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VanAlstine will be missed

Andrey VanAlstine felt comfortable playing with the very best golfers -- and the very worst.

But she wanted to beat them all.

VanAlstine, who was a longtime member of Pinehaven Country Club and a top competitor in the Northeastern Womens' Golf Association since 1972, died last week at 84 of complications from a stroke.

She was well liked by the entire golfing community. Although her swing was homemade, her putting stroke was magnificent and helped her win four women's club championships and seven senior women's club titles at Pinehaven CC.

She was a big help to me when I used to run the Gazette Women's Amateur individual stroke play event. She passed the word around and helped us gain larger and larger fields. She never missed a tournament, and later was just as helpful when we switched the format to a team event.

VanAlstine was a SUNY-Cortland and UAlbany graduate who was born in Cherry Valley but lived most of her life in Rotterdam. She was a guidance counselor in the Schalmont School District for 31 years and devoted her spare time to golf, the game of Bridge and volunteering at the Schenectady Inner City Ministry.

She will be missed.

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