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GOLF: Thompson leads at ICC

by on August 17, 2014 1:39 AM

An old friend popped up at the Indiana Country Club on Saturday, and people sure knew about it.

Dan Thompson, an assistant pro at the club from 2007 to 2009, fired a 5-under-par 66 to set the tone at the ICC’s club championship, taking a four-stroke lead through the first round.

Doug Gradwell is in second at 70, followed by C.J. Hughes at 71, Matt Holuta at 72 and Rick Levy and Dave Smith at 73. Don Erickson, Frank Fairman, Bill Lydick and Sean Sweithelm all sit at 75.

Sally Adamo fired an 85 to take the lead in the women’s championship. She sits one stroke ahead of Darlene Shea, two ahead of Pat Bonarrigo and four ahead of Bernadette McHugh.

The second and final round is today.

“My round wasn’t really anything spectacular,” said Thompson, a Johnstown native who rejoined the club this summer. He’s a reinstated amateur after some time playing mini-tours. “I just hit the ball in the fairway and made a few putts.”

Thompson made six birdies versus one bogey, closing with a birdie on No. 18 to make up for his hiccup on No. 17.

“The first four holes were set up very difficult, so I was trying to get through those first four about even par and then try and make some birdies from there on out,” he said.

Being familiar with the club, Thompson knows even a 66 doesn’t give him enough cushion against the group’s top players.

“If you look at our championship flight from top to bottom, you’ll struggle to find another club that has a better group of guys than we have up there,” he said. “I can’t get relaxed at all tomorrow. If I’m relaxed at all, I’ll get beat. There’s Doug right there, and Matt Holuta and C.J. Hughes are very good players, so I’ve got to be on my game to have a chance.”

Joe Geary shot a 73 to lead the first flight. Other flight leaders are: Paul Rezk, second; Rickey Miller, third; John Campbell, fourth; and Dick Bedger, fifth.


ALSO AT INDIANA COUNTRY CLUB: Trevor Todd won the boys’ nine-hole group in the Junior Championship on Friday.

Todd shot a 58. Walker Raykes took second place at 65.

Hope Cook won the girls’ six-hole group with 31 strokes, followed by Jenny Todd (38) and Maddie Todd (39).

James Mill had 40 strokes to win the boys’ six-hole group. Mason Ploskunak (42) was second.

Grace Cook won the girls’ three-hole group with a 19. Addie Raykes (22) took second, and Diora Grettler (26) claimed third in a one-hole playoff.

Chase Force won the boys’ two-hole group. He and Ryan Bell each finished with 13 strokes, and Force won in a two-hole playoff.

• Dick and Doug Gradwell, and Gary and Tyler Grube were the overall winners of the Father/Son Championship on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Gradwells shot a 73 to win the gross championship, and the Grubes won the net with a 63. The teams also were the winners in the 20-and-over age division, based on the son’s age.

In the 11 to 19 division, T.R. and John Louis Gatti won the gross with a 74. Joe and Dante Lombardi won the net at 65.

Jack and Jackie Delaney won the 10-and-under division’s gross title with a 63, and Tom and Trevor Todd won the net with a 68.

John Previte shot closest to the pin on No. 7, winning the skill prize in the 20-and-over group. Dante Lombardi shot closest in the 11 to 19 division, and Trevor Todd shot closest in the 10-and-under.


AT MEADOW LANE: Footgolf has come to Indiana.

Meadow Lane has installed “pins” for the sport described as a cross between golf and soccer. It’s open for footgolf all day Monday.

The game follows most of the rules of golf, except it uses a soccer ball. Players try to kick the ball into a cup in as few shots as possible.

The first shot is played from the tee box, so most of the same hazards and complications of traditional golf come into play.

• Nick Kanyan won the Super Senior Championship last weekend, firing a 3-over-par 73. The low-net winner was Ray Wheeler, who shot a 61.

Wheeler finished in second place in the gross scoring with a 76. Tony Super (78), Arch Brocious (80) and George Berringer (83) rounded out the top five.


AT INDIAN SPRINGS: John Blose shot a hole-in-one on No. 2 on Monday.

Blose used a 3-hybrid.

Jim Uber, Doug Dupnok and Hoss Burkett witnessed the shot.

• Lynn Bell, Kuz Pangonis, Ed Michaels and Ron McBride won Thursday’s Senior Scramble in a tiebreaker with Bob Schneider, Leroy Niehenke, Gary Leonard and Doyle McBride.

Both teams shot 63s.


ABOUT INDIAN SPRINGS AND THE VFW: There is a difference between the Indian Springs Golf and Country and VFW Post 1989, which is where the course is located.

The headline in Monday’s article about the Indian Springs club championship declared “Reed claims third VFW title.” That requires some clarification, which has been supplied by Bob Stewart, a lifetime member of Post 1989 and a representative of the post and club.

He explained, “Indiana VFW Post 1989 is a congressionally chartered corporation, and all members are veterans of combat-zone duty. Many years ago, Post 1989 formed the VFW Country Club (which is now Indian Springs Golf and Country Club) to operate the business for the post. The club is comprised of all others who meet the club requirements and wish to join.

“There are two major tournaments: 1, The VFW State Tournament is sponsored and hosted by the local post. Participants are combat-zone veterans and come from throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Not all of them are members of our post; and 2, The Indian Springs Golf and Club Championship is for members of the club who have purchased a golf membership for the current year.

“In essence, although the body of the article was excellent and addressed the fact that it was the Indian Springs Golf and Country Club championship, the headline did not indicate such. VFW Post 1989 did not sponsor the event; nor did it derive any financial benefit from it have been held.”

Eli Nellis is a sports writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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