HUGHES GOES BACK TO BACK WITH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WIN
Joe Hughes successfully defended his club champion title with a strong performance this Labor Day weekend. Joe shot a two under par 70 in his first round and held off the pursuers of Josh Solon and Matt Ferdinand on the final nine holes to win by four shots. Joe shot an even par 108 for the championship. Six golfers made the cut for the final nine holes in the new format for 2016. Hughes, Solon, Ferdinand, T.M. Peters, Domagal, Natale, and Fay all made the final round.
In the Net Division, Matt Ferdinand shot a gross 71, giving him a net 67. That was good enough for a one shot victory over newcomer Rodney Cozby (68). Tony Petrelli ran away from the field in the Senior Division. Tony won both the net and gross championships shooting a scratch 82 with a 17 handicap. Nice playing, Tony!
SOLON AND FERDINAND NAB THEIR FIRST MEMBER-MEMBER
It took twenty holes to decide this year’s best two man member team at the Rome Country Club. Josh Solon and Matt Ferdinand bested the father/son duo of Frank and Mike Agosto in a sudden death playoff this past Sunday, June 10th. Both teams fired spectacular 63s in regulation before the playoff was decided on the second hole. Josh and Matt had to give up a handicap shot on the second, but they still managed to take the title. Well done, boys! Defending champions John Haberer and Robert Taylor labored to a 71.
In the new Gold Division, John Domagal and Tom W. Peters took home the inaugural title with a strong 65. They bested a trio of teams at 66: Don Cieslewitz & Ed Evans, Larry Kalk & Jeff Potter, and Ron Rothrock & Jim Sutton.
KEN CALDWELL TAKES HOME THE CASH IN THE ELI
Ken Caldwell won $288 in the 5th annual ELI Skins Game this past weekend. Scratch birdies on #5 and #9 proved profitable for Ken as he double dipped and earned both gross and net skins for these two holes. There were seven total net skins out at $120 each and eight gross skins paying out $24 a wiggle. Nice job, Ken!
GOLDEN JUBILEE ENDS IN A THREE WAY TIE!
Dave Fay’s 4th annual Veterans Day Golden Jubilee was a great success! Thirteen teams of two teed it up to honor our veterans and compete for some cash. The Pinehurst format provided a dramatic finish as three times tied for the win at twelve under par 60.
John Domagal and Larry Natale posted their round of 60 thanks to a wild finish on the front nine. They went an unbelievable nine under par on holes 5-9 to shoot a 28 on their last nine holes. New member Mike Seifert and Ken Caldwell also posted a 60, highlighted by skins on 8 and 17. The final team to grab first place money was Mark Lloyd and Ron Artigiani.
Thanks again to Dave Fay for putting on a great event. Additionally, a special thank you goes out to the Carbone Auto Group and Jeff Gifford. Carbone added a $200 sponsorship to the event in honor of the veterans. Thanks, guys!
JOE HUGHES BREAKS THROUGH FOR HIS FIRST CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Joe Hughes put together a solid Labor Day weekend score of 151 to secure his first Rome Country Club Championship. Josh Solon was the nearest pursuer with a two day total of 159.
In the net division, Badger Bob Warshal won in his first try and fired a net 143 to just beat out three players by one shot. Ron Weis, Ron Artigiani, and Ken Caldwell each tied for second with level par 144s.
Bucky Bartolotti ran away with the Gold Championship by posting a wonderful two day total of 135. Jimmy Sutton finished in second with a very respectable 143. Glenn Shaver, 145, and Larry Kalk, 146, rounded out the top four.
HABS & TAYLS GRAB THE 2015 MEMBER-MEMBER TITLE
The three-peat was not meant to be. Two-time defending champions Dennis Bird and Ronnie Weis couldn’t pull off the improbable and bank another Member-Member title. Instead, it was John Haberer and Robert Taylor who grabbed a one shot victory in a bunched up field.
The controversial Pinehurst format delivered exciting results as individual net scores ranged from a 1 on the 14th hole to a 9 on the 9th hole. When the final number was posted it was the team of Habs & Tayls nipping Lloyd & T.M. Peters by a single shot. And, just in case you didn’t hear, the handicapping formula boned Lloyd & Peters by a tenth of a shot from getting an extra blow out there.
JOE HUGHES, ED EVANS, AND JEFF GIFFORD LEAD THE WAY IN THE ELI SKINS GAME
Only three players cashed in at the 4th annual ELI Skins Game this time around. Jeff Gifford’s stunning eagle on the par five 7th hole earned him both a net and gross skin for a total of $287. Ed “Edible” Evans also put some Benjamins in his pocket with gross and net skins on #16 and another gross skin on #18. All totaled Eddie finished the day $329 richer. Also joining the $329 club was Joe Hughes. Joe had scratch birdies on #11 and #15 to earn him his nice payday.
MATT HUGHES REWRITES THE RECORD BOOKS EN ROUTE TO BLOWOUT
138. Now that is some good golf. Matt Hughes silenced the whispers as to who the best golfer in the club is currently. A blistering six under par for thirty-six holes was good enough to lap the field by fifteen shots. Hughesy defended his title from last year and set the club championship scoring record in the process. Matt Ferdinand was the closest pursuer at 153.
RCC’s Director of Operations, Ronnie Weis, took home low net honors. His two day net score of 144 earned him the victory. In the Gold Division, Tom Burch edged out Whitney Cook by a shot for the win. Tom had a net 67 and Whit posted a 68. Larry Kalk rounded out the top three with a net 73.
INAUGURAL FOLDS OF HONOR TOURNAMENT A BIG SUCCESS
We raised a tidy $340 for the Folds of Honor Fund this Labor Day weekend. Dennis Bird and Tim Hurley won the inaugural event with a three under par 69 in the scramble format. Well done, boys! There was a three way tie for second place at 70: Mark Lloyd & Whit Cook, Karl Kotary & Tom M. Peters, and Ron Artigiani & Robert Taylor.
WEIS AND BIRD GO BACK-TO-BACK WITH MEMBER-MEMBER WIN
New year, same story. Ronnie Weis and Dennis Bird outclassed the field with their second consecutive Member-Member victory this July 4th weekend. A strong 62 for the second straight year gave Ronnie and Dennis a one shot victory over the late charging duo of John Domagal and T.W. Peters. It was the brilliant front nine score of 29, highlighted by a deuce on #9, that separated Ronnie and Dennis from the rest of the field.
A wild five way tie for 3rd place resulted in the dreaded matching of scorecards. Joe Vescio and Wayne Cacciatori won this face off to round out the top three.
Next up: The Golf Pool Party: Summer Edition on Saturday, July 19th.
11th ANNUAL B&B SCRAMBLE IN THE BOOKS
The Lloyds of Coonrod took home the title with a tidy 61 in the 11th annual B&B Scramble. Matt Hughes, Mark Lloyd, Ron Weis, and Whitney Cook negotiated their way around the course in one less shot than the nearest pursuer. A host of teams finished on their tail but just couldn’t quite make enough putts.
For the first time in B&B history, there were no skins out. So, the committee split the skins pool between the charity and the three eagles. The ninth hole was eagled by the Steates Family, the S&M Team (don’t get excited, just a bunch of old dudes), and “Can’t Spell Party Without Arty.”
The 12th annual is scheduled for the first Saturday in June in 2015. See you all then!
