The first official tee shots of the season will be launched by area club professionals when the Northeastern New York PGA’s Spring Meeting best-ball tournament is contested at Columbia Golf & Country Club in Claverack April 21.
The area pros not only will play their first competitive rounds, but they also will honor the winners of several important awards, including the teacher of the year.
Brian Whitcomb, the 35th president of the PGA of America, will be the featured guest.
Derek Sprague, general manager of Malone Golf Club, was named Golf Professional of the Year, while Ryan Calalhan, assistant pro at the Country Club of Troy, was named Assistant Professional of the Year.
Schenectady Municipal Golf Course head pro Brian Damon was named Teacher of the Year, while the Horton Smith Award winner was Tom Philion, Professional Golf Management program director at SUNY-Delhi.
The Junior Golf Leader award went to Normanside Country Club director of golf Tom DeBerry. Tom Siddon, head pro at Massena Country Club, earned the Roland Stafford Sportsmanship Award, and Mike Behan, head pro at Olde Kinderhook Golf Club, was the Bill Strausbaugh Award winner.
Jeff Kelley of Acushnet and Bernie Jorgensen of Satch Sales were co-salesmen of the year.
Burden Lake Country Club director of golf Ron Choquette won the President’s Plaque. Merchandisers of the Year were Kevin Hughes of Saratoga Golf & Polo Club, Larry Markowski of Winding Brook Country Club and Dan Spooner of Leatherstocking Golf Club.
u The Stadium Classic will be held May 3-4 at Stadium Golf Club. The first day of the partners event will use a scramble format, while the second day will be best ball. Starting times are from 7 to 9 a.m. on both tees. Entry fee is $300 per team, and includes golf, cart, range balls both days, hamburgers and hot dogs at the turn during the first round and hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar following the second round. The total prize fund will be $4,500, based on 64 teams. Top prize will be $1,200 per team. Ten teams will cash. Entries close April 26. Call Stadium at 374-9104 for more information.
u Union College’s 12th annual Athletics Golf Classic will be held May 12 at The Edison Club. Entry fee is $135 per person or $500 per foursome. The fee includes green fees, shared cart, gifts, a box lunch prior to the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, a barbecue following golf, prizes and both a hole-in-one contest and a longest drive competition. For more information, go to www.-unionathletics.com, and click on the FOUA Golf Classic photo on the right side of the page.
u The date of the Pinehaven Country Club Women’s Invitational was incorrect in the golf guide in Saturday’s newspaper. It will be played June 12.
Tim Haemmerle posted a hole-in-one on the 120-yard 14th hole at Briar Creek. He used a pitching wedge.
Tom Heffern eagled the 15th hole at Briar Creek.
Joe Druzba eagled the fourth hole on the red nine at Western Turnpike Golf Club.
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