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24 teams join celebrities for United Way golf tournament

June 24, 2012
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Engle and Volkers Real Estate took top honors Thursday, June 14 in the 12th annual United Way Olympic Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament held at the Craig Wood Golf Course in Lake Placid.

The four-person scramble tournament drew 24 teams consisting of three players who were joined by a celebrity golfer. Celebrities in the tourney included Olympic and national team athletes and coaches as well as area media and movie personalities.

United States National Bobsled Team coach Bill Tavares joined Lake Placid residents Phil Thayer, Tim Batt and Larry Barry on the winning Engle and Volkers team. The foursome shot a 12-under-par 60 to win by one stroke. The team from Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital was the gross division runner-up with a 61, and Lamb Lumber placed third with a 63.

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Jim Shea Sr., center, presents the winning team from Engle and Volkers Real Estate of Lake Placid with the Jack Shea Memorial Trophy following the 12th annual United Way Olympic Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament at Craig Wood on June 14. The winning foursome, from left are U.S. Bobsled coach Bill Tavares, Tim Batt, Phil Thayer and Larry Barry.
Lou Reuter/Lake Placid News

As the only player on Engle and Volkers hitting from the senior tees, Thayer said he enjoyed watching his teammates swing away.

"I had good horses with me," said Thayer, who was the team captain. "They were long, long hitters today. It was a fun day. We ate well and we played well."

"We were inside 10 feet all day putting for birdies and eagles," Batt added.

The Engle and Volkers foursome was awarded the Jack Shea Memorial Trophy for their win in the low gross division.

Top honors in the low net division went to Plattsburgh's Nine Platt Hospitality Group, a team consisting of Bob Smith, Justin Becaw, Pat Argy and celebrity Richy Morgan, a freestyle ski coach. They won the Mike Mannix Memorial Trophy with their low net 53 score. Second place in the net division went to NYSCOPBA with a 58 and the State Farm/YMCA foursome placed third.

The tournament also included long drive and closest-to-the-pin contests. Garrett Farrell won the men's long drive competition with Judy Shea claiming the women's title. The men's closest-to-the-pin took place on Craig Wood's par-3, 13th hole, and Mike Carpenter took the win after landing his tee shot 42 inches away from the cup. Anne Cutaiar won the women's contest with a shot that landed 23 feet, 5 inches away on the 17th hole.



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