SPRING POOL PARTY WON BY TEAM SOLON; FIVE WAY TIE FOR THIRD
The first Pool Party of the year was quite a success! Team Solon (Josh Solon, Ron Artigiani, Larry Kalk, Larry Grau) rode a back nine charge to take home first place and Cupp Cup bonus points. Their sparkling 30 on the back dusted the field as they won by three shots. Second place was claimed by team Thirsty Owl. They posted a 65 with a clutch birdie on #18. This finish kept them out of a log jam for third at 66. A record five teams tied and rolled some bones to decide the cash. Bobby Pawlak outlasted the other representatives on the dice table, winning a cool $126 for his team with a flick of the wrist.
There were three skins out – all on the front nine. Big Don’s very fishy team won the first skin of the day with a birdie on #1. The second hole was also a skin with a birdie for Paul Katchmar’s team. The final payout of the day went to Mark Lloyd’s team. They eagled the short par four 8th hole thanks to the deft short game of late fill-in Billy Kiser.
BIG DON CASHES IN AT THE THIRD ANNUAL ELI
Crowd favorite and longtime Rome CC supporter Big Don Cieslewitz won $200 after his performance in the third annual ELI Skins Game. Net eagles on #6 and #11 gave Donny $100 each. Add in his $22 Ship, Captain, and Crew profits and his total haul was $222. Also bringing home a few bucks was Mark Lloyd. He won $142 with a gross and a net skin on #5 as well as a gross skin on #9.
All players earned fifty Cupp Cup points for participating. Twenty bonus points were also awarded for players who cashed a skin.
THIRTY-ONE RECIPROCALS FOR RCC
Terry Hills Golf Course and Clifton Springs Country Club have accepted our invitations for reciprocity. That brings us to a nice round number of thirty-one reciprocals. All of the courses in our portfolio are great so make sure you try a few out each summer. Variety is a spice of life, people!
MARK TWAIN AND BATAVIA ADDED AS 28th and 29th RECIPROCALS
The Rome Country Club reciprocal list improved yet again this off-season. Mark Twain was the first to come aboard our hefty reciprocal list. It is a classic gem designed by Donald Ross in the southern tier. Batavia Country Club was also added and gives us a little farther reach to the west. We hope our members get out and give these fine courses a go.
WEIS AND LLOYD TAKE THE L.T. SHOOTOUT
The year’s last major ended with a couple of familiar names on top. Ronnie Weis, the 2013 winner of the club’s Member-Member in June, teamed up with former club champion Mark Lloyd to take the title. This marks the fifth year in a row that Team Wes members have taken the L.T. Shootout.
Joining Weis and Lloyd in the shoot-out were the teams of Dave Fay & Larry Natale, defending champs Dennis Bird & Tim Hurley, Tom Peters & John Domagal, 2011 champs and perennial contenders Ron Artigiani & Pete Fitsik, and Matt Ferdinand & Matt Hughes. Ferdinand & Hughes battled to the final pairing, but it was Ronnie’s three footer for a net birdie on the final playoff hole that won the title. To top off an unbelievable day, Ronnie’s name was also drawn just moments before his winning putt in the Elks Club raffle. Add a cool $1,000 to his golf winnings for the day! Well done, Ronnie!
MATT HUGHES CLAIMS FIRST CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
Twenty year old Matt Hughes won his first club championship this Labor Day weekend. He fired a two over par 146 on his way to a four stroke victory over Tom M. Peters. 2012 Champion Matt Ferdinand finished third with a 153 and newcomer Josh Solon posted a 154 for fourth place.
Wayne Cacciatori took home the net championship. His two day total of 145 bested Dennis Bird by a single shot. Mark Lloyd and Joe Vescio rounded out the top four.
In the new Men’s Gold Division, Mr. Bob Voisine won the two horse race on Sunday. His sparkling five under 139 nipped Karl Kotary by two shots. In case you have major hearing loss, you should know by now that Karl had back to back net holes-in-one on the fourteenth hole over both days. Nice job, Karl! Larry Kalk took home third with a 147 and crowd favorite Don Cieslewitz finished fourth with a solid 148.
The Darois family took care of the women’s division. Nicolette carded a tidy 75 to win the gross title. Her mother, DJ, won the net championship.
LAUREN SETS THE NEW COURSE RECORD IN CITY AM VICTORY
Our very own Lauren Cupp set a new women’s course record in the final round of the 2013 Rome City Women’s Amateur Championship. Lauren had a sizzling 32 on the back nine to finish with a one under par 70. Lauren bogeyed holes 1,2, 6 and 14 but birdied 9, 11, 13, 15, and 16 in her round. Her two day total of 149 won her a fourth consecutive title. Rome Country Club’s Nicolette Darois also had a fine tournament. She posted a 159 for the tourney, securing her a second place finish.
KATCHMAR, EDIBLE, VESCIO, AND CALDWELL WIN POOL PARTY #2
Bonus golf was again needed to decide the Golf Pool Party this time around. Katchmar, Edible, Joe Vescio, and Ken Caldwell won the shoot out after a tidy round of 63. They nipped Joe Hughes, Bobby Taylor, Brad Darois, and DJ Darois in the playoff. In more important news, Karl Kotary bet $5/$5/$5 with the Ovidiots from Thirsty Owl. It didn’t work out well as Karl’s team lost all three ways. Don’t worry, Karlee, only 56 more days until the final pool party for revenge!
BIRD & WEIS WIN THEIR FIRST MEMBER-MEMBER
Dennis Bird and RCC Manager Ron Weis won the 2013 Member-Member in dramatic fashion. An amazing eagle, eagle finish in the Pinehurst format vaulted them to a 62 and the win. This was the second straight two man team event win for Dennis, as he broke through to win the L.T. Shoot-Out in the fall. Dennis made sure he thanked Wes for hosting the event on a Saturday. Because of his usual partner’s work schedule on Saturday, this made the pairing of Dennis and Ronnie possible. Rumor has it that Dennis is trying to get Glenn some part time work on Sundays, too. Coincidentally, the next club event is the Member-Invitational on Sunday, July 14th.
FOUR MEN, TWO PETERS WINS THE 10th ANNUAL B&B
Can you believe that it has been ten years already? Father and son combo Tom M. and Tom W. Peters won for the second time in the B&B Scramble. Speaking of double dipping, their partner Jake Smith added the “Best Putter in Rome” title to his team championship this year. Well done, boys!
FIRST POOL PARTY ENDS IN A THREE TEAM PLAYOFF!
All nine teams had a chance this time around in 2013’s first edition of the Golf Pool Party. First and last place were only separated by three shots with the scores ranging from 62 to 65. Three teams posted 62, causing twelve brave souls to take on the challenge of a sudden death playoff hole. Although Lauren Cupp stuck the closest shot of the dozen, it was Team Josh Solon that rolled in the winning birdie putt. The team (Josh Solon, Robert Taylor, Ken Caldwell, and Bill Kiser) earned $280 for the playoff victory. Jeff Gifford, Lauren Cupp, Jeff Potter, and Pat Duffin grabbed $160 for second place. The team of JR Purrington, Dennis Bird, Glenn Dog Shaver, and David Bird settled for third place money ($115).
There were only two skins out – each earning $92 each. An eagle on #7 by Team Solon and a birdie on #2 by Team Cacciatori won the cash.
