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97 years young: McCarty shines at Heritage Park event

By DON HOHLER • Updated Jul 15, 2019 at 4:06 PM

NORWALK — With the induction of F.L. “Nig” Schneider (posthumous) and Nancy Hoffecker on Sunday afternoon, the membership in Heritage Park at Eagle Creek reached two dozen.

“My brother and I were out here minimum twice a week and during the summer almost every day,” said Mike Schneider, the son of 2019 inductee F.L. “Nig” Schneider. “He taught Steve and I a lot about the game. He used to tell us after we hit and errant shot, ‘You hit it where you were looking.’ That comment still comes to mind many times when I hit it off line.”

Mike Schneider said his dad loved golfing, and really would have loved the Eagle Creek course.

“What comes to mind most about dad and the Elk’s Club was his 25 straight years of being a trustee, a position that usually spans no more than five,” he said. “But as a way of keeping the fabled Eddie Lenhart on board as the course superintendent, dad stayed on — and when he stayed on, our family virtually became members for life.”

Tracey Moyer, the daughter of inductee Nancy Hoffecker, admitted she played very little golf when she was growing up.

“I did play in a junior girls league that mom started, but I never fell in love with the game like many daughters do,” she said. “What I do remember was mom’s dedication to the Elk’s Club as well as Eagle Creek.

“She volunteered for so many duties such as member-guest events and tournament scoring duties,” added Moyer, a longtime basketball coach in the area. “One would have thought there was no one else able to do it. But I guess she wanted to make sure it was done correctly. As far as a player, she was a student of the game. She was very competitive.”

Hoffecker said the honor was an unexpected surprise. 

“Golf has been good to me,” she said. “I just tried to give back. I have made a lot of friends because of this game. This is such a special day for me.”

All but two of the 24 inductees were represented at the event — with many of them playing in the 12-hole shamble tournament that followed. One of the inductees who played despite the 90-degree heat was 97-year-old, 10-time Ladies Club champion Betty McCarty.

Remarks at the 30-minute ceremony included those of Laura Wheeler, the Exalted Ruler of the BPOE. She used the letters of the order (BPOE) in a different way, describing those friends of Heritage Park the “best people on earth.”

Other remarks were made by retired Eagle Creek Director of Golf Gary Wilkins and Heritage Park member Ken Bleile.

The Master of Ceremonies was board member Dale Casper.

As a general rule, the winners of the event are loudly booed — but not this time, and for good reason. That 97-year-old lady, McCarty, contributed five strokes as that five-person team won the Shamble event with a score of 28 under par.

Besides his MC duties, Casper also helped the winning team by holing out a four-hybrid from 159 yards on No. 3 for a net 1.

The other members of the winning team included Mike McCarty, Sue Jump and Perry Dryden.

The following won hole prizes:

— Taylor Holida: Proximity in two shots on holes 1 and 4.

— Lori Gross: Proximity from tee on 6 and proximity to 150 marker on 9.

— Chris Bleile: Proximity in two shots on 10 and proximity with tee ball on 12.

— Chris Jackson: Proximity to 150 marker on 2.

— Don Davis: Long putt on No. 3.

— Dale Weier: Proximity in three shots (holed out) on 5.

— Mike Schneider: Long putt on 7.

— Gary Wilkins: Proximity with tee ball on 8.

— Dustin Roth: Long putt on 11.

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