served as Anthracite’s first president until his
death in 1970.
“Because of his involvement in amateur
competition, he had that respect as both an
administrator and a golfer,” Don Allan, Jr., 70, of
Lake Harmony, Pa., said.
Scarpetta’s father, Vince, along with the
aforementioned Don Allan, Robinson and others,
envisioned Anthracite’s purpose: to promote
golf in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.
“[My father] was a big advocate for Junior
golf and wanted to get some guys together
who were, like him, golf aficionados and
put together an association that could run
tournaments – kind of bring the clubs and golf
courses of Northeastern Pennsylvania together,” Vince Scarpetta, Jr., 65, of Moosic, Pa., said.
“Anthracite is grassroots.”
Grassroots is surely a theme among
Anthracite’s forerunners. As the organization
became more than a scheduling body, Robinson
adopted a competitions coordinator role of
sorts in 1972.
“They needed somebody to put in the time.
They kind of asked me if I would do it,” Robinson, 70, of Wyoming, Pa., said. “I started not
knowing what I was getting into, but it worked
out OK. At that time, I pretty much ran all of
the tournaments. I sent out the entries, made
the pairings, made the starting sheets and
scoresheets. All the [host club] professionals
needed to do was start the players and take
down the scores.”
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THE ROLE ROBINSON held then is comparable – and then some – to the one Lloyd holds now. Under the
advice of his college golf coach, Marc Cordelli,
Lloyd pursued and attained a P.J. Boatwright
internship with the Anthracite Golf Association
in 1998. He remained connected with the orga-
nization afterward, handling behind-the-scenes
tasks while a student at Lackawanna College
and later Temple University.
“In the evenings, if I had free time, I figured
I’d do something with Anthracite,” Lloyd, 40,
of Honesdale, Pa., said. “If I wasn’t with friends
or at the gym playing a sport, it was, ‘Let’s see
what’s going on with Anthracite and how we
can make it better.’ It was a job I was going
to go back to in the summer. I thought, ‘How
could I make it better when I go back?’”
Upon his graduation from Temple in 2002,
Lloyd became Anthracite’s Executive Director,
a position he created and presented to the
organization’s executive committee.
“It was a purely volunteer organization until
we had enough money to hire Patrick,” Bill
Lawler, who served as Anthracite’s president
for 10 years, said. “We carried on for years as
best we could. We were able to do a lot of
the groundwork. Once Patrick was hired, we
became a much more orderly, professional or-
ganization. He deserves an awful lot of credit.”
“[Anthracite] pretty much knew I would have
summers off, so it was an opportunity for me
to grow the association and to grow the game
of golf in our area,” Lloyd said. “I’m a people
person. I have a genuine interest in people. I
love to talk, and I love the game of golf myself.
My biggest goal in life was not to punch a
clock. There was a lot of freedom [in this job],
but with freedom comes responsibility. We
It’s going to be a
huge change, going
from a small, mom-and-
pop type organization
to moving in with one
of the largest, most
associations in the
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