KATCHMAR AND JUDY SMITH GRAB THE MOST CASH AT THE ELI
Unlike last year when Eric Maya took home nearly all of the money, this year’s ELI Skins Game saw the action spread around. Paul Katchmar led all earners with two net skins and two gross skins for a total haul of $372. Judy Smith, one of only two women in the field, won two net skins for a $240 payday. Other skin winners were Joe Vescio (one net, one gross), Tom W. Peters (one net skin), and Whitney Cook (one net skin). Net skins were worth $120 a piece while the three gross skins earned $66 each.
BIRD SHOOTS THE HUNTER IN THE L.T.
The last minute pairing of Dennis Bird and new member Tim Hurley proved to have the right chemistry as they stormed to victory in Rome CC’s last major of the year. Originally it was Dennis Bird and Glenn Shaver that were set to team up. Fortunately for Dennis, Glenn’s social calendar was already full with a trip to watch the Bills v. Titans game in Buffalo. This opened the door for Mr. Hurley and he stepped right through. The pair sliced and diced the field and won the final shoot-out over the defending champions, Fitsik & Artigiani. Rumor has it Dennis has already purchased Glenn a limo trip to Buffalo during next year’s event.
LLOYD AND CREW WIN 2012’s FINAL POOL PARTY
Mark Lloyd and his team of heavy favorites lived up to their 1:9 morning line and captured the last installment of the Golf Pool Party Scrambles for 2012. Lloyd, John Canarelli, Rick Castro, and John Brockway battled to a 64. They narrowly cleared the team of Matt Ferdinand, Jeff Potter, Ron Artigiani, and Nancy Roberts by one shot. 2013’s Golf Pool schedule begins with the Masters in spring.
FERDINAND WINS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP IN DEBUT
First year member Matt Ferdinand turned heads this past weekend as he blew away the field in the 80th annual Rome Country Club Championship. His sizzling first round of 69 gave him a six shot buffer over David Fay. Matt coasted in with a 78 in the final round, giving him a whopping seven stroke victory over the nearest pursuer, JR Purrington. Great playing, Matt!
JR’s solid play earned him low net honors while Nic Darois successfully defended her title in the Women’s Division with a solid 83. Nancy Roberts and Judy Smith split the low net title for the ladies.
WE ROLL OUR OWN!
We unveiled our new toy this past week with rave reviews! Rome CC entered the world of rolling greens and it has made an immediate positive impact on the conditions. In just two days the greens were noticeably faster and smoother thanks to our brand new unit. We are very excited, not only by the conditions the roller produces, but also the options it provides us regarding green heights and mowing schedules. It will allow us to take some stress off of the bent plant while still improving play conditions.
THE NEW #14 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!
Rome CC’s new breathtaking par three was officially opened on Saturday, July 28th, 2012. Francisco Cupp, twenty months old, hit the first tee shot on the new hole (remember that all you Rome CC trivia buffs). He didn’t hit it too far but it was amazingly straight!
Lots of contestants gave it their all in the Beat the Pro, Blonde, or Giant Dwarf Contest. Although there were some great individual performances, it was the house that walked away the winner. A special thanks to our Giant Dwarf, Ed Evans, for stepping up his game and not making us take out a line of credit on the property to pay off his bets.
KALK AND POTTER REPEAT AS MEMBER-MEMBER CHAMPS!
Let the grumbling begin as Larry Kalk and Jeff Potter gave the rest of the Rome CC membership another beat down this weekend in the Member-Member. Larry and Jeff cruised to a three shot victory by firing a Pinehurst 61. This was their second consecutive victory in the event. Only two other teams have done this in club history: Jim Fruin & Pete Pace in 1994/1995 and Jerry Closinski & Dave Fay in 2005/2006.
Finishing second with a round of 64 was the team of Ed Evans and Tom W. Peters. Other winners included Tom M. Peters (long drive – #7) and Denny Parry (closest to the pin – #14).
THIRSTY OWL QUAFFING CLAN WINS THE B&B
The idiots from Ovid (Ovidiots if you will) took home first place in the 9th annual Baker & Bristol Memorial Scramble. Quaffing Clan members Jon Cupp, Ted Cupp, and Jimmy Driftwood all teamed together in the first pool party of the year only to get laughed out of the club with a miserable second to last place showing. However, a quick trade of Bobby Pawlak for Nutsy between the two events turned out to be a stroke of brilliance. The extraordinary rebound can only be attributed to Bobby’s magnificent playing. Nice job boys!
TEAM LAUREN COLORS, LOGO RELEASED
Team Lauren proudly released its new logo and colors this weekend. Pink will be the main highlight while paired up with both black and blue (you have to have fashion options you know!). We are less than five months away from seeing who looks good in pink for the 5th annual Cupp Cup in October. Stay tuned for Lauren’s coaching staff hires to come later this summer.
HERBIE LEADS HIS TEAM TO VICTORY IN FIRST GOLF POOL PARTY
After nineteen holes, the first edition of the 2012 Golf Pool Party Series was still tied. Herbie Clark’s soaring seven wood won the closest to the pin tiebreaker. For his efforts, his team (JR Purrington, Larry Natale, and Larry Kalk) earned a cool $220. The team of Edible Evans, Dennis Bird, Whitney Cook, and David Bird had to settle for second place money.
ERIC MAYA HONORS ELI CUPP WITH A HAUL NEAR $1,000!
The inaugural Eli Cupp Skins Game got off to a memorable start in 2012. Eric Maya took home the only net skin of the day to the tune of $870 (a net eagle on hole #7)! Eric also added two scratch skins (4 on #7, 4 on #13), increasing his winnings to $935 for the day. (In related news, Eric blocked this webpage from his home computer as his wife tends to surf the Internet). Also earning scratch skins and twenty Cupp Cup bonus points were Ed Graziano (2 on #3), Mike Smith (3 on #8), John Domagal (2 on #16), Larry Natale (3 on #1, 3 on #15).
The Eli Skins Game honors the infamous Eli Cupp, a desperado from the Cupp family tree who was gunned down 134 years ago this weekend. We now celebrate his questionable lifestyle with this high stakes skins game.
2012 CUPP CUP SHAKE UP (oh yeah, that rhymes nicely)
Unless you live in a small fishing village on the Hudson Bay, you have heard by now that Lauren has officially taken over Josh’s captaincy. No one really knows if Josh’s 1-3 lifetime mark sparked a mutiny or just demoted him to the Gold Rush Miniature Golf Cup. Either way, Lauren looks to put together a team that has a chance of wrestling the cup away from Team Wes. Stay tuned for future press releases in the coming months including Team Lauren’s new color scheme, logo, and coaching staff hires.
ONE MORE RECIP… DRUMLINS!
Another great golf facility has joined the Rome Country Club reciprocal family. We would like to welcome Drumlins Golf Club in Syracuse. Drumlins is a great sports complex and has hosted the Men’s, Women’s, and Junior New York State Championships in recent years. To see our complete reciprocal list, click here.
ROME CC ADDS TWO MORE RECIPROCALS
Inspired by college athletic conference realignment, Rome CC has just added reciprocals number sixteen and seventeen to the list. Stonebridge Golf and Country Club in New Hartford as well as Kingswood Golf Club in Hudson Falls have been added to the family. To see our complete list, click here.
