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Down The Fairway: Stadium Golf Classic an early test

Sunday, April 29, 2012
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For better or worse, many of the top area amateurs will test their skills for the first time in tourn­ament competition this season when the annual Stadium Golf Classic is held Saturday and Sunday at Stadium Golf Club.

The opening round will feature a two-person scramble, while the final-round format will be best ball of partners. The $300-per-team entry fee includes golf, cart and range balls both days. There will be more than $7,400 in total prize money, with a guaranteed top prize of $1,200 in each of the open and the senior divisions, based on a full field of 68 teams.

It will be interesting to see which elite players have their game in top form this early in the season,

especially with all of the unusual swings in weather conditions.

“You would think that some of the players would be shaking off the rust, but for some reason, there are always a lot of good scores in this tournament,” said Stadium head pro John Souza.

“The course has very large greens, and that gives you confidence, because you can hit the greens here fairly easily, even though you might have some long birdie putts,” Souza added. “But when you have a partner, there isn’t a lot of pressure on you, and the guys seem to make a lot of birdies here.”

Defending champions Jeb

Buchanan and John Vaccaro won’t be back, because Vacarro has left the area, but there are still many familiar names in the field, including Dan Russo with Bill Sullivan, Jim Welch with Dave Pallas, Adam Bunkoff with Matt Cole, Kevin Cassidy with Justin McCarthy, Lou Carleo with Fred Guzielek, Ken Bessette with Steve Owens, Mike Gifford with Jim Gifford, Jerry Wander with Earl Winchester and Kip Kirby with Kevin Smith.

Entries are still being accepted through midweek, so call Souza at 374-9104.

WOMEN’S EVENT CHANGES

The Gazette Women’s Best Ball Championship will have a new look this season, as the popular partners event switches to Briar Creek on June 2.

Entry fee, which includes golf, cart, refreshments and prizes, will be $110 per team. There will be a gross and a net division. Compet­ition begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun. Entry deadline is May 26.

Also new this year will be that the Northeastern New York PGA will administer the tournament for us. There are two ways you can register — either online at neny@pgahq.com or by mailing an entry blank to NENY PGA, Town of Colonie Golf Course, 418 Consaul Road, Schenectady, NY 12304.

Please don’t send your entries to The Daily Gazette.

The tournament is open to

women 16 and older, but the tourn­ament committee may allow younger players to enter, depending on the situation. Maximum handicap difference between partners will be 15. Handicap and club indexes are required.

The first 60 teams will be

accepted in order of entries

received. Late entries will be

accepted based on availability, and a late fee of $25 will be charged.

Hole assignments will be posted online at www.neny.pga.com/craga­events and in The Daily Gazette. We will try to accommodate pairing requests, but advance notice is required.

Last year at Schenectady Munic­ipal Golf Course, Leslie Arakelian and Mary Sicard won on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff over Gail Brophy and Heidi Vittengl.

MANY OPEN HOPEFULS

The United States Golf Assoc­iation announced this week that more than 9,000 golfers have

entered to play in this year’s U.S. Open Championship at The Olympic

Club in San Francisco June 14-17.

The total figure of 9,006 entrants is the fourth highest in U.S. Open history, just 80 shy of the record number accepted for the 2009 championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. There are 53 players, including nine past champions, who are fully exempt into the field.

The local qualifier for the U.S. Open will be held May 14 at McGregor Links Country Club. There are 109 local qualifying sites, with the smallest being Wasilla, Alaska, where there are 12 people vying for one spot.

CHIP SHOTS

u The 11th annual Airway Meadows Early Spring Scramble will be held May 12, with 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. A two-player shamble, or modified scramble with handicap, will be used. Cost is $59 for non-members, and includes a snack (hot dog, chips, cookie and beverage of choice) at the turn and prizes. Entry deadline is May 7.

u Also at Airway Meadows, the fifth annual Kerry Challenge Golf Tournament, to benefit St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus School of Glens Falls, will be held May 11. Entry fee for the four-person scramble will be $100, and includes continental breakfast, lunch at the turn and your choice of a 12-ounce strip steak or a half a barbecue chicken. Contact

D. White at 792-3178 for more

information.

u Local pros from the Northeastern New York PGA will compete in their Pro Classic No. 1 Monday at the Country Club of Troy. Meanwhile, the amateur men will conduct a Capital Region Amateur Golf Association gross-division only event at the same time.

