Slots Left in Democrat Tourney
By Fred Stabbert
CALLICOON July 25, 2000 With just six days
left until the deadline, the 2000 Sullivan County
Democrats Two-Man Better Ball Golf Tourney at the
Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon is almost filled to
capacity, with 47 teams already registered to play.
This is one of the earliest dates that weve
been this close to filling up, Fred Stabbert,
publisher of the Democrat and tournament sponsor, said.
And with the Villa Roma golf course in spectacular
shape I know this will be a very exciting and competitive
This year marks the 19th time the twice-weekly newspaper
has sponsored the tournament for the top amateur golfers
in the area.
This year 56 two-man teams 112 players are
expected to compete in the three-day tournament, which
features a qualifying round on Friday, August 11 followed
by two days of match play on Saturday and Sunday, August
12 and 13.
Following last weeks feature article about the
tournament, 14-year-old Sean Semenetz of Jeffersonville
found a partner in the person of 15-year-old Ben
Morganstein of Monticello, who recently fired a one-under
71 at Tarry Brae.
Ben and Seans older brother, Gregg Jr., are
competitors in the Catskill Junior Tour.
Gregg Semenetz Jr. will team up with his father, Gregg
Sr. in the Democrat. The pair finished second to Ken
Cohen and Barry Winter in the 1999 Democrat Tourney.
New entries in the field include three-time Villa Roma
club champion Bill Phillips, who will play with Tennanah
Lake linkster Delph Gustitus. Phillips won the Villa Roma
club championships in 1989, 1991, and 1992.
Also in the field is the Livingston Manor duo of Terry
Wolcott and Bob Simpson. Wolcott is a former Democrat
golf champion, winning the tourney in 1989 while playing
with Charlie Johnston.
In a new match-up, Liberty golfer Billy Stoddard Jr. will
play with former Liberty high school standout Walter
Herzog, who won the Democrat in 1995.
Brothers Ira and Nathan Steingart of South Fallsburg are
also signed up to play and could make a run for the
championship if they are on their game. Nathan owns a
piece of the Lochmor Golf Course record, having fired a
64 over the par 71 layout last year. Two other golfers
also have a share of the low round.
The father-son duo of Daniel and Nicholas Yaun of Liberty
are also in the running as is the brother combo of Craig
and Jeff Gordon. The father-son team of Myron and Michael
Josepher are also a legitimate championship flight team
and are the only team in the tourney with their own
publicist, mother-wife Judy.
So far, so good, Stabbert said. I hope
the rest of the field shapes up as competively as the
first 47 teams and we could have the best tournament in
For more information about the tourney, please call
887-5200. Deadline for entries is Monday, July 31 and
only the first 56 paid teams will be eligible to play.