Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Southern Greens of South Carolina

    Narrowsburg Golfer Ed Guthrie Loves Golfing Travels
    You can't take the love of the outdoors and especially the love for the game of golf away from this 77-year-old Narrowsburg golfer.

    In past years prior to the start of the golf season in Sullivan County Ed would join friends in golfing in Myrtle Beach and Florida but in recent years he only travels to his favorite golfing location, the Southern Greens of South Carolina located in Hartsville, SC.

  Asked why he liked Southern Greens, Guthrie said this package provided outstanding golf facilities and economical golf at $77 per night for his motel room, 18-holes of golf with cart and all you can eat breakfast.

  The Hartsville area also offers some great eating facilities with number one on his list being Shug's Smokehouse with his favorite waitress Katharine Lee.
  Besides golf, Guthrie, a retired Frontier Telephone Company outside plant manager, is an avid lover of fishing and hunting taking occasional fishing trips to Canada and hunts in New York and Pennsylvania for deer and turkeys.
   Single, Ed has 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

  Guthrie enjoys his golf outings which he has been doing for some 50 years and now consists mostly of recreational golf in Sullivan County. He plays league golf in the Thursday Traveling Golf league in Sullivan County with golf partner Rick Ool of Middletown and also plays in the Monday Men's  league at the Twin Village Golf Club in Roscoe with golf partner Ed Townsend. When he lived in  Monroe he played at the Stony Ford golf course at Montgomery. In the 60's and 70's he played league golf eight years at the Central Valley Golf Course.

  Ed in addition to his league play try's to get in as much recreational golf as possible and maintains a 9 handicap in the Monday Men's league at Twin Village.

  Switching to the indoor sport of bowling in the winter months Guthrie is classified as an outstanding bowler where he maintains a 214 average in the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league at Kiamesha Lanes.
Ed bowled for 45 years in the Mid-Hudson Bowling Association where he was voted into their Hall of Fame. He competed all of those years just in Classic leagues averaging 202 and 203 in leagues at Frontier Lanes, Bowling Time, Tarsio's and Bowl-O-Thon. He is a retired director of the Tri-County NY USBC Bowling Association.
  His love for different golf courses was greatly enhanced when Guthrie and his foursome arrived at the Hartsville Country Club as this 
18-hole golf course definitely provided a great golf experience in a unique natural setting professionally designed by Robert Trent Jones. The course offers one of the finest golf facilities in this part of South Carolina.
    Golf Digest readers have ranked Hartsville's  course a "Super Value" in an annual Places to Play survey.

   Ed said this course and facility definitely sparked his interest because of the four sets of tees that allows golfers of all ages the opportunity to  enjoy the course. He also liked the Mini-Verde  grass on the greens.
  The par 72 course from the back tees runs 6,164 yards and is well maintained.
  Guthrie's foursome that enjoyed this Hartsville Country Club golf outing consisted of Narrowsburg golfer Jim Sackett, former Livingston Manor resident and now Paducah, Ky. golfer George Korth and Golfing Highlights columnist Ed Townsend from Livingston Manor.

    Guthrie and his golfing fore-some 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 and owner of Southern Greens of 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 before taking over as director of  a former golf package company in Florence, SC in 2004
and moved on to form her own company in 2013.
   The four of us have quickly learned why Southern Greens of SC 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 Hartsville South Carolina area which offers golf packages 
on a variety of different golf courses.  We usually check with Lisa in the early fall about courses she would recommend.
e sure to put the Hartsville Country Club Golf Course on your list when you call Lisa and Southern Greens of SC at 843-393-3904, 843-307-1049 or email for your next golf trip to South Carolina.

  Ed's Outlook

  Two real nice tournaments coming up in July and August at the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club.
  The annual Memorial Scholarship Tournament is Sunday August 10 and features golf followed by a cocktail hour and dinner at the Rockland House.
  Money raised goes to graduating seniors at Roscoe Central School.
  Tee times are available at 8 a.m. and 12:p.m. This event features lot of prizes and individual contests. Competing divisions include men, ladies, mixed, and senior citizens.
  For registration call the tournament director Chuck Husson at 607-498-5557
  The popular July 19 Par 3 Tournament will features a completely redesigned Twin Village Golf course where the 9-hole course is turned into a 18-hole par 3 course.
  Tournament chairman Ralph Kirchner promises a fun time for men, women and kids with a low entry fee of $20 per player plus the cost of a cart.
  This event will allow golfers to purchase mulligans and will feature various contests so Ralph suggest that you bring a little extra coins with you.
  Tournament format includes team of two (any combination) best ball.
  This fun event gets underway at 1 p.m.
  There will be food and beverage at the Courtyard Restaurant both during and after the tournament is over.
  This tournament will benefit the Twin Village Golf Club.
  For reservations call Ralph at 607-498-5555 or email at

  Ed Townsend, a PR Consultant to the sport of golf, writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league and tournament information, shot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's pictures at We are also on Facebook.

