2001-06-09 / Sports

Breezy Point Par-Tee News

by Marion Lynch

According to Filip Bondy, sports columnist for the NY Daily news, a US Supreme Justice made an official ruling in a golf controversy that "golf may be a skill or game--but not a sport." What a major disappointment! We’ve all been under the delusion that we had finally found "the sport" that could successfully take us through into the golden age. However, we also found out that, we must have "hand-eye coordination and steely nerves, an imaginative touch, and engage in endless practice." With such a glowing description of qualities needed to hit a tiny ball, maybe we will all decide that we won’t search further - our game doesn’t have to be called a "sport!"

Whatever, 11 teams hit the course this week and managed to rack up some great scores! Some of the ladies hitting the greens are just back after wintering in Florida –- a very warm welcome! Pat Disch had the best score of the day (66), and right behind her was Doris Neimeth (67) and Joan McNally (68). Finishing up the 60’s were Peggy Ansbro and Barbara Caramelli with 69. Another first– timer, Mildred Seligman had 70; Peggy Hurley scored 70 also; Marion Lynch 71; Murial Hellriegel, Lil Keim and Anne Prior–all ended up with 74. Barbara O’Brien, Tina Spina and Helen McDonald scored 75; Marge Driscoll, Marge O’Leary and Cathy Benoit 77; Pat Jordon, Kay Miller and Bernice Carroll all had 78; and Marie Alleva and Mary O’Rourke finished up with 79. Great work gals– scores keep improving each week!

Birdies were scored by Doris Neimeth on the first hole, Lil Hanratty on the 17th, and Anne Powers on the 18th. Congratulations to Marie Morreale who had a chip–in birdie on the 7th, Marge Driscoll who also had one on the 17th, and finally "yours truly" was walking on air with a chip–in eagle on the 11th! We all shared in the chip–in pot so have been jingling around ever since.

Despite the fact that the game had been called last week because of the miserable weather, four teams did struggle through the generally soggy conditions. Half of them even managed to score in the 60’s and 70’s–among them Peg Ansbro on her first day back from Florida with a 67, and Peg Ansbro on her first day back from Florida with a 67, and Pat Disch with 69. In the 70’s and also just back was Terry Gearity 71, followd by Lil Keim and Bernice Carroll 75, Pat Powers and Marge O’Leary 77, and Evie McVeigh 78. We even had a chip–in birdie –Marge O’Leary on the 2nd hole.

Many golfers attended the Poetry Hour at St. Edmund’s honoring Carolyn Bennett and Fr. Hogan. Willie Donnelly read a very moving dedication and poem that was very apropos to the way that Carolyn led her life. She also read a beautiful poem of how she thought Carolyn’s children would feel about their mom. Marge Driscoll did a very serious and moving piece called "There Is No God". In an ironic rendering, those so–called "accidents of nature" end up proving the true existence of a Superior Being (God). The whole hour was an outstanding tribute by many talented neighbors in memory of two truly wonderful and special friends who are no longer with us.

While the members were enjoying a bagel–coffee back at the club after the game, many different things came up for discussion. Among them were our Guys and Dolls Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th with a golf starting–time at 3p.m. and a party afterwards. There is also a trip to Hunterdon Playhouse with a summer musical extravaganza plus a wonderful hot meal and scrumptious desserts. It’s to be held on Wednesday, August 22nd under the direction of Mary Kamper. Try to make the meetings….this is the only time the committee has to hear how the members feel about important issues, and also it gives the membership a chance to get to know and enjoy the companionship of each other off the course. As of this week, we will be back to having regular lunch. Hope to see you all next week on the greens!

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