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FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the ladies from Crumpin Fox  on winning the 9th Spring Cup!  In speaking for all of our team members, we met some wonderful gals, made new friends and played some terrific golf courses!  Thank you MassGolf and Naomi Nesenoff for putting together such a nice opportunity for all women members!

International Women’s Golf Day, The Berkshire County Women’s Allied at Adams’ Forest Park and the start of the U.S. Women’s Open!  Is that a coincidence?  We all had a great time at ‘The Rock;” the course was in terrific condition, food from the Daily Grind...delicious...and Cate Chesbro, FP allied rep, did a wonderful job putting the details together. Congratulations to all the winners: my partner and I squeaked out first gross by a match of cards over Mace Foehl and Christy Abel.  First net was won by Alison Lucey and Chris Eugin.

Next Women’s Allied, 2Ball/Best Ball, is June 21st at Wahconah. Signup deadline is today, June 3.

While some of us celebrated Women’s Golf Day at the allied tournament, some celebrated at Waubeeka. Girls from the county took advantage of our specials and contests were incorporated into the Tuesday Night Women’s Golf League.

The Right Side of the Fairway: What Golf Can Teach Us about Living with Cancer by Doug deGrood….18 golf-inspired lessons for healing, preventing and living with cancer. I haven’t read it, but it sounds like it might be a very informative read.

I went to the Williamstown Historical Museum across the street from the golf course last Saturday.   Great exhibit now “Baseball in Williamstown.” I recognized lots of the names: Cameron, Judge, Odell, Hosley, White, Gardner, Kelley, Danaher, Rudnick, Upton and Bayliss!  Make a date for this Saturday; it is well worth the trip!

Inquire about the Waubeeka Farmhouse and our Stay ‘n Play Packages.

Gift Certificates and Fathers Day!!   Stop in and buy dad a gift certificate, good anywhere on our campus.  Use it for a lesson, use it for a round of golf with a cart, use it at the Tavern on 7.  Our gift certificates never expire, and for dad, the memory of Waubeeka will never expire either! 

The NCAA D1 men’s golf Championships ended last night at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale AZ. Team Champion is #3 Pepperdine University defeated #4 Oklahoma. Turk Petit from Clemson defeated Bo Jin to earn the individual championship.


We’ve been working on removing some of the brush between holes on the golf course using our brush hog.  I’m sure you will agree, it has truly given everyone a better look at the wonderful venues. Unfortunately, equipment failures stopped our efforts. Since then, everything is now repaired and we will resume cleanup.  

We are also hoping to fertilize the greens before the very hot weather of summer gets here. 

FROM THE CHEF - David Travisano

We fed the Steeplecats Coaches Christian Poulsen and Mason Heyne along with the team were quite happy after their delicious meal last Sunday evening!  First home game is this Saturday night at Joe Wolfe Field.

This week’s dinner specials:

Short Rib Ravioli finished w/ sherry demi glaze

Linguini w/ clam sauce, garnished with steam clams

Steamed Clams Rigatoni w/ sweet italian sausage

Our menu is available for take out. As always, suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

Dates are still available on the calendar for any in house parties.

Besides the plated banquets, we can now serve buffets!


FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele

Camp Waubeeka for boys & girls, ages 7 - 13 has 1 opening for June 22, 23 & 24 and 4 openings for August 10, 11 & 12.  We have added one additional instructor to keep our student/teacher ratio at 4:1!

The Flag Tournament was postponed to July 4th weekend due to the terrible weather last weekend.

The Men’s Two Day Member Guest applications are out.  We are using the same format from last year’s event and the “Wow”Beeka Tournament. The only difference is that we will have Gross and Net payouts.

Golfweek’s Northeast Junior Championship presented by USA Today is scheduled for August 22 and 23 here at Waubeeka Golf Links.  Recognized and ranked by both Golfweek/Sagarin and the Junior Golf Scoreboard, it is a great opportunity for boys and girls who are not on a college golf team to get noticed by college coaches.  If you know a young golfer 13 - 19 with a single digit handicap, who lives in the Northeast, be sure to let him/her know of the opportunity being presented to them at the iconic Waubeeka Golf Links.  The Host Hotel is the 1896 House, (413-458-1896); mention Waubeeka for the tournament rate.  We have a block of rooms reserved for August 21 & 22.

LESSONS - I want to use next week as an opportunity to work with not only higher handicap golfers, but also those lower handicap golfers with my dual radar Trackman Launcher.  Rather than read you meaningless numbers or adjust your swing, I want to spend 45 minutes giving you a Trackman test, called the Combine.  My feeling is that 45 minutes taking the Combine test will map out a program for game improvement with trackable results.  Book an appointment with me at your earliest convenience. 

President’s Cup and First Lady’s Tournament.  Play one day, twice a day, everyday or anytime June 7th thru the 13th. We are allowing you the opportunity to play more than once so that you have a chance to better your score if you wish to do so!  Cost is $20 each time you want to play! We have simplified the tournament to a one day 18 hole NET event. Play the tees that you would normally play from and post your NET score!  It’s that easy!  Every member, including MIKEY members, are eligible. When playing in the event, every putt must be holed!  Have fun!

