The 2nd UTS Masters Golf Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 at Dinnsmore Golf Course in Staatsburg. The course is one of the oldest in the country, having been established in 1893.
We had two fabulous days of fine spring weather, which made it a pleasure to be on the golf course, with the white clouds flying, birds singing and the beautiful Catskill Mountains rising high above us across the Hudson River.
After dinner on the first night, we viewed an inspiring movie about the life of Bobby Jones — a legend in American golf, and considered by many the greatest golfer who ever lived.
He is still the only player to have won the Grand Slam of golf, winning the four major American and British tournaments in one year — 1930. After accomplishing this great sporting feat, he retired from tournament golf at the age of 28.
Jones played his brief career as amateur, never collecting professional prize money, because he said he played for the love of the game, not for money.
His sense of good sportsmanship is exemplified in an incident that took place during a US Open tournament, when he penalized himself for moving his ball and consequently lost the match by one stroke. The official on the course said no one saw him move the ball, and they were not going to give him the penalty, but Jones knew the truth, and penalized himself. When praised for his honesty, he said, “You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank. I don’t know any other way to play this game.”
Once again, Alex Buessing, 2nd generation from New Hampshire won the UTS Masters, with UTS students Young Hyun Jo taking second and UTS student Hyung Chul Chung coming in third, as well as taking the prize for the longest drive.
Alex also won in the categories for most birdies and closest to the hole on a par 3.