Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
September 3, 2013 Issue
National Award-winning, Family-run Newspaper
Established 1891
news | sports | obituaries | archives | classifieds | subscribe | NEW! buy photos | links | contact | tv listings | lottery



Sullivan County Democrat

Promote Your Page Too

"Inside Out"
Jeanne Sager's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

"Give Us Paws"
Ruth Huggler's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

John Conway's Look Back at the History of Sullivan County

Sullivan Renaissance

Sullivan County Chamber
Of Commerce & Industry

Sullivan County
Visitor's Association

Sullivan County
Government Center

Sullivan County
Partnership for
Economic Development

Please visit our
Community Links
section for other
Sullivan County


Kristina Sumfleth | Democrat

Josh Goldstein sinks the winning birdie putt on the 23rd hole to win the longest Democrat championship final in history. He and his dad Arthur defeated Drew Billard and Ken Cohen to become the first father-son tandem to win the tournament.

Goldsteins prevail in epic final

Staff Report
CALLICOON — August 13, 2013 — As the sun set and more than 100 people circled the fifth green at the Villa Roma Country Club, the electric scene captured why The Democrat is the region's unparalleled golf tournament.
Nowhere else is there a two-man best-ball event with the level of competition, caliber of players and pressure-packed drama. And it all played out beautifully and tensely Sunday as the teams of Josh and Arthur Goldstein and Drew Billard and Ken Cohen came to the 23rd hole of their epic championship match (the longest in Demo­crat finals history). To that point, the four players had delivered a finals for the ages, combining for 10 birdies, clutch shotmaking and a match that never put one team more than one up.
When you consider that Josh is a former MGA Public Links champion, Cohen won the 1998 New Jersey State Mid-Amateur championship and Billard is a rising talent who led the Orange County league in scoring average this past high school season while qualifying for the state tournament, the exceptional play was not a surprise. Maybe the biggest surprise was the play of Arthur Goldstein, a 10-handicapper who has never played in this type of competition before. He raised his game, hit some great shots and halved three key holes when Josh was in trouble.
But in the end, it was a silky 25-foot birdie putt by Josh Goldstein on that fifth playoff hole that won the tournament, the culmination of a brilliant putting round in which he made several mid-range birdie putts. For Josh, it was his third Democrat title (he had previously won back-to-back championships with Mike Culclasure in 2008 and 2009. He and Arthur (teaming up for the first time) also became the first father-son duo to ever win The Democrat.
“It was exciting to win,” said Arthur Goldstein. “We hadn’t played together in two years. It was a father’s dream. That was the best match we’ve ever had.”
“Josh's putting really proved to be the difference,” said nine-time champion Ken Cohen in defeat. “He’s a special type of player – a fearless competitor who is not afraid to hit a big shot at the right moment.”
Perhaps Josh's biggest shot came on the 18th tee. Down one, the long-hitter dared the 260-yard carry over the water and nutted a 300-yard drive to the edge of the fairway, setting himself up with a short iron to the green. Meanwhile, Billard and Cohen laid up short of the water off the tee leaving themselves lengthy second shots. Cohen’s ball ended up about 20 yards short of the green in a gnarly lie while Billard's approach found the greenside bunker, close to the lip. Josh hit his second shot about 25 feet past the pin. Cohen chunked his third shot while Billard exploded just on to the green about 35 feet away. Billard missed his par putt and Goldstein two-putted to extend the match.
The first two extra holes were halved with pars. Arthur Goldstein made a great up and down on the second playoff hole when Josh was out of the hole. On the par-five third hole, Billard made a clutch seven-footer for birdie to halve Josh, who had reached the fringe in two. Billard was left alone on the hole after Cohen called a penalty on himself for inadvertently moving his ball during his pre-shot waggle prior to his third shot.
After halving the fourth playoff hole with pars, Goldstein bombed another 300-yard plus drive on the fifth hole, setting up a short wedge shot which he smartly placed 25 feet below the hole. Billard flew the green on his approach and Cohen hit a nice-looking shot that just caught the wrong side of the ridge and rolled off the green about 40 feet away.
“I’ve had some exhilarating victories in this tournament and have lost in the finals before,” said Cohen. “But this one stings. We had an opportunity to close out the match on No. 18 and just didn’t get it done. I’m disappointed that I basically choked on my chip shot. It was a tough lie, but I have to hit a better shot there.”
While hard on himself in defeat, Cohen couldn’t say enough about Billard. “He stepped up big time throughout the two days,” said Cohen. “You forget sometimes that he’s only been playing golf for five years or so. He is still developing as a player and a competitor and I’m just happy for him that he was able to experience this type of match. He came up with some huge shots under pressure.”
Cohen hit some clutch shots of his own down the stretch to help give his team a one-up lead. He made a 25-footer for birdie on No. 15 which Goldstein topped with his own six-footer and then hit a beautiful 5-iron into No. 16 setting up a two-putt par and the one-up lead. He also birdied three holes in a row in a tough semifinal match against Peter Rymer and his former partner Barry Winter to help turn a one-down deficit after 10 holes into a 3 and 2 victory.
The Goldsteins also had an edgy ride to the finals, needing 20 holes to get past Justin and Randy Armstrong in the quarterfinals and then going 17 holes before dispatching of former champs Sean Semenetz and Joe Winski.
“I just wanted to go and have some fun with my dad,” said Josh. “I stopped playing to finish school and really haven’t played for almost a year and half. “
Other flight winners were: Mike Kaufman/Nate Steingart (1st flight); Marvin Newberg/Tom Drobysh (2nd flight); Mark Thatcher/Sean McDonald (3rd flight); Eric Garchick/Martin Gottesman (4th flight) and Evan Friedman/Richard Deixler (5th flight).
The three-day tournament drew 52 teams and once again experienced a rainy Friday qualifying round that was interrupted for more than two hours. Heavy downpours saturated the greens and filled the bunkers. But some yeoman’s work by Jeff Coccodrilli's grounds crew got the course playable for the conclusion of the qualifying round and then again for the start of match play on Saturday morning. Director of Golf Matt Kleiner and his staff also went above and beyond to ensure that the tournament continued without a hitch.
“My hat goes off to all of the grounds crew and Matt for doing such a good job,” said Arthur Goldstein. “I couldn’t believe we played on Friday after the rain.”

