74-Year-Old Powerlifter a Sets Four World Records at AAU North American Championships

74-Year-Old Powerlifter a Sets Four World Records at AAU North American Championships


Ray Fougnier, an inspiring 74-year-old powerlifter and member of the Oneida Indian Nation, recently set four world records at the 2017 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) North American Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Feats of Strength, Strongman & Mas Wrestling Championships. Based on his age, weight and overall performance, Fougnier was also named Best Lifter among all competing men at the April 7 to 9 event held in Laughlin, Nevada.

Competing in the 181-pound weight class, Fougnier set new world records in the squat (286 pounds) bench press (201 pounds), deadlift (419 pounds), and in the total score for the three categories (906 pounds). The new benchmarks replace the records previously set by Fougnier at the 2016 event.

Fougnier’s sponsor, the Oneida Indian Nation, congratulated him on this latest in his incredible string of athletic achievements and will continue to proudly support his mission of inspiring and motivating all Native Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle and embrace exercise regardless of age. Even though Ray didn’t join powerlifting until his 70s, the self-trained phenom has achieved great success in the sport, setting numerous state and world records across multiple weight divisions.

Last year, Ray set three world records at the 2016 AAU World Powerlifting Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he competed in a higher 198-pound weight class.

A retired teacher and former head of the American Indian program at Cornell University, Fougnier grew up on the Oneida Indian Nation’s homelands located in Central New York. He now splits his time living in suburban Detroit, Michigan and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.



The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. For more information, visit the Nation’s website www.OneidaIndianNation.com.




If you need to cite sources, Ray's headshot can be attributed to Ray himself, whereas the three competition photos can be attributed to Travis Otani (event photographer).

Playing Your First Golf Tournament

Playing Your First Golf Tournament

By Gary P. Joyce


Golf is golf … chasing the magic white ball around for 18 holes, trying to perfect your swing at the local range, practicing that long putt so you look like Jordan Spieth at the Royal Birkdale 15th hole. But, as we’re sure Spieth could tell you, playing in a local tournament for the first time is a looong way from becoming the only player besides Jack Nicklaus to have won three legs of the Grand Slam before turning 24 years of age, as Spieth recently did.

Age and life aspirations aside, if you’re confident in your golfing ability, why not try a tournament?

Competitive golf is a bit different that going out and banging a few with the guys (or gals). You’ve got to be able to handle defeat without letting it drive you crazy, you have to be cool under pressure, and you should have a really good grasp of the rules of the game.

“I think over-preparing is one thing first timers often do,” said Jim Carracino, PGA Director of Golf at Timber Point Golf in Great River. “If you feel you’re playing at a level to enter a tournament, why change what you’ve been doing. Test the [competition] waters at your own club, and know what caliber of players you’ll be playing against. You don’t want to play your first tournament against well-seasoned players,” he added.

Brian Donlan, the Assistant Pro at the Bellport Country Club, said it’s all about the rhythm of the game. “Keep the pace moving. If you play, say, a four hour game with your friends, do the same at the outing. Play your regular game. It’s no different. And treat the course as you would your home course. Rake the traps, replace divots. Pretend it’s your course.”

Other pointers include playing a round at the course the tournament is to be played if possible, although some golfers like to be surprised. Make sure your clubs are clean (and you have your great-grandfather’s mashie … like Judge Smails, aka Ted Knight, in “Caddyshack”), your shoes are ready, you’ve rain gear, and have an adequate number of the balls you intend to use.

Work on the weak parts of your game leading up to a tournament, be that putting, driving, or rough and sand shots. Being confident in all aspects of the game will make it easier to play with confidence.

Jack Nicklaus once said, “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.”

Play the course, not the other players, and play it in the style you’re used to. Some golfers play conservatively, some are risk takers. Don’t change your style for a tournament, because what often happens is the pressure of tournament play may exacerbate how you play; i.e., conservative players may play more conservatively, etc. Play your regular — and comfortable — style of game.

A good place to give tournament play a shot is at the 50+ Lifestyle 24th Annual Golf Outing, which will be held Thursday, September 26, 2017, at the Timber Point Country Club. The event is open to men and women 50-plus years and older and includes a continental breakfast, dinner after golf with open bar, greens fee and cart, a barbecue lunch, raffles, awards and trophies. Call 631-286-0058 ext. 112.

And remember what The Golden Bear said: “Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20 percent of the time, you’re the best.”

Golfing-Exchange.com Marketplace for Golfers to Buy and Sell New and Used Gear

Golfing-Exchange.com Marketplace for Golfers to Buy and Sell New and Used Gear


Online Exchanges, a startup company dedicated to bringing online marketplaces to passion pursuit industries, today announces the launch of www.Golfing-Exchange.com. Golfing Exchange is a marketplace for golfers to buy and sell both new and used golf clubs and gear. The site is free for sellers and offers a great shopping experience for the golf enthusiast.

"We are excited about the reception we've received by fellow golfers. We saw an opportunity in the market to build a place just for golfers where it was easy to sell a set of golf clubs or find a great deal on a new or used set," said Stuart Whitaker, founder and President of Online Exchanges. "The site is completely free for sellers and clubs can be listed for sale in a matter of minutes."

Golfing Exchange's model is unique in that sellers do not pay a fee to sell. Buyers pay a small sales fee that is built into the listing price. Anyone can sell, but all sellers must be PayPal Verified, providing protections to buyers using the site. Most importantly, though, it's only golf.

Golfing Exchange did a soft launch in April of this year to gain market feedback and test the software. "The feedback we've received in the last few months has been encouraging enough that we are now ready to promote the site more aggressively to golfers not only in the US, but in other select international markets as well," stated Debbie Lominick, Vice President of Online Exchanges.

To learn more about the marketplace, visit www.golfing-exchange.com.

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