1999-06-11 / Columnists

Breezy Point Par-Tee News

by Carolyn Bennett


Last Thursday’s rounds brought out 43 players, including for the first time this season, those who have finally come up from Florida: Dotty Chandler, Anne Ross, Ethel Savarese, Terry Gearity and Joan McNally (our co-committee head with Barbara O’Brien).

Conditions were quite ideal, sunny skies, cooling breezes, no mosquitoes, and foursomes moving smoothly and quickly. As a result, you will find more than half the players on the low scorers list. Peggy Ansburo made it to the top with her 63, barely edging past Evelyn Gannon’s 64. Peggy Hurley had her best round, a 67, along with Terry Gearity. Anne Ross, Barbara Caramelli, Joan McNally and Pat Wheeler were next at 68.

Barbara O’Brien finished at 71, followed by Pat Disch at 72 and Joan Cawley, 73. Marge Driscoll and Anne Prior scored 74, then came Mildred Murphy, Helen Currlin and Eileen Klein in her lowest game, 75. Nancy Garito also did her best, 76, along with Annette Deschler and Marge O’Leary. Helen McDonald tallied 78 while Sally Fitzpatrick, Dottie Chandler, Anne Lane and Marie Alleva cam through at 79.

The birdies and chip-ins that give a bit more color and excitement to the game were practically extinct last Thursday. Only three of each were made and one was a combination, a chip-in birdie by Joan McNally on the tenth hole. The other two birdies were captured by Anne Prior on six and Barbara Caramelli on 15. Sally Fitzpatrick executed her chip-in on 14 and Pat Wheeler did the same on 17.

There were two funerals this past week that had a bearing on the Par Tee group, one for a former member, the other for a good friend in the Catholic Club men’s golf group. Aileen Fleming was a member for just one year, in 1983, but she left an indelible impression. Ever the lady in grace and style, she also had a wry sense of humor. No one can forget her first appearance at the Riis Park course, wearing a flowing skirt, large brimmed straw hat and high heeled sandals. (Perfect for a garden party, but golf?). She was deceivingly strong and could hit the ball a good distance. It was the direction, however, that was her problem.

One time when her tee-off shot landed near the tee-off spot of another hole, the man there who barley escaped injury, looked at her and held up a certain finger. Being the well mannered lady, she mistook that for a friendly gesture, and she smiled and waved back. Though her golfing days were brief, she will be remembered throughout the Point as a generous, thoughtful and fanny lady.

Bob O’Connell was a friendly, hard working Catholic Club member who never bought the limelight as he handled a number of the club’s golf responsibilities. For several years he took part in the Guys and Dolls Tournaments until health problems became too acute. He will be missed at the coffee shop where he often lunched, and at the Catholic Club functions he frequently attended. Our prayers and sympathy are with both Aileen and Bob and with their families and close friends.

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