FINAL POOL PARTY EVENT OF THE YEAR ENDS WITH AN EXCLAMATION POINT!
Just six days after the dramatic ending to the 2011 Cupp Cup, the final Golf Pool Party event of the year provided an even more improbable finish at RCC. Two teams tied for first at 64 after battling all day through the cold and rain. The team of Dave Fay, Mike Smith, Larry Kalk, and Judy Smith was the first to post eight under par. Eddie “Bad Bounce” Evans, John Canerelli, Rick Castro, and John Brockway also carded a 64 and the stage was set for the memorable playoff.
The playoff “hole” started at the upper putting green and finished at the ninth green. The little par three measured approximately eight-five yards in length. After seven reasonable shots were hit, Golf Pool Party newcomer John Canerelli stepped up to the makeshift tee box. With a crowd of thirty looking on, John hit a perfect wedge toward the tucked pin. The ball landed softly, took one small hop, and rolled into the cup! In just three seconds the playoff was over! The amazing shot heard ’round the putting green earned Canerelli and his team the first place prize of $260. What a crazy week at the Rome CC!
2011 CUPP CUP TEAMS COMPLETED
John Haberer and Ed Graziano received the final two picks this week to fill out both squads for the 2011 Cupp Cup. This will be Haberer’s second year as a Team Wes member. He made his debut last year and scratched out one point for Team Wes. He looks to improve on that mark during this year’s version.
Ed Graziano is new blood for the Cupp Cup. Team Josh captain Jake Smith has selected this rookie to complete his B Pool. Maybe Jake is hoping that some new faces and a lack of bad memories from last year will help the cause this time around.
CUPP CUP FORMAT CHANGE!!!
Captains Wes Cupp and Jake Smith have announced a slight change for the 2011 Cupp Cup. Because of a very small group of eligible Pool A free agents, Captains Wes and Jake have decided to add a second captain’s pick to Pool B and move a current Pool B player up to the Pool A slot. The one player from each team that will be given the “September call-up” will be announced Friday evening at the Cupp Cup social. Both captains have agreed to not give any tips or tweets to the press about the identity of the players. Remember, the players being called up will now have to play the blue tees all weekend. Stay tuned!
TEAM WES SELECTS FIRST CAPTAIN’S PICK
Joe Vescio has been selected as Team Wes’s first captain’s pick for the 2011 Cupp Cup. Joe battled hard all year to earn an automatic birth for his first ever Cupp Cup. He finished just twenty-five points out of the last qualifying spot. So, Captain Wes rewarded Joe’s season long efforts with his first of two captains picks. Although it is just speculation, one would imagine Wes might pair Joe with his good buddy Wayne for the best ball matches. We will see in just a few weeks if this Pool B Dream Team will be put together.
JEFF POTTER ACCEPTS FIRST 2011 CUPP CUP CAPTAIN’S PICK
Just as soon as the dust had settled on the qualifying for the 2011 Cupp Cup, Team Josh has wasted no time in assembling its squad for this year’s matches. Shortly after Jake Smith was named captain, the team has already chosen its first captain’s pick. Jeff Potter was given the nod as Team Josh’s one and only pick for Pool B. Jeff returns after his Cupp Cup debut last year. Team Josh hopes he can use that experience to better his 1-2 record from 2010. Stay tuned for more captain’s pick updates as they become available.
2011 CUPP CUP AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS ANNOUNCED
The 2011 Rome Country Club Championship marks the end of the official points race for the 2011 Cupp Cup teams. Two free agents earned themselves spots in the event, Wayne Cacciatori and Dennis Bird. To see the official line-ups, click here for the official Cupp Cup page.
CLOSINSKI, SMITH, AND DAROIS CLAIM CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
Another Rome Country Club Championship is in the books. Jerry Closinski separated himself from the field today with a tournament low 74 for a 151 total. His tap in birdie on the difficult second hole was the highlight of his front nine 35. Finishing three shots back and in second place once again was Tom M. Peters. Tom had a nice weekend posting a 154 total from the difficult blue tees. Rounding out the top three was a tie between Eamon Dempsey and Dave Fay. Both players fired 159s.
Mike Smith crushed his competition in the handicap division of the 2011 Rome Country Club championship. Mike posted a first round net score of 74, which placed him in the final group but four shots back of day one leader Dennis Bird. However, a blistering 69 in the final round vaulted Mike to the top of the leaderboard. Mike’s two day net total of 143 was very impressive! Finishing in second place was Dennis Bird with a 149 total. Third place went to Wayne Cacciatori with a 151. John Pollex came home strong with a net 32 on the back nine in the final round to claim fourth place. Jake Smith finished fifth with a solid 155 effort.
Nic Darois won her first Rome Country Club championship this Labor Day weekend. Nic now becomes the youngest women’s champion in club history. Winning low net for the ladies was Nancy Roberts. Congrats, ladies!
JAKE SMITH NOW CAPTAIN OF TEAM JOSH FOR 2011 CUPP CUP!
Rumors had been swirling for months as to who would take over the captaincy of Team Josh in this year’s playing of the Cupp Cup. Team Josh lost their leader in August as Josh Cupp took the head coaching position for the Skidmore men’s golf team. Would Ted Cupp come back to lead his son’s team? How about Big Don, a retired Team Josh player? Would he come back to steer the ship? Or maybe a playing manager in Dave Fay?
All of the speculation must rest now as Jake Smith, one of Josh’s assistant captains last year, has officially been named captain for the 2011 competition. Jake has a very good feel for the event as he was in the trenches during last year’s defeat. He looks to even the overall series up with Team Wes in just a few weeks. Stay tuned for more breaking Cupp Cup news as it becomes available.
KALK AND POTTER WIN THEIR FIRST MEMBER-MEMBER
Larry Kalk and Jeff Potter finished strong as they stole the Member-Member on June 25th. Recording six threes and a two in their final seven holes, Kalk and Potter put it into fifth gear as they fired the day’s best round of 60. Nancy Roberts and Karen Potter won a match of cards for second place at 61. The event was Nancy and Karen’s until the fateful seventeen hole. Team Kalk/Potter scored a net two while Roberts/Potter struggled with a bogey five. This three shot swing on the second to last hole vaulted Larry and Jeff to victory. Mark Lloyd and Tom M. Peters also carded a 61.
Purrington, Tayls, and Kalk Clean Up in the First Golf Pool Party of 2011
JR Purrington, Bobby Taylor, and Larry Kalk rewrote the record book with a jaw dropping 57 in the first pool party of 2011. Their fifteen under score earned them the first place prize of $255 along with three skins worth $42 each. However, their total haul of $381 just wasn’t enough for them to quench the thirst of their fellow golfers. Wait until they see the shitty teams they each are on for the July pool party after that social miscue!
By the way, Frank Aston “no showed” for the event – and that ain’t no joke.
JEFF GIFFORD – Undeniably Rome CC’s Longest Driver
It was a sad day for the rest of the Rome Country Club membership. Jeff Gifford entered the REMAX Long Drive Qualifier and recorded the longest drive by any member. Jeff hit it an amazing 279 yards on the afternoon of May15th. There are rumors circling that Giff may just be the longest golfer inch for inch in the world. To show off his new status, Giff is now adorning a new headcover for his driver. You’ll have to see it to believe it. Nice job, Giff!
