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Helping The Moran Scholarship Fund

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 9/10/20

The COVID pandemic has canceled the annual Billy Moran Scholarship golf outing at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club.

After almost four decades, Billy Moran's memory lives on and the scholarship …

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Helping The Moran Scholarship Fund

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The COVID pandemic has canceled the annual Billy Moran Scholarship golf outing at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club.

After almost four decades, Billy Moran's memory lives on and the scholarship fund raising efforts this year have turned to a Mail In/Internet Fundraising Campaign.

The scholarship fund in the past has given $3,000 to 39 well deserving students since 1983.

The Family and Friends of The Billy Moran Scholarship Fund committee noted that it was a difficult decision to postpone the golf outing until July 2021.

A standout three sport athlete, Billy excelled both academically and athletically. He will always be remembered as an outstanding member of the community.

Billy was killed 38-years ago, in the prime of his life, while attending spring training with his Union College team in Florida.

He died after being hit by a hit and run driver.

The family said, “his exploits on the gridiron, court and diamond are captured only in our mind's eye.”

The scholarship, established by family and friends, is awarded annually to a Sullivan West graduating senior who maintains a 90 average and also plays at least two sports. Citizenship and leadership are also a criteria.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipient of the Scholarship, Nicholas Dworetsky who is an outstanding student and athlete, playing multiple sports as well as being a referee for AYSO Soccer and coaching youth basketball.

Nicholas will be attending Misericordia University this fall to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

The scholarship committee is asking folks to consider sending a donation to The Billy Moran Scholarship Fund at 23 County Road 131, Callicoon, NY 12723. You can also donate through Paypal at the billymoranscholarship@gmail.com or on the scholarship website: www.billymoranscholarship.com Just click on the yellow Donate button in the Fund Raisers section.

For every $25 donated, you will receive a raffle entry for a foursome of golf plus cart, generously donated by Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club.

Save the date for next year's Golf Outing on Saturday July 24, 2021 at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club followed by dinner at the Rockland House in Roscoe.

Ed's Outlook

The yearly Hammer Golf Tournament at the Liberty based Sullivan County Golf & Country Club will not take place this year.

Tournament organizer Susan Hamlin announced, “under the circumstances we felt it was safer to not hold the outing this year but looking forward to next year.”

Golf Tip

By Robert Menges

Find The Fairway

If “slice” is your middle name, here's your fix.

When you step up to the tee, line up your feet then slide your rear foot back 3-5 inches.

This buys you more turn in your back swing and allows the club to come inside in the downswing, creating a draw instead of your usual slice.

And if that isn't enough to straighten out your ball remember if your ball curves a certain way every single shot you shouldn't be trying to play down the middle.

If your ball consistently hooks right, play up the left edge of the fairway and that tends to open up the entire fairway.

Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. Call to see if he is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or 845-866-5567 or via email at bobmenges22@gmail.com

Putting Tip

By Geoff Walsh

In a way, becoming better at putting is like giving up a bad habit.

Before you can succeed, you have to stare at yourself in the mirror and admit you have a problem.

But instead of rushing off to a 12-step program, what you need to do is resolve to practice more.

If you shoot 90 for 18 holes and putt 36 times (that's an average of twice per green)...that means that 40 percent of your strokes are made with a putter. That's more than the 20 strokes you'll probably take with the wedge, the 14 you'll take with the driver....and the 20 or so that you'll take with all the other various clubs in your bag.

We recommend spending 40 percent of your time practice putting.

Try it you will see the difference in your game.

Geoff Walsh is a Class A PGA Professional at Tarry Brae Golf Course located at 387 Pleasant Valley Road, South Fallsburg, Call to see if he is available for private lessons and if you have a question or a subject you would like covered, he can be reached by telephone at 845-434-2620.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of golf and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or score you age let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email to bght75@gmail.com or fax to 845-205-4474. View this column at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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