Qualifier at Hiland will send three golfers to nationals

Three spots into the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship will be up for grabs when the North

Three spots into the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship will be up for grabs when the Northeastern New York PGA conducts its sectional Professional Championship qualifier Monday and Tuesday at Hiland Golf Club in Queensbury.

Thirty-five local pros are competing for three spots into the national event, hosted by Twin Warriors Golf Club and Santa Ana Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., June 28-July 1, 2009.

First prize will be $1,400, and second prize will be $1,150. One of the most lucrative events on the NENYPGA schedule, the Professional Championship qualifier will pay $950 for third place, $800 for fourth, $700 for fifth, $600 for sixth, $500 for seventh, $400 for eighth, $325 for ninth, $250 for 10th and $225 for 11th. The rest of the field will earn $100 each.

Among the top players in the field are defending player of the year Peter Gerard of Mill Road Acres, Oneonta Country Club head pro Jeremy Kerr, FAM Funds Classic winner Ian Breen of Canajoharie Country Club, Schenectady Municipal head pro Brian Damon, Colonie Golf & Country Club head pro Frank Mellet and John Neet, assistant pro at The Edison Club.


u The Capital District Women’s Open will be played Monday and Tuesday at Ballston Spa Country Club. One of the premier partners events for area women, the Capital District Women’s Open was won last year in a playoff by Pat Mayne of Pinehaven Country Club and Karen Feldman of Olde Kinderhook. It was their second consecutive CD Women’s Open title.

u Justin Deitz of The Edison Club, Brad Krohl of Ballston Spa Country Club, Ryan Prinzo of Normanside Country Club and Mark Sabatino of Saratoga Lake are among the top players signed up so far in the boys’ 15-18 age division of the 11th annual Newspaper in Education Gazette’s Capital District Junior Golf Championship.

The tournament will be played Aug. 1 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

Forty-seven players have signed up so far. There will be three divisions: boys’ 15-18, boys’ 12-14 and girls’ 12-18.

Entry fee is $30 and includes golf, lunch and prizes. There will be gross and Calloway awards in all three divisions.

The event is open to residents of Schenectady, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schoharie, Fulton, Albany, Rensselaer and Warren counties. Send entries to N.I.E. Junior Golf Tournament, The Gazette, 2345 Maxon Road Ext., P.O. box 1090, Schenectady, NY 12301-1090. Entry deadline is July 28.

u The Daniel Pitino Foundation Saratoga Golf Classic, hosted by Rick Pitino, will be held Aug. 5 at Saratoga National Golf Club. Entry fee is $1,000 and includes a buffet lunch at noon and a buffet and cocktail reception following golf.

Proceeds will go to the Daniel Pitino Foundation, Academy of the Holy Names and Teresian House Center for the Elderly. Call Suzanne Grande at 432-8124 for more information.

u The fifth annual Airway Meadows Benefit Tournament, to benefit Lori and Corey Martin, will be held Aug. 24. Entry fee for the four-person scramble will be $70 and includes golf, cart, hotdogs on the turn and a barbecue picnic under the tent. Maximum field size will be 144. Call 792-4144 for more information.


Don Mennillo Jr. aced the 17th hole with a 9-iron at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. That’s the hole where the Mennillo family has a memorial bench.

At Briar Creek, Tony Bianco of Schenectady hit a 6-iron to hole out on the 120-yard 14th hole.

Also at Briar Creek, Kelly Delsignore used a 3-wood for an ace on the same 14th hole playing at 100 yards.

Stu LaDue aced the 156-yard second hole with a 7-iron at Windy Hills.


Paul Califano recorded a double-eagle on the par-5 fifth hole at Eagle Crest Golf Club.

Posting eagles in the Van Vranken league at Schenectady Municipal were Rit Nebolini (No. 2), Ernie Marotta (No. 7) and Mike Salvatoro (No. 12). Dave Semione (No. 2) and John Mackey (No. 2) each eagled while playing in the CW Players league, also at Schenectady Municipal.

In open play, Vern Welch eagled the second hole at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course,

At The Edison Club, Charlie McCullough eagled the 17th hole.

Matt Salvidore eagled the eighth hole at Mechanicville Golf Club.

Bob Thackrah eagled the 17th hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

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