Welch to defend TCGA match play crown

Jim Welch of Winding Brook Country Club will defend his title in the Tri-County Golf Association Mat
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Jim Welch of Winding Brook Country Club will defend his title in the Tri-County Golf Association Match Play Championship, to be played Friday through Sunday at Colonie Golf & Country Club.

Welch had an outstanding campaign a year ago. He won the Cap­ital Region Amateur point standings championship with 226 points, and also captured the Eagle Crest Shootout. The former Skidmore College standout also has two Troy Invitational titles on his resumé.

The TCGA Match Play is one of the major events on the area schedule, and is one of the few that uses a match-play format. Both an open div­ision and senior division champion will be crowned Sunday afternoon.

CHIP SHOTS

u Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate Tom Cooper was the medalist as top-ranked Methodist College won its sixth straight and 27th overall USAS South golf championship recently at Stoney Creek Golf Club in Burlington, N.C. Cooper, a junior, shot a two-day

total of three-over-par 75-72-147. The final round was canceled because of rain. The Monarchs earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships May 13-16 at Gwin­ett County, Ga.

u Entries for the U.S. Open, to be played June 12-15 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, are closed at 8,390. There are 58 fully exempt players in the field. Local qualifying at 111 sites begins Monday. The youngest golfer to enter is 12-year-oid Rico Hoey of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., while the oldest applicant is 79-year-old Harris Moore Jr., a pro from Los Angeles. The local U.S. Open qual­ifier will be May 19 at Colonie Golf & Country Club.

u Entries for the U.S. Women’s Open, to be played June 26-29 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn., have closed at 1,236. Sixty golfers are fully exempt, including defending champion Cristie Kerr and Scotia’s Laura Diaz. The youngest entrant is 11-year-old Samantha Wagner of Easton, Pa., while the oldest entrant is 62-year-old Barbara Israel of New York City.

u Tony Daiute shot his age (78) at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

u Organizers of the 18th annual ALS Memorial Open, to be played June 25 at Van Patten Golf Course, have announced that 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each for a chance to compete in the Champ­ions for Charity Golf Tournament and Pebble Beach Package. The winner doesn’t have to be present at the ALS tournament in order to win. Call

482-4433 for more information.

u Vicky Hurst, 17, from Melbourne, Fla., leads the Duramed Futures Tour money list with $22,277. Hurst, who won last week’s Futures stop in

MacAllen, Texas, skipped this week’s tournament in El Paso to compete in the LPGA SemGroup Championship at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Okla. on a sponsor’s exemption. She will graduate from high school on May 17.

u Registration is open for the PGA Tour Superstore World

Amateur Handicap Championship Aug. 25-29 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Entry fee for the world’s largest single-site amateur golf tournament is $550, and includes four rounds of golf and a gift bag with more than $150 in merchandise. Players are flighted according to their handicap. More than $250,000 in prizes will be awarded. Call Cheryl Harden or Erin Barrett at 843-916-2000 for more information.

u The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, to be held June 30-July 6 at En-Joie Golf Course, has announced that Craig Stadler, Lonnie Nielsen, Andy Bean, Scott Simpson, Wayne Levi, Mike Hulbert and Fulton Allem have committed to the Champions Tour event. Weekly ticket packages are available at the “spring” discounted price of $65 through May 31, and are available at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

HOLES-IN-ONE

Schenectady Municipal Golf Course head pro Brian Damon aced the 165-yard 13th hole with a 7-iron.

Julie Campo aced the 17th hole at Schenectady Municipal with a 7-wood from 135 yards out.

Pam O’Brien recorded a hole-in-one on the 13th hole at McGregor Links Country Club.

EAGLES

Chancy Wells eagled the second hole at Schenectady Municipal.

Marc Bosy eagled the ninth hole at Schenectady Municipal.

Mike Ciulla chipped in for eagle on the par-4 third hole at Mechanicville Golf Club.

Chris Mathewson (third), Tim O’Brien Sr. (third), Rick Cheney (10th) and Scott Sheahan (12th) recorded eagles at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

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