Ely Park’s Al Morley is in the PGA Championship Record Book for ALL-TIME!

A Broome County Golf Legend, an Ely Parker… Al Morley forever in the record books of the PGA of America & the PGA Championship! Played in 8 PGA Championships, 4 in the match play era & 4 in the stroke play era! Was privileged to know him & celebrate him & his golfing life at one of the Ely Park Celebrations! Any more stories or tributes to Al Morley out there???   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 10 Pics; 5-17-19)

McCarthy, Lewis, Lentine, Osgood, Linsky, & Ely Honored at 5th Ely Park Celebration!

The six Honorees of the 5th Ely Park Celebration brings the total honored to date to twenty-two!

The six Honorees of the 5th Ely Park Celebration brings the total honored to date to twenty-two!

Another wonderful Ely Park Celebration of golf, community, & legacy up at the Ely Park Golf Course in my hometown of Binghamton, New York! Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees- Evie McCarthy, Mary Lewis, Mildred Lentine, Pat Osgood, Ray Linsky & benefactor S. Mills Ely. We were blessed with the presence of Frances as we posthumously celebrated the life of her husband—2017 Honoree Ron Simkulet. Special thank you to my co-host Joan E.Davis. Gratitude to Briana Supardi from FOX 40 News WICZ-TV and Trich Ligannon from Spectrum News Southern Tier for covering the event and sharing the 5th Ely Park Celebration with the Greater Binghamton community. Special thanks to the Ely Park team for hosting us! What fun meeting these Lgends of Ely Park and playing golf up at Ely Park with Ray Linsky! Always a magical & inspirational day up at Ely! Here are the two media links:

Six Honored for Contributions to Ely Park

Veteran Golfers Honored At Ely Park Celebration

(Facebook Post by Andy Reistetter with 30 Pics and two Links on 10-17-18)

Honoree Evie McCarthy (center) with co-hosts Joan Davis and Andy Reistetter.

Honoree Evie McCarthy (center) with co-hosts Joan Davis and Andy Reistetter.

Veteran Golfers Honored At Ely Park Celebration

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 3:44 PM EDT Updated: Aug 21, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

By Briana Supardi

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. –

Dozens came out to Ely Park Golf Course Tuesday to celebrate its history and its veteran golfers. 

The fifth ‘Ely Park Celebrations’ honored four women, one man, and Ely Park’s benefactor S. Mills Ely. This was the first time women have been honored in this ceremony.

Honoree Pat Osgood being interviewed by FOX40 WICZ TV's Briana Supardi (left) & Spectrum News' Trish Kilgannon (hidden by camera).

Honoree Pat Osgood being interviewed by FOX40 WICZ TV’s Briana Supardi (left) & Spectrum News’ Trish Kilgannon (hidden by camera).

The women golfers honored included Evie McCarthy (represented by her daughter Joanie), Mary Lewis, 98, Pat Osgood, 81, and Millie Lentine, 74.  Also honored was local champion amateur golfer Ray Linsky, who won 15 Club Championships. The ceremony also recognized the golf course’s benefactor S. Mills Ely. who donated the land to the city in 1909.

“I’ve been up here in Ely since the early 80s before that I was out at Belden Hill and I’m also in a league in State Park,” said Pat Oswood.

Honoree Ray Linsky (center).

Honoree Ray Linsky (center).

In the last 21 years, Oswood has won 15 Club Championships. Oswood said she currently plays at the Ely Park three times a week. 

The first ‘Ely Park Celebration’ was held in 2003 to honor the people who have made a lasting contribution to the golf course. 

As of Tuesday, Ely Park has honored 22 golfers.

 

Six Honored for Contributions to Ely Park

Millie Lentine, who was out-of-town, was represented by her husband Frank. Mary Lewis, age 97, was unable to attend and S. Mills Ely was honored posthumously.

Millie Lentine, who was out-of-town, was represented by her husband Frank. Mary Lewis, age 97, was unable to attend and S. Mills Ely was honored posthumously.

