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Golf Guide: ENYGA tournaments still the best deal in town

Saturday, April 9, 2011
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The best deal in town, especially for the 50-and-over set, is the Eastern New York Golf Association.

Despite challenging economic conditions over the last couple of seasons, the ENYGA has thrived with its weekly events. ENYGA players are loyal, and the fact that their tee times and foursomes are guaranteed throughout the season entices them to show up every week, even in poor weather conditions.

“We’re definitely one of the best deals in town,” said ENYGA president Ron Farrigan, who runs the whole show from tee to green.

“We averaged over 100 players per event last year. We definitely had another good year.”

Not much changes in ENYGA circles. The dues remain at $25 per year, and the greens fees are $26, plus cart. Almost all courses on the ENYGA schedule mandate the use of carts, but that’s just fine with ENYGA members, some of who find it a little harder to get around on foot these days.

Gift certificates to pro shops on the ENYGA schedule are awarded in each class for the top gross and net performances.

There are several special events on the ENYGA schedule. The Lou Torre Two-Man, named after the late longtime Gazette golf columnist, will be held June 6 at Sycamore Country Club in Ravena. The Harry and Bonnie Clark Memorial ABCD Championship and dinner is set for July 13 at Orchard Creek. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start for that event.

For more information on the ENYGA, call Farrigan at 269-7454.

SCHEDULE

APRIL

18 — at McGregor Links Country Club; 25 — at Ballston Spa Country Club.

MAY

4 — at Van Patten Golf Course; 11 — at Queensbury Country Club; 18 — at Burden Lake Country Club; 25 — at Mt. Anthony Country Club.

JUNE

1 — at Fox Run Golf Club; 6 — Lou Torre Two-Man at Sycamore Country Club; 15 — at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club; 21 — at Brookhaven Golf Course; 29 — at Town of Colonie Golf Course.

JULY

5 — at Winding Brook Country Club; 13 — Harry and Bonnie Clark Memorial ABCD Championship, 9 a.m. shotgun; 20 — at Rolling Hills at Antlers Country Club; 27 — at Pioneer Hills Golf Club.

AUGUST

3 — at Town of Colonie Golf Course; 10 — at Kingswood Golf Links; 15 — Four-Man Scramble at Mohawk River Country Club, 8 a.m. shotgun start; 24 — at Hiland Golf Club; 31 — at Frear Park Golf Course.

SEPTEMBER

7 — at Fairways of Halfmoon; 13 — at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course; 21 — at Eagle Crest Golf Club; 26 — at Stadium Golf Club.

 
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