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Yaun qualifies for the US Open Sectionals

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 5/20/21

The Yaun family from Sullivan County and the entire golfing community are excited with the news that Jonathan Yaun, who attends Liberty University and is currently playing golf as a sophomore, has …

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Yaun qualifies for the US Open Sectionals


The Yaun family from Sullivan County and the entire golfing community are excited with the news that Jonathan Yaun, who attends Liberty University and is currently playing golf as a sophomore, has once again qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals.

At competition recently Jonathan was a co-medalist at the event held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey In The Hills located near Orlando, Florida.

The score that propels him to the U.S. Open Sectionals was a four under par 68, and this is the third time he has made it to the Sectionals.

Could the third time be the charm?

The U.S. Open will be held at Torrey Pines in California the second week in June and all golfers know how spectacular of an accomplishment this is.

Championship golf truly runs through the veins of the Florida-based Radford Yaun Family who also has strong ties to Liberty and Sullivan County.

Following in his father and mother's championship golf footsteps, Jonathan as a college sophomore won many awards.

He was formerly named to the ASUN conference all freshman team for that year.

At the age of 17 he became the 2017 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A boys state champion and at the age of 15 Jonathan won his first American Junior Golf Association tournament.

He is the son of championship golfers Radford and Meredith Yaun who make their home in Mineola, Florida.

While living in Liberty Radford won the New York State Amateur Championship in 1976 at the Grossinger Golf Course and the New York State Junior Amateur Championship in 1972 in Jamestown.

Meredith, originally from Philadelphia, played golf at the University of Miami and FIU and won the prestigious Lady Seminole Golf Championship at Florida State University and in 1981 turned Professional and was the 1986 Scottish Open champion.

Ed's Outlook

Chamber Golf

Outing June 10

The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing and 9 Hole Networking Event will take place on Thursday June 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roscoe Twin Village Golf and Winter Park.

The location of the golf course is 144 Rockland Road.

Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce for their first ever Golf Outing and 9 hole Networking.

The Chamber notes, "even if you don't play golf join us for good food, good fun and prizes. Many of us are looking forward to getting back into our communities and networking with one another."

This 9-hole "Networking tournament" serves as an important component in advancing the Chamber's mission of community engagement and will provide a great opportunity for vendors and members to network, enjoy the outdoors and come together for a beautiful day of golf and fun for all to support the Chamber of Commerce.

Event participants' well being, health and safety at the tournament are the number one priority and the Chamber will be taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.

The Chamber will be providing face coverings, hand sanitizers and proper health and safety measures.

Contact the Chamber for information and Sponsorship Opportunities at office@catskills.com or at 845-791-4200.

Golf Tip

By Robert Menges

We are talking this week about wet and soggy golf course conditions and if you are playing golf in these conditions here are some tips for you to consider.

The temperature also has an effect on how far the ball will travel. With cool damp conditions and, if you hit a 7- iron 150 yards in July, it might only carry 140 yards in early May. Also, you must remember that the ball is not going to roll or bounce so the shot you hit must be all carry.

Choose your club based on the conditions of the course. Another factor to consider is how much your feet are going to sink into the turf depending on how wet it is. I notice many golfers hitting what we call “fat” shots in early spring.

This happens when the club contacts the ground before the ball and sod build up between the ball and club, thus making the ball travel much less than you intended. One way to correct this is to select one club more and grip down slightly.

Your weight will make your body sink into the ground and be lower than normal conditions. This should help you make clean contact with the ball.

Anyone who has played golf in this area in May knows another factor to deal with is the wind. When you are hitting shots into the wind make sure to use an extra club or two. The wind will knock the ball down and travel less than what you would normally hit that club. You may also try keeping the ball at a lower flight, cutting off your follow through, by slightly keeping your arms and hands lower.

If you are hitting with the wind, use less club as the wind will help the ball travel further.

When playing with a cross wind, try to adjust your aim slightly to allow for the wind to curve your ball in the same direction as the wind, whether it is left to right or right to left.