  The Golf Tip

  By Robert Menges

    Prepare our mind for a better game

We all have different ways of doing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.

    For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.

    With that said, (or written, in this case) it never hurts to try something new. So here are several "pep talks" you can create to help build your confidence for the next round.
    After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay your three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. They'll come back to cheer you on in the future.
  Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots,
   Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they "Just don't recall"....its their worst shot. Let the bad shots go, and never, every talk about them.
  After each shot, remember to say, "great shot" and mean it when you say it....the results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go and do it again.
  Breathe before every shot or putt, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your whole body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
  Make it a part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a good shot. As you pull the club from your bag , smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt, smile. As you stand over the ball, smile. Expect the best,
  Finally, but perhaps most importantly, have fun out there. Golf is a game. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends. Chances are, you'll enjoy this wonderful game of golf as well.
  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 845-292-0323 or by email at

  Putting Tip
  By Joseph Bermel Jr.

  Self Talk
  Know that you are a skilled putter.
  All that practice and hard work will bear fruit.
  Maintain the belief in yourself that, YES, you are certainly good enough to putt at the highest level.
  Trust yourself implicitly.
  Have and always keep your SELF CONFIDENCE.
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organizations and golf shows/tournaments. His special DVD "How To Putt Well" and his Putting Tip Of The Month Calendar are available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


  LOCH SHELDRAKE--The Northeast Pride Collegiate travel team has opened their inaugural year competing in the Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League (HVCBL) with back to back league wins.
  On May 31 they defeated the Wappinger Yankees at Wappingers Falls 4-1 with Livingston Manor's and SCCC graduate  Mike Mills pitching a three-hitter and last Sunday at Loch Sheldrake they blasted the visiting Putnam A's 13-1 with the win going to Will Ortez.
  Long time HVCBL member, The Sullivan Spartans, have merged with the Pennsylvania based Northeast Pride (NP) and is comprised of players primarily from New York and Pennsylvania.
  The majority of home games will still be played at the SUNY Sullivan "Generals Diamond" in Loch Sheldrake with three double headers to be played at Wallenpaupack High School in Hawley, Pa.
  The manager of the Pride team is Orange County Community College assistant coach Stephen Cabarcas and the general manager is Joe Curreri. Jared Carrier, assistant manager of the Sullivan County Community College Generals and Director of Player Development at the Monticello based Pro Prospects Training Center is an advisory member.
  Present college players on the NP team include Joshua Slocum, Wilkes University, Kevin Klatt, Wilkes University, Peter Kelly, King College, James Goetz Thiel College, Nate Packer Penn State Harrisburg and Rodney Jester Tompkins-Cortland TC3.
  NP players committed to colleges include Bray Curreri, Eldred, committed to St. Rose, Chris Introcaso, Newburgh, committed to St. Rose, Patrick Pierce, Sullivan West, committed to Misericordia University, Mike Blazaskie, Hanover, committed to Misericordia, Jacson Signit, Marboro, committed to Cazenovia College, Jon Harned, Monticello, committed to Labanon Valley College, Dale Weidner, Honesdale, committed to College of St. Joseph, Alec Babyak, Wallenpaupack, committed to College of St. Joseph, Brandon Loran, Lakeland, committed to East Nazarene College and Jake Schilling, Honesdale and SCCC, committed to Keystone College.
  Sunday's game on the SUNY Sullivan diamond went three scoreless innings until the bottom of the fourth when NP's Matthew Lehay led off with a walk. Pepe Vincenzo bunted Lehay over to second but was out at first. Segnit Jackson pinch hit for Sullivan West's Patrick Pierce and drove a single to left field scoring Lehay.
  Second baseman Rodney Jester, last year's Tri-Valley MVP and freshman at TC3 who finished his first year of collegiate ball batting .333 then singled to left field followed by a single by Jeremy Degori scoring Jackson giving NP a 2-0 lead.
  The Putnam A's scored their lone run in the top of the sixth on singles by Cody Perotti and Steve Nicholais, a bunt moving runners to second and third by Stephen Zalys, a walk by Sal Palmiero loading the bases and a sacrifice fly out scoring the one run by Jason Zaboris.
  A change of pitchers for Putnam in the bottom of the sixth proved disasterous for the visitors from Dutchess County as NP scored 11 runs on 10 walks, a passed ball,  several singles, a double,  errors on dropped balls by outfielders all resulting in a  13-1 lead.
  A's  coach Joe Salumn in  talking about the pitching change noted, "our starter went very well and our second pitcher came in and did OK but we extended him a little bit further then we wanted as he didn't pitch too much in college and we just wanted to get him some work."
  "Once the game got out of hand we left him in so that he could work on some stuff and basically it just came down to the fact that we had to save some of our pitchers for the second game," coach Salumn noted.
  Coach Jed Currier, filling in for coach Cabarcas  noted that Putnam's starting pitcher, Tyler Kardos, "is a freshman pitcher at George Mason in Virginia  and he had good stuff and kept us off balance for a number of innings."
  Currier added, "on our side winning pitcher Ortiz Will threw a great game, he battled and kept the ball down, he changed speeds and was real composed." Ortiz is from Warwick and just completed his freshman year at Orange County Community College.
  Currier also gave praise to his defense.
  This game was called after the sixth inning on the 12 runs after five innings league rule.
  NP's overall record is 2-2 and 2-0 in league play.







