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Thendara Golf Club's Board of Directors presented an engraved award to Ted Russell in recognition of his years of service. From left are Tim Harwood, John Tormey, Lance Maly, Scott deCamp, John Hopsicker, David Barker, Ted Russell, Tim White, Tim Foley, Peggy Rotton, and Club President George Hiltebrant. Photo by Michele deCamp

Thendara Golf Club honors Ted Russell at retirement luncheon

Thendara Golf Club’s Board of Directors presented an engraved award to Ted Russell in recognition of his years of service. From left are Tim Harwood, John Tormey, Lance Maly, Scott deCamp, John Hopsicker, David Barker, Ted Russell, Tim White, Tim Foley, Peggy Rotton, and Club President George Hiltebrant. Photo by Michele deCamp

Ted Russell was the guest of honor at Thendara Golf Club’s annual end of season employee luncheon held Wednesday, October 3 at The Grill Room.

Russell will retire this year after serving as the golf course’s Greens Superintendent for the past 35 years.

Among the 50 club and board members, employees, and friends who turned out for the luncheon was Matthew Simon, who has been hired as Russell’s replacement. Simon, of Whitesboro, has served as Greens Superintendent at Radisson Greens Golf Club in Baldwinsville for the last seven years.

“We thank Ted for his 35 years of service, dedication, and loyalty to Thendara Golf Club. Over the years he has done a great job on the course—and we received nothing but praise and compliments on the condition of the course this past summer,” said Thendara Board President George Hiltebrant.

Matthew Simon, Thendara’s new Greens Superintendent. Photo by Michele deCamp

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Thendara Golf Club hosts Fall Scramble; winners announced

Thendara Golf Club held its Fall Scramble on Sun-day, September 2 with 19 four-member teams participating.

Following the 18 holes of golf, participants gathered in the Club House for a light dinner while Golf Pro Rich Chapman and Assistant Pro Mike Bike announced the scramble winners, along with the names of raffle winners.  Continue reading

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Thendara business structure lost to fire; emergency response effort closes Route 28 for over three hours

The Old Forge Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire that engulfed the RPM Snowmobile Rental business on Route 28 in Thendara on Saturday, January 28. 

The call came in at 8:30 a.m., and according to Old Forge Fire Chief Charlie Bogardus the department was assisted by fire personnel from the Eagle Bay and Inlet Fire Companies, with the Woodgate and Otter Lake Fire Departments on standby.

The fire occurred, Bogardus said, when gasoline spilled while Mike Kelly, operator of the business, was working on an ice auger in the attached garage.

Photos by Reed Proper

“When he tried to wipe up the gasoline the fumes came across the floor just as the furnace kicked on and it ignited everything,” Bogardus said.

Kelly suffered minor burns on his hand and was treated at the scene. His wife, Windy, who was also in the building at the time of the fire was uninjured.

It took three hours to bring the fire under control and the building was a total loss, according to Bogardus.

Bogardus said Mike Hunkins of Mike Hunkins Excavating brought his excavator to the scene to help knock down the metal roof so the fire could be extinguished.

The fire forced the closure of Route 28 for three and a half hours, causing traffic to be backed-up for miles. The Town of Webb Police Department assisted with traffic control.

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Thendara Golf beautification project honoring memorable feats and folks

Dave Barker, Chairman of the Memorial Paver project at Thendara Golf Club, stands on the "putting green" with pavers to honor those who have passed on. Photo by Carol Hansen

The Thendara Golf Club has begun a beautification project that offers an opportunity for people to honor past and present golfers who have a passion for the historic Thendara course.

Through the new Paver Project, pavers can be purchased and inscribed with messages to either memorialize a golfer who has passed, or to celebrate a personal golfing milestone.

Dave Barker, Club board member and project chairman, said a 12’ by 12’ space—featuring 400 pavers—has been designated as a Memorial area, while pavers on the porch can be purchased to acknowledge such feats as a hole-in-one, winning a club championship, or simply playing one’s best golf match ever.

The idea for the Paver Project was suggested by past-board member Jerry Britton, who was inspired by a similar fundraising beautification effort at Constableville Hall.

Barker expanded on the idea by prompting the addition of the Golfers’ Memorial. Continue reading

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Thendara posts welcome sign on Route 28

A sign welcoming visitors to the community of Thendara was put into place on Wednesday, September 28 on Route 28, just north of Adiron-dack Tall Timber Log Homes.

The commissioning of the sign was suggested a few years ago by the Thendara History Group. A committee, headed by Louise Watson, decided that the proposed sign should be of similar style to those welcoming folks to the communities of White Lake, Otter Lake, Old Forge, Eagle Bay and Inlet.

Research by the group uncovered plans for a sign for Thendara that was part of a 2005 sign grant that was never completed, according to Gail Murray. Funding for the sign was made possible by the grant.

The sign was designed by Rob Imundo of Rage Graphics.

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Grummond Hits ace at Thendara

Bob Grummond of Tega Cay, SC shot a hole-in-one on the 12th hole of the Thendara Golf Club on September 10.

He nailed the ace on the 176-yard hole using a 5-wood. According to Grummond, 77, it was his first ever hole-in-one.

Witnesses to the feat were Don Porterfield and Bob Risley.

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Thendara: No-Name Golf Tournament raises $2,500 for Polar Bear Ski Club

Eighty people turned out to play in the Third Annual No-Name Classic golf tournament at the Thendara Golf Club on Tuesday, September 6, according to tournament organizer Jim Holt.

This year’s fundraiser for the Polar Bear Ski Club helped to raise an additional $2,500 for the club.

Out of the twenty teams who played, prizes were awarded for first and second place in the gross and net categories with additional prizes for “closest to the pin.”

First Place Gross was awarded to the team of Don Raymond, Rick Quick, Brian Burgdoff and Frank Mutz with a score of 59.

Frank Mutz also received an Eagle on holes number 4 and 14 as well as a Birdie on hole number 7.

The award for Second Place Gross with a score of 63 went to the team of Bill Slater, Alan Slowith, Kirk Langworthy, and Steve Armington.

In the Net category, the team of Linda Salin, David Bacon, and Sherri and Tim Noonan were awarded First Place with a score of 68. The Second Place winners were Nick Bankert, Jeff Gaffney, Matt Huss, and Eric DelBuono who also had a score of 68.

Eric DelBuono also received the “closest to the pin” award on hole number 16 with a distance of 11 3/4”. Jim Holt was the “closest to the pin” winner for hole number 5 with a distance of 6’ 4”.

Special congratulations were also given to Ryan Pritchard for a double Eagle on the 10th hole and Carl Ciecko for a Birdie on the 9th hole.

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