By Spectrum News Staff  |  August 21, 2018 @11:06 PM

Ely Park is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Tuesday, the community honored six people who have contributed to the course’s legacy.

 

Some pictures from the day:

 

2018 Ely Park Celebration to Honor Four Women Golfers!

Benefactor S. Mills Ely who donated the original land will be honored at the fifth Ely Celebration on August 21st!

Benefactor S. Mills Ely who donated the original land will be honored at the fifth Ely Park Celebration on August 21st!

The fifth Ely Park Celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 21st up at Ely Park near the golf shop pavilion.

Four ‘Ely Park Celebrations,’ the first in 2003, have been held to honor the people who have significantly contributed to the legacy of Ely Park.

This year’s Honorees include four women golfers—Evie McCarthy (represented by her daughter Joanie), Mary Lewis (age 98), Pat Osgood, and Millie Lentine—and two men—the benefactor of Ely Park who donated the land to the city in 1909—S. Mills Ely—and 15-time Club Champion and legendary local amateur golfer Ray Linsky.

Millie Lentine (white top, center rear) in attendance for the 2017 Celebration will be honored this year along with three other women.

Millie Lentine (white top, center rear) in attendance for the 2017 Celebration will be honored this year along with three other women.

The first ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored longtime Ely Park Head PGA Golf Professional/Golf Superintendent/General Manager (in those days he did all three jobs) Steve Vaskovic and two sons of Ely Park- professional golfer Al Morley and amateur golfer Mike Popik. All three honorees were living at the time and participated in the celebratory event up at Ely Park.

The second ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored Ely Park’s golf course designer (with City Engineer Edward Prentice) and first Head PGA Golf Professional Ernie Smith, and two long time members and successful amateurs, Walt Kozak and Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar.

Ray Linsky, 15-time Ely Park Club Champion and avid historian of the game and all things Ely Park will be honored on Tuesday, August 21st.

Ray Linsky, 15-time Ely Park Club Champion and avid historian of the game and all things Ely Park will be honored on Tuesday, August 21st.

The third ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored one of Ely Parks first caddies, long time Golf Professional and successful golfer Al Vaskovic (younger brother of Steve); lifetime member of the PGA of America, member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame and accomplished golfer Ed Nosewicz; legend, 1969 Club Champion and creative writer, Bob ‘the Bear & the Barracuda’ Marachek: and three guys who played Ely Park every Sunday since 1948 (57 years at the time)- Joe Gomulka and the ‘Hammer & Nails’ combo of John Hammer and Joe Kovarik.

Last year’s ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored the only other two PGA Golf Professionals to serve the golfing public up at Ely Park—Bob Steiner and Rick Mauro. Additionally, long-time Ely Park Golfer and 1975 Club Champion Andy Reistetter Sr. was honored posthumously along with five-time Club Champion and Texas PGA Golf Professional Ron Simkulet who missed the ‘Ely Park Celebration’ while vacationing with family in Utah.

With Ronnie Simkulet and his scrapbook preparing for him being honored in 2017.

With Ronnie Simkulet and his scrapbook preparing for him being honored in 2017.

Ironically Ron Simkulet passed earlier this year on June 29th while vacationing with family in Utah. He was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School, SUNY Cortland, and Binghamton University (Master’s Program), a Vietnam Army Veteran, a PGA Golf Professional, and a history teacher and golf coach at Susquehanna Valley H.S. Ron developed his passion for golf at Ely Park G.C., held a course-record of 62 for many years, and remained a life-long competitive player. Ron Simkulet will be remembered with a moment of silence at this year’s event.

Come up to Ely Park on Tuesday, August 21st at 1 pm to celebrate the history and people of Ely Park Golf Course!

See you there!

The Sixteen Honorees to date:

Joe Gomulka—Played Ely Park together with John Hammer & Joe Kovarik for over fifty years!

