Larry Paladino said 40 mph winds made this year’s Island Country Club Championship Flight very difficult.
His competitors felt the wind too, but it was Paladino blowing by them for his 15th championship.
“It’s getting ridiculous,” says Chad Gibbs, first assistant club professional, on Paladino’s continually winning.
“I’ve seen good players who lose a little as they age, but he doesn’t. Bruce Fleischer (Senior PGA) was here recently and he just shook his head after seeing Larry play and he is only 67. Larry seems genetically gifted.”
Paladino, 79, said playing four opponents in six days was more difficult because of the windy conditions.
“I played well considering the wind,” he said. “It requires more effort and is more tiring. Playing back-to-back, Friday and Saturday, worried me when playing guys 18 years to 20 years younger.”
A benefit for Paladino was he hit low trajectory shots with his driver.
“It made a big difference as we hit into the (changing) wind on 17 holes,” he said.
“I also made the putts I needed to make.”
Paladino is the owner of 24 total club championships, winning in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He has also won 30 large tournaments and two pro-am titles. He has carded two hole-in-ones at Island Country Club.
He has shot his age, or better 959 times.
“I’m going for 1,000 before I reach 80,” he said. That gives him five months.
“No problem, that’s enough time,” he says matter-of-factly.
Rounding out the Championship Flight was Ronald Schrotberger, second and Michael Bates, third.
In the Senior Club Championship, Jerry Smith won, followed by Jack Smith and Richard Barzin.
In Net Flight 1 the winner was Richard Terray, followed by Michael Koether and Harry Lamberson. In Net Flight two it was Robert Fichter, first, Jack Shelton, second and Robert Murphy, third. Net Flight 3, Charles Catanzaro, first, Bill Roth, second and Bud Zinn, third. Net Flight 4, Armin Frost, first, Jere Fluno, second and Tim O’Brien, third. Net Flight 5, Farouk Tabrah, first, Francis Lord, second and Lou Voticky, third. In the Gold Tee Flight, Bob Droz, first, Tony Buckun, second and Jay O’Connor, third.