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A bit of Travis history

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 |

Thanks to Club Historian, Ed Homesy, for providing another interesting tidbit of info... What about Walter J. Travis??? Yes—Travis designed our course, but did you know that he was the Tiger Woods of his era? No, definitely not from a fitness angle—too much Old Crow and big, black cigars--but as a player who influenced the game, and those who played it. He was the boyhood idol of Bobby Jones, later giving him a game-changing putting lesson. And, then, there was Francis Ouimet, who credited Travis with “opening my eyes” to the importance of “understanding how I play shots”. Jack White believed that he would never have won the 1904 British Open if he had not watched Travis win the 1904 British Amateur, stating “if this is the class of golf that wins the amateur championship, I must try it in the Open, and I did---“. After Travis put on a putting clinic to win the 1904 British Amateur, Schenectady putters became the hottest item in golf shops throughout the world. Those are a few examples of Travis’s remarkable influence during a period of time, from 1900-1910, when he was the most prominent and successful amateur golfer in all of America, if not the world. Even today, his influence is acknowledged. According to a recent statement by Michael Breed, of Golf Channel’s “Golf Fix”, the “fundamentals of putting go back to...

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Sad news — Doug Evert has passed

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 |

We are saddened to report that longtime Stafford member Doug Evert has passed.  Doug passed Thursday night, 28-Jan, with his wife, Nancy, and brother at his side.  Per his wishes, there will be no calling hours or service.  Our deepest sympathies go out to Nancy and all of Doug's family and friends.

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Sad news — Elio D’Andrea has passed

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 |

We are sad to report that former Stafford Country Club member Elio D'Andrea has passed.  Following is his obituary, as copied from the Batavia Daily News: Elio F. D’Andrea, age 89 of Herrick Street, died 1/22/2016 in Strong Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was born 12/23/1926 in Albion to Peter and Anita (Amorosi) D’Andrea and was a lifetime resident of this area. Elio was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, a member of Holy Family Parish, and a retired Unites States Postal Worker. He was a member of the Albion Exempts Club, the Albion Knights of Columbus, and as an avid golfer had formerly belonged to the Stafford Country Club. Mr. D’Andrea was predeceased by his brothers: Albert and Jerry D’Andrea and his sister Ida Kaleta. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21, West Avenue-Albion, WEDNESDAY 4-8 p.m. Elio’s Mass of Christian Burial will be THURSDAY 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish-Albion (Please meet at church.) Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, 14080 Rt. 31, Albion, NY, 14411. To share a special memory of Elio, please...

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Sad news… Mike Houseknecht has passed

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 |

We are sad to report that Mike Houseknecht passed away yesterday.  He was only 38 years old, but has been a member of our Club for many years.  He's a seated Board member and has been our Golf Chairman for two seasons.  Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jen, their children, and the whole Houseknecht family. The following is as found in The Batavian: Michael R. Houseknecht Michael R. Houseknecht 38, local businessman and life-long resident of Batavia died most unexpectedly on January 7th. Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years Jennifer Anne Thornton Houseknecht. Mike and Jen were high school sweethearts before marrying, soul mates and best friends. He also leaves behind his adored children Meghan Elizabeth and Ella Grace. Those who know Mike know that his faithful devotion to his girls was the essence of who he was. They were his everything in this world. Michael was born on May 2nd, 1977. He is survived by his truly bereaved parents, his mother Sheila Mitchell of Batavia, and his father and stepmother Ralph (Buddy) Houseknecht, Jr. and Katy Gorton Houseknecht of Perry and Bonita Springs, Florida; his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Agnes Houseknecht, Sr. of Stafford. He is also survived by his in laws, Timothy and Margaret Thornton, sister and brother in law Bridget (David) Uberty along with nieces Allison, Emma-Kate and Lily, brother and sister in law Kevin (Sarah) Thornton; aunts and uncles, Greg Houseknecht, Mary Kay (Bill) Barton, Thomas (Lynn) Houseknecht, Tim (Sue) Houseknecht, John Houseknecht and Aunt Katie (Gary) Berger. Michael was a 1995 graduate of Batavia High School. He earned a baccalaureate degree in business from SUNY Brockport in 1999. From there, Michael went on to achieve success as a business owner, both in his former role as co-owner of Loose Ends Vending and in his current endeavors as owner of both Statewide Machinery and House O’Laundry. In addition to his accomplishments in industry and the business world, Mike had many outside interests. He loved to play golf, boat, attend sporting events and concerts with his family and friends. He always found the time to volunteer as...

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USGA Releases Changes to Handicap System

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 |

The following is copied, for your convenience, from the latest RDGA newsletter: USGA RELEASES CHANGES TO HANDICAP SYSTEM   In tandem with the 2016 updates to the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association has announced revisions to the USGA Handicap System™, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Six significant changes are among those noted in the upcoming edition, which will impact approximately 10 million golfers who hold a Handicap Index® issued throughout the U.S. and 32 licensed associations, federations and unions around the world. Those highlighted changes include: *    Definition of a tournament score: Additional guidance is provided to Committees conducting competitions regarding the definition of a tournament score, placing greater emphasis on "significant events." The definition excludes fundraising events and regular league play, in favor of designated competitions such as a member/guest or club championship, local amateur tournament or national qualifying and competition. (Section 2: Definitions) *    Adjusting hole scores: A revised decision provides clarity for acceptable scores in limited situations where the player has not played a hole(s) under the Rules of Golf, but his or her score would be sufficiently accurate for handicap posting purposes. Three areas covered under the examples include: 1) where the Local Rule is not in effect, but a player chooses to use a Distance Measuring Device or preferred lies; 2) where a player does not wish to cause undue delay; or 3) where the situation is outside of the player's control, such as an incorrectly marked golf course.  (Section 4: Adjusting Hole Scores) *    Posting scores when a player is disqualified: To improve alignment with the Rules of Golf, the revised Handicap System is clearer about what scores are acceptable when a player is disqualified. In general, a score is acceptable for handicap purposes even when a player fails to hole out, or apply a Rule that affects the rights of another player. If the disqualification breach is determined to provide an advantage for the player, the score is deemed unacceptable for handicap purposes. (Section 5-1: Acceptability of Scores) *    Anchoring and posting: A new reference concerns a player who anchors the club while making a stroke during a round and fails to apply the appropriate...

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