Top of the World rides Hamm to Pro-Am victory
NISKAYUNA Familiarity with Mohawk Golf Club’s scoring secrets paid off in a big way for the top team, top professional and top amateur in the 25th annual Neil Golub Invitational Pro-Am Wednesday.
Tournament host Golub’s team, which was captained by Top of the World head pro Tom Smack and spearheaded by three-time
Mohawk Member-Guest champion Tim Hamm, fired a 62 to edge host pro Jeremy Kerr’s team by one shot. Hamm led the way with a four-under-par 67.
Shaker Ridge Country Club assistant pro Scott Berliner won his second low-pro medal by matching Hamm’s individual score. Berliner also was the low pro when he led his team to victory in 2008.
The pro-am used a best-ball-of-four scratch format in the team competition. Many of the top pros from the Northeastern New York PGA, as well as numerous amateurs from the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association, competed for prizes before attending a dinner hosted by Golub at his residence. The event also raised money for the Double H Ranch.
“We’ve been running this tournament for a long time,” said Golub, a five-time Gazette Senior County Amateur champion. “When we first started this, Nabisco used to sponsor pros to compete in pro-ams. We began with the Hebert brothers, Lionel and Jay, from the PGA Tour, and we’ve been doing this ever since. I think the local pros and top amateurs enjoy the competition, and they also like the idea of giving something to charity.”
The Hebert brothers each won the PGA Championship, and were frequent visitors to Mohawk Golf Club.
Golub’s team included Smack, the longtime former head pro at The Sagamore and a former NENYPGA Player of the Year, as well as Hamm and Bob Jordan. Hamm, a former Mohawk member who was a standout at Emory University, has been living in Chicago and was a volunteer golf coach at DePaul. He recently moved back to the area and will be in the Capital Region working on his IT business before moving to Minneapolis.
“I’m trying to play in as many tournaments as I can before I leave,” said Hamm. “I’m playing in the McGregor Invitational, the Edison Invitational and the CRAGA Stroke Play before I leave. I’ve been playing well all summer here. I’ve been hitting the ball great, but sometimes the putter has let me down. I’m working on a conventional putting grip, but my claw grip has been reliable in the meantime.”
Team scores: Top of the World (Tom Smack, Neil Golub, Tim Hamm, Bob Jordan), 62, Mohawk Golf Club (Jeremy Kerr, Bill Moll, Bob Coan, Peter Meckler), 63; Albany Country Club I (Matt Felber, Steve Watts, Howard Marwill, Bob Murray) 65, Schenectady Municipal (Brian Damon, Mike Trunzo, Tom Hayden, Jeff Sperber), 65; Shaker Ridge CC (Scott Berliner, Don Blaha, Len Goldstock, Mel Wilcove), 65; Van Patten (Mike Behan, Mike Carroll, David Grand, Eric Minkiewicz), 66; Albany CC II (Glenn Davis, Chris Roberts, Dennis Leslie, Rich Smathers) 66, Western Turnpike (Herb Moreland, Dan Russo, Bob Fuerst, Dave DiGesare), 66; Colonie G&CC (Frank Mellet, Bill Frutchy, Steve Goodman, Wes Holloway), 67; Peak Performance (Kent Tarkleson, Neil Manasse, Bruce Barach, Geoff Pappas), 68, Saratoga Golf & Polo (Kevin Hughes, Brandon Haase, Mike Mashuta, Larry Schechter), 68; Colonie G&CC II (Ian Breen, Steve Quillinan, Jack Gold, George Amedore), 68; Mohawk GC II (Matt Daley, Peter Gold, Mark Chandler, Don DeSimone), 69; Pinehaven CC (Scott Warren, Matt Clarke, Al Massaroni), 69; Country Club of Troy (Mike Kucera, Bill Sweet, Jerry DeAngelus, Carm Mazzotta), 70; Wolferts Roost CC (Tim Lonergan, Mike Bayus, Bob Kosineeski, Dennis DiGesare), 71; Rolling Hills at Antlers (Rick Wolcott, Jerry Pedinotto, Sal Pipito, Tom Oppedisano), 71.
Low Pro: Scott Berliner 67, Matt Felber 71, Ian Breen 72, Kevin Hughes 72, Jeremy Kerr 73, Frank Mellet 74, Matt Daley 74, Glenn Davis 74, Herb Moreland 74, Brian Damon 75, Tom Smack 75, Kent Tarkleson 76, Rick Wolcott 78, Tim Lonergan 83, Mike Behan 86.
Low Amateur: Tim Hamm 67, Mike Trunzo 71, Brandon Haase 73, Chris Roberts 73, Bill Moll 74, Mike Carroll 74, Matt Clarke 74, Rob Coan 75, Eric Minkiewicz 75, Bill Frutchy 76, Dan Russo 76, Jack Gold 76, Peter Meckler 77, Mike Bayus 78, Bill Sweet 78, Bruce Barach 78, Carm Mazzotta 79, Rich Smathers 79, Bob Kosineski 79.