We received a wonderful note from Father Paul Dahm of Southampton, who was the first person in 2012 to get a hole in one at the Sandy Pond Golf Course in Riverhead. It reads as follows: “I am so delighted to inform you and the world that I made a hole in one at the Sandy Pond Golf Course in Riverhead.
“Here are the details. On Saturday April 14, I celebrated my 80th birthday with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville followed by a delightful luncheon at Land’s End in Sayville. At the luncheon my brother-in-law John gave me a trophy for a ‘hole in one’ which I never in my life made. It was kind of a family joke.
“On April 16, I went to Sandy Pond and played golf with my three friends, George, Bobby and Fr. Gill. George found a golf ball with the lettering ‘80’ on it. He gave it to me because I celebrated my 80th birthday on April 8. To be given a golf ball with ‘80’ on it coupled with the fact that I am 80 in age was quite significant.
“On April 20, I decided to go to Sandy Pond at 3 p.m., to play a round all by myself. I used the ‘80’ ball. On the 4th tee, using a 7 wood, (I have a rotator cuff shoulder problem), I hit the ball off of the elevated tee, it went three quarters in the air, hit the ground and continued to roll right into the cup for a hole in one.
Since it was late in the afternoon, no one was around to see the ball go directly into the cup for the hole in one. I jumped for joy and yelled and screamed! Only God and some birds were listening.
“If you go into the office at Sandy Pond Golf Club on Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead, you will see my name as the first person in 2012 to get a hole in one. The manager of the course, Kenny, inscribed my name on a plaque hanging on the wall.
“This is a true happening and wondrous to behold. This year, 2012, I have celebrated my 80th birthday (born on April 8, 1932). This year of 2012 I am celebrating my Golden Jubilee as a priest. And to think that my brother-in-law gave me a plaque for a hole in one before it ever happened. I believe in miracles. Thank you dear Lord for shining down your love on me.”
Congratulations to Father Dahm!
Ron Neuwirth of Southampton and New York City has sent in a poem titled “On reflecting this day.”
There remains a quiet gift that is bold.
Of a sometimes simple story well told.
On The Calendar
A blood drive will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., at Southampton Hospital’s Third Floor Teaching Center. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are available by calling 726-8336. Donors will receive a voucher to be used in the cafeteria. Call 800-688-0900 to inquire about recent changes to eligibility guidelines that will make some people newly eligible to donate blood.
Closing Reception: “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga” on Saturday, April 28, at 4 p.m., at the Rogers Mansion, Meeting House Lane. Call 283-2494.
At The Library
The Friends of the Rogers Memorial Library will sponsor a concert, “Welcome to Spring and Summer,” on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. Mezzo-soprano Janice Meyerson, violinist Marc Levine and pianist Alvin Novak will perform Beethoven’s Spring Sonata for violin and piano and Berlioz’s Nuits D’Été (Summer Nights) for mezzo-soprano and piano. A reception will follow.
Book and music critic Fred Volkmer will be at the library on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m., to talk about Sybille Bedford, a biographer, novelist, travel and food writer, crime reporter and autobiographer.
For reservations and information on library programs, call 283-0774, extension 523; or log on to www.myrml.org.