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July Junior Golf Camps

Ed Townsend, Columnist
Posted 6/25/21

Bob Menges and the Swan Lake Golf and Country Club will present their Junior Golf Camps at the  Golf Course on Mt. Hope Road from July 26 through July 29.

The camp will run Monday through …

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July Junior Golf Camps


 Bob Menges and the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club will present their Junior Golf Camps at the Golf Course on Mt. Hope Road from July 26 through July 29.
The camp will run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..
The camp will supervise campers until 4 p.m. if necessary.
The camp includes instruction on the full swing, putting, chipping, sand bunkers and pitching.
Campers will play on the course everyday and receive on course instruction.
Rules and etiquette review will take place everyday in a fun filled atmosphere.
The Junior Golf Camp cost is $270 per camper.
They ask that you send your check to Bob Menges 125 Behr Road, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.
For additional information call the golf course at 845-292-0323 or contact Bob at his cell number 845-866-5567.
Menges is available to answer any questions regarding the camp.

Ed's Outlook

Power In A Golf Swing     

The memories I have of meeting and talking with National Long Drive Champion Brian Pavlet  and watching in awe  as he drove a golf ball through a one-half inch plywood board is something a golfer will never forget.

This columnist along with golfers from the tri-state area who attend yearly  an outstanding consumer golf show watched as he teed up the ball, placed the plywood board some 8-to-10 feet from the tee and launched a tee shot that took the ball all the way through the plywood.

And to top this experience off I and my long time photo experience captured this shot which shows the ball going through the plywood and the pieces of wood chips flying in the air.

Is that crazy, or what?

Brian’s swing speed is 145 mph and his ball speed is 208 miles an hour, that’s approximately .27 mach, more than one-fourth the speed of sound.

Officially the longest drive he ever hit was 462 yards and the longest unofficial drive was 520 yards to the back of a green on a par five. Unfortunately is was downhill.

Brian proudly lets golfers know what his Sunday set of golf clubs  can do, his drivers averages 350-yards, 3 wood 310, 3 iron 255, 4 iron 240, 5 iron 225, 6 iron 210, 7 iron 195, 8 iron 185, 9 iron 175, PW 165, 52 Gap Wedge 150, 56 Sand Wedge 135, and 60 Flop Wedge 120.  Brian came to golf in a roundabout way as he spent his youth playing baseball well enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Nevada (UNR) at Reno. He arrived at UNR expecting to play catcher and outfielder.

That changed when his coaches discovered that Brian had one kidney instead of the usual two.  The University's athletic program considered his lack of two kidney's a potential insurance liability so they wouldn't let him bat and made him a pitcher. He threw in the 90's until he wrecked his arm ending all baseball hopes. Pavlett noted that “I was wild, anyway.”

At 22 he began to play golf and immediately amazed people with his quick hands, power and distance. It took him only three years to win the 1993 National Long Drive Championship.

Brian has performed in over 1,200 shows worldwide and has entertained the troops in Iraq with the USO.

His engaging personality and performance make him one of golf's premier showmen.

I immediately went to a nearby photo shop next door and had several 8 x 10's made up and went back to the show to present Brian with one of the photos. He was amazed at how I had captured the ball going through the board and he was more than happy to sign his autograph to my picture which I now proudly hang on the wall in my office.

I signed a release and a contract with him so that he could use my photo in his advertising promotions. 


Golf Tip

By Robert Menges

Prepare Our Mind

For A Better Game

We all have different ways of doing thing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.

For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.

With that said (or written in this case) it never hurts to try something new.

So here are several “pep talks” you can create to help build your confidence for the next round.

After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. They'll come back to cheer you on in the future.

Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots. Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they “just don't recall”.....its their worst shot. Let the bad shots go, and never ever talk about them.

After every shot, remember to say, “great shot” and mean it when you say it.....the results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go do it again.

Breathe before every shot or putt, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.

Make it a part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a great shot. As you pull the club from your bag, smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt, smile. As you stand over the ball, smile. Expect the best.

