What a week for unbelievable golf shots at a pair of courses right down the road from each other.
Fred Andersen nailed one of the most challenging shots in Capital Region amateur golf history recently when he recorded a hole-in-one on the 347-yard par-4 eighth hole at Hillcrest Golf Club.
It’s tough enough to hit a tee shot that long, let alone that accurately.
Ken LaBelle Sr. then posted one of the rarest shots in golf when he recorded a double eagle on the par-5 15th hole at Briar Creek.
The 15th hole at Briar Creek is extremely short for a par-5, but it is guarded by trees in front, and if you go long, your ball sails into a creek just past the green. It’s usually a smart play to lay up to the right on your second shot, so you can hit a short wedge to the green.
But I must admit, I’ve gone for that tiny green in two several times over the years, just for the slight chance I might have an opportunity for an eagle. It never worked out.
Congratulations to both Fred and Ken. Memorable shots indeed.
One of my favorite things to do every summer is to try out new golf equipment, and I found another great club last week.
From Thomas Golf, I purchased a 2-hybrid, and it worked extremely well right out of the box after I got into a tough situation over at Schenectady Municipal. Nice feel with a graphite shaft, and the clubhead is both easy to align and to elevate the ball out of some tricky lies. Like my Adams Tight Lies 3-wood, the ball jumps off the clubface.
Thomas Golf is quite an on-line golf company that sells every club from putter through driver. Most interesting to me is a complete line of hybrid clubs, even right down to the sand wedge.
I have found that every hybrid I hit is much easier than either a wood or an iron, and I recommend that average players who are having trouble hitting longer irons, or longer woods, for that matter, should switch to hybrids.
Also quite interesting are the tips that Thomas Golf sends you through email once you make a purchase. Extremely helpful.
Hillcrest Golf Course will host an unusual four-person scramble with a twist for “Rotterdam Opportunities for Youth” Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. Players can only use three clubs. Entry fee is $75 and includes golf, cart, lunch at the turn and dinner. ROY supports youth to pay for sports gear, uniforms, Rotterdam Parks, etc. Call Hillcrest at 355-9817 for more information.
The SUNY-Cobleskill Athletic Booster Club will host its third annual Fighting Tigers Club tournament Sept. 26. Entry fee for the two-person scramble will be $95 per team member. There will be an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Entry deadline is Sept. 12, and the field will be limited to the first 136 players. Call 255-5127 for more information.
Bob Donohue shot his age (79) three times in July at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
The 20th annual East Greenbush Fire Company Firefighters Golf Scramble will be held Oct. 5 at Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie. Entry fee is $95 and includes golf, cart, gifts, snacks, lunch and clam bake after golf. The field will be limited to 128 golfers. Call Tim Boel at 858-2332 or Mike Benson at 477-7496 for more information.
The Shaker Ridge Invitational will be held Friday through Sunday at Shaker Ridge Country Club.
Next stop on the Eastern New York Golf Association’s weekly tour will be the annual Two-Man Scramble today at Mohawk River Country Club & Chateau.
Local amateur women will play in the Mixed Invitational at McGregor Links Country Club on Wednesday.
Local club pros from the Northeastern New York PGA have two events this week. Today, the YMCA Pro-Am will be held at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. On Wednesday, the Senior Stroke Play will be contested at The Edison Club.
The Gazette’s Bryce Hume golf tournament, for Daily Gazette employees, retirees and friends, will be held Aug. 31 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. Entry fee is $50 and includes lunch and prizes. Scoring will be done with Calloway net. The field will be limited to the first 24 players, and tee times begin at 9 a.m.
Duanesburg Area Community Center will hold its annual golf outing to support community services Sept. 12 at Orchard Creek Golf Club. Entry fee for the four-person scramble is $125 before Aug. 23 and $135 after. The fee includes Continental breakfast, golf, cart, gift bag, driving range, prizes and a barbecue lunch. Entry deadline is Sept. 6. For more information, call 895-9500.
McGregor Links Country Club will host the Mark Printsky Memorial Tournament Thursday. Entry fee for the scramble tournament is $100 and includes lunch, golf, cart and hors d’ourvres. Printsky was the former superintendent at McGregor. For more information, call Brian Goudey at 859-2953 or Craig Cochran at 860-3602.
Tiger Woods, who pulled his name from Ryder Cup consideration because of his bad back, will not play in the seventh annual Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge at Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Atyunote Golf Club Aug. 27.
Saratoga National Golf Club hosts the seventh annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic, to benefit the Catie Hoch Foundation,
Aug. 25. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $250 per golfer and includes golf, beverages, lunch, cocktail hour and dinner. Call Darren Bennett at 580-5363 for more information.
Tom Hoffman used a 1-wood to ace the 213-yard eighth hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
At the Edison Club, Gene Kimura holed out with a 5-wood on the 170-yard 13th hole.
Dave Paradis hit a 4-hybrid for a hole-in-one on the 155-yard sixth hole at Eagle Crest Golf Club.
Bill Pirillo of Troy used a 3-hybrid for hole-in-one on the 173-yard eighth hole at the Country Club of Troy.
At Saratoga Lake Golf Club, Don Raux found the cup with an 8-iron on the 118-yard fifth hole.
Tammy Crawford aced the 117-yard third hole with a 7-iron at Airway Meadows Golf Club.
At Briar Creek, Bob Piche and Jake Milne eagled the 15th hole while playing in the Footwedge league.
Len Kaisand eagled the 13th hole while playing in the 300 league at Eagle Crest Golf Club.