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History & Tarry Brae Men's Tuesday Lg.

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 7/9/20

The 13-team Tuesday Men's league at the Town of Fallsburg Tarry Brae Golf Course is a combination of the old Electric Company league and the Sullivan Prison league which joined forces in the early …

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History & Tarry Brae Men's Tuesday Lg.


The 13-team Tuesday Men's league at the Town of Fallsburg Tarry Brae Golf Course is a combination of the old Electric Company league and the Sullivan Prison league which joined forces in the early eighties and played at Grossinger's.

The two leagues joined together as a result of neither league having a full roster.

At the peak of the league there were 18 two-man teams with a waiting list to get into this popular league.

Doug Rohrback took over the chairmanship of the league from the late Bobby Jones who left in the late eighties to move back to Albany.

Four years ago the league met with a crisis when Grossinger's decided to close.

Rohrback noted that he contacted Glen Sonenschein at Tarry Brae and asked if they had a spot for us at Tarry Brae and that the former professional at Tarry Brae, “welcomed us and we have been there since 2016.”

Rohrback added that “we carried 16 teams at that time but unfortunately we are presently down to 13 teams with one team dropping out at the beginning of the year.”

The chairman of the league pointed out that the league alternates between the front and back each week and that the scoring is based on the 21 point system.

Winners of the league for the 2019 season were Jerry and Rich Johnson.

Golfers of all skill levels compete in this league with handicaps based on 90 percent.

Teams competing in this years league include Rich and Jerry Johnson, Dan Yaun and Stan Gilmore, Dave Bonsick and Gary Cassaveh, Luis Delacruz and Kevin Garcia, Joe Flores and Mike Kukas, Dave Kawauchi and Jeff Altbach, Kevin Mullen and Doug Rohrback, Preston Pollock and Cliff Carey, Brian Collette and Tariq Iqbal, Bob Simpson and Terry Wolcott, Matt Stoddard and Mike Kurshetsky, Bruce Aymes and Elliott Schneider, and John Sauchuk and Tom Martin.

Substitutes in the league include Dennis Day, Butch Gilmore, Lee Wilson, Rodney T. Jester, Larry Eisenberg, Walter Herzog, Mel Kaufman, Anthony Riente and Mike Botsford.

Ed's Outlook

Liberty University's Jonathan Yaun had a great ride with some outstanding golf in the North & South Men's Championship June 27-July 4 held at the famed sight of three U.S. Open Championships, the Pinehurst Country Club in Pinehurst, NC.

For over 115 years the North and South Amateur has been contested on the hallowed grounds of Pinehurst and the 120 player field produced top amateur golfers by invitation only.

The experience of playing in this tournament will serve the young Liberty University sophomore well in the future.

Yaun finished this event tied for third which will help him with his national rankings and gain him points toward other prestigious tournaments like the Walter Cup.

His new Scratch Amateur Rankings is 68 in the world.

The highlights of this tournament for Jonathan came on Friday, July 3.

Yaun, one of four remaining in the longest consecutive-running amateur golf championships, started the round of 16 with eight birdies over his first nine holes to score a 9 and 8 victory over Oklahoma State's Rasmus Neerguard-Peterson.

It took 19 holes in the quarterfinals but Yaun earned a 1-up win to get into Saturday's semifinals.

In June Yaun became the first Liberty University golfer to be selected the top collegiate golfer in Virginia.

Championship golf runs through the veins of the Florida based Radford Yaun family who also have strong ties to Liberty and Sullivan County. The golf scene in Sullivan County remembers Radford (Rad) Yaun, (Jonathan's father) while living in Liberty when he won the New York State Amateur Championship in 1976. His mother, Meredith, in 1981 turned professional and competed in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1983.

The future for Jonathan gets brighter and brighter.

Golf Tip

By Bob Menges

Sometimes you hit a great drive right down the middle of the fairway and think you have an easy shot to the green, only when you get to your ball you find it sitting in the middle of a divot that someone didn't replace.

Unfortunately due to a rule called rub of the green, you must play the ball where it lies and hit the ball out of the divot.

If you make a few adjustments this shot is quite easy.

First use one more clubs than you would normally use from that yardage. After you select the club, grip down or choke down on the club.

When you aim, try to aim more left than usual (this is for right-handed golfers), as the ball will have a tendency to curve to the right after impact.

Try to play the ball more towards the back of the stance, this should make the ball fly lower than normal and put more spin on it.

When you make your swing be sure to hit down on the ball and drive through it with some acceleration. A full follow through is not necessary, keep your arms and hand low through impact and hit more of a punch shot.

The key to this shot is to make contact with the ball first and then drive the club through the shot keeping your head still.

Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available when the course opens in mid-May. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323, 845-866-5567 or via email at bobmenges22@gmail.com

Putting Tip

By Geoff Walsh

Most important barometer for building putting skills is MOTIVATION.

