2019 ECGJ: En-Joie-ing Endicott. New York’s En-Joie Golf Club Twice in One Week!

42019 ECGJ: En-Joie-ing Endicott. New York’s En-Joie Golf Club Twice in One Week!

Fortunate to enjoy En Joie two out of the last four days! Great golf course design, great golf course conditions but not enough golfing talent on my part! LOL, watch where the pros play and then playing it is always so much more difficult! They make it look easier! What a Broome County Treasure! Hats off to PGA Golf Professional Mike Deuel and GCSAA Superintendent Anthony Chapman for making it all happen so that we can enjoy En Joie!

Wednesday practice round with my buddy The Greek, aka John Yianni Koutsaris and Saturday’s Round Two of the TCGA Amateur Championship with former Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan!

2Too many DSGO stories to write about The Greek (yes that is him in the bunker on No.2 but it is not his drive), but here is one on our 2-term Mayor Ryan: his first hole-in-one came on December 26th at Endwell Greens (proof positive for global warming) just in time to be the very first member of the Golf Channel Hole-In-One Club when they first went on the air on January 17th, 1995! Wouldn’t that be an interesting feature on this year’s DSGO broadcast?

28So once again, the golf course that Ernie Smith designed and George F. Johnson built for his workers in 1927; home to the B.C. Open for 36 years and immortalized by local cartoon artist Johnny Hart; where Butch Harmon won the inaugural event in 1971; where EJ Assistant Pro Richie Karl beat Bruce Crampton in a playoff; where local favorite Joey Sindelar was the first to win two times; where Brad Faxon was the first to win back-to-back titles; where Palmer, Watson and Couples have played; where the PGA TOUR Champions’ DICK’S Sporting Goods Open has been played since 2007; where Bart Bryant became the first to win two times last year; and where Jack Nicklaus is coming this year… IS nearly perfect for the upcoming 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open… only 4 more weeks and it is Keith Urban party time!

I hope you enjoy En Joie as much as I do!

Thank you to Mike Deuel for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary; The Greek, aka John Yianni Koutsaris, for having fun no matter what I shoot and Keith Chesk and the TCGA for recording what I shot and cutting me (deservingly so as I was not so deserving) and carrying on with the final round at Binghamton Country Club! Play well fellow amateurs!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-14-19)