2000-09-09 / Sports

Breezy Point Par-Tee News

by Carolyn Bennett

Our tournament 2000, played last week, is now in the record book but not ready for publication until the annual awards luncheon on September 14. Keeping the results under wraps is a Par Tee tradition, so the top net and gross scores, along with the highlights of the game will be reported in next week’s column. Setting golf news aside for this week, we’ll focus on people behind the news, two of our four committee members for this season.

Kate Hanratty is fairly new to Par Tee having joined just two years ago, but the Hanratty name is well known to the group. Her mother, Kay, has been a member from its start in 1982. The family is long time residents of the point having bought a bungalow in 1949 opposite St. Edmund’s church on 12 avenue. For several years only three were built there without streets or sidewalks but it was the perfect summer location for the swimming and walking she has loved all her life.

Kate was born and schooled in Brooklyn with her sister Eileen and brother Rusty. After graduating from Bayridge High, she took courses at Pace and went to a career in banking at Morgan Guarantee where she remained; though the name changed for the rest of her working life.

When her workweek was short timed to four days, she began playing golf with her father. However, she had to let it go when the company went back to a five day schedule. Her father died in 1977 and she didn’t get back into golf again until last year. Her brother died a number of years earlier due to a Brooklyn Union work related accident.

In 1983, Kate and her mother made Breezy Point their year round home. She had always loved the freedom and the wonderful setting--the ocean, the bay and the skyline of Manhattan. When she decided on retirement in 1996, she realized she was young for that drastic life change, so she took part time jobs for a while. However, she soon gave them up, opting for complete retirement and hasn’t regretted it for a moment. Now she has time to expand her interests in:

Travel-She has been to many parts of Europe, several times to Ireland, most recently just two months ago, and to Hawaii where she hopes to return to see the other islands. With her sister living in Savannah, she has fallen in love with this charming, historical city. A cross-country trip is one of her dreams now.

Creative Projects-She has done some craft work at home and occasionally been to the Wednesday night gatherings at the activity center.

Exercise-Kate makes daily walks a priority. Biking is also high on her list for enjoyment and fitness.

Service-No specific volunteer commitments as yet, but she is available to help where or when needed.

Golf-She has no expectations about being great, but finds playing regularly with other members is great in itself.

Kate believes Breezy Point is an ideal place to live, and even though the northwest winter winds can be wicked, it’s well worth it. As far as goals and future plans are concerned, she says with enthusiasm, "I’m open for anything."

Our next committee member, Doris Haller Nameith, was born and grew up in Pennsylvania farm country with one sister and a large extended family. She swam in creeks and learned about raising vegetables. After graduating from Scranton High School, she worked briefly for a bank then switched to the airlines and became a stewardess for Eastern.

Based in Woodside, Queens, she and her five roommates flew out of LaGuardia, Newark and the former Idlewild airports (now JFK). Al Neimeth came into the picture when he dated her roommate and then maneuvered to go out with Doris.

In the summer of 1959, she was invited to Rockaway Point for the first time. Al’s bungalow on Oceanside was midway between Reid avenue and The Tavern, an old Point landmark, where the Silver Gull now stands. She slept on the living room lounge chair and learned how to fish, which she still does very skillfully. Doris was on her way to becoming a seasoned Rockaway Pointer.

They were married the following year and Doris was grounded due to the airline’s policy for married stewardesses. During this time, they enjoyed traveling around the United States into Mexico. Their daughter Chris was born in 1964 and Susan the following year. When Al was appointed associate dean of Cornell Law School (his alma mater), they moved to Ithaca. Their son Steve was born in 1967 and Al was later made dean.

In addition to her busy family life Doris volunteered in school, community and church activities. She was Girl Scout leader, PTA president, traveled with the girls ice hockey team, co-ordinator for Meals-on-Wheels, and board member for the McGraw Home for the Elderly. She also took on responsibilities in the local Lutheran church and was president of the PEO sisterhood. She is presently vice president of the Melbourne Florida Chapter. The list is impressive, even exhausting, but she handles all her involvements with efficiency and energy.

Doris and Al sold their Ithaca home three years ago and are now living the good life in Melbourne at the Indian River Colony Club, a military officers community. Al is retired USAF (JAG). Among other amenities, it has a golf course, which helps explain Doris’s expertise. Their home on Sea Breeze walk shows another area of her skills, a naturally landscaped garden with colorful flowers and interesting plantings. Inside the house, Al is proud of his collection of paintings (landscapes and flowers) some by local artists.

Their three children are in the investment-banking field. Chris and her husband live in Portland, Oregon; Sue and her husband and their two daughters, Kate and Jane, live in Concord, Massachusetts; their son Steve, who works for Bear Sterns, lives the great bachelor life in the big apple.

In addition to her golf, Par Tee and Marine Park weekly, Doris enjoys biking, reading and fishing for bass and blues, sometimes surf casting at the ocean or off Kennedy’s dock. She is vice-president of Christ Community Church where her mother-in-law, Edna, also a Par Tee player, was an active member.

Before heading back to Florida, Doris is looking forward to her 45 high school reunion later this month. She also wants to thank all for the get-well wishes and cards she received on her recent hospital visits. And our thanks go to her for managing our 2000 season so well, along with the three other committee members.


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