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Greetings from Waubeeka
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FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello

Congratulations to our new members Mary Ciuk and Jackie Moran, who competed in their first Women’s Allied event at Wyantenuck and won 4th place net…great job, ladies!  And, a shout out to good friends, Sara D’Arcangelo and Theresa Collins for winning First Gross!

It has been reported that area golf courses have had a few break-ins.  The thieves are targeting unlocked cars.  So far, we have been lucky at Waubeeka. But, please, always lock your car….you certainly don’t want anyone stealing those clubs that have been so good to you!

Have you seen the new trikes that have been delivered to Waubeeka?  They look like so much fun.  I’ve heard some people say they intend to start golfing just so they can ride one.  Members and non-members…9 holes~$13/$15…18 holes~$20/$25.  With the weather in the 90’s on Saturday and Sunday, it will be a perfect day to try something new! 
Waubeeka had a few weddings last season and everyone said what a wonderful venue it was.  We have a new 6 passenger cart to take the bride and groom and wedding party up to the prettiest hole on the course.  If you love the outdoors, you can’t beat the spot we have chosen for you. And how about a hot air balloon ride to culminate the festivities!

Congratulations to Jenna Thomas from North Adams for taking the GOLD at the Special Olympics USA recently held in Orlando, FL!  Jenna bowled three games of 96, 91, and 123, a total of 310 to win!   You go, girl!

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT - Brian Bartlett

This week we verticut the greens, and work continues on the 4th hole cart path which is looking pretty good!

FROM THE KITCHEN -

By now many of you have met our bar manager, Cindy and our new waitperson, Jill. What a wonderful addition these ladies have made to our club!  Thanks for all you do to please our customers and the rest of us as well.  We certainly couldn’t do it without you!

FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele

Click here for the link for the Allied Senior which is being hosted by Torrington Golf Club.  

We are finishing up the first of my three Junior Golf Camps today. We began on Tuesday and covered the short game. Day two involved a quick review and we moved into the full swing. We are concluding today with the full swing and a little review and then a mini golf tournament. Camp 2 begins next Tuesday.


The FREE Sunday Juniors program started last week. The class runs from 1-2 for instruction and then snacks follow afterwards. Hope to see you there.

Saturday is DEMO DAY! Cobra and Cleveland will be here with their products for you to try. Cobra will begin at 11:30 and Cleveland will begin at 12:30. 

The Two Day Men’s Member/Guest applications are out! Stop in the golf shop to get your team registered!

The Sunday Sweeps this week was Odd Holes. First Gross was claimed by Todd Shafer while Jake Jowett and Ken Hodgdon tied for Low Net. Second and Third place was claimed by Jim Crews and Geoff Tatro on the Gross end while Fred Scully and Denny Lawson tied for Third Net.

The new Golf Wurx Golf Trikes are here! Get your motor running, head out on Waubeeka…. You get the rest(Steppenwolf)! Red, Gold, Yellow or Tan. What’s your choice?

Range Hours
Monday 9-7 (weekly mowing)
Tuesday thru Saturday 7-7
Sunday 7-5 (cleanup night)

Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:










 

Congratulations to the Mounties of Mount Greylock baseball team for their State Title. Coach Rick Paris worked his magic to win the title without the benefit of a hit in the championship game played at Fitton Field on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester.  "Beek" member  Eddie Noel was always known for trick plays and having his troops well prepared for any in-game situation. I think coach Paris took a page out of Eddie's book, "Sometimes you have to manufacture runs.”
Mount Greylock....State Champs ...sounds great!

From my couch to yours. I don't claim to be Oprah but if you follow college and AAU basketball you must read BLACK MARKET by Merl Code. The first chapter concentrates on how Zion Williamson ended up at Duke after South Carolina and Clemson "took care" of his family and how his family took advantage of those two schools. That is only chapter one. 

It was a good weekend for the Keegans. Keegan Bradley of New England had the time of his life being the local favorite in the US Open at The Country Club in Brookline. Keegan posted a T7, 279 and left the grounds with a check for $ 515,934.00. On Saturday Bernie Keegan of Berkshire Hills shot a career best 79 and aced the 5th hole. It was her first hole-in-one. I know there is a horse named Keegan's Bluff who probably ran somewhere and won. You go, Keegans!

Back in the mid 80s I was fortunate to play the Brookline course. At that time the course was open to all the town police and firemen one day out of the year. I was paired with a Brookline cop at the Miller Eastern Amateur at Oak Ridge and he extended me an invite. So I was a cop for the day. He also got us into the 88 Open won by Curtis Strange. The course is great but not an ideal venue for spectators. Those folks spotted yesterday sitting on large rocks did not look very comfortable. I don't think they mentioned it on the coverage over the weekend but parking is a major problem. There is a muni course next door to The Country Club and they have always parked cars on the fairways at Putterham Meadows. If Mr. Deep owned that course ?? I can only imagine.

