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On Sunday September 10, 2006, in the closest match in the history of the Challenge Cup, the 12 members of the South Park G.C. team defeated a strong contingent from the Buffalo Golf Club 9.5 points to 8.5 points. With this victory the 2 clubs have each won the Challenge Cup twice: Buffalo G.C. in 2003 & 2004 and South Park in 2005 and 2006

South Park led after the first day 5.5 points to .5 points after winning 5 out of 6 2-man best ball matches and halving the other. On the final day the Buffalo G.C. squad waged a ferocious comback, winning 8 out of a possible 12 points, but the 4 points picked up by South Park on Sunday was just enough to ensure victory and retention of the coveted Challenge Cup for another year.

The South Park squad was led by Sean McNamara and Tom Quinn who each won both of their matches. Liam Friedman, Jim Connors & Pat Quinn each recorded 1.5 points, and Mark Poloncarz, Mike Daniels, Marty Cyna, Bob Miller, Fran Conmy and Chuck Griesinger all recorded a point, with Dave Helmbrecht getting a half a point in the 2-man portion.

Next year the final day of the Challenge Cup will be held at the South Park G.C., meaning the boys from SP should have the edge.

September 8, 2006: Miller, Nostrant, & Connors Win President's Cup

Jim Miller won his third A Class President's Cup Title when he bested former club champ Sean McNamara 1 up. Miller shot a solid round of 2 over par 72. It was Miller's third title in the past 6 years.

In "B" Class, Jerry Nostrant entered the President's Cup as the first seed and showed his match play mettle by winning a close match against Steve Scanlon.

In "C" Class, Larry Connors perservered over Marty Cyna on the 5th extra hole of sudden death, a club record! Connors and Cyna each birdied the 2nd and 4th holes in sudden death in what was surely the best match in recent memory.

September 4, 2006: Poloncarz, McDonald & Cyna Win Scratch Match Play Championships; Poloncarz & Gulino win George Lesso Classic

Mark Poloncarz was declared the king of match play again at South Park after he won his 6th Individual Scratch Match Play Championship during the past 7 years. Poloncarz defeated Sean McNamara in the finals 3 and 2 when he scorched the South Park links with an opening nine of 4 under par 31 which included an eagle on the 5th hole. McNamara made it close by shooting under par himself, but he could not catch up from Poloncarz hot start.

In "B" Class, new member Steve McDonald show nerves of steel in holding off Dave Helmbrecht in a tight match 1 up. Both competitors played well, each breaking 80, and each had to beat some of the best of "B" Class just to make the finals.

In "C" Class, Marty Cyna capped of a great year by winning that division after he won the stroke play competition earlier in the year. Cyna beat Fran Conmy in the final 3 & 2.

In the George Lesso 2-Man Best Ball Match Play Classic, Mark Poloncarz & Mike Gulino captured their third title in 4 years when they beat Tom Kozaczka and Frank Vogel 5 up. Poloncarz and Gulino shot an opening nine of 32 in poor conditions and where able to hold off the runners up the rest of the way.

August, 2006: Liam Friedman Wins 2006 South Park Golf Club Championship

The hottest golfer in Western New York is also the newest club champion at the South Park Golf Club as 19 year old Lackawanna native Liam Friedman, a sophomore at Drexel University in Philadelphia, captured his first club championship on Sunday July 30th. Friedman shot a fantastic seven under par score of 133 over the 36 holes contested at the venerable South Park links, the second lowest score ever recorded in the championship. His play garnered him an 8 stroke victory over his nearest competitor Sean McNamara, who finished with a strong score of his own at 1 over par for 36 holes of play.

Showing his stellar play was no fluke, the next day Friedman captured the low medalist honors at the Buffalo District Golf Association’s Individual Amateur qualifier by shooting a 1 over par 73 at the extremely difficult Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora. Making this achievement even more impressive is that it was the first time Friedman ever saw the course! Due to his continuing great play Friedman will certainly be one of the favorites at the Amateur Championship, to be conducted next week at the Niagara Falls Country Club.

In the “B” Class, Jim Connors came through as the champ for 2006 after many near misses in the past. Connors shot a great round of 3 over par 73 on championship Sunday, which when combined with his first round score of 82 was good enough for a 3 stroke victory over defending “B” Class champion Mike Daniels. First round leader Darin Tesmer finished in a tie for third with Pat Quinn and Mark Guarino.

Marty Cyna showed his earlier hole-in-one this year wasn’t all luck when he won his first “C” Class championship by 2 strokes over Fran Conmy, with Matt Sullivan finishing third.

The members of the golf club like to thank the many local golf fans who came out on the final day of the tournament to watch the play, they were treated to some great golf, especially from the new champ, as well as the grounds staff at the South Park Golf Course for the excellent condition of the course.

