The late Bill Moll was one of the most respected and revered golfers in the Capital Region, but he was also a long-time Schenectady fireman and Saratoga Raceway horseman. That triple-play facet of Moll’s personality inspired good friend Bill Paulsen Jr. to come up with a special tribute later this month.
The Bill Moll Memorial Triple Play, a two-man partners tournament featuring three different formats over 27 holes, will be played Sept. 21 at Eagle Crest Golf Club. Participants will compete in nine holes of scramble, nine holes of Four-Ball (best ball) and nine holes of Chapman (alternate shot). Teams can win awards in each format as well as for the overall best score.
Entry deadline is Sept. 17. Entry fee is $190 per team, which includes golf, motorized cart, lunch, beverages, the prize fund and a donation to the American Cancer Society in Moll’s name. Send entries to Eagle Crest Golf Club, 1004 Route 146A, Clifton Park NY 12065.
Moll, who died at the age of 74 after a short illness in February, was well known in both the Schenectady and Clifton Park golfing circles. In Schenectady, he was a dominant force in the annual Daily Gazette-sponsored tournaments, winning three Gazette Schenectady County Men’s Amateur championships and five Gazette Schenectady County Senior Amateur crowns. He was also runner-up in each event several times.
The former playing captain for the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association in the annual Gazette Cup matches with the club pros from the Northeastern New York PGA was also an icon at Eagle Crest Golf Club in Clifton Park. The former pro won numerous club championships at Eagle Crest GC, including the inaugural, and also won the first Eagle Crest GC Shootout.
“I get choked up even talking about him,” said Paulsen, Eagle Crest GC’s owner/general manager. “I loved being in his company. We had dinner often with Bill and his wife, Carol. I loved his competitiveness. He taught me a lot about gamesmanship, yet he was a classy guy who would never do anything against the rules. We all loved him. Since many of us knew all three of his passions – golf and his jobs as a fireman and horseman – we thought this format would be a great way to remember him.”
Paulsen is hoping to have at least 40 teams. Moll’s wife will be in attendance to help celebrate her husband’s life.
Hiland Park Country Club assistant professional Scott Berliner won the National Car Rental Northeastern New York PGA Assistants Championship for the seventh time in the last nine years by shooting a two-day total of 6-under-par 138 at The Edison Club this week. Justin Hearley of Normanside CC was second with a 140. Berliner advances to the National PGA Assistants Championship Nov. 15-18.
The Wolferts Roost CC Invitational, scheduled for Friday through today, was cancelled because of a lack of entries.
Taylor Bellemare of the Country Club of Troy and Greg Stopera of Shaker Ridge CC each shot 1-over-par 73 to share medalist honors at the New York State Mid-Amateur local qualifier at Eagle Crest GC this week. Greg Bennett (75, Mohawk GC), Michael Raymond (75, Schuyler Meadows Club), Ryan Miller (77, Hiland Park), Robert Adcock (77, NYSGA e-Club), Louis Walsh (77, Ballston Spa CC, Matt McCaffrey (77, Capital Hills at Albany), Matt Smullen (77, Saratoga National), Michael Paglialonga (78, NYSGA el-club), Matt Panneton (78, Saratoga National), Nick Brooks (79 Colonie G&CC) and Shawn Smith (79, Cobleskill G&CC) also advance, along with Schenectady’s Lance Hope, who earned an exemption, to the 35th annual NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Sept. 28-30 a Wanakah CC in Hamburg.
Bob Olwert recorded a hole-in-one with a 9-iron on the 126-yard ninth hole at Nick Stoner Golf Course. It was Olwert’s third career ace.
Chris Rogers holed out for an eagle-2 on the par-4 11th hole at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.
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