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August 3, 2015 - 12:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, sports, golf, Pembroke Teachers Federation.


Submitted by Aaron Brown.

On July 31, members of the Pembroke Teachers' Federation participated in the inaugural PTF Open Championship at Terry Hills. Low score was earned by Ron Funke.
August 1, 2015 - 8:35pm


Mike Gringer, of Spencerport, hits his tee shot on hole #1 at Terry Hills this afternoon during the Ricky Palermo's Spinal Injury Research Golf & Dinner Extravaganza.


Ricky Palermo


Gavin Prout, Richard Furlong and Gee Nash with Palermo.

July 11, 2015 - 8:00am


(Photo above from left, back row (adults): Elba Troop 42222 leader Darcy Sewar, Oakfield Troop 42141 leader Jeanine Corbett, Laurie Shepland  -- VP of Human Resources, Ian Wetherbee -- volunteer coordinator, and Norm Hubbard, Golf Tournament Committee chair. Girl Scouts, front row, from left: Ariana Wolff, Laci Sewar, Rylee Wissinger, Abby Gardner and Ava Flores.)

Chapin International, Inc., is hosting its upcoming 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Terry Hills Golf Course, 5122 Clinton Street Road, in Batavia. Each year employees raise funds to support local organizations.

“In past years we have chosen the Domestic Violence group of the YMCA, Crossroads and last year the Boy Scouts,” said Norm Hubbard, Golf Tournament Committee chair.

This year’s selected charitable organization is Girl Scouts of Western New York.

The charity fundraiser started out raising $2,000 and last year we raised over $6,000 for the Boy Scouts. Each year it has steadily increased. There are 27 hole sponsors, along with many other local contributors. The more sponsors we get will equally be divided up and recognized throughout the tournament.

Below, Girl Scouts from Elba and Oakfield troops stuff 200 golf appreciation bags provided by Chapin.


With more than 750 mailings locally, we have three local car dealerships sponsoring a hole-in-one and chance to WIN a car as one of the special events: Castilone Chrysler Dodge and Jeep, Ken Barrett Chevrolet Cadillac, and Toyota of Batavia.

“There is no large prize for winning because we want to keep the charity in mind,” Norm said. "We recognize teams that are mixed, men, and women including Chapin’s employees. Other special events include closest-to-the-pin, longest drive, closest-to-the-line and a chance to win a set of golf clubs on the day of the event only."

The registration starts at 11 a.m. with a putting contest for a chance to sink a put and win a recliner from Max Pies Furniture as a Grand Prize. Multiple puts that sink go into a draw pool to decide the winner. There supplemental prizes, too, and lunch for everyone at noon so nobody is left out and everyone will walk away with a prize.

The golf shotgun starts at 1 p.m. and wraps up at 6, with dinner and awards following.   

To register, sponsor or donate visit the tournament Web site at:

June 15, 2015 - 4:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Le Roy Country Club, golf, sports.


It it rains, it floods at the Le Roy Country Club, at least when it rains like it has recently. 

A creek that cuts through the lush green fairways on the front 9 often overflows with an abundance of water, and according to course pro Robbie Sinclair, the "lake effect" is often teeming with wildlife after a big storm. I tried to make it out today while several herons were at the pond, but only came across this duck hen and her ducklings.

All 18 holes remain open for golf, though the normally par 4 second is reduced to a par 3, with a tee shot over a lovely water hazard.



June 1, 2015 - 12:52pm


The annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic is underway at Terry Hills today. The entire Buffalo Bills team attended the morning's events, which included for the players a long-drive contest and a football throwing contest.

Above, head coach Rex Ryan wallops one during the long-drive contest.

Jim Kelly on the anniversary of the Bills' Super Bowl run and the prospect for the Rex Ryan era.

Jim Kelly on Rex Ryan.

Jim Kelly on tournament fun.

Jim Kelly on continuing the tournament.


Players react to a teammate's errant tee shot during the long-drive contest.


A player reacts to his own errant tee shot.


Players participate in the football throwing target contest.