John Hammer—Played Ely Park together with Joe Gomulka & Joe Kovarik for over fifty years!

Walt Kozak—Long-time Ely Park Golfer, Club Champion, and successful amateur golfer.

Millie Lentine (white top, center rear) in attendance for the 2017 Celebration will be honored this year along with three other women.

Ely Park PGA Golf Professionals Bob Steiner and Ricky Mauro, two of only four to have served in that position. were honored in 2017.

Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar—Long-time Ely Park Golfer, Club Champion, and successful amateur golfer.

Joe Kovarik—Played Ely Park together with Joe Gomulka & John Hammer for over fifty years!

Bob Marachek—Ely Park Legend, 1969 club champion and creative writer, & ‘the Bear & the Barracuda!’

Rick Mauro—Long-time Ely Park PGA Golf Professional.

Al Morley—Long-time PGA Golf Professional who played in eight PGA Championships (one of professional golf’s majors).

Ed Nosewicz—Lifetime member of the PGA of America; member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.

Mike Popik—Long-time Ely Park Golfer and competitive amateur golfer.

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. This is the picture that was the spark for Andy Jr. to research and begin to write the history of Ely Park and hold the Ely Park Celebrations!

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. This is the picture that was the spark for Andy Jr. to research and begin to write the history of Ely Park and hold the Ely Park Celebrations!

Andy Reistetter Sr.—Long-time Ely Park Golfer and 1975 Club Champion.

Ronnie Simkulet—Five-time Club Champion and PGA Golf Professional in Texas.

Ernie Smith—First PGA Golf Professional & Designer of Ely Park (with City Engineer Edward Prentice).

Bob Steiner—Long-time Ely Park PGA Golf Professional.

Al Vaskovic—Long-time Assistant PGA Golf Professional and the competitive golfing face of Ely Park.

Steve Vaskovic—PGA Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent, and Ely Park General Manager.

Let's go play Ely Park Golf Course!

Let’s go play Ely Park Golf Course!

Ely Park: Rick Mauro, Ronnie Simkulet, Jim Seager, & Sir Charles Novitske (May 2008)

Andy Jr. in front of Andy Sr.'s flagpole up at Ely Park.

Andy Jr. in front of Andy Sr.’s flagpole up at Ely Park.

It’s an extraordinary time when you get four legends up to Ely Park Golf Course!

Longtime golf pro Rick Mauro, Ronnie Simkulet, Jim Seager, and Sir Charles Novitske!

That’s Sir Charles and me in front of the flag pole dedicated to my father Andrew C. Reistetter Sr who passed in 1993. Dad was the Ely Park Club Champ in 1976!

Ely Park, opened in 1933 is a special place!

Here are some pictures of us golfing on May 29,  2008

Ely Celebration No. 4 Honors Rick Mauro, Bob Steiner, Ron Simkulet, & Andy Reistetter Sr.

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

The fourth Ely Park Celebration was held at 10 am on Friday, August 4th up at Ely Park on the practice putting green. Long time Ely Park golf professionals Rick Mauro and Bob Steiner were present and honored for their contributions and legacies that date back to the early 1980s. Rick and Bob, along with previously honored Ernie Smith and Steve Vaskovic Sr., are the only four golf professionals to manage the Ely Park Golf Course since it opened in the Fall of 1933.

Two other amateur golfers—Ronnie Simkulet and Andy Reistetter Sr.—were honored in an interesting, fun, and entertaining informal ceremony on a beautiful morning up at Ely.

Reporter Christy O'Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Reporter Christy O’Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Simkulet, one of the all-time best Triple Cities amateurs, first came to Ely Park as a ten-year old in 1951. The ‘boy wonder’ won the Ely Park Club Championship five times, including four times in a row from 1957 to 1960 and then again in 1962. A Vietnam Veteran and graduate of SUNY Cortland, he left the area for ten years to be a club pro in Texas where he befriended the legendary golfer Doug Sanders.

