It’s billed by the participants as the oldest, continuous international golf event in North America, and it’s celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Lockport Town and Country Club will host the Quad Interclub from Sept. 7-9, a tournament featuring 18 players each from four different clubs: Lockport, Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk, Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill, Ont., and St. Catharines (Ont.) Country Club.
The 72 participants face off in Ryder Cup-style play, including two-man best ball and individual matches, all in scratch format. The winning club holds the trophy for the year, and the tournament site rotates among the four clubs. Participants are matched up by handicap.
The 18 players from each club have fostered long-time friendships through participation.
“Once you’re in the Quad, you can stay into it until you retire,” said Mark Mahaney, a member of the Lockport team.
For example, Dr. Jim Olson, a member of the Lockport squad, will be playing in his 43rd consecutive event.
Lockport’s team will be captained by Dr. Paul Delange, who’s played for the past 40 years. He’ll be assisted by Jim Siefert, a 64-year-old who’s played in every Quad for the past 25 years, save one because of injury.
“It’s really about fun and camaraderie,” Siefert said.
That said, the competition is strong – Siefert estimated 60 of the 72 golfers carry handicaps of less than 10.
“It’s about good golf also,” Siefert said. “The home team usually wins most of them because of the home-course advantage, so we’re hoping that holds true for us.”
Hickory Stick’s ranking
The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club has achieved some national recognition from Golf Magazine, which ranked it as the 11th-best course in the state.
A panel of PGA section directors, regional golf association directors and golf writers voted on the list of “Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play” from a list of more than 400, then narrowed it down state by state.
When it opened in 2010, Hickory Stick was rated as the sixth-best new course, also by Golf Magazine.
• Lewiston’s Maren Cipolla, a member of Park Country Club, recently was the low finisher among girls 14 and under in the state junior championships. She followed that by tying for eighth in the American Junior Golf Association’s Junior All-Star tournament, which was held at Townsend Ridge Country Club in Townsend, Mass. Cipolla shot a final-round 74 in the three-round tournament, finishing in the top half of a field of 23 participants from throughout the country.
• With four points events left on the schedule, Kim Kaul holds a 150-point lead on Julie Murphy in the race for the Buffalo District Golf Association’s women’s points crown. Kaul had 795 points to Murphy’s 645. Michelle Hanes (400), Mary Beth Hourihan (385) and Linda Burroughsford (380) round out the top five.
• The New York State Golf Association, which began in 1923, has announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class. Included in it are: Grantland Rice (1880-1954), Raymond E. Billows (1914-2002), Betty L. Deeley, Frederick W. Box, Donald C. Allen, and William A. Tryon.
The presentation and induction ceremony will be held Nov. 10 at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, beginning at 5 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony will be made available to NYSGA members, volunteers, and NYSGA championship competitors. Visit nysga.org for more information.