Area Golf Notes: New champs coming at Stadium Classic

The Stadium Classic will crown a new championship team this year.

Last year’s winning combin

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The Stadium Classic will crown a new championship team this year.

Last year’s winning combination, brothers Bryan and Robby Bigley, won’t be able to defend their title, because Bryan Bigley has turned pro and is playing on the Tarheel Tour.

The first major scratch partners tournament of the year will be played Saturday and Sunday at Stad­ium Golf Club. Saturday’s opening round will use a scramble format. Sunday’s final round will use a best-ball format. Starting times run 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 on Saturday, and hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar on Sunday following play. There will be a total prize fund of $4,500, based on 64 teams. The top prize will be $1,200.

Other past champions include Aaron AuBuchon of Saratoga Golf & Polo Club and Jim Mueller of Orchard Creek (2005 and 2006), former Shaker Ridge CC standout Mike Daniels with Dave Hayes of Schuyler Meadows (2003 and 2004), the Shaker Ridge CC tandem of Jim Cocca with Paul Ser­afin (2002), Ken Bessette with Steve Owens (2001), Daniels with Justin McCarthy (2000) and Jim Mannix with Bill Snyder (1999).

CHIP SHOTS

    Eagle Crest Golf Club head pro John Peterson teamed with Hiland Golf Club head pro Kevin Cain to win the NENYPGA’s season-opening best-ball tournament at Columbia Golf & Country Club Monday. Peterson and Cain shot a three-under-par 67, and won $170 each. Glenn Davis of Albany Country Club and Rick Wolcott of Mohawk Golf Club were second with a 68. The next event on the schedule is the Pro-Assistant Championship Monday at Mohawk Golf Club.John Vaccaro of Wolferts Roost Country Club won the initial Eastern New York Golf Association tournament of the season Monday at McGregor Links Country Club. Ballston Spa Country Club will host the next event Monday. Former New York Mets and New York Yankees outfielder Darryl Stawberry will be the featured guest at the SEFCU Golf Classic June 23 at Shaker Ridge Country Club. Strawberry will hit a ball with each foursome in the tournament, which will benefit the Center for Disability. Champions Tour pros Blaine McCalister, Keith Fergus and Ed Fiori will join Strawberry in the charity event. The ninth annual “Mostly Irish Classic” will be held June 16 at Normanside Country Club. The scramble event will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds benefit the Irish American Heritage Museum. Call 432-6598 for more information.Fox Run will hold a qualifying round for the McGladrey Team Championship June 11 at 10 a.m. Contact Fox Run at 762-3717 for more information.

HOLES-IN-ONE

Two-time Rensselaer County Senior Amateur champion Jim Conroy, a two-time Van Schaick Island Country Club titlist, aced the 159-yard 15th hole with a 7-iron at his home club.

EAGLES

Tom Latin eagled the 10th hole with a driver and pitching wedge at Mechanicville Golf Club.

Brandon Bush eagled the

par-4 first hole with a chip-in at Fox Run.

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