The student golfers I have taught over the years that improve the most are those that are motivated the most.

Practicing diligently what they learn.

Performing the putting drills every practice session.

Building better putting skills is an ongoing process. Try EVERY week.

Geoff Walsh is a Class A PGA Professional at the Tarry Brae Golf Course at 387 Pleasant Valley Road, South Fallsburg. At this time private lessons are not available. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by telephone at 845-434-2620.

Tarry Brae

Tuesday Mens

1. Delacruz & Garcia 75.0

2. Collette & Iqbal 72.0

3. Pollock & Carey 71.0

4. Sauchuk & Martin 70.0

5. Yaun & Gilmore 64.5

6. Aymes & Schneider 63.5

7. Johnson & Johnson 62.5

7. Simpson & Wolcott 62.5

8. Kawauchi & Altbach 62.0

9. Mullen & Rohrback 61.0

10. Flores & Kukas 59.5

11. Stoddard & Kurshetsky 56.5

12. Bonsick & Cassaveh 54.5


Tuesday Night Birdie Division

1. J. Sazoff & S. Ottino 78.5

2. C. Roth & C. Roth 71.0

3. D. Byrne & T. Byrne 66.5

4. A. Torrens & Z. Cody 63.5

5. T. Merklin & S. Austin 62.5

6. D. Luczyski & M. Garigliano 58.0

7. K. Torrens & M. Lagatutta 57.0

8. J. Franke & R. Franke 54.0

9. H. Kerhley & J. Rhupert 50.5

10. T. Ditmar & N. Rusin 47.5

Tuesday Night Eagle Division

1. N. Bell & M. Freaney 76.0

2. P. Donovan & K. Scheibe 71.5

3. Todd & Taylor VanKeuren 70.5

4. N. Huggler & M. Murphy 65.5

5. P. Fanning & A. Marciano 65.0

6. J. Tanous & J. Wilhelm 64.0

7. W. Herzog & K. Clifford 60.0

8. J. Finn & J. Russell 59.0

9. M. Diehl & A. Bradley 55.0

10. B. Strong & P. Umphries 43.0

Tuesday Night Par Division

1. J. Rusin & R. Ellison 72.5

2. K. Wheeler & S. Hamlin 69.0

3. J. Van Keuren & T. Nieman 65.0

4. E. O'Malley & T. Ellison 64.0

5. C. Hicks & B. Garber 63.0

5. P. Clifford & A. Hauser 63.0

6. M. Williams & D. Divita 62.5

7. T. Gallo & T. McCausland 61.5

8. C. Schadt & W. Mall 44.5

9. J. Merklin & O. Trask 44.0

Wednesday Night League

1. M. Brand & E. Stratton 38.5

2. B. Orr & D. Tanous 37.5

3. F. Stabbert & T. Krantz 36.5

3. F. Barrett & D. Hendrickson 36.5

4. L. McAllister & R. Lennon 33.5

4. R. Schmidt & H. Russell 33.5

4. J. Fink & J. Graham 33.5

5. D. Immoor & H. Tighe 31.5

6. D. Kuebler & R. O'Mara 28.0

6. J. Hinkley & P. Alden 28.0

7. D. Hoskings & R. Esposito 27.5

8. M. Kovsh & C. Rodriguez 13.5

Tennanah Lake

Thursday Mens Palmer Div

1. Stock & Wolcott 73.5

2. Calkin & Schumacker 69.0

3. Reimer & Reimer 68.5

4. McGreevy & Estabrook 68.5

5. Tallman & Roseo 65.5

6. Mershon & Devantier 64.5

7. Cassevah & Johnston 64.0

8. Bowers & Edwards 63.0

9. Green & Bowers 61.0

10. Walsh & Simpson 60.0

11. Parucki & Buddenhagen 59.0

12. Seibert & Bury 58.5

13. Giordano & Nogin 58.0

14. Haas & Tucker 49.0

Thursday Travel League

1. Bacigalupo & Mitchell 75.5

2. Thomas & Husson 74.0

3. Gilmore & Bernstein 72.5

4. Martinez & Sherman 69.5

5. Winters & Petraglia 68.5

6. Schmidt & Ackerly 68.0

7. Collura & Fisher 67.0

8. Stevens & Snihura 60.5

9. Coney & Mace 55.0

10. Lubniewski & Martin 53.5

10. Jardine & Stanley 53.5

12. Cawley & Todora 48.0

13. Hutchins & Mack 45.5

14. Benzenberg & Benzenberg 42.5

15. Heavey & Magill 34.5

16. Poli & Cunningham 32.0

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of golf and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. When leagues and courses are fully in operation send your league or tournament information to Ed at 845-439-8177, email to bghtnews@aol.com or fax to 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


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