Cooney’s Corner: Field of Golf Dreams

Capital Area Golf by John Cooney on 03/31/2015

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve never been treated to watching what I’ve heard is one of the better movies of our generation. Whether it was a lack of passionate interest in the “National Pastime” or just pure jealousy of that Costner guy, I’ve never made “Field of Dreams” a part of my life – that is until now.

Yours truly had the privilege of representing at the recent spring meeting of the Northeastern New York PGA. Like a kid in a candy store (or a golfer with unlimited range balls!) I was able to watch and learn from the annual award winners, reminisce with some longtime friends and have the honor of stepping into full media mode with the President of the PGA of America, Derek Sprague, and its CEO, Pete Bevacqua. It was a phenomenally informative conversation and a temporary feeling of being a big shot. What more could a rapidly-deteriorating 9-handicap ask for? That’s where we get back to mention of that cinematic masterpiece from 1989.

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C-D’s Maassmann, Hudson’s Cohen receive PGA awards

By Brian Radewitz at - March 24, 2015

Two area golf professionals and high school golf coaches earned high praise from the Northeastern New York Section of the PGA of America this week.

NENY PGA announced Friday that Cairo-Durham coach Peter Maassmann, of Blackhead Mountain Lodge & Country Club, was tabbed with the Bill Strausbaugh Club Relations Community Services award while Hudson coach Lucas Cohen, of New York Golf Park, won the Player Development award.

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Lucas Cohen Wants to Turn Every Kid Into a Player

Armchair Golf Blog November 2014

Text and images copyright © John Coyne. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Standing on a slight rise in front of the pro shop at New York Golf Park and gazing the length of the driving range, landscaped with yardage markers and scattered golf balls, I can see a handful of thoroughbreds grazing in the bright fall sunlight.

This is Columbia County, New York, and this 10-acre golf park is wedged between farmland and apple orchards. The only sound to disturb the rural setting is the whacking of practice balls. That, plus the steady cadence of instructions from the driving range pro, Lucas Cohen, who is pacing the swing stalls, offering encouragement and advice to a dozen students, all members of the fledgling golf team of the local Hudson County high school.

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Golf? Really? Yes! Really

By Allison Guertin Columbia County Life - March 23, 2014

Ok, so this blog post is about golf. Wait. Before you skip ahead or turn this off I have to say this...I realized I'm not too old to learn something new. For reasons I'll discuss in later posts, I asked my friend Laura if she'd take a golf lesson with me. She said sure, and she said she could suggest a good golf pro not far from where we both live in Columbia County. His name is Lucas Cohen and he runs Start to Finish Golf in Claverack on Route 9H just before you get to the new Hannafords (we all need some landmarks). Anyway, I didn't think much about the golf thing. Actually, like most people, I thought it would be perfectly deadly, boring, ho-hum, what's all the fuss, a club, a ball...zzzzz. And Hey, I ride horses, that's about as thrilling as sports get as far as I am concerned. But I went because, well, I wanted to see what it was all about and take a turn at hitting those little balls right into their little cups.

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Escape from New York: Hudson Valley offers good golf

By Evan Rothman, Special to Golfweek, May 24, 2013

STAATSBURG, N.Y. -- Six years ago, I left Brooklyn for the Hudson Valley, two hours upriver. There were many reasons. Foremost, the mortgage on my beautiful 1860 Victorian on two acres in the picturesque village of Staatsburg was half the rent of my two-bedroom apartment in bustling Brooklyn Heights. Not far behind: I was sick to death of fighting traffic to and from the golf course. Eastbound, the Long Island Expressway, famously “the world’s biggest parking lot.” Westward ho, the Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn Bridge.

As choices go, this was chip yips versus putting yips. Ticked off before I’d teed off and spent by the time I got home – assuming I could find a parking spot – the logistical nightmares of golf had become almost unbearable.

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A Chance to Call the Shots

PGA Magazine November 2012

Entrepreneurial PGA Professional Lucas Cohen has greatly enhanced a downtrodden range in upstate New York

On a warm April evening, Lucas Cohen sat bone-tired on a bench at his newly purchased practice range in Greenport, N.Y. The 34-year-old PGA teaching professional and newly minted entrepreneur had just completed another long day of landscaping and assorted grunt work. In any direction that he looked he could see a long-nurtured dream becoming reality.

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Golf Baseball Promotes Fun

PGA Magazine May 2009

Since most youngsters are familiar with baseball, PGA Professional Lucas Cohen at Grand Palms Golf & Country Club in Pembroke Pines, Fla., has put together a version of “golf baseball” to help juniors learn the fundamentals of golf through a fun game that incorporates both sports. Cohen’s golf baseball field requires a 50 by 50-yard grass practice area, six small orange cones for bases, a round miniature foam ball the size of a softball and an oversized monster golf wedge.

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