ROME CC GOES INTERNATIONAL WITH NEW RECIPROCAL
Rome Country Club is happy to announce its latest reciprocal for the 2011 season. Aldeamayor Club de Golf, in Valladolid, Spain, is Rome Country Club’s first international reciprocal and fifteenth overall. Check out their website aldeamayorclub.com or on Facebook. This is the home course of famed Spanish amateur, Jose Maria Ortiz de Pinedo, who finished tied for third in the 2010 Rome City Men’s Amateur.
BLOCKBUSTER TRADE IN THE CUPP CUP
After their tenth drink on a blustery Wednesday night on the 20th of October, captains Josh and Wes agreed to the first ever trade in Cupp Cup history. Josh, sitting in the same fateful chair his assistant captain Caitlin Henry fell out of just a month ago at Legends, offered up Eric Maya and a drink for Robert Taylor. After careful consideration (and more likely because he was thirsty) Wes agreed. The stunned crowd quickly began making phone calls and sending texts. Upon hearing the news, Maya stated, “I’m taking my talents to Team Wes.” Ron Artigiani, at the bar when the trade became official, leaned back and yelled a the top of his lungs.
Eric Maya has played in all three of the Cupp Cups and maintains a 3-6 career record. In all three editions of the late fall classic Eric has gone 1-2. Tayls, playing in his first Cupp Cup this year, went 2-1.
THOUGHTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BAR… Episode #3
by Josh Cupp
Number 14 at Rome Country Club. A modest little par 3 with a slash line of 105/125/190 (that’s red/white/blue tee yardage for the layman) with a few well placed bunkers to guard the nearly circular green. Twenty eight yards deep and twenty five across provides an ample target for a short iron. Why on earth would we then build a new green complex on this fun little hole with a moderate amount of personality?
Well, funny you should ask, as I have compiled a Top 10 list of why we’ve decided to give the affable little hole an extreme makeover.
After 147 attempts, Wes failed to record a hole in one on the current 14th hole during his courageous hole in one contest attempt last fall. Therefore, the current hole, as is, obviously sucks.
The seven yard false front on the front left and the last 3 yards that slope away from the tee create an actual landing area that is exceedingly smaller than the 28 yards reported as the green depth.
Ted Cupp once scored an ace on the current 14th hole in the late 1980s. Therefore, it must be a miserable test of golf.
More RCC members hit the neighboring cart path in regulation (43%) than the actual green (39%).
The cart path also has proven, at times, far too perilous a road to maneuver especially when ominous bunkers seem to dart out at you and hinder your course. Ask Mr. Gerald Closinski, our 3x club champ.
It is incredibly difficult to hit a ball into the pond that resides too far left of the current green. Making a splash with and subsequently losing your golf ball that you paid $4+ for is a real hoot.
The best snow scramble player (honor is self-anointed) that ever lived, yet one of the worst green grass golfers ever, Don Cieslewitz, once scored a par three on the current hole, obviously it is too easy.
We have stockpiled sand and seed mix since the mid 90s and the expiration date is April 2011.
Wes wants to raise the price of “experienced” golf balls from $1 to $1.50 (You might have to think about that one for a minute).
The #1 reason we are changing #14 at Rome Country Club is because in April of this year, 2010, Ronald Artigiani recorded an ace. Surveying equipment was purchased the very next day.
THOUGHTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BAR… Episode #2
by Josh Cupp
PUTING the FEAT to BED
As we all know by now…he did it. John David Fay not only shot his age, he bested it. Furthermore, he did it twice in five days. A 68 on Wednesday, September 8th and a 69 on the following Sunday had Mr. Fay smiling, buying drinks, and finally able to sleep more than two and a half hours per night since the spring. John Domagal owned the winning square and cashed in nicely as did the Cupp Cup fund.
All of us here at RCC share the same sentiment. WELL DONE, DAVE!
Now, being the statistical dork I am, I decided to try and break down the feat of shooting one’s age. Sooooo, here we go. Stay focused, folks.
OK. Of all golfers with an established handicap, the average handicap is 16.1, only half of one percent are scratch, and only 24% sport a handicap under 10. Let’s go deeper here. “Of all golfers with an established handicap,” what the hell does that mean exactly? What about all the weekend warriors and fire a buck oh five (105) in the last early bird tee time and prohibit Fay and JClo from getting around in under 3 hours and 7 minutes. Those dudes are golfers by definition and don’t have handicaps. The fact is only a quarter of all golfers have an established handicap. My guess is those that don’t aren’t exactly high caliber dart throwers. Let’s bump our numbers then. If all golfers kept a handicap, the average would be closer to 20 and less than 10% would carry handicaps under 10. The average score sits at about 97.
These are stats that I couldn’t find. My conjectures after that are based upon the stats I have provided from credible sources and good old fashion deduction, not guestimations from Spanky’s pie hole after 11 Bud drafts. If under 10% of all golfers are under 10 handicaps and after our established vs. non handicapper curve is applied, far less than half of 1% are actually a zero. Dave was a 1 at the time he shot his age. Is there any way of determining what percentage of 69 year olds have 1 handicaps? Nope. Here’s my guess. I image only .2% of golfers age 69 are a 1 or lower. That’s not 2 out of 100, that’s 2 out of 1000 old folks aged 69 can boast a 1 or better. Now, a 1 handicap at RCC averages 74 and change, so Dave had to best his average score by 5+ shots. Is that easy to do? Let’s investigate further.
By investigating how easy it is to shoot 5 stokes better than your average score, we will find out if Fay took a little too much time to shoot his age. I selected Tom W. Peters, a 14 handicap, as well as other randomly selected members and looked through his score histories. Tom averages an 88.3, and has shot 5 strokes better only once this season way back on April 25th, an 83.
What conclusions did I reach? How rare was the feat and did it take him too long to do it?
Easy answers first. It took Fay an appropriate amount of time to fire his target score. The average golfer at RCC bests his average score by 5 shots 3x every 50 recorded rounds. It took Dave 68 recorded rounds to do it once, but he now has two rounds under five strokes better than the norm in 73 attempts. Let’s not bust his huevos over a couple rounds here or there. Dave has always been a little late. He didn’t start playing the game until his mid thirties and it takes him 7 minutes longer on average to finish a beer than Mark Lloyd.
Lastly, how rare is this accomplishment? Obviously, this is not an easy number to come up with. We have accomplished that two out of one thousand golfers aged 69 have a handicap of 1 or less. Now you have to shoot five strokes lower than your average score, which, as noted, occurs under 6% of the time. Sixty nine year old golfers have just over a one in 10,000 chance of shooting their age. Dave did it twice in 71 chances. Shake the man’s hand, and then kick me in the nuts for looking all this crap up.
DAVE FAY SHOOTS HIS AGE!!
The rumors are true!! Dave Fay’s summer long quest to shoot his age has come to an end.
And, no, he didn’t die!
Dave triumphantly shot a 68 today at Rome CC in cool and rainy conditions. He went out in 35 and came home strong with a back nine 33 to post his legendary score. Dave, needing only 69 to match his age, decided to do one better (just in case someone actually checked his birth certificate).
CONGRATULATIONS DAVE!! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!!!
