Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Agapito Scores Season 1st 300
  Nineteen-year-old Monticello bowler Pedro Agapito III recorded the first Sullivan County  300 game for the 2014-15 season on September 8 in the Kiamesha Lanes Monday Men's league.
  The perfect game was bowled on the league's opening night in the second game of the three game match using a Storm Hyroad Pearl on lanes three and four.
  This is Pedro's fifth 300 with his last one coming on October 2 of last year and his fourth career 800 series. 
  His scores on September 8 included 256, 300, 246, 802.
  Agapito bowls on Josh's Pro Shop team with team mates Josh Strang, Jason Jones Sr. and Jim Van Aken.
  He also bowls in the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league and  the Wednesday Men's league, all at Kiamesha Lanes and averages 236 and 226.
  Bowling for 10 years Pedro noted that all the 12 strikes were in the pocket
  Pedro is single and is employed as a driver.

Players Championship
Goes To Milwaukee

  AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Wauwatosa (Milwaukee) will host the world's best bowlers January 26-30 offering $250,000 in prize money at two Professional Bowlers Association championship (PBA) events, the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.
  The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m.
  The PBA returns to an old-school format for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship, which is named in honor of two PBA legends who also bowled together as one of the sport's most successful doubles teams.
  PBA members will be allowed to form their own doubles teams and they will use their combined 12-game qualifying totals to determine the 12 teams advancing to the match play finals.
  All competition rounds of the Milwaukee events will be covered live by PBA's Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

Ed's Outlook

  Once again the Professional Bowling Association (PBA) has stripped the East Coast and particularly the Northeast of any regular tour PBA events for the 2014-15 season.
  Previously the U.S. Open and then the USBC Masters Finals was held at the Brunswick Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, New Jersey and now for this bowling year the Masters Finals has been shipped off to Green Bay, Wis.
  The Northeast for many years prior to the revamping of the PBA schedule held tour stops in Latham and Albany NY, Cheektawaga near Buffalo, on Long Island, Norwich, Conn. and North Brunswick.
  This has not helped fan support for the PBA as these previous tour stops gave fans that close-up contact with PBA bowlers and the opportunity to feel they were an important part of professional bowling.
  In all fairness the PBA did say that the Masters Tournament will return to North Brunswick in 2016.
  We feel the PBA could at least bring some of their Regional or PBA50 tournaments to  New York and the Northeast.
  The first ESPN-PBA televised match will be the GEICO PBA Cheetah Championship on December 14 at 1 p.m.

  Ed Townsend is a PR Consultant to the sport of bowling. Ed writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league and tournament information, shoot a 300 game or 800 series, or even score your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, 845-866-0333, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's photos at
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Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

  Learning the five fundamentals of a good bowling shot.
  So very often we forget the most basic steps that are designed to help us have fun and score a good game.
  These steps include getting ready in the stance position by taking a deep breath, bringing in air into our nose and exhaling through your mouth .
  The next step is getting lined up, before the start of your match practice a couple of shots to see what the lane conditions are and even take a look at other bowlers and see what they are doing. You should watch your ball reaction and don't force your ball to curve.
  Equipment selection is important here.
  Want good balance then make sure your first step is a short one....this adds greatly to ending  up with good balance when you release your ball.
  Keeping a loose swing is also important, stay away from using too much muscle. When you are ready to bowl make sure your hand and arm are relaxed before you start your approach.
  As you start the ball moving in your approach, make sure that the ball moves in a straight line toward the target on the lane. This will prevent your swing from going off line. Let the rest of your swing be relaxed.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, call him at 435-720-7939 or email him at

Local Scores
(Compiled by Ed Townsend)

Beechwood Lanes

Monday Ladies

  Jackie Gieger 153, 173, Dot McCormack 151, Tracy Puerschner 150, Janet Bertholf 151, 152, Diane Staves 157, 159, Diane Conroy 154.

Kiamesha Lanes

Monday Men's

  Ed Lake 266, 680, Jody Farquhar 613, Mike  Mulligan 600, Kyle Giordano 236, 247, 238, 719, Mike Weiner 236, 229, Jaryl Scott 246, 266, 722, Vinnie Collura 226, 235, 254,715, Don Durland 244, 235, 692, Jim VanAken 229, 619, Tom Belgiovene 609, Rudy Belanchia 601, Jon Wilhelm 237, 254, 268, 759, Kevin Stackhouse 237, 613, Mike Scuderi 235, 637, Frank Scuderi 235, 619, Lloyd Bridges 226, 613, Mikey Travis 234, Jason Jones Jr. 232, 237, 663, Larry Whipple 611, Charlie Tuttle 612.

