Golf column: NEWGA’s historic present; Swedick’s letter from Obama

Golf column: NEWGA’s historic present; Swedick’s letter from Obama

As McGregor Hyperlinks marks its one hundredth anniversary, the course is celebrating with a season filled with actions, together with internet hosting a Northeastern Girls’s Golf Affiliation occasion. On the July 7 companions occasion, McGregor co-owner Joe Kehn introduced NEWGA president Donna Heskett with a present: A shiny cup with the inscription “N.E.W.G.A. Founders Cup.”
The trophy that has been amassing mud for about 25 years was found within the basement of the clubhouse. McGregor member Christine McKnight, who additionally performs for NEWGA, eliminated years of dust and tarnish from the engraved memento. McKnight was instrumental in returning the cup to NEWGA, based on Heskett. 

“We thought it was greatest to offer the cup again to NEWGA, the place it belongs,” Kehn stated through the presentation.

Kehn, a longtime superintendent on the course in Wilton, is a local of Wynantskill (Rensselaer County). He operated Windy Hills Golf Membership — a course he designed and in-built Greenwich — for 14 years. In February of 2020, after 12 years working at McGregor, he turned a co-owner with Invoice Ahl. The Founders Cup dates from 1965 to 1985, and Heskett has been gathering details about the award from longtime NEWGA members — some whose names are etched on the trophy. A type of names, Nancy Kroll, is on the board of NEWGA and a seven-time NEWGA champion.

“Apparently it was awarded to the low web qualifier for the NEWGA championship, which was match play years in the past,” Kroll stated. “I don’t bear in mind it, however others do.”

The names etched on the cup are acquainted: 1965 – Mrs. Howard Snively, Mrs. Edward Murray, Mrs. Matthew Paul; 1966 – Mrs. L Walter Eger; 1967 – Mrs. Herbert Ellis, Mrs  Duane Fuller; 1968 – Mrs. Douglas Coupe, Miss Peggy Farney, Mrs. Douglas Coupe; 1969 –  Miss Kathy Farney; 1970 –  Mrs. A L Sayles; 1971 – Mrs. Herbert Ellis; 1972 – Mrs. Frank Campbell; 1973 – no itemizing; 1974 – Mrs. Arnold Hatch; 1975 – Mrs. Thomas Clemente; 1976 – Miss Leslie Fienberg, Mrs. Richard Sauers; 1977 – Mrs. Harold Friedman; 1978 – Denise Farnum; 1979 – Kathy Smith; 1980 – Mrs. Richard Sauers; 1981 – Karen Krug; 1982 – Gwen L. Johnson; 1983 – Nancy Jane Kroll; 1984 – Sandy Weckter; 1985 – Ilene Gaffney. “It’s good to have again a bit of our historical past,” Heskett stated of the group, based in 1929.

Letter from the president

Talking of historical past, this can be a particular week for Albany Academy for Women’ golfer and  reigning Part 2 champ Kennedy Swedick, who made a cost up the leaderboard Tuesday to qualify for match play competitors within the U.S. Women’ Junior Championship on the Columbia Nation Membership in Chevy Chase, Md. When she arrived for the match, she and her fellow opponents every had a letter from a member ready for her. That member was Barack Obama, the forty fourth president. 

“Every one in every of you has completed one thing actually particular,” he wrote in a signed missive on his letterhead dated July 9. “You’re among the finest gamers in junior golf, taking part in in its largest championship, on a USGA stage.”

Along with some native course information (hold the ball beneath the pin on the thirteenth gap), he concluded with this recommendation: “In between your follow swings and inexperienced studying, take a second to cease, go searching and savor the expertise. As a result of it doesn’t matter what occurs on the course, this can be a week you’ll bear in mind for the remainder of your life.”

NEWGA winners

The winners of the July 7 Crew Play occasion at McGregor was the foursome of Sue Kahler, Mary Assey, Roxanne Andrews and Mary Scatena. The primary three are from Ballston Spa. Scatena performs out of Pinehaven. The subsequent occasion is Mondayh, the Gail Purdy Brophy best-two-balls-of-four at Glens Falls.

25 years at Troy

After suspending final 12 months due to COVID,  the twenty fifth Troy Girls’s Invitational was scheduled for Sunday and Monday. The occasion was restricted to in the future due to downpours on each days. General winners have been the crew of Susan Kahler and Kathy Harkins, each of Ballston Spa, who received with a 1-under 70 within the better-ball-of-two match. 

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