Area golf enthusiast and entrepreneur, Gino Turchi, passed away in December, 2012. Turchi was once the owner and course architect of Northway Heights Golf Club (now Eagle Crest). Turchi achieved his lifetime dream when the course opened its first nine holes in 1965. Another nine holes opened the following year. Turchi also helped build the Cobleskill Golf and Country Club and Ballston Spa Country Club. He was always an outstanding golfer, and he had four career holes-in-one. Turchi once was a 1-handicap golfer and shot a 64 at Ballston Spa Country Club and a 68 at Antler’s Country Club. One year, he traveled to Pebble Beach and won the National Superintendent’s Seniors Championship. He became a member of the Edison Club and YMCA Halls of Fame and was honored as a friend of golf at the Normanside Invitational in 2004.