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NOT AS BAD AS IT LOOKS: Gregg Semenetz of Jeff-Youngsville shoots out of a sandtrap on the Villa Roma’s eighth green in Tuesday’s 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 member.
His knowledge of the course helped him after he found himself tied with Tri-Valley/Fallsburg’s Jeff Danzer at the end of regulation play in Tuesday’s 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.
Semenetz’s tee shot landed about 220 yards from the green, in the middle of the fairway and a safe distance from a water hazard. Danzer’s ball landed 20 yards further than Semenetz’s, almost aligned with his younger rival’s.
Semenetz, a lefty, placed his second shot about 30 yards to the left of the pin, on a little knoll bordering the sandtrap.
Danzer’s 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 Danzer’s 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 league’s last year.
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 on Tuesday.



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