Completing a “major” coup for the capital region, Shaker Ridge Country Club will host the final championship event for elite players on the New York State Golf Association schedule with the 37th Annual NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Championships from Friday through Sunday.
The New York State Golf Association held two other major tournaments in the region this summer — the NYS Men’s Amateur at Schuyler Meadows and the NYS Senior Women’s Amateur at Pinehaven Country Club.
NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur was established for men who are at least 25 years old. This does not include the young players of college age who typically dominate the NYS Men’s Amateur. Another difference in the event is that it is held on weekends rather than weeks to accommodate players who have jobs and find it difficult to find time. There is a cut in the low 60 and a tie after 18 holes and the second cut is in the low 30 and a tie for the final round.
Nine qualifiers were held across the state to determine the region. Capital Region qualifiers include Tim Flanigan (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Dave Palas (Saratoga Spa GC), Don Denise (Capital Hills et Albany) and Greg Stopra (Shaker Ridge CC), with several other qualifiers outside the region. .
Local qualifying medalists at Normanside CC Jason Urschel (Shaker Ridge CC), Chad Stauffer (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Tom McGinn (Wolferts Roast CC), John Bogardus (McGregor Lynx CC), Aaron Simone (Pinehaven CC) ), Ryan Foster was. (Schuyler Meadows Club), Kevin Cassidy (Normanside CC), Jason Simmons (Cobbleskill G&CC), Robert Feldman (Shaker Ridge CC), Alex Olbrich (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Ian Saunders (Glens Falls CC), Matt McCarvey (Shaker Ridge CC), Dan Williams (Bolston Spa CC), David Hustis (McGregor Lynx CC), Tom Salmon (Shaker Ridge CC), Ben Bates (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Nick Braman (Shaker Ridge CC), David Hostig (Normanside CC), Joe Parotino (Albany CC), Corey Purcell (Shaker Ridge CC), David Iole (McGregor Lynx CC), Edward Kinley (Wolfert’s Roast CC), Lance Hope (Schenectady Municipal), Clinton Lang ( NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Jeff Lewandowski (CC of Troy), Scott Steinhardt (Orchard Creek GC), Travis Koch (Saratoga National GC) and Kelly Borden (NY SGA eClub-Capital District).
Players who played the field were former CC of Troy member Matt Clark, Jim Gifford of Mohawk GC, Jim Mueller of Orchard Creek, Ben Rubley of Troy, Dan Russo of Schuyler Meadows, Mike Stopra of The Edison Club, Louis Walsh of Ballston. Spa CC and Jim Welch of Old Kinderhook.
Clark, Welch, Charlie Murphy, John Vaccaro, Cliff Earl are the local former champions.
Another last chance qualifier will take place on Wednesday at Mohawk Golf Club.
Shaker Ridge CC has long been considered the region’s top courses. Established in 1929, it was originally designed by Jim Thompson and remodeled by Stephen Kay and Doug Smith. Over the years, the course has hosted several major events, including past NYS Mid-Amateurs, the NYS Junior Championships, the PGA Empire State Open, and the Ellis Hospital Skins game, which featured PGA Tour players such as Arnold Palmer Lee Trevino, Fuzzy Zoller and Are included. John Daly, among others.
Kennedy Swedik won the drive, chip and putt sub-regional qualifiers this week. If she wins the upcoming regional at TPC River Highlands, she will earn her second appearance in the national drive, chip and putt event at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.
Two teams from the Northeastern New York PGA’s Junior League program finished third and fourth, respectively, in their age categories of the National Car Rental PGA Junior League Regional at The Edison Club last weekend. The Saratoga Spa 13u All-Stars finished third and included Hayden Knapp, Jeffrey Fumaroa, Ben Amato, Tanner Latorre, Saratoga National GC coach Bob Cain, Jackson Herto, Kai Chiarenza, Richard Salas, Wes Perry and Matson Golf School captain Anders Mattson. were involved. . In fourth place was the Orchard Creek 17u team which included coaches Molly Fanning, Jane Fanning, Jake Ciachetti, Aidan Bell, Elle Lydia, Keegan Deboom, Chris Worthley and captain Jeff Beatty, a prominent supporter of Orchard Creek GC.
Jim Bowie and his son, James, achieved a rare father-son Triple Crown, so to speak, when they won the Wolferts Roast CC member-guest this year. He previously won the 2002 Schuyler Meadows Club Member-Guest and the 2013 Mohawk Golf Club Member-Guest.