Actor Dennis Haskins (TV show "Saved by the Bell") with Kathy Leffel. Leffel lives on Clinton Street Road and has for years on tournament day invited her friends over and served brownies from under a tent in her back yard to any celebrity golfers who stopped by. Most years, all the big stars do, such as Dan Marino and Jim Kelly himself. Leffel has sold the condo and will be moving, so this is probably the last year of the brownie party.


May 31, 2015 - 3:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, golf.

Early in the spring, we contacted all of the Genesee County golf courses to get information on public golf tournaments. We thought since there are so many tournaments during the summer, golfers might appreciate being able to plan in advance with tournaments they would play. Below is the information we received back or just otherwise know about.  The list is likely incomplete, but it's the best we can compile at this time.

Terry Hills Golf Course:

  • June 10 -- Leadership Genesee 12:30 p.m. shotgun, $100 per golfer
  • June 12 -- BNAR (Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors) for Mercy Flight 12:45
  • July 20 -- Young Life 12:30 p.m.
  • July 29 -- Chamber of Commerce (for more information, click here)
  • Aug. 1 -- Ricky Palermo Tee Times TBD
  • Aug. 11 -- Leone Memorial 12:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 16 -- AAA for WNY Veterans 1 p.m.
  • Aug. 30 -- Alex’s Place, 1 p.m., for Crossroads

Batavia Country Club:

  • Thurs. June 11 -- Genesee/Orleans Ministry of Concern
  • Fri. June 12 -- Gillam Grant Community Center
  • Sat. June 27 -- Matt Luxon Memorial
  • Sat. July 25 -- Batavia High Football
  • Sat. Aug. 1 -- Crossroads
  • Fri. Aug. 7 -- Genesee County Cancer Assistance
  • Thurs. Aug. 20 -- Van Hulbert Memorial
  • Sun. Aug. 23 -- Jim Thompson Memorial
  • Wed. Sept. 16 -- Mercy Flight

Stafford Country Club will once again host the Genesee ARC golf, tennis and bocce ball tournament. It is July 13. There are a variety of packages available. Click here for more information.

At the Le Roy Country Club on Aug. 22, the third annual Andrea Mangefrida Memorial Golf Tournament will be held.

September 2, 2014 - 3:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, golf, Le Roy Country Club.

Le Roy Country Club hosted its annual club championship this weekend and Steve Paladino notched the win.

Second went to Brian Sinclair.

Photo submitted by Brian Sinclair.

August 16, 2014 - 1:09pm

Fourty-eight golfers turned out today at the Le Roy Country Club for the 2nd Annual Andrea Lynn Mangefrida Memorial Fund Golf Tournament to benefit Stepping Stones Learning Center. 

Stepping Stones is a center for children with autism.

Andrea Lynn Mangefrida was 3 years old when she drowned in a swimming pool mishap in 2011.

Following the tournament, there will be a basket raffle and dinner with as many as 150 people attending.

Above, Jason Saile, James Sheflin, Darryl Streeter and Mike Sheflin, who are looking to defend their title from last year.

July 21, 2014 - 6:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, golf, Stafford Country Club, Genesee ARC.

The Genesee ARC today held its 38th annual golf tournament at Stafford Country Club, which also included tournaments in bocce ball and tennis.

Above, Steve Pies watches a put just barely slide by the cup during his tournament round.

Ken Barrett hitting a tee shot.

Ray Shirtz playing tennis.

Krysia Mager, Lisa Dechau, Bob Bennett and Marth Bailey, the champion bocce ball team.

Representatives from Alpina yogurt at the bocce ball tournament. Alpina was a silver-tier sponsor this year.

June 10, 2014 - 5:41am
posted by Norm Itjen in golf.
Event Date and Time: 
September 27, 2014 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
June 9, 2014 - 12:51pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, golf.


Adam Baumeister (Lancaster, NY) and Chris Mandia (Highland, NY) capped off the 2014 golf season at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Golf National Championships held at the Chautauqua Golf Club last week and both golfers finished in the top-40.

