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VP Trish: Recapping the National Golf Tournament – Part 2

Another idea I had for our National Golf Tournament was to acknowledge the distance traveled by our golfers to join in all this fun! A friend of Druhna Chris made this customized hubcap for me. This is another traveling “trophy.”

This year, the Nest who traveled the farthest was St. Louis, Mo. Members from Nest 45 journeyed 673 miles!

There were ten golfers along with Druhny Mary and Cindy, who came to not only volunteer but to encourage the golfers to become bowlers in the spring! Nest 45 is the host of the National Bowling Tournament to be held in late April.

Next year, when they join us in South Bend, we will pass it on. The Nest and year are written on the reverse side of the hubcap. I actually borrowed this idea from the Adult Volleyball from the 1990’s; there was a hubcap going around then.

Thank you to all the Nest 45 Members as they were also generous with their support of the backpack project and Nest 610! See you in St. Louis!

VP Trish: “It’s Christmas!”

My Mom used to say that when preparing for Christmas, one would shop, wrap, bake, cook and decorate until you simply ran out of time! It’s Christmas! Years ago when working on events, we would say to one another – it’s Christmas! The event is here; there is no more time.

Today at Nest 610 in Erie, Pa., it’s Christmas! Some golfers have already arrived and are golfing in the Hammer Open. Others are traveling. Registration opens at 4 p.m., and it is going to be so wonderful to be at a National Event (it has been too long)!

Hopefully, Mother Nature will smile on us!

Looking forward to fun, fraternalism and camaraderie! Thank you to Greg Wieser and all the Nest 610 Members who have worked so hard in preparation of this wonderful event!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Hole Sponsors & Golf Balls

Registration just keeps coming in, haven’t finalized the latest numbers yet but it seems as though we are ready to hit the links.

Nest 610 sent out letters asking Members to support their Nest by sponsoring a hole. The cost is $100.00 per hole and includes a sign and listing on the sponsor board, as well as supporting Nest 610.

Please click here to sponsor a hole. You are able to download the application and send it to Nest 610. I am sure if you don’t have a printer, that a note to them (along with your check) will do the job!


4 Stages in the Evolution of the Golf Ball

Although it is likely that the very first golf balls were nothing more than round rocks or pebbles, there are four distinctly recognizable stages in the evolution of the golf ball…

Wooden Golf Balls

There is no question that the first games of golf, as we know it today, were played using wooden golf balls. Wooden golf balls were the first man-made golf balls, and although information is scant, it would be a pretty safe bet to assume that a wooden golf ball had some rather interesting playing characteristics.

Feathery Golf Balls (Feather-Stuffed, Leather-Covered Golf Balls)

The first “real” golf ball was known as a “feathery” golf ball. Basically, the feathery was a leather sack filled with boiled goose feathers, then stitched up and painted. Feathery golf balls were expensive to make, easily damaged and only the privileged few could afford to use them.

Gutty Golf Balls

It wasn’t until 1848 that Rev. Dr. Robert Adams began creating golf balls out of Gutta Percha “Gutty.” The Gutty golf ball was created from the dried sap of the Sapodilla tree. It had a rubber-like feel and was formed into ball shapes by heating it up and shaping it while hot.

Rubber Core Golf Balls

The advent of the rubber core golf ball changed the face of the game of golf as we knew it. This new design was invented in 1898 by Coburn Haskell in association with the BF Goodrich Company. This new and unique golf ball construction and design featured a solid rubber core, high tension rubber thread wrapped around the core, and a Gutta Percha cover.

Continued Evolution of Golf Ball Design

Today, two-piece solid Syrilin covered balls are more popular with amateur golfers, as they tend to be more durable. Syrilin golf balls are longer and straighter as well. Many pros however, are still devoted to the soft and lively Balata balls, since they can get the distance needed and prefer the added spin for control.

Golf Ball Design and the USGA

The business of golf balls is not open-ended; the characteristics of golf balls are strictly governed by rules. These rules determine such things as:

  • Golf ball weight
  • Golf ball size
  • Maximum initial velocity
  • Spherical integrity and symmetry
  • Combined carry and roll of the ball

These and other characteristics make up the framework that today’s golf ball manufacturers work within as they vie technologically against each other.

The expression “a golf ball is a golf ball is a golf ball,” simply does not apply. What appears to be just a small round object is in fact the product of many current leading-edge technologies.

Any questions about golf, please reach out to me.

Czolem!