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, have fun out there. Golf is a game. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends. Chances are, you'll enjoy the wonderful game of golf as well. 

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

Your opportunities will come for a ‘green light,’ a realistic one putt attempt.

Meanwhile, stay calm and patient, be reasonable, steady, conservative, get your solid two putts, and then when the time is right, the distance, the undulation manageable, you feel comfortable and most positive.

Then you strike, like a cat on the prowl, stalking her prey while lurking in the shadows for that opportunity.

For that opportunity that you knew was coming and you begin sinking those one putt shots.

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.


Tuesday Night Birdie Division

1. P. Clifford & A. Hauser 68.5

2. T. Ditmar & N. Rusin 64.0

3. M. Welsh & S. Duquette 62.0

4. D. Luczynski & M. Garigliano 60.5

5. Todd & Taylor VanKeuren 58.0

6. D. Byrne & T. Byrne 54.0

7. N. Huggler & M. Murphy 52.0

8. H. Keherley & J. Rhupert 51.0

9. N. Bell & M. Freaney 50.5

10. J. Merklin & W. Huebner 48.5

11. K. Torrens & M. Lagatutta 45.5

12. C. Hicks & B. Garber 44.5

13. A. Atkins & R. Festa 36.0

14. T. Osterhout & B. Meyer 30.5

15. M. Williams & D. Divita 27.5

16. T. Merklin & S. Austin 24.0

Tuesday Night Par Division

1. C. Roth & C. Roth 60.0

2. J. J. Van Keuren & T. Nieman 55.0

3. C. Schadt & W. Mall 54.0

4. E. O’Malley & T. Ellison 53.0

4. T. Gallo & C. Roth 53.0

4. J. Rusin & R. Ellison 53.0

5. K. Wheeler & S. Hamlin 51.5

6. J. Finn & J. Russell 50.5

7. J. Sazoff & S. Ottino 45.5

8. K. Clifford & B. Menges 38.5

8. J. Frankie & R. Frankie 38.5

9. J. Tanous & J. Wilhelm 36.5

10. M. Diehl & A. Bradley 34.0

11. Walter & Quintin Herzog 30.5

12. P. Fanning & A. Marciano 28.0

13. P. Donovan & K. Scheibe 11.5

Wednesday Night

1. R. Schmidt & B. Russell 70.0

2. E. Stratton & M. Brand 69.5

3. F. Barrett & D. Hendrickson 65.0

4. W. Mall & F. Stabbert 63.0

5. T. Martin & T. Martin Jr. 58.5

6. D. Kuebler & R. O’Mara 54.5

7. R. Meihoffer & T. Doughty 49.5

8. J. Hinkley & P. Alden 48.5

9. R. Heyman & J. Weinstein 48.0

10. P. Wegman & R. Lennon 47.0

11. D. Immoor & H. Tighe 46.5

12. J. Fink & J. Graham 40.0

13. G. Ziegler & J. Wunder 33.5

14. R. Esposito & D. Hoskings 33.0

Villa Roma

Villa division

1. Meyer & Meyer 119.0

2. Molusky & Ward 109.5

3. Fenton & Nearing 104.0

4. Schmidt & Drobysh 104.0

5. Calkin & Calkin 102.5

6. Johnston & Clark 100.5

7. Russell & Dubois 90.0

8. Brockner & Marston 89.5

9. Feeney & Marin 83.0

10. O’Brien & Walsh 80.0

11. Buddenhagen & Bonnaci 72.5

12. Hendrickson & Hendrickson 68.5

Roma division

1. Willi & Stubits 127.0

2. Starr & J. Nober 111.0

3. Esselman & Pierce 106.5

4. Backlund & Smith 102.0

5. Phillips & Phillips 100.5

6. Spagnoli & Bauer 100.0

7. Schumacher & Allen 98.5

8. VonAhnan & Dannic 95.0

9. Selthafner & Greenwald 93.0

10. Borowski & Borowski 83.5

11. Maas & Pierce 83.0

12. Kubenik & Leroy 81.0


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