Baumeister ended the four-round tournament in 11th place and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. He shot a combined +15 (303), which was 18-strokes off the lead. He began the week shooting a 78, followed with a 74 on day two, shot a 78 on day three and fired his low round of 73 on day four.

Mandia shot +35 with rounds of 82, 79, 82 and 80 (323). He finished tied for 38th place.

The 76 player field was paced by Nick Thompson of Sandhills Community College (N.C.), who finished the tournament at three-under par (285). Sandhills CC won the team title.


Full tournament results:

June 2, 2014 - 9:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, golf, terry hills, Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic.

Jim Kelly wasn't at Terry Hills today for the 28th annual charity tournament that carries his name because he's weakened by chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer.

At the start of the tournament his brother Dan had his head shaved both to honor his brother and to raise money for the Kelly for Kids Foundation. He challenged all of the golfers -- donors, athletes and celebrities to follow his example and over the course of the day, many of them did. (Cutting his hair, above, Michelle Napierala).

The Hall of Fame quarterback may not have been at his event this year, but he was there in spirit. Blue "Kelly Tough" T-shirts were everywhere and friends, such as ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, spoke of Kelly's toughness and said that toughness is why he'll beat cancer and be back at Terry Hills next year to host his tournament. 

Former Bill and CBS Sports broadcaster Steve Tasker said much the same thing.

“We miss Jim being here,” he said, “but at the same token, it’s because of Jim’s presence and the quality of this event and what this event means – this is more than just a bunch of guys getting together for another event; this is like a reunion, not just a team reunion, but a family reunion for a lot of guys who’ve known each other for a couple of decades. The tournament’s been going on for 28 years and these guys are lifelong friends. The fact that Jim can’t be here today won’t change that.”

A fan gets her picture taken with the Bills 2014 #1 draft pick Sammy Watkins.

Former NBA star Gus Williams stops for a free brownie on the ninth hole, where a group of Batavia residents hang out every year to hand out treats to the stars and maybe get an autograph or picture.

Tasker talking with the media.

Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone with a group of Bills fans.

Berman talks with the media.

Actor Dan Baldwin, center, with his group on the first tee.

Tasker teeing off to start the tournament.

Mike Ziegler, a professional golfer and long-drive champion, would, for a donation, hit the drive for golfers on one of the back holes.

June 2, 2014 - 3:13pm
posted by Valerie Brey in golf, Tournament, GLOW YMCA, Camp Hough.
Last Saturday May 31st YMCA Camp Hough, located at Silver Lake, had its annual open house. There was a great turnout of parents and their kids at the event making it a great success. At the open house team members of the YMCA showed parents around the camp facilities and spoke about events were held each week. Parents and children were even able to participate in rock climbing, archery, a camp craft, and roasting s’mores while touring the facility. Families were pleased with what they saw and registered their children while there. On Monday June 2nd the GLOW YMCA held its annual golf tournament at the Silver Lake Country Club. This event also had a great turnout and had a beautiful day to play 18 holes. People had a great time reminiscing with each other and even meeting new people. The golf tournament is held every year to help fundraise money for camper scholarships and to buy new equipment. YMCA Camp Hough starts June 29th and runs through the middle of August having a total of 7 weeks during the summer. For more information go to or call 585.237.5160
June 2, 2014 - 3:07pm
posted by Valerie Brey in golf, Tournament, GLOW YMCA, Camp Hough.
Event Date and Time: 
May 31, 2014 - 1:00pm to June 2, 2014 - 5:00pm
June 2, 2014 - 1:26pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, golf.


Genesee Community College's Adam Baumeister (Lancaster, NY) and Chris Mandia (Highland, NY) will take aim at the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Golf National Tournament this week at the Chautauqua Country Club in Chautauqua, NY. The four-round tournament begins on Tuesday and will conclude with the final round on Friday.

Baumeister brings experience to this year's championships after finishing 23rd in last year's national tournament as a freshman. He medaled three times this spring and finished in the top-ten of every event, including a fourth place finish at the Region III Championships. He was an All-Region selection for the second year in a row this season, shooting an average round of 75.3.