Elliott-Elliott 70
Goldstein-Goldstein 71
Phillips-Semenetz 71
Cohen-Billard 71
Berry-Sherlock 71
Winski-Semenetz 71
Armstrong-Armstrong 71
Rymer-Winter 71
Kleiner-Kleiner 71
Clifford-Herzog 72
Negri-Faruggio 73
Kaufman-Steingart 73
Schmidt-Wheeler 74
Fleishman-Lafaro 74
Goldstein-Rushanski 76
Meyer-Roseo 76
Newberg-Drobysh 76
Levine-Kenny 77
Bojo-Backlund 78
Murtagh-Winters 78
Rieber-Rein 78
Reimer-Peavey 80
Sigelakis-Sigelakis 80
Kubenik-Blumenthal 80
Thatcher-McDonald 80
Nober-Anabell 81
Walsh-Simpson 81
Stieglitz-Cardo 81
Russell-Ottino 82
Etter-Etter 82
Gallo-Gallo 82
O’Brien-Pohlman 83
Shapiro-DuBois 83
Katz-Gordon 83
Garchick-Gottesman 83
Meyer-Meyer 84
Correa-Schumacher 84
James-Colla 84
Kaufman-Herfield 85
Passante-Selfthafner 85
Steingart-Steingart 86
Whitaker-Berens 86
LeFleur-Wunderluch 87
Barrett-Weyant 88
Novick-Novick 89
Freidman-Deixler 89
Meirowitz-Parks 89
Stabbert-Roeder 91
Negri-D’Amico 93
Borko-Krueger 97
Forsblom-Forsblom 99

(First round)
Meyer-Roseo d. Elliott-Elliott
Rymer-Winter d. Kleiner-Kleiner
Cohen-Billard d. Schmidt-Wheeler
Berry-Sherlock d. Kaufman-Steingart
Goldsteins d. Goldstein-Rushanski
Armstrongs d. Clifford-Herzog
Phillips-Semenetz d. Lafaro-Fleishman
Semenetz-Winski d. Negri-Faruggio

Rymer-Winter d. Meyer-Roseo
Cohen-Billard d. Berry-Sherlock
Goldsteins d. Armstrongs
Semenetz-Winski d. Semenetz-Phillips

Cohen-Billard d. Rymer-Winter
Goldsteins d. Semenetz-Winski

Goldsteins d. Cohen-Billard (23 holes)

Elliott-Elliott d. Rushanski-Goldstein
Kaufman-Steingart d. Negri-Farrugio
Fleishman-Lafaro d. Kleiner-Kleiner
Schmidt-Wheeler d. Clifford-Herzog

Kaufman-Steingart d. Elliott-Elliott
Schmidt-Wheeler d. Fleishman-Lafaro

Kaufman-Steingart d. Schmidt-Wheeler

Newberg-Drobysh d. Kubenik-Blumenthal
Murtagh-Winters d. Reiber-Rein
Levine-Kenny d. Sigelakis-Sigelakis
Reimer-Peavey d. Bojo-Backlund