Reistetter Sr. was a living fixture up at Ely Park, along with the likes of Bob Kollar and Walt Kozak, until his death in 1993.

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

 

Reistetter Sr. won the Ely Park Club Championship in 1975 with son Andy Jr. on the bag and son Larry, long-time Broome County park designer and golf architect snapping pictures. Andy Sr. came to the game as a young boy caddying at Scranton CC to help the family make ends meet. A WWII veteran, he came to Binghamton after the war and served the community first as a police officer and then as a 25-year veteran of the fire department.

 

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

The twelve Ely Park Honorees to date include Joe Gomulka, John Hammer, Joe Kovarik (a threesome that played Ely Park together for over fifty years), Walt Kozak, Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar, Bob Marachek, Ed Nosewicz (lifetime member of the PGA of America, member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame), Mike Popik (all great amateur golfers), long time professional golfer Al Morley (who played in eight PGA Championships), Al Vaskovic (long-time Assistant Golf Professional to his brother Steve and the competitive golfing face of Ely Park), and previously mentioned golfing professionals Ernie Smith (who designed the golf course with city engineer Edward Prentice) and Steve Vaskovic Sr.

Ronnie Simkulet (left) with Rick Mauro up at Ely Park in May 2008.

Ronnie Simkulet (left) with Rick Mauro up at Ely Park in May 2008.

Beautiful Ely Park Celebration this morning honoring Bob Steiner, Rick Mauro, Ronnie Simkulet, and my father Andy Reistetter Sr. Thank you to everyone who came out to make it so special! Special gratitude to Joan E. Davis, Mark Kachadourian for helping get the word out & FOX 40 reporter Christy O’Neil for her excellent coverage. The spirit of Ely Park, her history, her beauty, & her welcome to all, is alive & well! TROML Baby!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-4-17)

Fran Roach: “What a great place and classy golf professionals!!”

Chris Dickerson: “I was unaware this was happening!! Sorry I missed it!!”

Lisa Bennett-Fish: “Thank you Andy for inviting Jordan and I…what a “Splendid Spiritual Event!”

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. The two greens are today's 6th green and the original practice putting green. (The first hole was a log par 3 from today's No. 3 ladies tee to the 3rd green.

Andy Reistetter Sr. on the par-3 second tee box back in the old days of Ely Park. The cinder parking lot and old clubhouse can be seen in the background on what is now No. 3 fairway. The two greens are today’s 6th green and the original practice putting green. (The first hole was a log par 3 from today’s No. 3 ladies tee to the 3rd green.

Virginia Kronk: “Great to see a special day for a special person – Rick Mauro surely deserved it!

Peggy Wells Mauro: “Great pics!”

Kim Hastert: “That’s awesome! Congrats!”

John Olsa: “Bob was my first instructor as a child, gave me some great teachings, and at 46 years old the handicap is still at 0. Thanks Bob!”

Jim Blodgett: “Congratulations Gents!! Steins looking good as always.”

Nick Brewster:  “Great tribute! Binghamton golf is better because of them.”

Stan & Sue Lisk: “It was a day up on Ely Mountain for (joy)! Glad I made it. Well-deserved awards to my two great friends and Golf Pro’s. You helped many people to enjoy this great game. Thanks again and keep on swinging.”

 

Pictures from the 4th Ely Celebration on Friday, August 4th, 2017:

 

 

 

WICZ FOX 40: 4th ‘Ely Park Celebration’ Honors Stand Out Individuals

By Christy O’Neil

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.

Reporter Christy O'Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Reporter Christy O’Neil from WICZ FOX 40 was on hand to interview Rick and Bob and air a feature on the Ely Celebration on the evening news.

Among three other honorees recognized at the fourth “Ely Park Celebrations”, Ricky Mauro, a man who wore many hats throughout his 37 years of contribution to the golf course.

Bob Steiner, who was also honored for his great contributions to Ely Park Golf said, “Ricky came to work for me the very first year and we spent 13 years together here, then after I left, he inherited the job as the golf professional”.

