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FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello  

In 1492, 529 years ago, Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered America.  Play Waubeeka on Monday, Oct. 11 for $14.92 PP, cart not included.  You must have 4 people to reserve your own tee time, or you may be put with others in order to fill the tee sheet and leave room for another foursome.  Book online now or call the proshop 458-8355.

This Sunday is our Open Mixed Scotch.  This should be our strongest field ever~~look for some good numbers and hope for some great weather!

Great member news~~Our dues for the 2022 season will remain the same!  We had our best year ever and our way of saying ‘Thank you’ is to let our members play for the same cost we charged the past 3 seasons!  Unheard of you say? --We appreciate your support...and good news for new members in 2022....the initiation fee will not go up either!  Join today - become a part of the Waubeeka family! 









Bryson DeChambeau did not win the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship last Friday!  He sure did gain a lot of fans and a lot of respect though, and he brought a lot of attention to a long ball hitter by the name of Kyle Berkshire!  And - he elevated this particular competition to heights it had never before seen!  There were plenty of winners who came out of that competition; will Bryson enter next year?


Unbelievable comeback by the Williams Women’s Golf Team this weekend.  The ladies recorded scores of 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, to break the Taconic Golf Club record set the day before by Amherst College!  Williams Sophomore Tiyana Zhuang also won tournament medalist honors with a 74, 71, 145!

Last Saturday, Jake Martinez turned 12 years old.  Two weeks before he was 12, he made 2 holes-in-one in the same round, (Odds are 67 million-to-1)!  Watch that guy get some college offers! 

David Schiele from Aurora, Ohio is writing a book “Teeing Off Along the AT” about his golfing experience along the 2200 miles of the Appalachian Trail while his wife Charmaine, hiked!  He played at Waubeeka on June 1 of this year, one of 175 courses covering 900,000 yards, 13,000 strokes, 500 miles in a golf cart, all while his wife hiked from GA to Maine covering a span of 8 years! He came back in September to play Waubeeka again!  It was the last course he played.  ‘I loved your course.’
 

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT - Brian Bartlett            

 Maintenance and bunker sand play a huge role in the quality of a golf course.  Now is the time to plan for where and which bunkers require more USGA approved sand!  It is a never ending battle in the spring when rocks bust through and are visible from frost push up!  Our philosophy has always been to improve and reinvest in our natural resources.  Every day we want a better golf course than we had yesterday!

FROM THE KITCHEN: TAVERN ON 7   

Available this week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday only, Rib-Eye steaks cooked the way you like with all the trimmings!  Reservations are required.   458-6000.

FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele 
 

PXG & Cobra will be here tomorrow demonstrating their newest clubs, scheduling fittings, or letting you just demo their clubs from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Come out and get yourself set up for next season!  Make sure to sign up for an hour block to do a PXG fitting.  Cobra requires no appointment.

The NEW hours for the golf shop and range are:  Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday 7:30 AM to 6 PM; however, the driving range closes at 4 PM on Sundays for a shave and a haircut!

Pro Shop Credits - All pro shop credits for every tournament played in 2021 must be redeemed by Oct. 31.  Use them or lose them!

The Legion Golf Tournament  still has some openings available this Saturday, October 9th. This year’s tournament will be in honor of Dennis Dostie!




Mt. Greylock High School will be having their Golf Tournament fundraiser on Sunday, October 17th. It is a 1 PM shotgun with lunch starting at noon.

Congratulations to Al Stalker who won the low gross portion of the Berkshire County Seniors and Don Mead who won 2nd low net last Wednesday in the  Berkshire County Seniors which was held at Greenock GC. The Seniors event scheduled for yesterday at Wyndhurst was cancelled due to guess what…. yes...RAIN!

This week's Sunday Sweeps format was Stableford Points. 1 point awarded for a bogey, 2 points for a par and 4 points for a birdie.

 

Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:   


 When Ron Beck was named Head Golf Professional at Crumpin- Fox Club (in the late 80s I think) I had already been an established member for a few years. (My checks cleared most of those years).  From Day 1 Ron was a hit with the membership and also assigned to oversee the building of the second nine holes.  He was a true PGA Professional and his accomplishments as the Director of Golf at the Fox are too numerous to mention here.  When Ron left the Fox in Bernardston to become the DOG at all three Golf The Fox courses which included Fox Hollow in Florida and Fox Hopyard in CT, it was a major blow to our membership but a great opportunity for Ron and his family.  I ran into RB on Monday at a gathering to honor long time member Jack Varley who recently passed away.  If you wonder how he has fared since he took on new horizons, wonder no more.  How about:

*CTPGA Hall of Fame inductee
*Found annually in the Top Ten golf instructors in CT
*Top 50 in US Junior Teachers in USA
*CTPGA Teacher of the Year
*CTPGA Golf Professional of the Year
*6 time winner of Horton Smith and Bill Strausburg Awards
*Callaway Master Staff Professional

He is currently Director of Golf Coaching at the Northeast Performance Institute in Portland, CT.  He resides in the Nutmeg State with wife Jackie and their three daughters.