Friday Mixed

  Paul Berens 225, 600, Vera Bernhardt 164, 181, 183, 528, Sillporah Boldiis 186, 202, 514, Doris Castro 191, 516, Tolakii Deylii 170, Mary Ann Drobysh-Berens 191, 168, John Hoffmann 246, 258, 663, Eddie Lake 226, 249, 686, Joan Lake 155, 188, 211, 554, Laura Palmer 212, 156, 187, 555, Tom Palmer 235, 267, 673, Linda Schaefer 160, Christina Seidler 161, Kevin Stackhouse 225, 279, 706, Tammy Sze 162, 167, 177, 506, James VanAken 226, 259, 227, 712.



 4 Called To "Hammer" Tee Box

  At a recent "Ting" the Hammer decreed that the following "Past Friends of the Links" be called to the tee box, Mr. Eugene "Gene" Ackerley, Mr. Peter "Pete" Gozza, Mrs. Elaine "Sis" Rosch Normanbin and the Hon. Robert "Bob" Williams.
  This journey along with much tradition continues Saturday, September 27 when the 8th Annual Hammer outing takes place at the Liberty Sullivan County Golf & Country Club.
  This tradition will keep intact the late Keith Hamlin's expressed desire to hold an outing (now called the Hammer Outing) to share the many pleasant memories of past "Friends of the Links."
  The invitation only event in its printed invitation to golfers states that "the Journey Continues.....Keith "Hammer" Hamlin is in the Clubhouse at Asgard....with him are several "Past Friends of the Links" that were honored and inducted in the fabled links of Asgard in Valhalla at the Hammer Outings of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  Hammer tradition declares that the four noted in the first paragraph will now be playing on that beautiful course in heaven with the mystical name Valhalla Course in the land of Asgard (the highest heaven obtainable and reserved for only the most noble men and women.
  Family members and friends will attend this event and will speak about the four departed golfers.
  The lore and traditions of the annual Hammer Outing brings tournament golf to what could easily be called a look at a mystical golf course in Heaven where there is reality and faith combined for past "Friends of the Links."
  A realization of the thoughts and words of the late Keith "Hammer" Hamlin this event takes place through the combined efforts of his family and many friends.
  Keith was a well known and highly respected contractor doing business as the Hamlin Construction Co. and loved the game of golf where he achieved the nick name of "Hammer" for the way he drove the ball down the fairway.
  The Hammer Outing is truly fulfilling Keith's desire as described in the Lore and Traditions of the Outing as an outing that takes place in the fields of play "that so many of us have waled, talked and played upon togethere," and "shall be an outing of joy, not remorse, an outing of brother and sisterhood, an outing to renew old friendships."
  The Lore and Traditions point out that it has been left to The Hammer" to find that beautiful course in Heaven an that the mystical course is called the Valhalla Course. 
  Keith, as would be expected, has a high seat on the governing board (Ting) at Valhalla and has let it be known that he has made arrangements for the past "Friends of the Links" to be admitted, as members, at this enchanted Links course.
  The use of the word "Ting" comes from the fact that leaders of the villages in ancient times in the Celtic lands, The Isles, and parts of Europe held meetings to resolve issues of the day and these meetings were called (Tings) or things.
  At each future Hammer Outing an additional foursome will be called to the Tee Box and honored as such and these players will be drawn from the roster of "Friends of the Links" that was established at the 1st Annual Hammer Outing held October 8, 2007.
  There are no pre established teams in this outing and tournament directors make up the foursomes consisting of an A, B, C and D player based on current handicaps. Players are accepted in the order their RSVP's are received.
  Tournament information may be obtained by calling Susan Hamlin at 845-292-2420, Kelly Hamlin at 845-798-8498, Clifford Hamlin at 845-292-3262 or John Dunnigan at 845-292-3253 or email at
  Those who have received invitations are asked to return them to Susan Hamlin at 6135 State Rt. 55, Liberty, NY 12754

 Ed's Outlook

  If the Mohegan Sun bid for a casino at the former Concord Hotel site is selected it would include the revitalization of the 18-hole Big "G" golf course at the former Grossinger Country Club and the redevelopment of Grossinger's including a spa, hotel and vacation homes.

