Area Golf Notes: Eagle Crest Shootout will be held Thursday

Jim Welch of Winding Brook Country Club is the defending champion of the annual Eagle Crest Shootout

Jim Welch of Winding Brook Country Club is the defending champion of the annual Eagle Crest Shootout, to be held Thursday at Eagle Crest Golf Club.

Welch defeated Paul Pratico with a birdie on the 18th hole last season.

The Eagle Crest Shootout has a unique format, which begins with an 18-hole qualifier. The top 10 players advance to the shootout portion of the event on the back nine, where the player with the highest score on each hole is eliminated. Ties are broken with chip-offs from various places around the green.


u The second two-day major tournament on the Northeastern New York PGA schedule will be held Monday and Tuesday when Cobleskill Golf & Country Club hosts the FAM Funds Classic. The first day is a pro-am, while the second day is for pros only.

u The 11th annual Capital District Junior Newspaper In Education Golf Championship will be held Aug. 1 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. Junior golfers ages 12-18 who live in Schenectady, Sar­atoga, Montgomery, Schoharie, Fulton, Albany, Rensselaer and Warren counties are eligible. The first 120 entries will be accepted in order of postmark. Entry fee is $30, and includes golf, lunch, raffle prizes, trophies and gift certificates. There will be three divisions: boys’ 12-14, boys’ 15-18 and girls’ 12-18. Gross and Calloway net prizes will be awarded in each division for first, second and third place. There will also be longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Make checks payable to The Gazette, and mail them to The Gazette, 2345 Maxon Road Extension, P.O. Box 1090, Schenec­tady, NY 12301-1090. Entry deadline is July 28. Participants must be at the golf course by 7:30.

u The Albany/Capital Region chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association will hold its 11th annual Breast Cancer Classic July 14 at Mohawk Golf Club. Benita Zahn, news anchor and health reporter at WYNT-TV, NewsChannel, 13, will be the emcee for the event, and Jane Golub of Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corporation, is honorary chairwoman. For more information, call the EWGA hotline at 1-888-386-4174 or visit the chapter’s Website at


Luther Bierbaum aced the 14th hole with a 6-iron at Saratoga Lake Golf Club.

At Van Patten, Paul Hite of Delmar hit an 8-iron for his hole-in-one on the 145-yard fourth hole.

Tom Billa aced the second hole at Fox Run Golf Club.

Maura Dargush aced the 16th hole while competing in the Schools Out Scramble at Amsterdam


Also at Amsterdam Municipal, Mike Arminio recorded his fifth

career ace with a 7-iron on the same 150-yard 16th hole.

A third ace was recorded at

Amsterdam Municipal when

Dr. Jesse Henderson of Schenec­tady scored his first hole-in-one in 66 years of playing golf. He aced the 150-yard eighth hole.

John Nieckarz posted his second career hole-in-one on the third hole at Pinehaven Country Club.

Also at Pinehaven CC, Susie Mansfield of Ballston Spa Country Club posted her third hole-in-one on the ninth hole.

Melissa Sorel holed out with an 8-iron on the 107-yard eighth hole at Orchard Creek.

Also at Orchard Creek, Tim Young collected a hole-in-one with a 3-wood on the 214-yard 17th hole.

Tom Reddy hit a 7-iron for a hole-in-one on the 165-yard fifth hole at The Edison Club.


Sue Kahler eagled the 12th hole whlie competing in the DOH Women’s league at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

Tony Andolina posted an eagle

on the par-4 fifth hole at The

Edison Club.

At Briar Creek, Jim Strawbridge eagled the 15th hole.

Jim Longo also eagled the 15th hole while playing in the Canali’s league at Briar Creek.

Bill Marx eagled the fourth hole at Rolling Hills at Antlers Country Club while playing in the Thursday Morning Traveling Hackers league.

Arnie Buell eagled the ninth hole with a 6-iron from 150 yards while competing in the Grog Shoppe golf league at Stadium.

Kevin Nielsen eagled the

321-yard, par-4 16th hole by driving the green and making the putt.

Tim O’Brien Jr. (fifth), Ethan Krisel (10th), Nick Osowicki (10th) and Chris Young (10th) posted

eagles at Amsterdam Municipal.

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