AROUND TOWN: Boring’s Life Now Anything But
When he arrived at the Country Club of Scranton 11 years ago, some wondered if the greens at the venerable Clarks Summit layout could be saved. Greg Boring nursed them back to health at a time when more prestigious courses needed to go to extremes. Through his tenure as superintendent at CC of S, Boring treated every grain of grass like it was his own, nurturing the club into one of the best in the nation. Now, the 41-year-old will be heading off to one of the cream-of-the-crop jobs in his business — superintendent at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Fifteen United States Golf Association championships, including seven men’s and two women’s U.S. Opens, and two PGA Championships have been played there, and Boring will step in at a time when Baltusrol is beginning a $25 million renovation to both courses, not unlike his tenure at Scranton where he oversaw the redesign of the Walter Travis-layout, one that has drawn rave reviews far and wide. “It’s surreal right now and it doesn’t seem real,” Boring said at Friday night’s farewell at CC of S in his honor. “Every time I set foot on the property, I think, ‘Am I really here?’ and I have to pinch myself. It’s a great opportunity for me and a very difficult decision as far as to move from the Country Club of Scranton, which has been so good to me for 11 wonderful years. It was tough, but an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. “This is the pinnacle. This is the ceiling. This is something I’ve worked for since I was 15 years old and it just seems like it’s quite remarkable to achieve a goal of mine.” It’s almost been like the family business. His brother, Jay, who surprised Greg at the farewell, is superintendent at Coral Ridge C.C. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “He’s my biggest cheerleader; he’s my best friend. He’s excited. I’m excited. My family is very happy for me. My kids are at a tough age to move, but they realize it’s a dream their dad has always had and they’re making it with me and excited for me.” Longtime member Bob Parry said Boring is one of the top five in his field. Head professional Mike Molino didn’t disagree. “I couldn’t name four above him,” Molino said. “Where he’s going and the way he was sought out — I was actually privy to some of the information as the process was going on — they came after him pretty hard.” His personal skills superseded those he took with him every morning on the course, and to the clubhouse. “We look at this on two prongs,” club president Jim Tressler said. “One, we’re losing a great friend, two, a great leader, three, a great superintendent. “But it’s with a sense of pride. He’s going to one of the top golf courses in the country.” Filling Boring’s shoes on the golf course will be Aaron Giordano, who Tressler said earned Boring’s vote of confidence. “We are on a search right now for a new general manager,” Tressler said. “Obviously, it’s an opportunity for Greg, but it’s an opportunity for us as well.” Farewell, Reed In the days of the old Lackawanna Northern Division, it was always a dogfight when Riverside, Valley View and Honesdale girls butted heads, each with a great head coach who had a terrific assistant. Like Butch had Sundance and Riggs had Murtaugh, Tom Nageli had Frank Chisdock at Riverside, Lou Camoni had Mike Walsh at Valley View, and Tim Wood had Reed Sandercock at Honesdale. Sadly, Sandercock, who won more than 200 games as a junior varsity coach in 13 years at Honesdale, died on New Year’s Day after a prolonged illness. I was lucky enough to get to hang with Sandercock and Wood in the early days of my career, and Reed, who was inducted into the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, always seemed to have the right zinger lined up and ready to fire. He also knew what words needed to be spoken on game night. “Reed Sandercock was an outstanding teacher, coach and friend,” Wood said. “In our 11 seasons together he was a huge part of our team’s success. He had an incredible knack for saying just the right thing to the girls on the team, and they absolutely loved him. “I was lucky to have had him as my fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, an assistant coach, and a mentor teacher who taught next door to me for many years. He was the type of guy who made you happy to be around him. His passing is a tremendous loss for all of us who knew him.” Exactly. Condolences to his wife, Dianne, their family and friends. Yeah, baby Congratulations to former WQMY sports reporter Erin Dugan Jurchak, who has traded standups for a much better gig. She and her husband, Josh, welcomed a baby boy, Alexander Daniel Jurchak, on Jan. 7 at exactly 7 p.m. Alexander arrived early to the show and weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 17¾ inches — with big hands and feet like his daddy, Erin reports. MARTY MYERS covers local sports for The Sunday Times. His Around Town column appears every week. Contact him at mmyers@times shamrock.com and 570-348-9100, ext. 5437, and follow him on Twitter @mmyersTT.