Newberg-Drobysh d. Murtagh-Winters
Levine-Kenny d. Reimer-Peavey

Newberg-Drobysh d. Levine-Kenny

Thatcher-McDonald d. O’Brien-Pohlman
Russell-Ottino d. Stieglitz-Cardo
Nober-Annabel d. Gallo-Gallo
Etter-Etter d. Walsh-Simpson

Thatcher-McDonald d. Russell-Ottino
Etter-Etter d. Nober-Annabel

Thatcher-McDonald d. Etter-Etter

Passante-Selthafner d. Shapiro-Dubois
Meyer-Meyer d. Correa-Schumacher
Kaufman-Herfeld d. Katz-Gordon
Garchick-Gottesman d. James-Colla

Passante-Selthafner d. Meyer-Meyer
Garchick-Gottesman d. Kaufman-Herfeld

Garchick-Gottesman d. Passante-Selthafner

Steingarts d. Negri-D’Amico
Novick-Novick d. Barrett-Weyant
Whitaker-Berens d. Meirowitz-Park
Friedman-Diexler d. Lafleur-Wunderluch

Novick-Novick d. Steingart-Steingart
Friedman-Diexler d. Whitaker-Berens

Friedman-Diexler d. Novick-Novick

Sullivan County Democrat History
Champions Runner-up

1982 Mark Etess / Mitchell Etess Bob Simons / Doc Mullins
1983 Mark Etess / Mitchell Etess Tom Drobysh / Glenn Sonnenschein
1984 Ken Cohen / Jimmy Grossinger Jack Jordan / Rich Farquhar
1985 Walt Markowski / Ed Markowski Mitchell Etess / Jerry McDonald
1986 Tom Drobysh / Don Winters Robert Friedman / Charlie Levine
1987 Ken Cohen / Jack Jordan Walt Markowski / Tom Howe
1988 David Solomon / Jack Jordan Tony Arielly / Ricky Morgan
1989 Terry Wolcott / Charles Johnston David Solomon / Jack Jordan
1990 Rad Yaun / Michael Schmidt Ken Cohen / Charlie Levine
1991 Walt Markowski / Tom Howe Charlie Levine / George Rodriguez
1992 Ken Cohen / Barry Winter Eric Williams / Bill Phillips
1993 Kort Wheeler / Robert Friedman David Solomon / Jack Jordan
1994 Ken Cohen / Mitchell Etess Kort Wheeler / Robert Freidman
1995 Walter Herzog / Gerry Garber Ken Cohen / Barry Winter
1996 Dave Philossoph / Peter Rymer David Solomon / Jack Jordan
1997 Ken Cohen / Barry Winter Craig Gordon / Paul Davis
1998 Paul Stock Jr. / Pat Murtagh Chris DuBois / Bill Elliott
1999 Ken Cohen / Barry Winter Gregg Semenetz Sr./Gregg Semenetz Jr.
2000 Chris DuBois / Bill Elliott Craig Gordon / Jeff Gordon
2001 Gregg Semenetz Sr. / Bill Phillips David Solomon / Jack Jordan
2002 Gregg Semenetz Sr. / Bill Phillips David Solomon / Jack Jordan
2003 Sean Semenetz / Nick Yaun Michael Goldstein / Pete Gelman
2004 Ken Cohen / Charles Johnston Gregg Semenetz Sr. / Bill Phillips
2005 Ken Cohen / Barry Winter Ben Kleiner / Maxx Kleiner
2006 Sean Semenetz / Joe Winski Ben Kleiner / Maxx Kleiner
2007 Sean Semenetz / Joe Winski Ben Kleiner / Maxx Kleiner
2008 Josh Goldstein / Mike Culclasure Alex Etter / A.J. Lee
2009 Josh Goldstein / Mike Culclasure Rich Schmidt / Kort Wheeler
2010 Sean Semenetz / Joe Winski Ken Cohen / Barry Winter
2011 Sean Semenetz / Joe Winski Gregg Semenetz Sr. / Bill Phillips
2012 Ken Cohen / Drew Billard Gregg Semenetz Sr. / Bill Phillips
2013 Josh Goldenstein / Arthur Goldstein Ken Cohen / Drew Billard

Copyright © 1999-2013 Catskill-Delaware Publications.
The information you receive online from the Sullivan County Democrat Online Edition is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. Content contained within this website is for the sole and exclusive use of Catskill-Delaware Publications. Please read our user agreement and our use information
privacy statement.
Internet Services provided by Time Warner, Site Design by Green Enterprises

top of page       top of page