The University of Albany women’s golf team began their fall season with a win, beating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-rival Siena College 308-322 in the Crosstown Challenge on Sunday at Wolferts Roast CC. Sophomore Amber Thornton (75), freshman Claudia Blochliger (76) and sophomore Mariel Tee (76) lead the Great Danes, who compete at the Boston Collegiate Invitational on Mondays and Tuesdays. Junior Isabella Diaz (Bolston Spa) led the Saints with 80, followed by freshman Jillian Barrand with 81.
Colony G&CC hosts the annual Capital Region Golf Championships on Saturdays. There will be gross and net divisions.
SUNY Cobleskill freshman Ethan Straub was named both the North Atlantic Conference Golfer of the Week and Rookie of the Week after winning the Sage College Gator Fall Invitational with a 3-over-par 75 at the Colony G&CC.
The Normanside 2-Man Invitational will be held October 2-3 at Normanside Country Club. Entry fee is $300 per team and includes golf and carts. There are two divisions: Open and Senior (ages 55 and over). The partners will have a better ball format. For more information contact Normanside CC (518-439-6204).
When the NENY PGA Match Play Championship is held at Normanside CC on Tuesday and Wednesday, local club professionals will compete in one of their multiple-day flagship championships.
Ed Kinley was 7-under-par over two days to win the low-gross title at the Vans Golf Club Championship over the weekend. This was his third title. Travis Koch (7-under-par) won his second low net crown, while Jim Splein (13-over-par) won his second senior crown and Rob Malik (4-under-par) won his first net senior title .
Brad Gardner, head pro of The Edison Club, played 384 holes for Folds of Honor in its annual golf marathon last week and raised more than $55,000. His four-year total is now over $160,000.
Daniel Denise won his second consecutive Rensselaer County Men’s Amateur Championship with a two-day score of 142 at Freyr Park in Troy over the weekend. Multiple champion David Arkelien captured the Senior Division with 146. There were over 180 contestants in the tournament.
The 2021 Bills Mall Triple Play Championship is scheduled for September 27 at Eagle Crest Golf Club. Two-person teams will compete in nine holes each in scramble, Chapman-alternative shot and best-ball formats. The entry fee is $240 per team. The team may consist of two amateurs or one amateur with a supporter. The last date for admission is Monday.
Meanwhile, Eagle Crest GC is also holding its 31st annual ScrambleMania at noon on October 8th. The cost is $95 per player and includes golf, cart, beer, soda, pie and chili throughout the day during the game, appetizers, dinner, and dessert after the tournament. There will be team gross and net prizes, as well as a skins game. The team handicap will be based on 10% of the total team handicap. All players must establish verifiable odds in order to be eligible for the Pure Prize. Entries close October 2
There are still three big events scheduled for Schenectady Municipal Golf Course this season. Mayor’s tournament will start at 9 am on Tuesday. It will be a 9-hole event. The League of Champions tournament is scheduled for 1-3 October with single-elimination matches. The Bob Haggerty Two-Man Championship is scheduled for October 9-10, with an entry fee of $150 per person. The entrance fee includes a cart, lunch on the first day and dinner on the second day. For more information call Schenectady Municipal at 518-381-3155.
A benefit golf outing for the City Mission of Schenectady will be held Saturday at the Mohawk River Country Club and Chateau. The Greens fee is $50, and a minimum tax deductible donation of $40 is requested to the City Mission of Schenectady. for more information contact [email protected].
Rotary clubs across the Capital Region are sponsoring the 23rd annual “Gift of Life International Golf Tournament” at Pinehaven Country Club on Monday. The proceeds help provide funding to bring children from around the world to Albany Medical Center for essential pediatric heart surgery that cannot be performed in their home countries. To register to play or to support the program through sponsorship, visit www.gifttolife7190.org, or call Richard Sucker at 518-858-8839.
Mike Cantor used a 5-wood for his hole-in-one on the 172-yard 12th hole at Shaker Ridge CC.
Lou Fedulo hits the fourth hole at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
At Cobleskill G&CC, Jason Dannibal recorded the second hole and Aidan Schofield on the 10th hole, a hole-in-one.
Ted Dandro’s ace at Stadium Golf Club completed with a 7-iron on the 118-yard 15th hole.
Todd Stewart hit the hole with a 9-iron from 140 yards to eagle the par-5 first hole in the Big Bamboo League at Orchard Creek.
At Mechanicville Golf Club, Shea Bromirski carved out the fourth hole of a par-5, reaching two with a 7-iron.
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