Mandia earned his entry to the national tournament after winning a playoff at the Region III Championships. The freshman finished 15th and was selected to the All-Region team. He shot an average round of 80.5 this spring and had four top-ten finishes including two in the top-five.

The Chautauqua Country Club and host school Jamestown Community College have hosted the national tournament every year since 1999. Golfers from over 20 states and 40 colleges will compete for the national title and round-by-round results can be found online: or by following Genesee Athletics on Twitter: @GCCSports.

May 21, 2014 - 10:48am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, golf.

(Tom Moynihan)


Genesee Community College head golf coach Tom Moynihan has been chosen as the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region III Coach of the Year.

In his third season at the helm, Moynihan guided the GCC men's and women's golf program to a successful spring season. The Cougars placed no lower than third in any regular season team event this year, including a first place finish at the Jamestown Community College Invitational. Sophomore Adam Baumeister (Lancaster, NY) earned three individual first place finishes and Genesee placed fourth as a team at the Region III Championships earlier this month.

"We are very fortunate to have Tom as part of our coaching staff," said GCC Athletic Director Kristen Schuth. "He is great at recruiting talented athletes that have a passion for the sport. The coach of the year award is very well deserved." 

Genesee placed two individuals, Baumeister and Chris Mandia (Highland, NY), on the All-Region team and both will compete at the NJCAA National Tournament June 3-7 at the Chautauqua Country Club.

Moynihan is the third head coach at GCC to receive coach of the year honors in 2013-2014. Women's soccer head coach Jeff Reyngoudt and men's basketball head coach Terry George were also recognized in their respective sports. Moynihan resides in Alexander with his wife Patty and has three children and nine grandchildren.

August 28, 2013 - 9:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, golf, terry hills.

Press release:

Club Championships were held on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. The Championship Flight winner was Bob Chmielowiec. Runner-up was Matt Lee, who made a dramatic charge on Sunday to shoot a 76, but fell one shot short. “B” Flight winner was Jim Dommer, followed by Ray Valtin. Congratulations to all the golfers.

The Ladies Championship was also held. This year’s Club Champion is Danielle Rotondo.  This is a repeat Championship for Danielle. Runner-up is Jean Berry, followed by Nancy Bachulak and Terry Starowitz. Congratulations to all the golfers who took part in this year’s Club Championship. Thank you for a great season.

The Fall Golf League begins Wednesday, Sept. 4.

June 10, 2013 - 3:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, golf, Stafford, Stafford Country Club.

There's a new energy at Stafford Country Club says club President Marc Staley, with more activities for families and improvements to the golf course that keep it interesting but also make it more playable for those who aren't long hitters.

Stafford is in its 91st year and has had good times and bad times, Staley said, but things seem to be on an upswing these days.

"We try to make sure people come out here and enjoy themselves, that's number one," Staley said. "We have a top-notch course that's playable, a tremendous outdoor pool -- the largest outdoor pool in Genesee County -- a fish pond, bocce ball, tennis, sledding in the winter, dining -- there's a lot of things that are very family friendly about the place."

Stafford, being a private club, has the reputation, of course, of being elitist and stodgy. That might have been true at one time, Staley said, but that was then and this is now. There are more women members and more children around.

"We're working hard to get the word out as a board that this isn't some stuffy place, not some place over in Stafford where only rich people go and hang out and smoke cigars," Staley said. "I think it had that feel to it for many years, and I think by design. A lot of members liked that persona, but times have changed."

It's hard to dispel the myth, according to Staley, because the club's charter prohibits it from spending money on marketing.

The club also can't advertise its membership fees, which are considerably lower than one might expect and for avid golfers as affordable, at least, as playing open-to-the-public courses on a weekly basis.

"When people contact us, they're typically shocked that there's no initiation fee and that there's a dues structure that's payable over 10 months," Staley said. "For a family that's playing 30 or 40 rounds of golf a summer, whose husband, wife and kids are playing, it is every bit as affordable as playing those rounds on a public course where you're paying greens fees and renting a cart every single time. Every time you go, it's a hundred or hundred and twenty bucks if you take a family."