Sending our thoughts and prayers to Cowell Family. Our good friend and employee Justyn is battling with some medical issues, and we wish him the best of luck! Not too worried though, because he is a fighter! Please consider making a donation of any size to help the family here. Proceeds will go directly to them to help alleviate some of the growing medical expenses. 

Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:

Blinkers Off

I have read 3 books on the late Yankee great Joe DiMaggio.  I can now conclude that he was one of the strangest sports icons ever. The publication that presents a shocking portrait of the complicated, enigmatic life of Joe D. is the work of Richard Ben Cramer in "Joe DiMaggio, The Hero's Life".  This is the story that DiMaggio never wanted told.  Was he strange?  As a rookie headed to spring training in Florida  he carpooled with Frank Crosetti and Tony Lazzeri, both Yankee veterans,  from San Francisco to Florida and during the 3000 mile trip he said 3 words. When Crosetti said it was Joe's turn to take the wheel he said "I don't drive.”  That was it !  He was a very lonely  and greedy man, who used people to benefit his image.  Cramer's book tells the true tale of the very interesting, but strange life of one of sports greatest heroes.

Keep an eye on a pretty talented baseball player on the Mount Greylock HS squad.  Derek Paris is a must see young player who can play multiple positions.  I first saw him play when he was a catcher on a Lanesboro youth team when he was 10 or 11 years old. Most teams at that level would get a man on first via a walk, steal second, steal third and score on a passed ball. This did not happen on Paris's watch.  He would throw out most runners attempting to advance on the bases.  I had never seen that at that level. Derek is also a high scoring point guard for the Mounties hoop team.

Where was I fifty years ago last weekend?  How about Elmcrest Country Club for the wedding of Mike and Kate Martin.  Mike and I had been teammates on baseball and basketball teams since 5th grade and our athletic bond continued through high school and college.  Mike played some serious hoops for NASC, graduating in 1971.  Mike and Kate are proud parents of daughters Maura and Sheila and current Brown University head basketball coach, son Mike Martin and a bunch of grand kids.  Mike recently retired as Athletic Director for the Springfield School System and Kate was a junior high teacher in the same system.  They currently reside in Agawam.  

A couple of editions ago I reported that NY horse trainer Linda Rice was issued a 3 year suspension from NYRA.  However she has been entering and running her horses at NYRA tracks.  The reason... she has appealed the ruling.  And now you have the rest of the story!

With multiple replay cameras and four umpires on the field, how was NY Yankee Gio Urshela able to take first base on a 3 ball, two strike count?  He either pulled off the con or lost track himself.

With all the attention around the PGA win by Phil (only one name required) a very happy bettor was at the cashier's window. This cat bet 1,000.00 to win on Lefty before the tournament began @ 300-1 odds. You can do the math, if you can't Ed Noel could help.  On the Sunday final round event Lefty was an underdog, 2 1/2 -1 even though he had a one shot lead.  (Bet $100.00 get $250.00 if he won.  Brooks was even money on Sunday.     

If any subscribers to this ever-growing Newsletter have any comments or questions or news that may be worthy of consideration to make the lineup, please let me know,

A Slice of Art - A perspective of art from the point of view of golf

We expect to have available next week an outline of the golf course with each sculpture identified along with the artist, contact info and POR!  It is truly a nice drive along Route 7, where passersby can enjoy the 6 works made by some truly great artists!  A walk within the course will produce some 7 more wood designs, mostly made with a chainsaw!

PGA Tour - 

The scene was set Sunday afternoon, Jordan Spieth with a one shot lead after 3 rounds next door to his hometown Dallas, Colonial CC, Fort Worth TX in the Charles Schwab Challenge.  The reporters could start writing the story even before tee time.  But golf is a funny game; lose focus and you lose the tournament.  Jason Kokrak simply played better on Sunday

and picked up his second win this season on the PGA Tour, disappointing both the partisan crowd and Spieth himself!  Today, all eyes are at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial, ughh aka ‘Mudmorial’.

LPGA Tour - 

Ally Ewing and Sophia Popov both played 7 matches in 5 days to make the finals at Shadow Creek, Las Vegas, in the Bank of Hope Match Play Event.  The fatigued Ewing, who married the Mississippi State Women’s golf team coach on May 30, 2020, double bogeyed the 17th hole, believe it or not, for a 2 and 1 victory over the popular Popov for the Championship and 1st wedding anniversary celebration!  Today, still celebrating WGD last Tuesday, it’s the $5.5 million 76th U.S. WOMEN’s OPEN Championship at the Olympic Club Lake Course in San Francisco.  

Excitement is in the air for this MAJOR featuring 156 pros, amateurs, 13 previous U.S. Women’s Open champions, 25 former Curtiss Cup players and 3 Olympic medalists!

DEEP Thoughts 

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, and by all accounts, the weather did not cooperate for golf playing-picnic celebrations. But, it did give us a chance to reflect on the true meaning of why we celebrate the day and it was great to see our towns able to host once again the parades and get-togethers honoring those who fought and died to secure our freedom… of them, the ability to play golf.  Thank you to all VETERANS! You are more than appreciated; you are loved.

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