FITSIK, LLOYD, AND CIESLEWITZ ENJOY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES
Pete Fitsik added another Rome Country Club major to his collection has he won wire to wire in this weekend’s club championship. Firing net 72 and 74 for a 146 total, Pete nipped Eddie Evans by one in the handicap division. Mr. Fitsik also won this year’s Member-Member with partner Denny Parry. Pete looks to continue his hot streak in club events later this month in the 3rd annual Cupp Cup. Finishing third at 149 in the handicap division was Ed Graziano.
Mark Lloyd won another club championship as he fired a blistering 75 on Sunday to beat out both Jerry Closinski and Tom Peters by two shots. Lloyd was five shots back going into the final round but his rare birdie on the infamous second hole turned the momentum of the tournament to his favor. By the time he reached the seventeenth tee, his original five shot deficit had turned into a four shot lead! He had gained nine shots on the field. Great playing, Mark!
Anne Cieslewitz won her second club championship title by recording her best round of the year. Anne posted a tidy 93 (net 62) to win the crown back from runner-up Janet Hall. Nancy Roberts, Karen Potter, and DJ Darois also fought bravely this weekend.
2010 Men’s Open Division
1. Mark Lloyd – 157
T2. Tom M. Peters – 159
T2. Jerry Closinski – 159
4. Mark Powonsky – 161
2010 Men’s Handicap Division
1. Pete Fitsik – 146
2. Ed Evans – 147
3. Ed Graziano – 149
T4. Jeff Potter – 156
T4. John Pollex – 156
6. Eric Maya – 157
2010 Women’s Division
Low Gross – Anne Cieslewitz – 93
Low Net – 1. Anne Cieslewitz – 62
2. Janet Hall – 71
ROME CC’s LAUREN STEATES WINS HER FIRST ROME CITY AMATEUR
Rome Country Club’s Lauren Steates won her first Rome City Women’s Amateur crown in August. The event was rain shortened to eighteen holes but Lauren blew away the field, firing a 71 at Shamrock. Her brilliant round put her four shots clear of her nearest pursuer. Day two was scheduled at Lauren’s home course, Rome Country Club, but 4.2 inches of rain fell throughout the day, making the final round impossible to complete. Lauren looks to defend her title in August of 2011 as well as compete in the New York State Am and Mid-Am being held at Rome CC in July of 2011. In addition, rumors of her applying to play in the Rome City Men’s Amateur have been swirling. Romecountryclub.com can neither confirm nor deny these reports. Stay tuned!
THOUGHTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BAR… Episode #1
by Josh Cupp
Dave Fay’s quest….
Will he or won’t he? If so, when? Why hasn’t he yet? Has he really shot 70 a handful of times? If you flip the “When Will Dave Fay Shoot His Age Pool” over are there scores of people that chose “never?”
Let’s analyze all these questions.
Will he or won’t he? Ok, when you live in a town where driving around frantically on Super Bowl Sunday looking for gin mills with squares left is a sport, wagering is an art. You have to be able to size up stats, probability, then take personal feelings out and sprinkle logic in if you want to win bets around here. You cannot take all Big East teams in NCAA pools and we all know that no one circles the Bills on their tickets on Sunday AMs. He hasn’t yet…this we know. Roughly 60% of our golfing season is complete…so Vegas would say maybe Dave will come up short of his goal of shooting 81, sorry, 69, I thought he was older than that. He does have 43 great grandkids. We know this as they often have birthday parties. Isn’t grandkid b-day party really Dave Fay speak for trunk-slam? But I digress. He will shoot his age. Of the Big Four (JClo, Peters, W4, and Fay) at RCC, out of a combined 128 recorded rounds, 70 has only been bested twice on the home track. I don’t think that shooting his age is in his helmet at this point, it’s just really difficult to do. All I know is he didn’t shoot his age from June 21st-30th and I am $20 poorer for it. Rest assured, Dave will shoot his age and it will not be on a day when his grandson has a piano recital, if you know what I mean.
When? Well, if I knew when I’d have bought a different square. Right? I would definitely think sooner than later. Warmer weather lends to longer drives and wedges into several greens. When we start digging into the closet for more layers come mid September, I think the chance begins to diminish. I will look into my crystal ball and say August 23rd. It’s a Monday, so a hot date with Frenchy for a early nine before Coalyard’s league coupled with a stellar league performance will leave W4 Lloyd with a full wallet as Mark has that particular square. It is fitting since Lloyd needs only $217.74 more in RCC earnings to defeat Pete Fitsik’s single season earnings record that has stood since 1982.
Why hasn’t he yet? Best answer is that it is simply tough to do. Ummm, he’s also kind of old. I think he has a wooden hip or something like that. Let’s be honest, Dave can get a touch, shall we say, mental. Mr. Shankie has a habit of visiting Dave from time to time, and even one of those low and righters can render Mr. Fay helpless. Let’s not forget how close he has come already.
Dave has shot 70 at least four times at RCC this season. I get that stat from the board on the mirror at the bar. GHIN system concurs with this total. Close but no cigar.
Lastly, have a bunch of folks taken “never” for when Fay will shoot his age? That’s easy to answer. Rumor has it that several folks don’t think Dave is up to the feat and requested anonymity so that their wagers be posted on the back of the board. Answering this question is as simple as flipping the board over. I am typing this exciting blog from home so I cannot really check at this juncture. So the urban legend will have to be answered at another time. Sorry.
THE NEW YORK STATE WOMEN’S AM AND MID-AM ARE COMING TO RCC!
Hot off the digital presses is the news that Rome Country Club will host the 82nd annual New York State Women’s Amateur and the 3rd Annual Mid-Amateur July 11-14, 2011. This will mark the thirty year anniversary of the first time Rome Country Club hosted the best amateur women of New York State. Way back in 1981 a rising young star by the name of Dottie Pepper won the state title on our course at the age of fifteen. She later went on to win seventeen times on the LPGA Tour, highlighted by two majors. Come check out the action and maybe you will catch a glimpse of another future star.
NANCY ROBERTS JOINS BOB PAWLAK AS TEAM WES ASSISTANT CAPTAINS
Over her thirteenth drink at Legend’s on Wednesday, July 21st, Nancy Roberts agreed to join Team Wes for this fall’s Cupp Cup. Team Captain Wes knew he had to sign Nancy to change his luck going into the 2010 matches. “After last year’s disappointment, I had to make a few changes. This is a very important one,” stated Wes at the press conference this morning. Nancy will join Bob Pawlak as the two assistant captains for Team Wes. As of press time, Team Josh does not have an Assistant Captain on the roster.
The only sticking point in Nancy’s contract is her title. Whether it is “Assistant Captain” or “Assistant to the Captain” has yet to be worked out. This year’s Cupp Cup is September 25th and 26th.
FITSIK AND PARRY TAKE HOME THE 2010 MEMBER-MEMBER TITLE
A nice turnout of twenty-two teams competed for the 2010 Rome Country Club Member-Member championship on June 26th. When the final putt was holed, one team stood above the rest… Pete Fitsik and Denny Parry. Interestingly enough, the last team assembled this year won the title just like 2009’s last second entry of Castro & Ferrucci. The 2010 winners were thrown together as Denny Parry was filling in for injured Rome CC member Ron Artigiani. Ron, in the hospital for back trouble, was not able to compete. Multiple sources have stated that he threw his back out reaching for his wallet. This rumor was not confirmed nor denied at the time of publication.
