December 31, 2011 by Chris Dunn
Two days ago, it snowed — fleetingly.
© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Geese flock near the 18th fairway at Springwood Golf Club on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, as the nearby pond begins to ice over. Snow flurries turned to a small but steady snowfall at the golf course.
It wasn’t supposed to. It was barely flurrying as I hurried back to my apartment, where I’d left my work phone, and took the back roads from there to my first assignment. En route, I happened to see a lone golfer at a nearby golf course. Having been advised by my editor to keep an eye out for local daily/feature art, I decided to head back to the golf course after completing my first assignment.
So, back I went. And, to my surprise and contrary to the forecast, snow was starting to accumulate. The man working in the pro shop offered me a ride to the 17th hole, where two of four golfers on the course were driving.
© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Andy Spence of Oneonta, N.Y., walks toward his ball after his first putt on the 17th green at Springwood Golf Club on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Spence was golfing with his brother, Greg Pondolfino of Windsor Township, when snow started to accumulate while they were at the 10th hole.
“Please don’t tell us we’re the only idiots out here golfing in the snow,” Andy said to me as we got close enough to hear each other speak.
“You’re not — there are two other idiots around here somewhere,” I reassured him.
“Okay, good to know.”
© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Greg Pondolfino's ball stops after just skimming the 18th hole and gathering too much snow in his putt on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Springwood Golf Club. Pondolfino, of Windsor Township, took his brother Andy Spence of Oneonta, N.Y., golfing because Spence is visiting and on vacation. "You go golfing when you're on vacation, right?" Pondolfino said later while warming up in the clubhouse.
© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Andy Spence of Oneonta, N.Y., chips his ball at the 18th hole on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Springwood Golf Club. Spence said the snow mostly affected how well he and his brother could putt, as well as how easily they could find the balls after driving them.