Dick Cole’s athletic accomplishments dating back nearly 60 years, and the newspaper clippings that chronicle them, fill an album that is 4-5 inches thick. It truly is a trip down memory lane for anyone who has followed the career of the Jamestown native.
From his basketball successes at Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College in the 1960s, to his dominance on golf courses near and far for six decades, Cole has produced an athletic resume that has earned him a place in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
Joining Cole in the 2018 induction class are Curt Fischer, Lori Franchina, Sheilah (Lingenfelter) Gulas, the late Jim Riggs, Fran Sirianni, Clem Worosz and Phil Young. They will be formally honored at the CSHOF’s 37th annual banquet on Feb. 19 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Tickets for the induction dinner are $50. Jamestown Cycle Shop, 10 Harrison Street, Jamestown; Matt’s News, 93 E. Third Street, Dunkirk; Tony’s Shoe Repair, 12 N. Portage Street, Westfield; and the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, 15 W. Third Street in Jamestown, are the official distribution sites. Banquet reservations can be made by calling chairman Chip Johnson at 716-485- 6991.
There are certainly no “reservations” about Cole’s credentials.
Did you know?:
- Cole once held Jamestown High School basketball records for most points in a game (36), most points in a season (428), most rebounds in a season (250) and most points in a career (603). As a senior in 1964, he averaged 23.1 points per game and led the Red Raiders to a Section VI Class AAA title. In that contest, he made all 10 of his field-goal attempts and his only free throw as Jamestown defeated Amherst, 79-71, for the school’s first sectional crown since 1946.
- At Jamestown CC, he continued his success on the hardwood, averaging 16 points per game as a freshman and 22.6 as a sophomore, the latter mark placing him fourth in the NJCAA scoring list. He was also a standout on the golf team and ultimately was voted one of the school’s 50 greatest athletes in 2000.
- Cole’s passion for golf, born on the municipal course upon where Jamestown CC now sits, has resulted in numerous accomplishments, dating from the early 1960s to the present. His highlights on the links include: two-time winner of the Western New York Amateur; nine-time winner of the Conewango Forks GC championship; 11-time winner of the Conewango Valley CC championship; four-time winner of the Jim Riggs Post-Journal Champions; two-time winner of the Italian-American Charity Classic with partner Phil Camarata; course records at Conewango Forks GC (63) and the Jamestown Municipal GC (63); Chautauqua County Amateur champion (1974); 11 holes-in-one; and one double-eagle.
And that’s only a portion of Cole’s golf highlights.
Arguably his biggest accomplishment on the links came in 2002 when he won the National Senior Club Champions Tournament on the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Shooting rounds of 82 and 75 before ultimately winning the event in a playoff.