VP Trish: Golf Update

“Nest 610 continues to prepare for this year’s National Golf Tournament. Those that haven’t been to the club recently will see a number of upgrades and improvements. This year’s Hammer will be at Scenic Heights Golf Course on Wednesday, August 11th. We are very excited to see all our friends back in Erie again.”

-Greg Wieser, Chair of the upcoming National Golf Tournament

I am getting excited as well! Members are registering for the golf. Most have signed up online but a few mailed in paper applications (which is fine with me!). Hotel rooms are also booked. The rate is available beginning on Tuesday in case folks come in early. Quite a few do mainly to participate in the Hammer Open.

The first time Nest 610 hosted the National Golf Tournament was back in 1984, and there were 88 golfers. In 2005, there were 180 of us! Hope most of these golfers will return along with a few others.

Former Commissioner Mary Whalen has shared scoring information from quite a few tournaments in the past. Since there was no tournament last year, I don’t have scores. I am counting on all the golfers to be honest with me so that it isn’t too problematic to establish handicaps (If you don’t have a ghin card!).

If any of you have National Golf Tournament experiences and stories to share, please email me. I am sure others would love to walk down memory lane with you!


Golf Tidbits:

Don’t feel bad about your high handicap, 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18.

The word “caddy” comes from the French word for student – cadet – which is pronounced cad-DAY.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

The world’s first ever golf tournament for women was held on New Year’s Day in 1811 at Musselburgh, Scotland. I believe the first time women golfed with the PFA was in 1974, with our tournament beginning in 1969.

Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right-handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left-handed golf clubs ever since.

Any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Czolem!

VP Trish: National Golf Commissioner

It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of National Golf Commissioner.

Druhna Mary Whalen informed our President, Tim, that she would no longer be interested in holding the position of National Golf Commissioner. Thank you, Mary, for a job well done!

Tim asked for my suggestions as to whom should take on this role. I gave him a list of names that I thought might be interested as well as do a good job. I included my name on the list and expressed why I would like to do this.

I did chat with Druhna following my appointment and she shared information regarding the golf. Having chaired a number of National Golf Tournaments, I have worked with Druhna Mary as well as Druh Robert Wienczkowski (who held the position prior to Druhna).

In recent years, I have lost my desire to golf (although with Ryanna golfing, things may change!) but I still like the game and enjoy the tournaments. The advantage with me is that I will not be on the course but at the clubhouse able and willing to help the host Nest.

The first National Golf Tournament I participated in was in 1994, hosted by Nest 493, Batavia, N.Y. There were 248 golfers!

Since that time, I have either participated or helped at most of the National Tournaments (two of the tournaments I missed were due to my involvement with our Youth Programs) and been the Chairperson of several. I have chaired other tournaments during this time for my District, the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation, the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation as well as numerous other outings on a personal level. During this time, I have served as the District IV Golf Commissioner (not the entire time but most of it).

Whether I participated in the tournament or not, I was still involved with some of the logistics prior to the event by communicating with the golfers, working with the host Nest and helping with the waivers.

Obviously, things have changed considerably since 1994. Rules have changed, golfers have changed, expectations have changed. With that being said, I intend to modify the role of the National Golf Commissioner.

My thinking is that some of the logistics of the tournament should be handled by the Commissioner:

  • Corresponding with the golfers prior to the tournament including the golf waivers
  • Setting up the foursomes
  • Registration at the tournament
  • Suggestions for fundraising for the host Nest/District
  • Fun games other than the actual golf for the participants
  • Prizes
  • Scoring

Obviously, the Chair of the tournament from the Nest would be involved and have input. My plan isn’t to come in and take over but to help you create a fun experience for the golfers as well as for you!

In one of my other blogs, I talked about how the National Golf Tournament inadvertently led me to my position as your National First Vice President.

I look forward to working with the golfers! If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am more than willing to listen. We need to increase participation as well as entice other Nests to be the host.

Keep safe! Keep warm!

Czolem!

My email: vptrish@polishfalcons.org

My phone: 724-747-3179 (my cell phone since I am working from home most of the time)

2020 PFA Virtual Golf Tournament

It’s time to tee it up! Polish Falcons of America is hosting its first-ever Virtual Golf Tournament: Falcons, Eagles & Birdies – Oh, My! The Tournament will take place August 22 through September 30 and is open to both Members and Non-Members. Learn more and sign up by clicking here.

VP Trish: National Golf

Life is funny! We experience the butterfly effect so many times.

