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Down the Fairway: A tournament Moll would enjoy

The latest golf column from Bob Weiner
Down the Fairway: A tournament Moll would enjoy
Bill Moll
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The late Bill Moll would have loved this tournament, and you can be sure he would have played in it.

Featuring a unique format, plenty of prizes at stake and a chance to celebrate one of the most popular golfers in Capital Region history, the second annual Bill Moll Triple Play Championship will be played Sept. 23 at Eagle Crest Golf Club.

This two-person team event is open to both scratch amateurs and pros. Teams can be composed of two amateurs or one amateur with one pro. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start for the first 18 holes, which includes nine holes of two-person scramble and nine more holes of two-person Chapman-Alternate Shot. After a break for lunch, there will be a repairing, based on score, for the final nine holes, which will have a two-person best-ball format.

Cost is $220 per team, with an optional skins game available at $40 per team. Make checks out to Eagle Crest Golf Club and mail them to Eagle Crest Golf Club, 1004 Route 146A, Clifton Park, N.Y. 12065.

The format sounds intriguing, and many of the area’s top amateurs and pros should be in the field.

I’m also very happy that the tournament carries Moll’s name. He was one of the classiest individuals I ever met. A former pro, he was also heavily involved in harness racing at Saratoga Raceway and was a longtime Schenectady fireman.

The first Eagle Crest Shoot-Out champion and a club champion there numerous times, Moll also made a name for himself as a three-time Gazette Schenectady County Amateur champion and a five-time Gazette Schenectady Senior County Amateur titlist. He was such a strong player as a senior that he stepped in to play against the pros when he was named the amateur captain for the annual Gazette Champions’ Cup, which pitted the top 12 players from the Northeastern New PGA against the top 12 on the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association point list.

Moll died in February of 2018. I still miss him.

WHAT’S ON TAP

With a couple of months still left in the golf season, tournament play is not over. There are numerous major events on the schedule at all levels.

Along with the Moll Triple Play, amateur men also can play in the Normanside Invitational Sept 7-8, the Haggerty Two-Man at Schenectady Municipal Sept. 28-29 and the seventh annual WNYT Capital Region Golf Championship at Colonie G&CC Sept. 28.  A local qualifier for the New York State Men’s Mid-Amateur is set for Sept. 12 at Town of Colonie Golf Course.

Area women will play the NEWGA Senior Championship Sept. 9-10 at Oneonta Country Club, while the high school boys and girls will compete in sectionals in early October.

Local club pros still have several majors on their schedule, including the NENY PGA Professional Championship Sept. 10-11 at Saratoga Spa Golf Course, the NENY PGA Match Play Championship Sept. 24-25 and the Tour Championship/OMEGA Champions Cup at Albany CC Oct. 8-9.

CHIP SHOTS

Guilderland native Bob Royak, 57, of Alpharetta, Georgia, beat 55-year-old Roger Newsom of Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1-up, to win the 65th annual U.S. Senior Amateur Golf Championship at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina, this week. Royak was one of three golfing brothers; the others were Paul and Jack, who grew up in the Capital Region. He won the NYS Junior Championship in 1979. Loudonville resident Matt Clarke, formerly of the CC of Troy, also competed in the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Mary Jo Kelly of Wolferts Roost CC, a former NYS Women’s Amateur champion and five-time NEWGA champion, and Tiffany Maurycy, a former New York State Junior Girls titlist formerly of Mohawk Golf Club now living in Denver, Colorado, each competed in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Ace Hardware’s Wilton RSC 17th annual Upstate Empire Classic Golf Tournament at Airway Meadows Golf Club raised $35,000 for the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.

The Eastern New York Golf Association’s remaining schedule includes Wednesday at Orchard Creek, Sept. 11 at Columbia G&CC, Sept. 18 at Pioneer Hills, Sept. 25 at Fox Run Golf Club, Oct. 2 at Schenectady Municipal and Oct. 9 at Normanside CC.

HOLES-IN-ONE

Jack McDonald registered his first-hole-in-one on the third hole at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

Also at Schenectady Municipal, Alex DeMarco aced the sixth hole.

At Mohawk Golf Club, Jimmy King posted his second career hole-in-one with a pitching wedge on the 141-yard 15th hole.

EAGLES

Bob Kristel eagled the fourth hole at Mohawk Golf Club.

At Amsterdam Municipal, Mike Radzevich eagled the par-4 second hole, and Curt Frey eagled the par-5 10th hole.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected] or @BobWeiner58 on Twitter.

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