Farewell Gino Turchi
Gino Turchi always told you exactly how he felt, and he never pulled any punches.
I liked that about him, and I'll miss his frankness. He was a good friend.
Gino died today at age 96. He was a local golfing legend and icon. No doubt about it.
He not only built but also owned Eagle Crest Golf Club when it was called Northway Heights, and he helped design and build several other courses, as well.
A fantastic golfer, he was basically a scratch player in his prime and competed on nearly 1,000 courses in his long playing career. He once captured the National Superintendents Championship and posted four holes-in-one.
In his later years, Turchi became more known for his philanthropy, especially with both Siena College and the Schenectady YMCA. He helped fund the Siena golf team with scholarships, and Siena named Turchi Road outside of the Alumni Recreation Center, and Turchi Theatre after him. The Schenectady YMCA's Turchi Center is named after his late son, Eugene.
Turchi was a member of The Edison Club Hall of Fame as well as several other Hall of Fame in the area. He was once the honorary captain for the amateur team on the Gazette Cup team that competed against the local pros.
Whenever I used to play at Eagle Crest, Gino would always come out and watch me play -- and give me advice, whether I wanted any or not. We kept in touch often, and he always knew what was going on in the local golf scene.
I will miss him tremendously. So will the local golf and Siena College communities.