u Albany National Golf Club, a non-real estate golf club established in 1995, is merging with a similar

organization, the new Empire Golf Club, and will offer a 30-event schedule at various golf courses. “We feel that this partnership will enhance our members’ experience and give them more opportunities to play golf and enjoy our great game,” said Sal Romano of Albany National Golf Club. “Empire Golf Club will be great for the game of golf, which has been struggling the past few years,” said Joe Quillinan, the co-founder of Empire Golf Club. “Golfers can couple the ease of the Internet with the ability to access many of the best courses in our area. A win-win for all. Golfers get to schedule a game at a golf course of their choice, and the courses enjoy

a monetary plus, and the exposure and marketing of their course. Our goal is to help expand golf by

enabling the player who plays once a month to play once a week.”

u Van Patten Golf Club will host the next Eastern New York Golf Association event May 9.

u Mike Frollo posted the low round of the year so far at Amsterdam Municipal with a 67.

u Fulton-Montgomery Commun­ity College will host its 19th annual Golf Classic May 23 at Rolling Hills at Antlers Country Club. The tournament will feature a 2012 Chevy Camaro as the hole-in-one car, sponsored by Mangino Chevrolet of Amsterdam. The Golf Classic is the FMCC’s main fundraiser to support its mission and goals. Money raised will directly assist the college in raising funds for its Raiders Cove Project, a modern-day gathering space for students which will be located in the vacant

pool area on-campus and will

include a wireless internet café, a stage area for various performances and a lounge with pool tables and flat-screen TVs. Entry fee is $150.00 per golfer. To register or for further information, contact FMCC’s Foundation Office at 736-FMCC (3622) ext. 8020.

u Mohawk Golf Club will host the 10th annual Union College Garnet Blades Hockey Tourn­ament May 18. Entry fee is $165 for Garnet Blades members and $175 for non-members. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee includes golf, cart, silent auction, raffle, cocktails and dinner. Call 388-6288 for more information.

u Van Patten Golf Club will host the 22nd annual John C. Daly and James W. Michaels ALS Memorial Golf Tournament June 27. There will be two flights, one at 7 a.m. and one at noon. The “shamble” format, which is a modified scramble, will be used, along with Calloway scoring. The tournament raised $107,000 for the ALS Regional Center last year. For more information, visit www.sphcs.org/ALSMemor­ialGolfTournament.

u Sage College’s eighth annual Gator Golf Classic will be held

May 18 at Normanside Country Club. Proceeds will help defray the cost of Sage’s 13 varsity athletic sports. Entry fee is $150 per person, and includes breakfast, lunch and a buffet dinner. Call Jack Craft at 244-2283 for more information.

u The Edison Club hosts the Friends of Union Athletics Golf Classic May 21. For more infor­mation, visit www.UnionAthletics.com.

u The Colonie Chamber of Commerce annual golf outing is set for May 21 at Shaker Ridge Country Club. Entry fee is $140 per player or $520 per foursome, and includes golf, cart, lunch, on-course refreshments and buffet dinner with carving stations. Call Kelsy Nevins at 785-6995 for more information.

u The Darcie Tapasso Tennis Camp will sponsor a golf tourn­ament to benefit The Ronald McDonald House on July 27 at Western Turnpike Golf Club. The four-person scramble will have a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $500 per foursome, and includes breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner and prizes. For more information, call Darcie or Joe Trapasso at 438-0870.

HOLES-IN-ONE

Tim Kase used a 6-iron to record a hole-in-one on the 151-yard eighth hole at Stadium Golf Club.

At Hales Mills Country Club, Guy DiMaio aced the 12th hole with a 6-iron.

Larry Mainville hit an 8-iron for his hole-in-one on the 140-yard 23rd hole at The Edison Club.

Also at The Edison Club, Mazie Calogero hit a 7-hybrid for an ace on the 150-yard 11th hole.

EAGLES

Chuck Whitney recorded a double eagle on the par-5 third hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

Also at Amsterdam Municipal, Kevin Devine posted a pair of

eagles in the same round, on the third and 10th holes.

Matt Nasadowski also eagled the 10th hole at Amsterdam Mun­icipal.

Charlie Brooks of Sotia eagled the par-5 first hole with a wedge at Mohawk River Country Club

& Chateau.

 
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