Above all try not to get frustrated during the rounds you play.

Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club on Mt Hope Road in Swan Lake. 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 via email at menges@hughes.net

Putting Tip

By Geoff Walsh

Reading the greens is a skill that is critical to becoming a good putter. Some players seem to have a natural ability to see the “break” but it also can be learned by a few simple observations.

First of all most greens slope from back to front so keep that in mind when checking your line. The general lay of the land is easier to see from a distance than when standing on the green so check that out as you approach the green. Especially in our area greens positioned on side hills have breaks that are much more than meets the eye. Good examples of that would be Holes No. 9 and No. 18 at Tarry Brae.

Another factor that has an effect on the break will be large bodies of water or even streams that putts will always break towards. Morningside Lake and Echo Lake are perfect examples of that.

Once on the green I believe reading the putt from behind the ball is the most effective way to see the break. Some players read putts from all angles which for the most part I feel can confuse and slow down play. Usually your first is your best and you need to learn to trust that.

It seems most players miss putts on the low side of the hole because they don't trust the read or don't get the right speed.

Speed will always determine how much a putt will break, and it is much more common to be way off on speed than it is on read.

Practice your speed and work on some of the simple observations above and your putting will improve.

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 your 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.

Twin Village

Monday Mens

1. Husson & Husson 47.0

2. Reed & Odell 46.0

3. Darbee & France 42.5

4. Murphy & Townsend 41.0

5. Ryder & Ryder 40.5

6. Tallman & Ackerly 38.5

6. Templin & Lee 38.5

8. Thomas & Hendrickson 37.0

9. Brock & Brock 35.5

10. Rampe & Clancy 34.5

11. Green & Glantzis 30.5

11. Clark & Mooney 30.5

11. Tucker & Smith 30.5

14. Haas & France 30.0

15. Harris & Spalding 28.5

16. Madera & Diaz 27.5

17. Bennett & Rowan 24.0

18. Wood & Brosius 18.5

Tarry Brae

Tuesday Mens

1. Kawauchi & Altbach

2. Johnson & Johnson

3. Pollock & Carey

4. Yaun & Gilmore

5. Flores & Kukas

6. Schneider & Garber

7. Diffenderfer & Fleischman

8. Sauchuk & Martin

9. Collette & Iqbal

10. Delacruz & Garcia

11. Bonsick & Cassaveh

12. Kurshetsky & Hinkley

13. Felter & Ward

14. Rohrback & Mullen

15. Goldberg & Klugman

16. Simpson & Wolcott

Thursday Travel League

1. Thomas & Husson 33.0

2. Coney & Mace 29.5

3. Kuhn & Martin 29.0

4. Hutchins & Mack 26.5

4. Cawley & Todora 26.5

6. Schmidt & Ackerly 26.0

7. Benzenberg & Benzenberg 23.5

8. Collura & Fisher 21.5

9. Stevens & Holmquest 21.0

10. Jardine & Stanley 18.5

11. Benstein & Lubniewski 18.0

12. Cunningham & Poli 15.5

12. Gilmore & Gilmore 15.5

14. Winters & Petraglia 15.0

Tennanah Lake

Thursday Mens Palmer Div

1. Bowers & Green 15.0

2. Bowers & Edwards 14.5

2. Taggert & Taggert 14.5

4. Roseo & Tallman 13.5

4. Walsh & Simpson 13.5

4. Parucki & Fedun 13.0

7. Seibert & Bury 12.5

8. Cassevah & Bridges 12.0

9. Stock & Wolcott 11.0

9. McGreevy & Estabrook 11.0

11. Haas & Tucker 10.0

12. Mershon & Panagakos 9.5

13. Calkin & Schumacker 8.5

13. Reimer & Tesseyman 8.5

13. Leewe & Diehl 8.5

16. Mershon & DeVantier 7.5

16. Strauss & Sager 7.5

18. Giordano & Nogin 7.0


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