Democrat File Photo
by Frank Rizzo
Cohen, left, and Gregg Semenetz Jr. walk away from the last
hole after Cohen and partner Barry Winter beat Semenetz and
his dad, Gregg Sr. (visible behind Gregg Jr.) in the
championship flight finals of the Sullivan County Democrat
Golf Tourney last year.
By Matthew Kleiner
Villa Roma Golf Pro
CALLICOON — August 11, 2000 – Fifty-six two-man teams will tee off
today in the 19th annual Sullivan County Democrat Golf Tourney at the
Villa Roma here.
Most of the teams will be vying for the 16 available spots in the
Championship Flight. This year the field is loaded with past champions
with different partners.
Charles Johnston, winner in 1989, is playing with Jim Bowers to form
the “Roscoe Connection.”
Dr. Peter Rymer, a ’96 winner, will be bringing his son Matthew to
test the best the county has to offer.
’95 champ Walter Herzog returns to team up with Liberty’s Billy
Stoddard Jr. while ’89 winner Terry Wolcott will partner up with Bob
Other teams expected to challenge for the title are David Solomon and
Jack Jordan, Ricky Schmidt and Tom Drobysh, Gregg Semenetz and Gregg
Semenetz Jr., and Delph Gustitus and Billy Phillips.
They all will be trying to capture the title now held by six-time
champion Ken Cohen and his partner Barry Winter. Cohen, fresh off his
record sixth Villa Roma Club Championship, is ready to roll. The
Cohen-Winter team will be a prohibitive favorite as the 2000 Democrat
A second-year team which was one triple bogey away from the
championship flight last year is Jared and Eric Kubenik of
Jeffersonville. Jared has been improving at a rapid rate this year.
This past weekend he took Cohen to the 33rd hole of the 36-hole Villa
Roma Club Championship.
Jared also defeated the previous two champions at the Villa Roma —
Greg Semenetz and Marvin Newberg — on the way to the finals. He and
his uncle Eric are out to prove that last year was just a slip up.
This year also has the youngest team ever in the event. Fourteen year
old Sean Semenetz and 15-year-old Ben Morganstein will be in the field
— and not just to compete for fun. Last week they “ham and egged”
it to a 1-under 71. Don’t shake your head if they qualify for the
Championship Flight and then beat somebody.
Odds on Winning ‘Democrat’
2-1 Cohen-Winter…3-time champs know how to win.
5-1 Semenetz-Semenetz Jr.…Could be a repeat final
6-1 Gustitus-Phillips…Another Villa Roma team playing well
7-1 Solomon-Jordan…This team is always dangerous
8-1 Kubenik-Kubenik…If Uncle Eric can win a few holes — maybe?
10-1 Rymer-Rymer…To go deep into event experience is needed
10-1 Schmidt-Drobysh…Experienced team always a factor.
Low Qualifying Round…67
Championship Flight Cut…73