The 2013 summer links season is heating up at Honesdale Golf Club.
According to tournament organizer Bob Simons, two of the year's biggest events recently combined to attract more than 100 of the area's elite linksters.
On July 2, 25 teams teed it up at HGC for this year's Women's Member/Guest. Four days later, 38 teams turned out to compete in the Memorial Tournament.
"It's been a good summer so far," the Hall of Famer told TWI Sports. "Even with all the rain, conditions are good and competition at these events has been really excellent."
Next on the agenda is the Senior Member-Guest, which is scheduled for the weekend of July 20-22.
The summer season will once again conclude on Labor Day with the HGC Club Championships.
The Women's Member-Guest drew 50 players and teams were divided into three flights after the first round of competition.
Bridget Simons teamed up with Peg Garrick to win the Championship Flight. This dynamic links duo combined to shoot an 18-hole score of 75.
That total was good for a 4-stroke advantage over the runner-up team of Julie Gardas and Jen Randolph.
The biggest shot of the tournament was turned in by Gardas, a former star at both Honesdale High and Charleston Southern.
Julie recorded the very first hole-in-one of her career during Member-Guest action. She used an 8-iron to ace the par-3 16th, which measures 138 yards.
Witnesses to this historic shot were Julie's sister and playing partner, Jennifer Randolph, Beth Carmody and Pat Collins.
Page 2 of 3 - Third place in the Championship Flight went to the team of Joanne Wychowanec and Sue Kulasinsky (82).
First Flight honors went to the tag-team tandem of Judy Goyette and Ann Marie Simons, who carded a 95.
Janette Kause and Kim Rickard were second (95, match of cards), while the duo of Joanne Smith and Joan Frizzell finished up in third (96).
Second Flight laurels were awarded to the team of Patty Tamblyn and Cheerie Phillips (101). They were chased home by Judy Stephens and Patty Corso (106), Alice O'Neill and Donna Stiles (108).
The Memorial is perhaps the biggest event of the year on the HGC calendar.
It is held each summer in memory of former members who passed away during the preceding 12 months.
"It's really a great way to pay our respects," Bob said. "This is probably the most popular thing we do every year and it's nice to see so many people come out and support it."
Eric Williams continued his torrid play with another big win at the Memorial.
Another Honesdale High graduate, Williams teamed up with Mike Birmelin to card a 36-hole total of 130.
That was good enough for a 4-shot cushion over their closest competitors, Jim & Zach Tamblyn (134).
Eric's father Irv Williams combined with Jimmy Fulkerson to post a score of 136 and claim third.
Tom Corcoran and Brian Chapman took home First Flight honors with a 69, narrowly defeating Alex & Erik Sandercock on a match of cards (69).
The team of Ron Collins and Craig Vanatta shot 71 to finish up in third place.
Ed Martin and Spencer Williams turned in a stellar effort in capturing the Second Flight crown.
Page 3 of 3 - This twosome combined to card a 69, thanks in large part to Martin recording the fifth hole-in-one of his career.
"Cousy" used a pitching wedge to ace HGC's par-3 seventh hole, which measures 110 yards. His memorable moment was witnessed by Williams, Corrigan and Chapman.
The duo of Pete Tonetti and Jim Chapman earned second place honors (74), while Sonny Robey and Ron Good were third (77).
Third Flight laurels went to the team of John Davis and Tee Malakin, who came home with a 77. Rick Walsh and Ron Wychowanec (80) were runners-up, while Bob McDonnell and Rick Jacques (82) placed third.
Over & Out
On the women' side of the ledger, Bridget Simons added yet another line to her already impressive links resume.
Simons partnered with current Wallenpaupack Area standout Julia Santo to win the Memorial.
These talented young ladies combined to post a score of 146 for 18 holes, which was 16 shots better than runners-up Rita O'Neill and Joanne Wychowanec.
Sue Rickard and Janette Krause claimed First Flight honors with a score of 90.
Priscilla "Pip" Tagle and Pat McGinnis were second (94), while Beth Carmody and Joanne Knopf rounded out the day in third (102).