Weekly Feature



2013-08-15 / Local News

Teens volunteer at PGA Championship

by JULIE HALM Editor


Brad Belote, left, carries a sign at the Professional Golf Association Championship held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester over the weekend. The Lancaster High School student was a volunteer. Garrett Brzozowiec stands at the thru board. The Nichols student also volunteered at the tournament, working the thru board and leaderboard. Brad Belote, left, carries a sign at the Professional Golf Association Championship held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester over the weekend. The Lancaster High School student was a volunteer. Garrett Brzozowiec stands at the thru board. The Nichols student also volunteered at the tournament, working the thru board and leaderboard. Two young Lancaster residents had the opportunity to see some of the golf world’s best play in Rochester this weekend, while lending a helping hand.

Garrett Brzozowiec and Brad Belote both volunteered at the Professional Golf Association Championship at Oak Hill Country Club over the weekend. Brzozowiec, 16, has been golfing for about five years and has played in the Junior PGA. His father was browsing information on that online when he came across the link to sign up to volunteer.

The Nichols student spent the weekend working the thru board at the 18th hole on the course as well as the leaderboard there, and at the 12th hole, he even had a close encounter.

“Darren Clarke actually shot his ball three or five yards behind the leaderboard so we got to see him close up,” he said.

Belote, 16, had an encounter of his own, having the opportunity to speak to Shane Lowry, an Irish player.

“First, I introduced myself, and then I asked him if he had ever had a garbage plate,” he said. The dish is a Rochester original, which usually has a starchy base such as home fries, french fries or macaroni salad and then topped with red hots, cheeseburger meat or eggs and finished off with onions, yellow mustard and a dangerous looking, but frequently delicious meat sauce. The player had not, according to Belote. “I don’t know if he ever wound up getting one.”

The rising junior said he was given a set of plastic clubs when he was preschool-aged, and his love affair with the sport has never stopped. He plays for Lancaster High School’s team, and Brzozowiec said he plays in the summers at Elma Meadows.

According to Belote, he traveled to Rochester each day and then volunteered for four or five hours, carrying score signs along the course.

For Brzozowiec, the experience was good, and the view was even better.

“I was at the 12th hole on Sunday — that was overlooking the 12th hole green and the par 3, so it was a good view there; and then the 18th hole, and that was also overlooking the 18th green,” he said.

Belote said he hopes to continue playing once he goes to college, but for Brzozowiec, his soccer season conflicts with golf.

American player Jason Dufner took top honors at the tournament shooting 10 under, while Lowry shot seven over, tying for 57th place, and Clarke shot 16 over, taking 75th place.

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