Sponsorships Important To Golf

    Rolex, the longest-standing partner and one of the one of the biggest supporters of women's golf, will continue its relationship with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) through 2023.
    The extended partnership for another 10 years, dates back to 1980 and builds upon a comprehensive partnership that spans across nearly every aspect of the LPGA including tournaments, players, media, awards and the Teaching & Club Professionals division (T&CP).
  Rolex will also remain the official timepiece of official LPGA tournaments and first-time LPGA winners who will continue to receive a custom watch for their first victories as members of the ladies LPGA tour.
  Also the agreement extends Rolex's role as Platinum Sponsor of the LPGA T&CP National Championship and LPGA T&CP Membership Hall of Fame reception.
  Armaud Boetsch, Director of Communication and Image for Rolex noted in making this announcement that "Rolex is extremely proud of our longstanding relationship with the LPGA and pleased to extend our partnership agreement for an additional 10 years." He added, "we've worked together to raise the stature of women's golf and help build a bigger global awareness for the game and help carry the Tour's momentum forward.
    LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan in speaking about having Rolex as a partner for the next 10 years said, "their passion for golf and the LPGA over the last 34 years has been exemplary and played a major role in the LPGA's growth and success both domestically and internationally.
  Long the preeminent name in luxury watches, Rolex will come aboard in 2014 as an Ambassador Sponsor for the inaugural International Crown....a first-of-its-kind, biennial, global match play competition featuring 32 players from eight countries battling for one crown.

Ed's Outlook

  Sullivan County and the surrounding area's most prominent amateur tournament, the Sullivan County Democrat two-man, better ball tournament, will be held on
August 1-3 at the Villa Roma Country Club.
  This is the thirty-third annual men's  tourmament and Democrat Publisher Fred Stabbert III notes, "this premier tournament showcases the talents of the area's finest amateur golfers."
  This event is open to full and part-time amateur men golfers in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties in New York and Wayne County, Pa.
  The entry fee is $250 per man or $500 per team and this fee includes cost of carts, greens fees (3 rounds), trophies/awards in all flights, a barbecue Friday evening at the clubhouse and an awards reception and dinner buffet Sunday evening.
  The tournament format includes the qualifier round on Friday....Medal play to pre-determine flights then on to the weekend tournament featuring match-play, better ball of partners.  
  All fees must be postmarked no later than Friday, July 18. This tournament has a limit of 56 two-man teams  and checks should be made payable to Democrat Golf and mailed to the Sullivan County Democrat, PO Box 308, Callicoon, NY 12723.
  Ed Townsend, a PR Consultant to the sport of golf, writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league scores, standings, tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, give Ed a call at 845-439-8177, email, fax at 845-205-4474. . View this column and all of Ed's photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

  When deciding to put or not from just off the green, the first thing to remember is that anytime you can putt.....use the putter and do it.
  Keeping the ball on the ground and using the most reliable club in your bag....the a logical and smart choice.
  A good putt will always get your closer to the hole than a good running shot with one of your irons.
  The biggest factor is determining whether to putt or not is what lies between you and the hole.
  Most important is the grass surface. If the path is clear, the ground relatively smooth and the grass is short, choosing your putter is an easy choice.
  Another factor to look closely at is how the ball is sitting. Remember, if the conditions are good, we want to putt the ball.
  When making these putts off the green, it is very important to keep our concentration and use good putting fundamentals.
  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 845-292-0323 or via email at

Putting Tip
By Joseph Bermel Jr.
  A special key to good, consistent putting is "Finishing The Putting Stroke."
  What I have found is that most golfers do not finish the putting stroke and then they wonder why they are short of the hole.
  You start the stroke and then you must finish and "hold the finish."
  Finishing means the putter head is minimum two-feet past the ball.
  This keeps the momentum and the ball will roll end over end and will "reach the  hole."
  Josph Bermel Jr. is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organizatdion and golf shows/tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" and his Putting Tip Of The  Month Calendar is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his Web site or by email at