Fitsik and Parry shot a blistering 63 in the club’s first taste of the Pinehurst format. An amazing five teams tied for second at 64: John Domagal & Dave French, Mark Powonsky & John Pollex, Jeff Gifford & Eric Maya, Steve Pickett & Kevin Coe, and finally Paul Katchmar & Joey Katchmar. Front nine leaders Don Cieslewitz & Ed Evans faltered on the back nine to finish alone in 7th place (27 on the front, 38 on the back).
TERRY PAZDUR AND COMPANY WIN THE B&B
Terry Pazdur and his team of degenerates overcame the odds and pulled off an upset victory in Saturday’s B&B Scramble. Posting a sparkling thirteen under 59, the team without an A player won by two shots. Firing a 61 was the team I Love Peters (Tom M. Peters, Tom W. Peters, Pat Smith, and Ira Lyon). Finishing in a tie for third at 62 were the teams of Jim Tims and the Slim Jims, Edible Evans and the Fancy Pants, and the Thirsty Owl Quaffing Clan.
Ted Cupp won the Billy Bristol “Best Putter in Rome” Putting Contest this year. Teddy’s team also scored the only skin of the day by holing out an eagle on the par four seventeenth hole. Teammate Jon Cupp’s perfect eight iron earned the team a cool $640 in cash money.
The B&B is an annual memorial tournament to honor two of the club’s greatest members and friends, Billy Bristol and Jeff Baker. All proceeds from the event are donated annually to the American Diabetes Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
MARK LLOYD SCORES ANOTHER VICTORY
One of the hottest golfers on the planet is Rome Country Club’s very own Mark Lloyd. Fresh off a handful of lucrative victories in weekend quota events, Mark highlighted his tremendous start to the 2010 golf season with a win in the Golf Pool Party this weekend. Mark’s teammates, Charlie Premo, Wayne Cacciatori, and Petite Don Cieslewitz, all contributed to a record shattering fourteen under par 58. Petite Don, who has played in a record setting 83 straight pool parties, was heard saying on the first tee (also for the 83rd straight time), “We really have no chance. We are just here to have fun.”
REMAX LONG DRIVING QUALIFIER A SMASHING SUCCESS!
Rome Country Club again held the local qualifier for the REMAX Long Drive Championship on May 2nd. There were thirty-six total entries with some amazingly long drives! After the four hour event, John (Drew) Romancky and Patrick Mulhearn tied for first with 352 yard drives. These moonshots were fun to watch. Romancky won the playoff which earned him a bye into the second round of Regionals. Other qualifiers in the Open Division were Scott Thompson (337) and Mark Hajnos (335). Local entrant Ed Marsh finished a respectable seventh with a drive of 316. In the Senior division, Rome Country Club member Larry Natale was the lone qualifier . He smoked one 333 yards for the victory. Fellow RCC member, Paul Katchmar, finished second in the division with a drive of 272 yards.
2009 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP ENDS WITH A BANG!
The 2009 Rome Country Club Championship ended memorably this Labor Day weekend. Jerry Closinski (three-time defending champion), flipped a golf cart over into the sand trap on #14. Honest. Don’t worry, Jerry, and more importantly the cart, were unharmed. Jerry’s only comment was, “Yes, I did rake the trap after.”
Oh, by the way, Eamon Dempsey beat Tom Peters on the final hole of the twenty-seven hole final match to take home his first club championship. Mr. Dempsey, at the age of eighteen, is the third youngest champion in the club’s history.
In the handicap division, Eric Maya won four consecutive matches to take home the title. He outlasted upstart Jake Smith in extra holes in the final match.
In the Ladies’ draw, Janet Hall regained her club champion crown as she won the low gross title. Anne Cieslewitz won the low net with a blistering 65.
And Wes didn’t get a hole-in-one in the shoot-out. I hope this is too small to read. See you next year!
JAMIE HARPER MAKES A $200 PUTT
Jamie Harper won a three way putt-off to win the 2nd Golf Pool Party event of the year. Three times tied for first in this eight team field with matching 61s. However, it was Jamie’s pressure packed six footer that won the 1st place prize as he ousted Bobby Pawlak and Johnny P in the putt-off. Ironically, on the same putting green that Johnny P was crowned the “Best Putter in Rome” just six weeks previously, Johnny P lost to part-time golfer and full-time drinker Bobby Pawlak in the battle for second place. The final Golf Pool Party is scheduled for October 3rd. Oh, by the way, JClo was bombed.
FAY-CLO UNSEATED AS MEMBER-MEMBER CHAMPIONS
Upstarts Rich Ferrucci and Rick Castro teamed up to take the 2009 Member-Member Championship on June 27th. Their partnership was put together just some fifteen hours before tee time over a few cold ones at the Rome CC bar. Who would have thought that they would contend, let alone win? Ferrucci and Castro shot a best ball 63. This score of nine under par seems to be the magic number of late as it has been the score to beat the past two years.
Finishing one shot back with a 64 was the team of Jeff Potter and Larry Kalk. Rumor has it that Potter fired a 78 on his own ball – but this was self-reported after an hour open bar so this cannot be confirmed or denied. I guess we will just have to take Jeff’s word on this one.
Third place went to Charlie Premo/Robert Taylor with a score of 65. Tails, one of the newest members at Rome CC, also took home Closest to the Pin on #14. Carl Guiliano and Tom W. Peters finished fourth, losing a match of cards with the third place team.
The defending champions, Dave Fay and Jerry Closinski, fought bravely but only could get it to six under par. They made the turn at a healthy four under but just couldn’t keep the momentum going on the back side. They finished alone in fifth. Something tells me that they will be back next year.
Finally rounding out sixth and seventh places respectively were the teams of Nick Facciolo/Denny Parry and Dave French/Lauren Steates. Both teams shot 67 but Facciolo/Parry won the match of cards for sixth place money. If anyone would like to buy Denny’s gift certificate for a cut rate, he is still taking “cash only” offers.
The last prize of the day went to Judy Smith. Judy won the Longest Drive on hole #7. Yes, Judy is much longer, and cooler might I add, than all the dudes at Rome CC.
LINKS AT ERIE VILLAGE ADDED TO THE RECIPROCAL LIST
Rome CC has added a thirteenth course to its reciprocal list. The Links at Erie Village has joined onto our growing family. For more information on this course in East Syracuse, check out their website, golferielinks.com.
MAITE BREAKS THROUGH FOR HER FIRST POOL PARTY WIN!
2009’s first Golf Pool Party was a memorable won as Maite Ortiz de Pinedo led her team (Johnny P, Morgan Bishop, and Bucky Bartolotti) to victory in her first Golf Pool Party start. A record turnout of 45 players teed it up Saturday, May 30th. It would be remiss to not mention the controversy on #17 that stole the show. The infamous “worst putt rule” was put back in effect on #17. However, DVD evidence and a misinterpreted rule dropped the team of Dave Fay, Jim Sgroi, Jamie Harper, and Larry Grau from a tie for 1st place into a tie for 2nd with the team of Josh/Wes, Lauren Steates, Whitney Cook, and Nancy Roberts. Also of interest, there were no skins out so the pot of $220 will carry over to the 2nd Pool Party in July. Sign up early kids!