 

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Rick Mauro at the Ely Celebration!

Beginning work at 16 years old, Mauro not only learned the ‘ins and outs’ of the golf business’, he reached nearly impossible feats in the sport itself.

“Golf was in my blood, there’s no doubt about it”. “Hey, I golfed from six years old to fifty, how many people can say that?” said Mauro. “I got three consecutive Eagles, now I’ve never heard of that being done and I don’t know if it’s even ever been done…but I did do that and that’s the best achievement I had,” he said.

 

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O'Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

WICZ FOX 40 Reporter Christy O’Neil interviewing Bob Steiner at the Ely Celebration!

And despite all of his achievements in golf, Mauro says he takes the most pride in his work as a teacher.

“There’s nothing’s better than having a kid come back to you later in life and tell you, you helped them and they thank you for it. That means more to me than any achievements I did… I won my share of tournaments but the kids were the most important thing. I dedicated most of my career to teaching.”

After a cancer diagnosis that led to the loss of a limb in 2011, Mauro hopes now to recover and come back to golf once again.

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

Quite a few folks came out to celebrate Ely Park on a beautiful sunny morning!

“I’m trying to be able to walk again and hopefully I’ll hit a golf ball again, that’s my goal. I’m driven and as an underdog, I try to overcome. I’m very positive, I always taught the positive and I’m positive I can do it,” he said.

“I fulfilled everything that I wanted to do, the only thing I would’ve liked to have done is teach a little more and if I get healthy enough, I can beat the odds on a few things They’ve read me my last rights several times and I’m still here… and I’m coming back stronger than ever I think.”

With Mauro, three other men were recognized for their contributions to Ely Park: Bob Steiner, Andy Reisetter Sr. and Ronnie Simkulet.

If you’d like to visit the Ely Park Golf Course website, click here: Ely Park

CLICK HERE for the original article by Christy O’Neil on the WICZ FOX 40 Website.

CLICK HERE for “Ely Celebration No. 4 Honors Mauro, Steiner, Simkulet, & Reistetter Sr.

Pictures from the 4th Ely Celebration on August 4, 2017:

Ely Park Celebrations & Honorees…

This is the title of Andy Reistetter's book on Ely Park.

This is the title of Andy Reistetter’s book on Ely Park.

Three ‘Ely Park Celebrations’ have been held to honor the people who have significantly contributed to the legacy of Ely Park.

The first ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored longtime Ely Park Head Golf Professional/Golf Superintendent/General Manager (in those days he did all three jobs) Steve Vaskovic and two sons of Ely Park- professional golfer Al Morley and amateur golfer Mike Popik. All three honorees were living at the time and participated in the celebratory event up at Ely Park.

The second ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored Ely Park’s golf course designed and first Head Golf Professional Ernie Smith, and two long time members, amateurs Walt Kozak and Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar.

The most recent ‘Ely Park Celebration’ honored one of Ely Parks first caddies, long time Golf Professional and successful golfer Al Vaskovic (younger brother of Steve); lifetime member of the PGA of America, member of the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame and accomplished golfer Ed Nosewicz; legend, 1969 club champion and creative writer, Bob ‘the Bear & the Barracuda’ Marachek: and three guys who played Ely Park every Sunday since 1948 (57 years at the time)- Joe Gomulka and ‘Hammer & Nails’ John Hammer and Joe Kovarik.

If you would like to nominate someone to be an Ely Park Honoree at our next ‘Ely Park Celebration’ please contact AndyReistetter@gmail.com with supporting information, documents and pictures if you have them.

The Twelve Honorees to date:

Joe Gomulka

John Hammer

Walt Kozak

Bob ‘Bert’ Kollar

Joe Kovarik

Bob Marachek

Al Morley

Ed Nosewicz

Mike Popik

Ernie Smith

Al Vaskovic

Steve Vaskovic