ALEXANDRIA BAY Forget St. Andrews, forget Augusta National, forget Pebble Beach.
This was downtown Alexandria Bay, and Sunday was a time for snow golf, or snolf.
About 30 teams, many with drinks in hand, walked around the village for the 6th Annual Budman Snolf Tournament, playing on a 12-hole course that weaved around the village, with a few around the Cavallarios Steak House, a group in the ice of the village dock and others scattered by The Ship Motel and The Chez Paris.
Over at the 12th hole, Webster resident Benjamin F. Barry ripped a 3-iron to put his tennis ball within a few inches of the hole, just missing out on a hole-in-one. Exactly as he planned it.
Im not even sure I saw the ball, he said.
Edward L. Bud Mulchy, organizer of the tournament, said the course has gradually its layout over the years, incorporating more areas on land.
Its imagination, seeing where you could work at, he said. From its beginning with about 10 teams, the event has tripled in size.
Theres a lot of fun with this, he said.
Joseph G. Desgroshellier, who works as a golf course superintendent, said he liked what he saw in the village.
Its all the places we go to in the summer, he said.
Though the parking lots and frozen dock area created a different feel from the greens of a traditional course, many of the frustrations of the regular game came through.
Joseph A. Sparta, of Beth, Pa., told his group he was confident he could hit a solid drive on the ninth hole, a parking lot off of Church Street that was also being used for the longest drive competition. His tennis ball sputtered off the green carpet used to start the hole.
I am the worst, he exclaimed.
Most of the players said there wasnt one secret for success, or any at all.
I think its luck, said village resident Wendy A. Votra, after a shot on the 8th hole that left her team close to the hole.
Winning the tournament was Mr. Desgroshellier and his teammates Bradley S. and Shondra Beach, and Erica Demick.
Beyond the icy fun, the event also had a fundraising purpose: Money raised Sunday was being used to support the golf program at Alexandria Central Schools. Organizers said they surpassed the $3,000 goal they had set for the day, and were going to use the extra money they received to support the districts backpack program.
Video from the tournament can be seen at http://wdt.me/snow-golf.