Engel & Volkers three-peats at celebrity classic

LAKE PLACID – A different course, the same result.

On Thursday, the Engel & Volkers Lake Placid Real Estate team continued its championship hold on the Olympian Celebrity Golf Classic by winning the tournament for the third year in a row.

After being held at Craig Wood for the past several seasons, the four-person scramble event to benefit the United Way of the Adirondack Region moved to the Lake Placid Resort’s Mountain Course this year.

And it appears that the Engel & Volkers golfers are tough to beat no matter where they play.

The team, which consisted of Lake Placid residents Larry Barry, Dave Clark and Phil Thayer, along with guest celebrity Chris Quetant of the Olympic Training Center, won the low gross competition with a 13-under 57 on the Mountain Course’s par-70 layout.

Thursday’s win also marked the fifth time in six years Engel and Volkers has claimed the low gross title and the Jack Shea Sr. Memorial Trophy.

The Crowne Plaza Resort team of Art Lussi, Serge Lussi, Art Griffin and their celebrity Judy Shea (alpine ski racer) finished second with a 60. Third place went to the team from NYSCOPBA consisting of Chad Welch, Glen Engtorm, Frank Gilbo and their celebrity Rick Strack (hockey) also with a score of 60.

The winning team in the net division was Laborers International consisting of John Donoghue, Rick Gonyea, Larry Vaughan and their celebrity guest, Jim Shea, an Olympic nordic skier. They took the net win with a score of 54. The Northern Insuring team of Ed Davis, John Poissant, Joe Molloy and two-time Olympic skier jumper Pete Frenette finished second with a score of 58. Third place went to Glens Falls National Bank consisting of VanNatten, Mike Zurlo, Ted Luck and bobsled coach Mike Hollrock with a score of 59.

Ed Davis won the longest drive for men, and Olympic luge racer Ashley Walden was women’s longest drive winner.

Guy Ferrell won the closest to the pin for men, and Katrina Kroes was the women’s closest to the pin winner.

The winning gross division team names will be imprinted on the Jack Shea, Sr. Memorial Trophy, which will be on display during the year at the Olympic Museum in Lake Placid. The winning Net Division team names will be imprinted on the Michael J. Mannix Memorial Trophy, which will be on display during the year at the United Way of the Adirondack Region’s office.