Putt-putt is a Penn Yan classic

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Dan Stewart watches as Shane Stewart, 11, attempts the hole at Long’s Cards & Books.

Downtown Penn Yan and the Lake Street Plaza looked a little like a country club on Saturday, March 21, when 25 teams of putt-putt golfers made their way through 18 businesses that had set up individual golf holes in their stores

After golf they went to six establishments to taste the different kinds of chicken wings.

Top prize winners, Margie Champlin and Roger Paddock each won a Motorola GPS System donated by Radio Shack. Tournament organizers pointed out that Champlin was playing with a broken leg and still had a fine game, including a hole in one on the challenging hole at Long’s Cards & Books.

The benefit golf tourney raised more than $800 for Jon Hines who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“It was great that the businesses took the time to build great golf holes, offer many wonderful gifts and prizes and greet the players with enthusiasm, many staying later than their regular Saturday hours. Even the weather cooperated so the day could not have been better,” said Claudia Baldwin, president of the Penn Yan Business Association.