  The father and son team of Chuck Husson III and Chuck Husson IV with a total of 223 points are the 2014 champions of the 18-team Monday Men's league at the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club. Ken Knudsen and Elton Harris took second place with 216 points and third place champions are Ron Schulte and Dennis Bennett with 206 points. Chuck Husson IV received honors for having the most pars at 73 and the most birdies at 26. He also was in the top five golfers winning a total of 106 match points followed by Chuck Husson III with 104 points, Elton Harris and Ken Knudsen with 99 points, Ed Townsend with 98.50 and Jordan Tallman with 94.50. The league's annual dinner was held at the Rockland House on August 25.

This will be our wrap-up column for the 2014 local golf season and we want to thank our local golf professionals, superintendents, product manufactures, Bob Menges and Joe Bermel for their golfing tips and league secretaries who helped in providing league standings. What we do would not be possible without all you hel. Thank you again.
God willing and the creek don't rise we will be back next spring with Golfing Highlights. Visit us next week for the start of our Bowling Highlights Column. 

TVGC Cash 
Raffle Party

  The annual Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club cash raffle party with a top prize of $2,500 will be held at the Rockland House on Sunday October 19 from 1-4.
  Tickets are $100 and entitles one person and a guest to a three-hour open bar and buffet dinner.
  Additional prizes will be offered based on the number of tickets sold.
  A limited number of tickets are available by calling Chuck Husson at 607-498-5557.

  Ed Townsend is a PR consultant to the sport of golf. Ed writes and compiles the information for this column.If you have league and tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, 845-866-0333, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's pictures at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

  The Golf Grip
  One of the first things a golfer does is grip the golf club.
  Your grip should be in the fingers of both hands not the palms.
  Most of the grip pressure should be felt in the last three fingers of  your left hand (for right handed golfers). There is much less pressure in the right hand and there should be  no pressure at all in the thumb and forefingers of the right hand.
  Keep your overall grip pressure light and don't, as they say, squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube."
  Make sure your grip is strong enough, with both V's pointing over your right shoulder and remember that a strong left hand grip produces  solid shots.
  Additional help should include keeping hands close together and for low ball flight keep grip pressure firm throughout swing.
  Several additional tips with the grip include keeping the left grip firm and the right grip light to promote a fade.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club on Mt. Hope Road in 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 Joe Bermel

  Push The Ball Forward
  Many players take the putter back too far and then decelerate through impact without even realizing it.
  Here is a drill to ensure you are accelerating through impact.
  Standing a few feet from the hole, set up to the ball as you would a regular putt.
  Instead of taking the putter back, limit your stroke to just the follow-through motion.
  You are basically just "pushing" or "rolling" the ball to the hole. This forces you to accelerate into your follow through.
  There are additional benefits to this drill as well. You will notice that the ball has more forward roll, which keeps it on line much better.
  This drill also encourages the left wrist to remain firm instead of breaking down.
  You will not only enjoy keeping the ball on line better, but improve distance control as well. 
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His two special edition DVD's "How To Putt Well" are available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at 

Sunday, September 7, 2014


   Optimize Your Golfing Experience
   To optimize your golfing experience, it is best for golf lovers to look for golf packages.
   Today, there are lots of ways that can provide the best packages..
   If you are a golfer it is important to have the best package.
   When buying into a golf package you can be assured that the package will help you get rid of too much spending.
   In many states there are lots of services that can provide amazing deals and can provide all the essential things that you as a golfer needs.
   Eliminating problems make the game of golf much more fun to play.
   Remember to take advantage of the best deals pertaining to golf vacations.
   In choosing a golf package it is recommended that with any golf package you must also receive the best service.
  One of the best ways to get service is using online websites that can provide what the golfer is looking for.
  Stay and play golf packages have become the most popular way to go and with most of these the packages offer room for two, 18 holes of golf with cart  and many provide your morning breakfast.
  We have often talked about golf in Sullivan County and the fact that there is a lack of golf packages.

  Sullivan County golfers can 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 this year.

Tommy Wallace is the Pro and owner of The Players Course at Wyboo near Manning, SC and Wallace noted very strongly that "Golf Packages are very important to the economy of his 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."
  Southern Greens of South Carolina Golf director Lisa Suggs pointed out to me why her golf package labeled "Golf's Super Bargain," got it's name . "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," Lisa said.

