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CARL KOLOGIE: Jimmy aces a hole

by on February 23, 2014 1:50 AM

Sooner or later, you knew it was bound to happen.

For more years than I care to remember, we have made an annual trip South to play golf.

Friday morning we teed off at 6:50 a.m. — yes, that’s a.m. — at one of the finest courses near the Disney complex area in Orlando, Fla., Celebration Golf Club.

Before we could even wipe the remaining drowsiness out of our still-sleepy eyes, we got word that a member of our group ahead of us had just scored a hole-in-one.

Of course our first comments were, “Wow, is this going to cost him a lot of money,” as traditionally in golfdom, whoever aces a hole, buys the drinks.

So Jimmy Dinardo, a regular with the Greensburg contingent that makes the Southern Swing every year, had mixed emotions as he counted heads. There were nine of us.

Dinardo, who carries a single digit handicap, canned his tee shot on the 169-yard third hole of the Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. designed course.

Due to the contour of the green, no one saw the ball disappear into the hole, but it was there when they arrived at the green.

That was the good news. The bad news was that after the round, Dinardo was stuck with a bill at lunch that included $16 pitchers of beer. Gulp!

Needless to say, most of the celebrating was done later at a less-classy tavern.

Dinardo, a Greensburg resident, plays out of Valley Green Golf Course near Greensburg, as do the other members of the group that included Rodney Quartz, Bruce Miller, Jerry Begonia, Phil “Buck” Tlamack, Scott Gillis, Tom Altman and Ed Kimmel.

Kimmel is my contact with this group as we have been traveling south together for more than 20 years and have become fast friends.

So, after winter golf trips with the Valley Green crew at Myrtle Beach and Santee, in South Carolina and various locations in Florida, someone finally scored the ultimate shot.

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

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Last week I got a call from former Indiana resident Phil Pettina, who was vacationing in Orlando with his wife, Carol.

Pettina, who worked at NBOC in Indiana, retired from a bank in Latrobe.

His son, John, is a financial adviser in Indiana and an assistant football coach at Indiana High School.

Tuesday he spent the day with us at Lake Wales and we teamed up with Indiana residents Lou Sutton and Hugh McKee for an afternoon on the golf course.

Wednesday he joined the Greensburg crew and we played at a course in Kissimmee.

Hopefully, we will join the Westmoreland County guys for one more round at Kissimmee on Monday morning, but not at 6:50 a.m.

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We had other visitors here at Lake Wales from Indiana last week.

Bernie “Buzz” Liscik and his wife Elaine, along with Georgia Scerbo, stopped to visit with Bill and Maxine Bartlebaugh, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend.

Bernie, a retired principal at Homer-Center, and his wife are vacationing in Florida and one of their stops was at Melbourne, where Georgia is staying.

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I was disappointed when I read about the Indiana High School loss to Montour in the WPIAL playoffs.

It was an exciting and enjoyable season watching the talented Lil’ Indians.

Congratulations to the team and coach Greg Lezanic for a memorable and entertaining year of basketball.

Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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