PAWLAK RE-UPS AS ASSISTANT CAPTAIN FOR TEAM WES IN 2009
Bob Pawlak has just re-signed with Team Wes as an official Assistant Captain for the 2009 Cupp Cup. The dust had barely settled after this year’s heart stopper when Captain Wes and Bob Pawlak agreed to reunite for the ’09 version. Unofficial sources have claimed that Pawlak demanded a can of Bud Light as his signing bonus. The two captains were victorious this past October 25th and 26th in the first ever Cupp Cup. Click here to go to the official page of the Cupp Cup!
J CLO CAPTURES THE ROME GRAND SLAM BY WINNING HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
In a year even Tiger Woods would be jealous of, Jerry Closinski won his third consecutive club championship this Labor Day weekend, giving him the 2008 Rome Grand Slam. J Clo also won the 2008 Rome Country Club Member-Member and the 2008 Rome City Men’s Amateur earlier in the year.
It wasn’t easy, however. J Clo needed 19 holes to defeat the two seed, Tom Peters. Tom also finished second in last year’s club championship. Rounding out the top four in the Men’s Open division were Ross Maracchion, third place, and Dave Fay, fourth place.
In the Open Division’s Consolation Flight, RFA golfer Eamon Dempsey beat Paul Katchmar one up in the finals.
The Men’s Handicap Division was won by Brad Badolato. Tom Peters finished second while Ken Caldwell captured third and Jim Sutton rounded out the top four.
In Women’s Open action, Anne Cieslewitz took home her first championship as she beat newcomer Nancy Roberts in the finals. Nic Darois finished third while DJ Darois was fourth.
J CLO BREAKS THROUGH TO CAPTURE HIS FIRST CITY TITLE
Sergio Garcia now officially the best golfer in the world to never win a major
Jerry Closinski continued his highjacking of romecountryclub.com’s “Member News” page as he added another title to his collection. Jerry won his first Rome City Amateur title this past August weekend, posting impressive rounds of 73 and 72 for a 145 two day total. Eighteen year old Doug DeCarlo, a Mohawk Valley Junior Golf Tour standout, finished as the runner-up one shot back.
J Clo put himself into position after his opening round on the fabled Rome Country Club layout. A smooth 73 gave him the first round lead heading into McConnellsville. However, a less than perfect start left Jerry some serious work left heading into the final three holes of the championship. As Jerry looked both ways crossing the street to get to the sixteenth tee box, he may have seen a few cars zip by, but I am sure he did not see any signs of the “story book ending” that was about to take place.
Jerry calmly birdied the difficult sixteen hole and made an eight footer to save par on the seventeenth. As he stood on the final hole of the championship, he found himself even with Doug DeCarlo. Jerry chased his second shot on the uphill par five to within ten yards of the green. Before he got to play his third shot, DeCarlo had stiffed his approach, all but guaranteeing a birdie. Thus, J Clo needed to get up and down to force extra golf. Jerry decided he was already hungry and did not want to put the tournament dinner off any longer, so he holed out his pitch shot for an eagle three and put an exclamation point on an unbelievable ending to the 45th Rome City Amateur.
FAY-CLO WINS THEIR THIRD MEMBER-MEMBER IN FOUR YEARS
When speaking to the press after their second place finish in the 2007 Member-Member, Jerry Closinski stated, “If we won every year, it wouldn’t be that fun.” His dejected partner, Dave Fay, interrupted… “Oh, yes it would.”
A year later Dave Fay was back to having a blast as he and Jerry won their third Member-Member in four years this past weekend. Fay-Clo shot a nine under par 63 in route to a two shot victory over the Mike and Judy Smith team. Last year’s champions, Paul and Joey Katchmar, were not in the field to defend their title.
In the Women’s Division, Nancy Roberts and DJ Darois celebrated a two shot victory by posting a 69. Toni Domagal and Carolee Watson finished second with a 71.
B&B SCRAMBLE YIELDS REPEAT CHAMPIONS
Jeff, Don, and the Love Birds captured this year’s Baker & Bristol Memorial Scramble. They are the first champions to defend their title in the five year history of the event. Jeff Potter, Petite Don Cieslewitz, Dave Fay, and Dan Duncan made the putts when it counted and outlasted a strong field of twenty-six teams. The event is held annually at Rome Country Club is a memorial and fundraiser in the remembrance of Jeff Baker and Billy Bristol – two great friends of Rome Country Club. Proceeds from the event are donated to cancer and diabetes research.
ANOTHER RECIPROCAL! OSWEGO COUNTRY CLUB
The private Oswego Country Club has accepted our invitation to share reciprocal playing rights for the 2008 season. This makes twelve (12) great reciprocals for us. Oswego is a really fun layout with amazingly fast greens. I should send all of our members up there this summer so when you all come back, no one will complain that OUR greens are too fast! It is also worth noting that your favorite CEO, Wes, was the runner-up in the New York State Boys’ Championship that was held at Oswego CC way back in 1994. (I choked and lost on 18! Crap!)
IVES HILL COUNTRY CLUB ADDED AS A NEW RECIPROCAL!
Ives Hill Country Club in Watertown, New York joins the already impressive list of reciprocal courses for Rome Country Club members. Ives Hill is a semi-private club that has just remodeled its clubhouse in the summer of 2007. The original nine holes date back to 1897! Members, take a trip up to Watertown this season and be impressed!
CLOSINSKI, VOISINE, & HALL TAKE THE 2007 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Although the format changed, the results didn’t. Perennial favorites Jerry Closinski, Bob Voisine, and Janet Hall each won their respective divisions of the 2007 Club Championship despite the format change to match play. In an effort to increase participation and buzz, the club champions were not decided by stroke play for the first time in the 78 year history of the club.
In the Open Division, Jerry Closinski defended his ’06 title by beating Eamon Dempsey in the semis and then outlasting upstart Tom Peters on the final hole to win the championship. In the Handicap Division, Bob Voisine needed two playoff holes to win as he beat out runner-up Gene Gehman. In the Women’s Division, Janet Hall won another championship as she beat DJ Darois in her first club championship.
The 2008 Rome Country Club Championship will also be a match play format.
KATCHMAR SQUARED WINS THE 2007 MEMBER-MEMBER
Back-to-back defending champions Jerry Closinski and Dave Fay were upset this past weekend as upstarts Paul Katchmar and son Joey Katchmar hung on for a one shot victory. Three teams had it seven under through the first eleven holes, but only the Katchmars would add another birdie and finish with a 64. When speaking to the press Jerry Closinski stated, “If we won every year, it wouldn’t be that fun.” His dejected partner, Dave Fay, interjected… “Oh, yes it would.”
Paul Katchmar looks to ride the momentum of this best ball victory into this coming weekend’s Rome City Men’s Amateur. No one has ever won both “majors” back-to-back.
BRAD, PHIL, & HERBIE WIN THE SUMMER GOLF POOL PARTY
Brad Badolato, Phil Uvanni, and Herbie Clark staged a dramatic come-from-behind victory this weekend at the Summer Golf Pool Party. Three shots behind Team Quiet Mike at the turn, the eventual winners birdied their last three holes to win the mid-summer classic by one. Team Quiet Mike (Wes, Morgan, DQ, and Quiet Mike) sprinted out to a 29 on the front nine but ran out of gas and fired a 36 on the back – settling for second place. This was Herbie’s second consecutive Pool Party victory. In a related but unconfirmed report, the winning trio was rumored to not have bought a round of drinks to celebrate their win. If this allegation is true, it would be the first time in thirty years such a travesty has taken place.