 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 12 different golf courses.   We can attest as to the quality and honesty of packages in South Carolina under the direction of Lisa Suggs. Give her a call at 843-393-3904 or email  

Ed's Outlook

  The end of the PGA Championship was thrilling...and yet very nearly compromised.
  That's due to an error in judgement by PBA of America officials who allowed Rory Mcllroy and Bernd Wiesberger to play their second shots to the par 5 18th green at Valhalla....while Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had yet to complete the hole.
  It was a race to the finish as the final round was delayed nearly two hours due to heavy rains. And why they didn't start the competition earlier on Sunday morning with a dicey forecast widely known is a mystery.
   It led to what could have been disaster and the reason why is because Mickelson and Fowler had every right to finish the hole before Mcllroy his second shot.
  The way they finished cold have impacted the way Mcllroy played. Since his lead was two strokes, it probably would not have mattered.....but what if the lead had been only one? What if Mickelson had holed his third shot for eagle....which he almost did. Now Mcllroy's second shot, maybe, becomes more difficult. Maybe he takes more risk.
  It was also Mickelson's and Fowler's call to not allow the players behind them to hit up. They weren't given the opportunity to make the call and it's fortunate for the tournament that it didn't become an issue.

  Ed Townsend is a PR consultant to the sport of golf. Ed writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league and tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177 or 845-866-0333, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's pictures at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

 Putting Tip
 By Joe Bermel Jr.

  As a top contender in the World Putting Championship I've always known that if golfers want to score well....they must learn to putt well.
  An area that is so important in scoring well is the speed of the putt.
  You "feel" the speed with your eyes, mind and hands.
  Imperative that you look at the distance between the ball and the hole six to nine times before you putt during the pre-putt routine.
  It's a triangle. Your eyes see the distance....a signal is sent to your mind....your mind sends a signal to the muscles in your right fingers (left fingers for lefty's) for the amount of acceleration needed.
  Then you pull the trigger. Get the ball nearest the two putt........three putting is not.
  Two putting is hot.....three putting is not.
  Joe is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organizations, golf shows and tournaments. His special edition DVD and the 2014 Golf Tip Calendar are available by calling 631-589-1384, at his Web site or by email at


                            THE LITTLE LEAGUE PLEDGE
American's of every race and color could learn a great lesson which would help to make this great country of ours a better place to live by accepting the standards recited in the Little League Pledge and this organizations Parent/Volunteer pledge.
  I for one am sick and tired of what is going on in both  Monticello and Ferguson Mo. where the word racism is the word of the day.
  The Little League pledge says, "I trust in God, I love my country and will respect its laws, I will play fair and strive to win, but win or lose I will always do my best." The parents pledge says, "I will teach all children to play fair and do their best, I will positively support all managers, coaches and players, I willrespect the decisions of the umpires, I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.
  My love for the game of baseball gets an added kiss during the month of August  when the Little League World Series takes place in South Williamsport, Pa.
  Although this great event will be over when this column is published the flavor of these youth in competition will remain with us forever.
  Loved watching a 13-year-old African-American female, Mo'ne Davis, throw her fastball 70 mile an hour and knowing that what  she has done here in this Little League World Series is good for girl power.
  She has equally made note that it's the intelligent interplay of the Taney Youth Baseball Association along with the teamwork and the attention to detail taught on Philadelphia's back fields that has given her the high-profile platform in the first place.
  Davis and the Jackie Robinson West squad have definitely received a lot of media attention. She is one of two girls in this year's  tournament and became the fan favorite.
  Urban city baseball is also proving it's popularity as the all-black Chicago team displayed talent and the fact there is still interest in the game in urban communities.
  This now famous world-wide sporting event displayed a high level of excitement and with two girls and a team from the inner city it all has bolstered Little League  which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
  Davis as a young lady has opened doors for many other young ladies to participate not only in baseball but also in softball.
  She has proven that girls can compete with the guys and the guys know there's a new girl on the block.
  The great experience of Little League baseball and its pledge should be practiced by everyone.

Golfing Highlights Column

Golfers Are Going Bionic

and strength are important aspects of  every ones daily lifestyle and now the Bionic Family is becoming a part of many golfers lives.
  One of the most interesting topics I heard discussed at the past years at the North Coast New Jersey Golf Show at Somerset, NJ was at the booth owned and operated by Bionic Family and its manager Dan Morrissey.

