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NOT AS BAD AS IT
LOOKS: Gregg Semenetz of Jeff-Youngsville shoots
out of a sandtrap on the Villa Romas eighth green in
Tuesdays WSL championship golf tourney. His chip landed
within three feet of the pin and he parred the hole.
Semenetz went on to win the title in a playoff.
Semenetz Clinches Title
By Frank Rizzo
CALLICOON May 19, 2000 -- Never mind that Jeff-Youngsville plays its home matches
at Swan Lake Golf Course. For Gregg Semenetz Jr., home is the
Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon, where the Trojan junior is a
His knowledge of the course helped him after he found himself tied with
Tri-Valley/Fallsburgs Jeff Danzer at the end of regulation play in
Tuesdays Western Sullivan League championship golf tournament.
Both had shot eight-over-par 80s at the Beechwoods course and would be
in a sudden-death playoff starting on the par-5, 415-yard 18th hole.
Semenetzs tee shot landed about 220 yards from the green, in the
middle of the fairway and a safe distance from a water hazard. Danzers
ball landed 20 yards further than Semenetzs, almost aligned with his
Semenetz, a lefty, placed his second shot about 30 yards to the left of
the pin, on a little knoll bordering the sandtrap.
Danzers second shot landed on the driving range bordering the green.
There was confusion at first about whether to rule the ball out of
bounds; no clear markers were visible. Later, Villa Roma pro Matt
Kleiner made the ruling that Danzers shot was out of bounds.
Danzer took an alternate shot, taking a stroke penalty, and his nice
chip almost made it in, and would have given him par.
Though Semenetz just missed sinking a birdie, he easily sank a par
attempt and clinched the title.
Forty-eight golfers competed, a record in this, the leagues last
Sean Semenetz, a seventh grader and Gregg's youngest brother, took
third with an 82, shooting a 37 on the back nine.
Henry Bosch of Eldred placed fourth with an 83. His round of 37 came on
the front nine.
See complete scoring on page 10B. More photos and a story will appear