I can recall in 1988 when there was a knock on the door of a surgeon who worked at a Mass General  Hospital. The house attached to the door was worth more than all the houses on my street. The gentleman doing the knocking told the homeowner, "We would like to rent your house for the week.” "You have the wrong house, my home is not for rent.” This house was located about a 3 wood from the first tee of the Country Club. I think Larry Bird lived a few doors down. To save on newsprint the agent representing Michael Jordan opened up his checkbook and soon Michael had his luggage shipped in. The homeowner insisted that there be no cigar smoking on the grounds. The doctor accepted the offer that was too good to refuse. The check cleared.   

Sorry Celtic fans! I guess it will be a wait until next year summer. Steph Curry seems like a guy that I would like to play a round of golf with; however, I would not be playing him with any cash on the line. I wonder if they allow retired cops at his club.

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June 16, 2022 was a sad day for fans of Western Mass amateur golf. Dick Murphy of Springfield passed away at the age of 76. "Murph" was, simply put, the best golfer to compete in the Connecticut Valley as he dominated the tournament scene during the 70s and 80s.

How so, you ask ?
How about this for a resume:

* He won 50 four-ball events
* He and partner Ron Goldsmith won 25 two-ball events
* He was a two time N.E.Public Links Champion.
* He won 5 Western Mass Amateurs. 
* He was the Franconia Club Champion 8 times.
* In 2007 he was inducted into the Western Mass Golf Hall of Fame.

Greg Orlik who had quite a golf career at Springfield College and in many tournaments had this to say about his adversary, "One of the most gracious men I have had the pleasure of competing against. A true gentleman."

In the winter when the golf courses were under snow, Murphy excelled in the back court for some City  Championship Cathedral H.S hoop teams. He was a floor general and point guard for the Panthers who brought his lunch pail with him to every game.

He only averaged single digits for two years but his value was displayed in many other ways.

Let’s see who Murph had to defend during his career. I'll start with Henry Payne of Commerce (28 ppg) Dwight Durant of Tech (29 ppg) in high school over 40 in college. Murphy also had to deal with Frank Scago when the St Joe bus rolled in from Pittsfield.

In the first game vs Commerce in 1964 Commerce scored 58 points, in the second half, to win 97-65 over CHS. Henry Payne scored 29 with 17 assists. It could have been worse as the Red Raiders were 25 of 41 from the foul line.

Later in the rematch before 2700 fans, with several hundred more turned away by police, the outcome was quite different. Final score CHS 65-Commerce 63. Murph brought his lunch pail holding Henry to 19 points while scoring a career high 14 himself.

That was Dick Murphy, whatever it took.

He was a first class gentleman who was respected by all who knew him.

He is already missed.

LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour took us to the Meijer Classic for Simply Give in Belmont, MI which wrapped up on June 19th. With a birdie at the second playoff hole, Jennifer Kupcho went home with the win. 

What's in Jennifer’s bag you may be wondering:

Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5°, Graphite Design Tour AD XC 5 Stiff shaft)
Fairway wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5°@13.6°, Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S shaft)
Hybrid: Ping G410 (22°@21°, Graphite Design Tour AD Di 75S shaft)
Irons: Ping i210 (4-PW, Ping Z-Z65 shafts)
Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (54° & 58°, Ping Z-Z65 shafts)
Putter: Ping Prototype PLD Kushin
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Today starts the beginning of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Bethesda, MD at the Congressional Country Club. 

PGA Tour

The 22nd US Open Championship was held at The Country Club right here in Brookline MA. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 122nd Open, becoming the 13th player to win both the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur, and just the second (Jack Nicklaus) to accomplish that feat at the same venue.

Want to know what to carry with you if you want to play in the US open?

DRIVER: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 TX shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Ping G425 Max (14.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei AV 65 TX shaft, G410 (20.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 TX shaft
IRONS: Ping i210 (4), S55 (5-PW), with True Temper CFS shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts
PUTTER: Bettinardi DASS BB1 Flow Tour Dept
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x
GRIPS: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 

Today brings up to the start of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, CT at TPC River Highlands. 
 

DEEP Thoughts 

Well, another set back…I am back in the hospital, but at BMC, much closer to home. Low blood pressure is the cause this time.  Happy to report the team here has that finally under control and I was able to walk a short distance with the help of my “angels,” the nurses here at the hospital.

I also loved seeing my good friend Marion Hyde who stopped by on Tuesday after playing in the Pittsfield Invitational.  I promised her I would keep plenty of her favorite beverage in stock at Waubeeka and that hopefully someday I will share a cocktail with her.  

This journey I am on has many ups and downs, but I appreciate all the good wishes and support I have received from so many good friends.  Please continue your prayers.



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