Final Scores for the 2006 Club Championship:

A Class

Liam Friedman: 67-66-133
Sean McNamara: 73-68-141
Mark Poloncarz: 72-78-150
Jim Miller: 77-78-155
Mike Gulino: 79-77-156
Chuck Griesenger: 83-76-159
Steve McDonald: 77-82-159
Jerry Kuwik: 78-withdrew due to injury

B Class

Jim Connors: 82-73-155
Mike Daniels: 82-76-158
Darin Tesmer: 77-83-160
Pat Quinn: 78-82-160
Mark Guarino: 82-78-160
Tim Sullivan: 81-83-164
Dave Helmbrecht: 79-85-164
Jerry Nostrant: 82-82-164
Steve Scanlon: 83-85-168
Art Zawadzki: 78-94-172
Darin Koepnick: 84-88-172
Todd Duffy: 81-92-173
Joe Tomaka: 85-88-173

C Class:

Marty Cyna: 89-96-185
Fran Conmy: 99-88-187
Matt Sullivan:91-100-191
Bucky Ewing: 102-93-195
Rich Ewing:110-94-204
Moss Sullivan: 114-108-222
Mick Ewing: 108-118-226

July 2, 2006 Hall of Fame Tournament (9 Hole Stableford Format)
Top 5 Scores Per Class:

"A" Class:

  • 1st Place: Mark Poloncarz +15
  • 2nd Place: Jerry Kuwik +15
  • 3rd Place: Chuck Griesenger +11
  • 4th Place: Sean McNamara +10
  • 5th Place: Tom Kozaczka +9
"B" Class:
  • 1st Place: Dave Helmbrecht +13
  • 2nd Place: Jerry Nostrant +10
  • 3rd Place: Mike Daniels +9
  • 4th Place: Darin Tesmer +9
  • 5th Place: Joe Tomaka +8
"C" Class:
  • 1st Place: Moss Sullivan +13
  • 2nd Place: Marty Cyna +10
  • 3rd Place: Matt Sullivan +10
  • 4th Place: Fran Conmy +9
  • 5th Place: Larry Connors +8
26th Annual Ed Krypel Polish v. Irish Challenge Match

Polish Triumph in 2006 South Park G.C. Polish v. Irish Challenge Match

On Saturday, June 17th, a squad of members representing the sons of Polonia took the 25th annual South Park Golf Club Ed Krypel Polish v. Irish Challenge Match over their compatriots from the Emerald Isle in the 2-man best ball match play format 5.5 points to 2.5 points. It was the Poles first victory in the annual matches since 2002, and as a result, the Poles hold a 17 to 8 advantage in the matches.

The Polish team was led by the duo of Bob Miller and Dave Helmbrecht, who defeated the father and son Irish tandem of Larry & Jim Connors in the best ball match play format, when they carded a ˝ handicap net score of 64. The best 2-man team of the match went to the Irish tandem of Jerry Nostrant and Liam Friedman who shot a best ball ˝ handicap net score of seven under par 63.

Irish captain and Club President Jim Connors swears that next year the Irish will come out on top, but for the rest of this year, the Polish Flag will be proudly displayed in the clubhouse as the symbol of the winning team in the popular annual matches.

Results of the Team Match:
Team Poland defeats Team Ireland 5.5 points to 2.5 points.

Individual Match Results

Bob Miller & Dave Helmbrecht (Polish) d. Larry Connors & Jim Connors (Irish) 2 & 1.

Mark Poloncarz & Mike Gulino (Polish) d. Sean McNamara & Chuck Griesenger (Irish) 1 up.

Jerry Nostrant & Liam Friedman (Irish) d. Jerry Kuwik & Tom Kozaczka (Polish) 3 & 2.

Art Zawadzki & Mark Guarino (Polish) Tied Match v. Fran Conmy & Steve Scanlon (Irish).

Joe Tomaka & Tim Sullivan (Polish) d. Moss Sullivan & Pat Quinn (Irish) 2 & 1.

Todd Duffy & Matt Sullivan (Irish) d. Wally Pukalo & Bob Bell (Polish) 2 up.

Darin Koepnick & Frank Vogel (Polish) d. Tom Quinn & Wayne Cross (Irish) 2 & 1.

Marty Cyna & Bucky Ewing (Polish) d. Rich Ewing & Mick Ewing (Irish) 1 up.

2006 Memorial Day 18 Hole Member-Guest/Member-Member 2 Man Best Ball Tourney

Jim Connors & Kevin Hayes Triumph in South Park Golf Club’s Memorial Day Tournament

Jim Connors and Kevin Hayes are not only lifelong friends but they make a great team on the links and they showed it by winning the 75th annual South Park Golf Club Member-Guest/Member-Member Memorial Day Tournament. Connors and Hayes carded an incredible score of 13 under par 57 in the 2-man best-ball handicap format held on Sunday May 28th. It was the lowest score recorded in the tournament since the format was changed 4 years ago.

It was a good thing Connors and Hayes shot such a low score because they nipped the duo of Charles Poloncarz and his guest Jessie Kulczyk by only one shot. Three teams finished in a tie for third at 61: Art Zawadzki & Jim Miller, Wayne Cross & Pat Quinn and Tom Quinn & Darin Koepnick.

Scores for the May 28th Memorial Day Member-Guest/Member-Member Tournament:

Jim Connors & Kevin Hayes: 57
Charles Poloncarz & Jessie Kulcyzk: 58
Art Zawadzki & Jim Miller: 61
Wayne Cross & Pat Quinn: 61
Tom Quinn & Darin Kopenick: 61
Steve Scanlon & Mike Daniels: 62
Sean McNamara & Chuck Griesenger: 63
Frank Vogel, Jr. & Todd Duffy 64
Jerry Nostrant & Bob Bell: 64
Jerry Kuwik & Tom Kozaczka: 65
Dr. Richard Zambron & Joe Tomoka: 65
Jerry Kuwik & Tom Kozaczka: 65
Mike Gulino & Mark Guarino: 65
Fran Conmy & Jim Mulvaney: 67
Mark Poloncarz & Jeremy Rosen: 68
Steve McDonald & Bill Knepper: 68
Tim Sullivan & Bill Gibbons: 68
Bob Miller & Larry Connors: 69
Mike Kane & Bill Daley: 69
Wally Pukalo & Steve Mandiak: 71
Moss Sullivan & Matt Sullivan: 74