I went to the National Bowling Tournament in 1994 in Southgate, Mich. I ran into a friend of mine (whom I had met at Falcon Camp when we were kids), Terri Noga-Starnick. During one of our chats, Terri asked why I didn’t attend the National Golf Tournaments? I went home and asked my then husband, Rick, if he would like to go to the National Golf Tournament in August being hosted by Nests 493/493A in Batavia, N.Y. Rick suggested I call my friend, Bill Eveland from Rochester, and ask if he would like to join our group. Bill asked Rich Young to join us (all of this is important to the story!). Our foursome was one woman with three men. I didn’t give it a thought; I golfed with Rick all the time. The next year, we golfed in Erie, and again I golfed with Rick and two other guys.

Well back in those days, the women and men (oh my!) were not permitted to participate together. The tournament chairs didn’t understand how I managed to golf with Rick once, let alone twice!

I thought that was nonsense and told Rick I was going to start attending Nest meetings. I did, soon I became Nest 118 Vice President. In 1996, the National Convention was being held in Pittsburgh; I attended as a Delegate (whole new experience, but that is another story!). I put this in as a motion (that men and women could golf together); the Convention decided that was a Golf Commissioner issue.

My involvement on a Nest level continued. In 1999, Dolly Kokoski suggested I run for District IV President (I served for one year as I was not permitted to hold a National and District Office at the same time.). I was now very involved on a Nest and District level as well as National Golf, Bowling and Volleyball Tournaments.

In the fall of 1997, Anthony (Dutch) Surman called me and suggested I run for National Office. National Secretary/Treasurer Ted Kokoski was retiring in 2000. I found this quite amusing! Rick did not, and he thought I should consider it.

At the National Golf Tournament held in Saginaw, Mich. in 1998, Bobby Joe Gorny (I did not know him at the time), came over to chat. He told me that he was going to run for Second Vice President (not expecting to win, just to get his name out there) and thought I should do the same. I told him that I was signed up for classes the upcoming fall and that I was contemplating running.

At the National Golf Tournament in 1999 in Rochester, N.Y., Bob Wienczkowski (at the time, the National Golf Commissioner) suggested that I run for National Office.

At a District IV Oplatek in Donora in 1999, I suggested to Tim that he run for Secretary/Treasurer as I wanted to be National Vice President (I don’t think he appreciated that!).

Fast forward to springtime, I was asked to come into the office to meet with Wally and Tim. Tim had changed his mind and wanted to run for Secretary/Treasurer – would I run for Vice President? Now, while I was meeting with Wally and Tim, Rick was in Ford City meeting with Val and Mary Jo Wojton picking up “Vote for Trish for Secretary/Treasurer” giveaways (I learned to just get “Vote for Trish!”).

It amuses me that three different men, three different ages and three different Nests suggested I run. But had I not been a golfer, none of this would have ever happened!

I shall miss seeing the golfers this summer. I don’t golf much these days but I go to the tournaments.

Hope all is well with all of you. Keep safe and healthy! Czolem!

National Volleyball Results 2019

See below for the results of the 2019 National Adult/Youth Volleyball Tournament.

2019 Youth Volleyball Tournament Results

First Place

  • Coach Shari Pekarovic
  • Robert Lewicki
  • Vince Barbieri
  • Samantha Smith
  • Kaylee Baars
  • Parker Palombia
  • Dakota Baars

Second Place

  • Coach Renee La Londe
  • Alek Matyszczyk
  • Jakub Czachor
  • Molly Yeske
  • Isabella Hoffman
  • Gabriel Mlyarczyk
  • Alexa Mauder

Third Place

  • Coach Lisa Slawinski
  • Alyssa Mauder
  • Isabella Yeske
  • Sam Palombia
  • Andrew Clement
  • Caiden Crisp
  • Stella Urquhart

Fourth Place

  • Coach Steve Hoffman
  • Glen Mauder
  • Bethany Doscher
  • Rowan Urquhart
  • Adam Hoffman
  • Caili Szpakowski
  • Brooke McPherson

2019 Adult Volleyball Tournament Results

First Place

  • Chad Bolotin
  • Christopher Bolotin
  • Todd Bolotin
  • Christy Paterni
  • Melissa Paterni
  • Matthew Mlymarczyk
  • Lisa Mlynarczyk

Second Place

  • Walter Szpakowski
  • Cheyenne Langston
  • Floyd Taylor
  • Dorothy Kalinowski
  • Tori Slawinski
  • Glen Mauder
  • Todd Gould

Third Place

  • Brad Puskar
  • Becky Yeske
  • Jason Yeske
  • Todd Gould
  • Patty Urquhart
  • Melissa Puskar
  • Mitchell Smith

For additional photos, please visit the PFA National Facebook page.