The turnout for the "Varley Gala" was excellent and the rain did not dampen the gathering.  A couple of Ron's former assistant professionals were on hand, including John Demko of Deerfield and Bob Jan of Chicago.  Bob Jan has also had an impressive resume since moving on from Crumpin Fox. He is ranked as one of the top PGA club pros in Illinois with a mantle of awards in his trophy case.  His wife Gayle, who also worked at Crump, attended the event.  Bob spent a couple of years at Medinah, yes, that Medinah.  I also had the pleasure to meet their 26 year old son who also is quite a player.  Nick Jan was ranked #18 in the country as a junior player and landed a full ride to D1 Loyola Marymount in L.A.  He recalled playing in events that included Jon Rahm, Aaron Wise and many others currently playing on the PGA tour.  Nick is currently a scratch golfer living in Denver.  He impressed members in his group by knocking a four iron from 230 yards over the pond on the par 5, 8th hole to give himself an eagle putt.  My good friend John Demko left the golf business to enter law enforcement and is currently looking forward to retiring from the Hampshire County Department of Corrections.  John is still hitting it well and soon will have his shoulder tweaked.  He still is an active instructor of the golf game.  A recent report ranked Crumpin-Fox Club as 33rd most difficult public courses in America and the 8th hole in the TopTen toughest par 5s in New England.  Maybe that is why many of the members either choose to go around the pond rather than try to go over it and donate a couple of golf balls.  Years ago while playing in the Open Two Ball up there, after completing the 8th hole we watched the group behind us hit their approach shots.

Current head Professional at Taconic Josh Hillman and his college teammate at URI Jim Salinetti were not hesitant to load up their second shots and both knocked it close.  Josh who grew up on the course and Jimmy Sal were not intimidated at all.  Josh also teed it up for Varley and had an impressive team that included his dad and his young son Jacob.

 

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


Wildflower created by Joseph Chirchirillo, who resides in Bennington, Vermont is one of our loveliest cement displays, mounted directly in front of the clubhouse and visible from Route 7.  Stop in for a burger and then go to josephchirchirillo.com to view some of his other works. 
Joe has been essential in growing the North Bennington Outdoor (NBOSS) Sculpture Show, has acted as curator at several shows and is well connected with artists all over the Northeast!

PGA Tour -  Sam Burns, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, won The Sanderson Farms Championship being played at the Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi by a single shot over Nick Watney and Cameron Young.  Burns had 4 birdies over the last 9 holes to seal the deal!

Today, all eyes are at TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.  (Ricky Fowler is in the field).  The pros will remain in ‘Sin City’ for the following week’s CJ Cup!  What they do in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

Coming up in Vegas at Wynn Golf Club’s Fazio course the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest golf feud of the year in this made for TV battle~~ Bryson DeChambeau vs Brooks Koepka!  Charles Barkley will announce the 4 PM start and Phil will be there, one way or another.

LPGA Tour
Duke grad Celine Boutier won the ShopRite LPGA Classic by Acer at the Seaview Hotel, near Atlantic City, NJ.  She finished ahead of an all star field, including the #2 and  #3 ranked golfers in the Rolex standings, Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park, who missed a 10 foot birdie putt on the last hole to send the match into a playoff!  The broadcast team, for the first time in history, was an all-lady team headed by the popular Judy Rankin and Kay Cockerill!

Today play will begin for the LPGA Founders Cup at Mountain Ridge, West Caldwell, NJ, just 117 miles from last week’s ShopRite Classic.  The ladies will save on travel expenses this week!

 

DEEP Thoughts - Join Waubeeka now and play basically free golf until the end of this season.  Your deposit will be applied to your iniation fee, which can be paid over time.  Weatherman is predicting 70's next week!


 

Waubeeka Golf Links
137 NEW ASHFORD ROAD ROUTE 7, WILLIAMSTOWN, MA 01267
413.458.8355    www.waubeeka.com
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