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Jolly Swingers still going strong

Jolly Swingers still going strong

Schenectady Municipal Golf Course is home to many fun, loyal and “experienced” golf leagues. Its pla

Schenectady Municipal Golf Course is home to many fun, loyal and “experienced” golf leagues.

Its playability, challenge and overall enjoyment from several different tees are several of the reasons it’s one of my favorite courses in the entire Capital Region — and I’ve played on my share.

That’s also why I was very interested in a note that Val Emerle sent me regarding the Jolly Swingers league, which has been celebrating its 50th season this summer at Muny.

A women’s league that plays every Monday morning, the Jolly Swingers began simply as a way two good friends — Peg DeForest and Helen Kergel — could develop their new hobby.

According to Emerle, DeForest and Kergel decided to take up golf and began taking some lessons. They only played once a week in the beginning, but they were soon joined by a group of six other women. They formed a league that was originally called. “The Flower Girls.”

An interesting twist to this league is that it originally competed only during May and June, and then picked up again in September and Oct­ober. The reason was that all the league members had children who were home from school in the summer. They couldn’t afford to play and leave their kids at home unattended.

The informal league grew into a more formal 32 player-circuit with members who ranged in age from 30 to 80.

“Helen came up with the name Jolly Swingers, which seemed to fit us perfectly,” said Emerle. “We were swingers, and definitely jolly.”

Emerle said that DeForest is still alive and living in an assisted living facility in Vermont. Although the Jolly Swingers league has dwindled in numbers, there are still 16 members who play every Monday at 8 a.m. from April to August.

I appreciate the heads-up on the league from Emerle, who is more known for her work at nearby Stadium, where she helps out on the desk and also runs a junior clinic/league there.

UNIQUE PREPARATION

The SUNY-Cobleskill golf team prepped for the upcoming season with a Ryder Cup type of competition for the “President’s Jug.”

Developed by head coach Joseph McCarthy, the reigning North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, the event was played both at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club and Canajoharie Country Club. “Team USA” defeated “Team International” by a 11 1⁄2 to 4 1⁄2 margin.

“The basic premise of this event was to enhance our team chemistry and bonding through competition,” said McCarthy. “Golf is both a competitive and enjoyable sport, and I thought this would be a great way for us to provide a quality experience for our guys, so we can connect them to each other and the college.”

The Fighting Tigers just missed out on a trip to the NCAA Division III tournament a year ago, when they finished second at the NEAC championship by two shots after shooting a school-record total of 299 in the final round. Four team members earned All-NEAC honors, including NEAC Player of the Year and league champion Travis Deuel of Queensbury.

Other top returners include Ian Wilson, last year’s NEAC Rookie of the Year, junior Josh Manko (Sharon Springs) and senior James Sullivan (Port Jervis). University of Rhode Island transfer Shawn Westridge, and Fort Edward graduate Wyatt Gorham, who was a 2014 New York State Public High School Athletic Association qualifier, and fellow freshman Dylan Mulvihill (Shenendehowa), are other top players.

CHIP SHOTS

Jordon Guay of Peru and Caitlan Blydenburgh of Castleton-on-Hudson were the respective boys’ and girls’ 16-18 age division players of the year on the Northeastern New York PGA Junior Tour. Other champions in their age divisions were Jake Hommel of Kingston (boys’ 13-15), Aidan Fitzgerald of Albany (boys’ 8-12), Madison Braman of Loudonville (girls’ 13-15) and Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park (girls’ 8-12).

Saratoga Lake Golf Club will host its Scramble Tournament Oct. 4 with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $270 per four-person team or $70 per single. Entry fee includes pastries and coffee before tee off, lunch at the turn and a buffet at the end. Entry deadline is Sept. 28. Call 581-6616 for more information.

Rotary District 7190’s 15th annual Golf & Bocce Tourn­ament to benefit the Gift of Life Foundation will be held Sept. 11 at Rolling Hills Country Club. Entry fee is $125 for golf and $65 for bocce. The golf entry fee includes lunch and beverages and food on the course. Contact David Rey at 372-2297 for more information.

The next Eastern New York Golf Association tournament will be Wednesday at Frear Park in Troy.

Many of the top local amateurs will be competing in the Wolferts Roost Invitational Friday through Sunday.

Local pros are set for their NENYPGA Southworth Senior Professional Championship Monday at Mohawk Golf Club.

The 22nd annual Sokol’s Golf tournament, to benefit the Center for Disability Services Foundation, will be held Friday at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg. Entry fee is $95 per player, and includes golf, lunch, cart, a steak dinner and prizes. Call Tina Kelly (832-6124) for more information.

HOLES-IN-ONE

Joe Kochan aced the 143-yard ninth hole with an 8-iron at Pinehaven Country Club.

At Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, Phil Kaufman holed out with a 4-hybrid on the sixth hole. It was his third career hole-in-one.

Paul Tessier found the cup with a 4-iron on the 191-yard 14th hole at Eagle Crest. That was the second perfect shot of his career.

Mike Wuest Jr holed out with a sand wedge on the 123-yard 23rd hole at The Edison Club.

Dan Zocco delivered his hole-in-one with a 9-iron on the 120-yard 14th hole at Mill Road Acres.

At Saratoga Lake Golf Club, Jim Brown hit a 7-iron for an ace on the 150-yard 17th hole.

Joe Bartlett holed out a pitching wedge shot on the 130-yard 17th hole for his second career hole-in-one at Fairways of Halfmoon.

EAGLES

Graham Patton, 14, recorded an eagle-2 on the par-4 eighth hole at Bay Meadows Club in Queensbury. He holed out with his second shot on the 340-yard hole with a 9-iron. This is his first year of playing golf.

Matt Nazadowski (third hole), Brandon Conrad (fifth), Mike Bower (10th) and Frank Jablonski (10th) each joined the eagle parade at Amsterdam Municipal last week.

Chip Boardman eagled the par-4 first hole at Eagle Crest Golf Club.

Rich Duda chipped in for an eagle on the par-4 16th hole at Mechanicville Golf Club.

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