never be unhappy when you bowl well, and all four guys bowled really well today," Peters said. "We feel we bowled the best we could, and they bowled better. You can't do anything about that."In the semifinals, the United States took down top seed Estonia with ease, 942-786. Peters led the high-scoring effort with a 279 game. Bidwell shot 227, Koff had 220 and Hanson fired 216. Korea knocked out Australia in the other semifinal, 812-755.Korea's girls team won the title with an 839-785 victory over Korea. The Koreans advanced to the gold-medal match by ousting England, 816-756, while Singapore topped Malaysia, 860-769.In Masters match play action, which began after the team semifinals and finals Saturday afternoon, the United States' four players were eliminated prior to the medal rounds.Koff advanced to the quarterfinals, but fell to Ju-Young, 3-2, in the best-of-five games format. After taking a 2-1 lead, Koff dropped the final two games 219-210 and 221-196.Junior Team USA's Jenn Boisselle also made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Korea's Moon-Jeong Kim, 3-1. Boisselle took the first game 242-224 but then lost 176-141, 234-225 and 243-192.In the Round of 16, Koff defeated England's Richard Teece, 3-1, while Peters fell to Finland's Samu Valaranta, 3-1. Christine Bator lost to Moon-Jeong, 3-2, while Boisselle defeated Hayley White of England, 3-2. Masters competition wraps up with the semifinals and finals starting Sunday morning. The United States Bowling Congress is working in cooperation with the Finnish Bowling Federation to provide live video streaming of the semifinals and finals of each event. Coverage will be available on BOWL.com, and the Masters coverage is scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. Eastern on Sunday.A field of 46 countries are competing in the World Youth Championships for medals in five events - singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters match-play. Visit BOWL.com for complete coverage of the event.
DARLENE BAKER BEGINS TERM AS USBC’S
FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT

Darlene Baker of Mahomet, Ill., officially began her term as the first female president in the history of the United States Bowling Congress on Sunday, Aug. 1.

Baker served as president-elect on the USBC Board of Directors in 2009-10. She has been working with outgoing president Jeff Boje on the direction of USBC and expects a seamless transition.“I am looking forward to working closely with the USBC Board of Directors and the staff at USBC to strengthen our membership,” Baker said.

“I know we have many loyal members and we appreciate their continued support. We must continue to find new programs and incentives not only for our current members but to entice more bowlers to join USBC.”

Baker has been on the USBC Board of Directors since the organization’s inception and has served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She also has been a director on the Young American Bowling Alliance, Women’s International Bowling Congress and USA Bowling boards.

The USBC Board also has four new directors for 2010-11.At the 2010 USBC Annual Meeting in May, Mark Martin of Waterford, Mich., and Deanna Rose of Fairport, N.Y., were elected to the board. Martin is the manager of the Metro Detroit USBC Association, the largest USBC local association in the nation. Rose is an assistant vice president in human resources for M&T Bank. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, and Michael Italia of Warrington, Pa., were re-elected to the board at the Annual Meeting.Also new to the board are Cathy DeSocio of Wichita, Kan., and Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, N.Y.DeSocio, vice president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, is president of the JOMA Company, which operates seven centers in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She, along with Jim Sturm, are the two BPAA representatives on the USBC Board. Wilkinson, the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes, is chair of the USBC Youth Committee and will be the youth committee representative on the USBC Board.

The board selected officers at a June meeting and the officers began their one-year terms on Aug. 1. Tom Bluth of Davie, Fla., was elected 1st Vice President, Andrew Cain of Phoenix is 2nd Vice President, Dorin-Ballard is 3rd Vice President, and Marci Williams of Wichita, Kan., was selected as Secretary.For more information about the USBC Board of Directors, visit BOWL.com.