An annual full family membership with unlimited golf is a bit over $3,000, plus members are obligated to spend at least $600 a year on food and drinks, which helps ensure the club can afford to keep staff on its payroll. 

There are also tiers of membership for people who don't play as much golf, or don't play golf at all. A social membership (you can still pay greens fees for up to three rounds a season) is $600. That gets you unlimited access to the clubhouse, pool, two clay tennis courts and all social events.

In recent years, the number of social memberships dropped off, Staley said, but the board is working at incorporating more social events into the calendar to bring some of those members back.

Staley said his experience is typical of many of the family members -- he joined when he was single and 28. Back then, it was all about golf. Now he's married with two young children. His wife golfs, but the family spends a lot of time at the pool (which is has its own food and beverage service) and participating in family events, such as scavenger hunts and family meals.

Six times a year the Staleys participate in the club's "Nine and Dine" event, which puts two couples in a foursome for a best-ball tournament and then the players enjoy a meal together.

It's a great way, he said, for members to meet each other and get to know each other better.

One of the big social events, Staley said, is the annual bocce ball tournament. It's a packed house with an Italian buffet that night.

The big annual events are the club's invitational golf tournament, in which members must invite a guest, and the fall tournament, in which members can play each other. The tournaments tend to be packed, Staley said, and even attract galleries who follow the play.

The course opened in 1922 and was designed by Walter Travis, a renowned course designer who had already built several beautiful courses in the Northeast, including Orchard Park, Look Out Point and Cherry Hill.

In the middle part of the century, some of the Travis-designed features were lost and the club has been working over the past 15 years to bring those features back and to make other improvements to the course, Staley said.

An example at Stafford is shaving the grass shorter on the aprons of the greens. Most of the greens have slopes and mounds around them that can make hitting a green more challenging, but also give the golfer more creative options for pitching, chipping and putting.

"During times of economic stress, maintenance decisions get made, not just at our course, but other courses, too," Staley said. "If you look at some of the history of the courses in Rochester that have been around for years, they change. You really have to make a concerted effort to put them back to play the way they were designed. Only then can you see the brilliance of the designer."

One of the projects under way at Stafford is to build more forward-placed tee boxes. It's part of the USGA's "Play it Forward" program. With more young golfers, more women and more seniors, golf courses need to become more playable.

"When you come out here you want to enjoy yourself," Staley said. "You don't want to get your butt kicked for four hours."

There have also been trees removed that weren't part of the original Travis design, or because they've become diseased; and there has also been a major renovation of the bunkers.

There's a whole, multi-year master plan for improvements.

"It will take us a lot of years and a lot of money to do it, but we're trying to stay committed as a board to doing something to move it along, move it in the right direction," Staley said.

Staley thinks a lot of people in Genesee County simply aren't aware of what Stafford has to offer or what a unique opportunity Stafford offers to golfers who would enjoy a private club membership. He said board members hope they can start to change the Club's image.

"If you picked Stafford up and dropped it in the middle of Perinton, we have a different story here," Staley said. "You would be paying $15,000 or $20,000 up front just to get in the door, but we not here. That's the beauty of this place. It's sort out in the middle of nowhere, and for people who live in Le Roy or in Batavia, you really have a gem out here, a beauty of a place."

On the Web: Stafford Country Club.

June 8, 2013 - 11:37am

Today is the 7th annual Dave McCarthy Memorial Golf Tournament at Batavia Country Club.

McCarthy was an avid athlete who died in a car accident in 2006.

A field of 144 golfers along with 60 sponsors are raising funds to support athletics in Batavia, including hockey scholarships, Little League, and helping economically disadvantaged families get their children into hockey.

Billy Sutherland, Dan Fix, Mike Sisson and Kevin Rogers.

Paul Spiotta, kneeling, Brett Decker, James DeFreze and Jim DuRei.




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