Coveleskie plays with pros
Having played in several golf pro-am events when the Web.com Tour played here a decade ago, I can tell you that it’s an event that will get your heart racing a little faster when it comes time to head to the first tee, playing alongside someone who someday might be a PGA or, perhaps, major championship winner.
So imagine the butterflies Dickson City native Stan Coveleskie felt when he got ready to play in this week’s pro-am at Lake Forest, Illinois, site of the penultimate stop of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
Some pretty big names in that field, right? And Coveleskie got to play with one of the biggest names in golf — defending champion Rory McIlroy, who owns four major titles.
The best part? Coveleskie didn’t have to pay to play in the BMW Championship event. His name was pulled as the winner of a Golf Now contest from 96,000 entries. He’ll have some pretty good memories after the event, too. TaylorMade sent him a full set of clubs, to boot.
A couple of former All-Region track stars are now just a couple. Officially.
Western Wayne head track and field coach Justin Collins married former Lakeland track standout Trina Carito Collins on Sept. 9, a ceremony that also included Lakeland assistant football coach David Piwowarczyk and Western Wayne assistant football coach Shane Grodack as groomsmen.
By the way, Trina is an assistant coach on Justin’s staff. I’ll pause so you can create your own witty remark about how many years of marriage down the road will change who’s in charge — at least at home.
Congratulations to both.
Wayne Hall reminder
A gentle nudge that the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs on Oct. 14. Cash bar is from 5-6 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction of new members.
Reservations must be made by Sept. 30. Contact Dottie Rickard, 570-352-4936, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Cathy Howell, 570-253-3777, email@example.com. Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for students ages 13-18 and $20 for children under 13.
One of the past inductees, Denise Loring from the Class of 2015, has been pretty busy since retiring from the United States Army with the rank of colonel.
The 1981 Honesdale High School grad is now a member of the Presidents Hundred after her performance in the 2017 Civilian Marksmanship Program National Service Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio. The badge goes back to 1903 when the top 100 shooters are entitled to be called the “Presidents Hundred.” Loring finished 22nd out of 1,108 competitors firing the match.
She also is trying out for the U.S. Shooting Team for 300-meter rifle and a chance to be selected to compete at the World Shooting Championships in South Korea in 2018.
Condolences this week going out to Abington Heights golf coach Frank Summa Jr. and all of his family. Frank’s father died last Saturday. Here’s hoping that his 92 years of life bring comforting memories in the days ahead.
Also, condolences to Wallenpaupack football coach Mark Watson and his family. The Watsons headed out to Pittsburgh after Friday’s win over Honesdale for the funeral of Mark’s wife’s grandmother.