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Joe Jones Honored As Face of Delaire Country Club

BY DAVE SHEA

Joe Jones considers himself extremely fortunate for growing up in Ogdensburg and spending his professional career as Head Golf Professional at the Delaire County Club in Delray Beach, Fla. He was the Head Professional for 33 years and now serves as Golf Professional Emeritus and Director of Instruction.

Growing up in Ogdensburg he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and golf and came to love sports at a very early age. He graduated from OFA in 1970 and went on to be an outstanding collegiate golfer at Jefferson Community College where he an NJCAA Division III Championship in 1972 and the University of North Carolina at Asheville before going to his career as a golf professional.

At OFA he came an All-Northern League selection in Golf, Football and Basketball and on Sept. 27 of 2020 he joined the Blue Devils' best ever as a member of the second class of the OFA/St. Mary's Sports Hall of Fame. He was also named to the JCC Sports Hall of Fame and as a senior was named the UNC Asheville's Outstanding Athlete.

He received a hall of fame type honor at Delaire Country Club recently receiving a huge plaque honoring him for his service to course and surrounding communities. The club also renamed the Women’s and Men’s Member-Member Championships to The Joe Jones Fall Classics. The plaques for those also are displayed in the clubhouse.

"I want to thank My Wonderful Family, the great Members of Delaire, and all my staff over the years. My new position as Golf Professional Emeritus and Director of Instruction started this past October. I am and always have been honored and privileged to be employed at Delaire. I am forever greatful," said Jones.

"I was lucky to grow up in Ogdensburg. I miss the town and I really miss the people. I have had a pretty good life. Hall of Fame at OFA, Hall of Fame at Jefferson College and I’ll be in honor of the face of the Delaire Country Club."

At his OFA-SMA Hall of Fame induction Jones talked about dreams that began when he was 12 years old and allowed to practice with the OFA junior varsity basketball team coached by Coach Gordie Powers and when he was first member to sign up for the Ogdensburg Boys Club with Executive Director Tom Luckie Sr.

"Winning in Ogdensburg was important and I was on teams where I was pushed to the limit by my teammates. Mike and Dick Seymour were idols for me," said Jones at the induction ceremony where he joined St. Mary's greats Mike and Dick Seymour in the hall.

"I was proud to play Biddy Basketball. I was influenced by great coaches like Tom Luckie, Ted Ebberts, Bob Hollembaek and Gordie Powers. I am totally thankful."


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