Tee to Green: Kay McMahon earns another honor to add to list of teaching accomplishments
Given her 30-plus years of teaching success and long list of honors, it should come as no surprise that she has been recognized as one of the LPGA's 50 best teachers by the LPGA Teaching & Club Pros. The organization, in conjunction with the Women's Golf Journal, launched a new annual "50 Best" initiative this year to identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.
McMahon, a past national president of the LPGA T&CP and one of only 28 members of the organization's Hall of Fame, has been teaching golf for more than 30 years and has been based in the Albany, N.Y. area and the Berkshires since 2002.
In recent years, as the Minnesota native has continued to find new ways to help golfers learn the game, McMahon has created a teaching method she calls Golf 8.5. She believes the method, which teaches 8.5 steps to producing a classic and repeatable golf swing, is a simple approach to learning.
"It is my mission and passion to simplify the way we teach golf and to grow more golfers by accelerating the learning process for developing a classic swing that can be immediately and successfully taken to the golf course," said McMahon. "I am honored to be part of this talented group of golf professionals and thank the LPGA and Women's Golf Journal."
After four years based at Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort, McMahon has been giving her lessons and clinics at several locations, including Mill Acres Golf Course in Latham, N.Y., Skyline Country Club in Lanesborough and at her home base in New Lebanon, N.Y.
For more information on eduKaytiongolf, which McMahon directs along with partner Eloise Trainor, the founder of the LPGA FUTURES Tour (now the Symetra Tour), go to the company's website at www.edukatytiongolf.com, or call Kay at 518-669-1551.
Congratulations to the Williams College men's golf team for keeping its hopes of earning a second straight berth in the NCAA Division III Championships alive with a solid second-place finish in last weekend's NESCAC Fall Qualifier.
The Ephs finished second to host Trinity College to qualify — along with the Bantams, Tufts and Amherst — for the NESCAC Championship in the spring. The winner of that tournament, which will be hosted by Trinity as a result of their win last weekend, earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
While the Ephs had a solid performance, finishing with a 36-hole total of 602 that was 15 shots better than third-place Tufts, it's clear there is work to do if they want to defeat the Bantams on their home course. Trinity's top four players combined for a spectacular 5-under 283 in the second round to finish the tournament 20 shots clear of the Ephs. The Bantams also defeated Williams by five shots the previous week in the Williams Invitational at Taconic Golf Club.
Coach Josh Hillman's low four scorers — sophomores Will Kannegieser and Sam Goldenring, junior Jake Foehl and senior Grant Raffel — all finished between 148 and 152 at Indian Hills Country Club in Hartford, Conn., with their 18-holes scores ranging from 73 to 79.
Last week's tournament was the Ephs' fourth of the fall. They opened the season by capturing the match-play Lake Placid Invitational before finishing fourth at the Duke Nelson Invitational at Middlebury prior to their second-place finishes at Taconic and Trinity.
The women's team, annually among the top-10 Division III teams in the country, has finished third, first and second in its three fall tournaments and is hosting the third annual NESCAC Championship this weekend at Taconic.
The Ephs opened the season with a second-place finish in the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational at Wellesley. They followed that up with their eighth consecutive win in the Mount Holyoke Invitational at The Orchards and a third-place finish at Middlebury, Vt.
Junior Cordelia Chan earned medalist honors in the first two tournaments and the Ephs set a team record by combining for a 296 total in the second round in the Mount Holyoke Tournament.
The team of Keith Dapper, Billy Michaels, Al Russell and Craig McCasland combined for a 13-under round of 59 in a four-man scramble to win Wednesday's Berkshire County Fall Series Series event at GEAA.
For Dapper, it was three victories in four weeks. He teamed with Ralph Dastoli to win the Blue Division (younger seniors) in a two-man scramble at Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort and followed that up by taking Green Division honors with partner Bob Maloney at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
This Wednesday's tournament, which will tee off at noon, will be a two-man scramble at Wahconah Country Club. The final tournament of the season, another two-man scramble, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown. Those looking to enter should call the Waubeeka pro shop at 413-458-8355 by this Friday.
A belated congratulations to Chris Shields, who successfully defended his title to win the men's club championship at Stockbridge Golf Club. Mike Martin was the runner-up. Shields' son, Matt, also earned a club championship, taking the junior division.
In other divisions, Heidi Nejaime won the women's title, Jim Balfanz took the men's legend division with and Eric Reimer captured top honors in the senior division.
Good job by all.
Berkshire County Series Golf Series
1. Keith Dapper, Billy Michaels, Al Russell and Craig McCasland, 59. 2. Ralph Dastoli, Joe Andrews, Steve Wood and Scott Hunter, 60. 3. Fred Scully, J.Nemic, D Bradbury and M Demaris, 62.
1. Dick Premerlini, Steve Terpak, Jack Ackert and Chase, 57. 2. Dennis Boldyga, Bob Smith, Glaszcs and Duffy, 59 3. Bill Gates, Mike Cartier, Paul Traversa and Bob Messer, 60.
Worthington Golf Club
Flaming Leaves Tournament
1. Scott Martin and Chris Eugin, 69. 2. Lisa and Doug Riel, 73. 3. Rich and Raye Young, 78. David Koritkoski and Ann Pickrell, 79.
1. Chris Eugin and Dennis Yarrows, 66.6. 2. Cindy Lajzer and Paul Cook, 68.7. 3. Roy Emerson and TC Emerson, 69.1. 4. Bob Rainville and Linda Rainville, 70.1. 5. Chuck Baker and Diane Magargal, 70.9.
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