  Morrissey pointed out to us that the Bionic Family of products are much different from other products on the market "because we use cutting edge technology to deliver century's old science which creates a total balance for life."

  Dan noted that Perfect World Solutions, Inc. "prides itself on being the world leader in the use of Frequency Based Technology as we have extraordinary, life changing products."

    Perfect World Solutions says they "have distinguished ourselves as a provider of safe, proven approaches in the new field of Frequency Based Technology."

  Morrissey indicated that the company's Biotic products "address the critical health issues faced by industrialized nations of the world and we strive to bring proven science, backed by solid research, utilizing the power of frequency to the people of the world."

  The products suggest that they can optimize the body's natural energy flow.

  Quoting Aida Franco, M.D., in one of Perfect World Solutions brochures, she said, "the experience of wearing the Bionic Band is unique for me as a medical doctor but I have experienced health problems concerning my wrist and knees and after being introduced to the Bionic Band I instantly noticed the return of strength in my hands."

  Dr. Franco went on to say, "as someone who has faced the despairing position on losing my necessary motor skills, I strongly recommend trying this wristband and experiencing the overall energy and strength it adds to one's life."

  I stood in amazement at this informational booth and watcher golfer after golfer go through an exercise which convinced them to purchase one of this company's products.

  I said to Dan that I had heard and read a lot of information on these types of products but found it a little difficult to believe that these products can optimize the body's natural energy flow.
  He then used an experiment on me that many of us have seen on television by pushing down on my outstretched arm and pushing me off balance with and without the Bionic Family armband on my wrist.

  I can honestly say he used the same amount of pressure on both of these experiments and my arm and balance held up must better with the armband on.

  Wow........I commented to myself and further evidence that I have felt a difference now since I'm wearing one of their bracelets. This is very evident in the distance in my drives on the golf course.

  For the time being I can testify that these Bionic Family products appear to have optimized my body's natural energy flow and that Frequency Based Technology is something worth looking into.

   Perfect World Solutions is based in Phoenix, AZ and their web site is

Ed's Outlook

  During one of our weekly foursome golf events the topic of discussion came up about the sanctity of golf's rules and how far should golfers take these rules.
  We discussed the story about two golfers who recently ended up in the hospital after a scrap on their  golf course where they became embroiled in a heated debate over the rules of golf and specifically water on one of the holes.
  The argument continued for several holes involving rules or lack of understanding of said rules and then one of the golfers hit the other golfer in the head with his 3-wood, then a melee ensured with both golfers trading punches.
  Injuries included a swollen jaw, a fat lip, a scratched eye,  a mild concussion and an inured forearm.
  The golfer swinging the 3-wood was charged with aggravated assault while the other earned simple assault charges.
  You just have to admire the passion in all this but men golfers are suppose to act like gentlemen and if this were league play the two golfers should have agreed to let the league officials decide the issue.

  Ed Townsend is a PR Consultant to the sport of golf. Ed writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot  a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-39-8177 or 845-866-0333, email at or 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

  How to find your rhythm in a hurry. This is a real simple exercise you can do anytime on the course to regain your rhythm. Simply turn a driver or wood up the other way and swing.

  Doing this will make the club very, very light and it will change the feelings that you've been having with the club.

  Once you've had a number of swings like this, I suggest you grip the club normally and go back to swinging it the way you normally would. But doing this drill will help you to feel the clubhead and that's critical in the golf swing.

  Have you heard the expression "swing the clubhead?" Well, if you have or you haven't....just do it.

  Swing the clubhead and not the club. Let the clubhead do the swinging and feel the power you get without forcing it.Keep turning the clubhead over so you can get the feeling of the clubhead more often.

  You'll soon regain your rhythm and with it will return your confidence.
  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 845-292-0323 or via email at

The Putting Tip

By Joe Bermel Jr.

    The miscue of golfers is that on short putts, especially, they decelerate on the forward stroke. Golfers need to do the exact opposite, that is accelerate on the forward stroke.

  Short putting is from a tap up to 6 ft., the "holy grail" of putting. Paramount to be proficient here...Your 2nd putt on every hole is between a tap in and up to 6 ft. How many of these 18 you make or do not make will determine your score.

  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How to Putt Well" and his 2014 Putting Tips Calendar are available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at