Down the Fairway: Former champions return for Gazette Women’s tournament

Three-time champions Pat Mayne of Western Turnpike and Karen Feldman of Olde Kinderhook are among th

Three-time champions Pat Mayne of Western Turnpike and Karen Feldman of Olde Kinderhook are among the 32 teams that have signed up so far to compete in the annual Gazette Women’s Best Ball Championship June 4 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

Betsy Drambour and Sue Del-anoy of Ballston Spa Country Club, also former champions, are among the favorites, along with Mary Ellen Burt of Pinehaven Country Club, who combined with Mayne for the 2004 title. This year, Burt, the head coach for the Union College women’s basketball team, is competing with Heidi Harkins.

Other strong tandems with individual handicaps less than 10 include Gail Brophy with Heidi Vittengl, Chan Lee with Judith Rudolf, Darcie Trapasso with Pam Gabel, and Leslie Arakelian with Mary Sicard.

Entries are still being accepted. Entry fee is $110 per team and includes golf, cart, refreshments, range balls and prizes.

There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Competition will be divided into two flights, with gross and net prizes in each.

The tournament is open to women 18 years of age or older. Max-imum handicap difference between partners is 15. The first 60 teams will be accepted in order of postmark of entry.


Area women will compete in their first major event of the season when Ballston Spa Country Club hosts the Northeastern Women’s Golf Association’s Four-Person Scramble Monday.

There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Among the top teams are foursomes that include regular best-ball partners Mayne with Feldman; Suzie Mansfield and Sue Kahler of the host club, Linda Kolnick and Ilene Gaffney of Cobleskill Golf & Country Club, and Arakelian of Pinehaven Country Club with Jackie Quinn of Wiltwyck.

Following are the pairings:

1 — Kathy Harkins, M.J. Crowley, Max Tucker, Laurie Petraske.

2 — Sue Herrick, Audrey Kline, Peggy Peck, Mary Diefendorf.

3 — Anne Poulin, Sue Chambers, Flo Liberatore, Jan Vincent.

4A — Christine Mitchell, Mary Ebberts, Sue Nesbitt, Betty Ann Evans.

4B — Lynn Cummings, Judy Mysliborski, Barb Giering, Selena Balick.

5 — Anne Hartranft, Audrey VanAlstine, Betty Chiffolo, Tracy Beckett.

6 — Diana Coughlin, Lisa Nelson, Sue Murphy, Barbara Budelman.

7 — Mary Ellen Trumbull, Carol Burke, Chris Keeler, Jean Prockup.

8 — Pat Mayne, Karen Feldman, Heidi Glazier, Stephanie Suozzo.

9A — Lynne Keil, Pat Jones, Mary Ann Keeler, Suzanne Ryan.

9B — Judy Hauser, Darlene Downing, Melody Diamond, Brenda Manchester.

10 — Suzie Mansfield, Sue Kahler, Heidi Harkins, Pat Joseph.

11A — Linda Kolnick, Ilene Gaffney, Leslie Arakelian, Jackie Quinn.

11B — Carolyn Moore, Sue Wronowski, Diane Meckler, Susie Reeks.

12 — Gail Brophy, Ann Casey, Joanne Wheelock, Sue Reynolds.

13 — Heather Morrison, Jen DiLorio, Donna Heskett, Betty Cushing.

14A — Joey Laiacona, Diana Ramos, Sandy Weckter, Diana O’Hare.

15 — Leona Delong, Elizabeth Heller, Jayne Piche, Melinda Govern.

16A — Pam Farhart, Susan Johnson,

Diane Byrns, Nancy Washburn.

16B — Stephanie Lowe, Gillian Hughes, Cathy Condon, Mary Corrigan.

17 — Jane King, Donna Meo, Sharon

McBride, Kathy McLaughlin.

18 — Ella Kellog, Tina Carruthers, Terry McDonnell, Celene McManus.


2010 Troy Invitational champion Devin Komline of the Dorset Field Club in Dorset, Vt., and Siena College sophomore Jess Esposito of Ithaca won the two alternate berths for the U.S. Open Local Qualifier Tuesday morning at Glens Falls Country Club. Only three of the five players who tied at one-over-par 72 at Monday’s qualifier showed up Tuesday for the playoff. A total of nearly four hours of storm delays prevented the playoff from being played Monday as it was too dark.

The 44th annual Bob Haggerty Jr. Two-Man Championship will be played June 11-12 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. Entry fee is $300 per team. In both the men’s division and the senior division, if the combined handicap is 10 or less, the team must play in the champ-ionship flight. The committee has the discretion to create additional flights within the championship flight, depending on the number of teams entered. Also, teams may play their way into the championship flight, regardless of the combined handicap. All other entries will fall into a flighted division, based on first-day scores. There will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start both days. Contact Schenectady Municipal head pro Brian Damon at 382-5155 for more information.

Three-time Gazette County Amateur champion Robby Bigley Jr. is doubtful for this year’s event because of a finger injury suffered while playing basketball. He teamed with Todd Czepiel of Shaker Ridge Country Club to win last weekend’s Stadium Classic. Jim Mueller is the defending Gazette County Amateur titlist. The popular event is scheduled for June 17-19 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. Watch for entry blanks in our sports pages soon.

The Big Bad Ripper Memorial Golf Tournament, for the benefit of juvenile diabetes, will be held June 12 at Briar Creek Golf Course. Entry fee for the four-person tournament is $100 and includes golf, lunch, pig roast, beverages, prizes and raffles. Entry deadline is June 1. For more information, contact Annie at 669-5575.

Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course will host the 21st annual School’s Out Scramble Scholarship Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Amsterdam Teachers’ Association, June 27. The tournament will be in the memory of Kenneth A. Smith and Gary Cerrone. Contact Brenden Cetnar at 470-2671 for more information.

The 18th annual Great Danes Scholarship Golf Classic is set for June 6 at Albany Country Club. There will be both a morning and an afternoon flight, and the cost of each is $225 per person. Entry fee includes golf, cart, food and beverages, appreciation bag at regist-ration, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Among the raffle and auction prizes are an eight-day trip for two to Hawaii and a seven-day trip for two to St. Andrews & Turnberry in Scotland. Contact Matt Roche at 442-3054 for more information.

The next tournament for amateurs will be the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association Classic No. 1 Tuesday at Shaker Ridge Country Club.

Mt. Anthony Country Club will host the next Eastern New York Golf Association tournament Wednesday.

Northway 8 Golf Center, located at 1519 Crescent Road in Clifton Park, will hold a golfing clinic for Special Olympics athletes June 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. The clinic will include lessons on the driving range, putting green and short-game range. There is no charge, and equipment will be supplied for Special Olympics athletes who do not have their own golf clubs. Bobby Pickard, a Special Olympics athlete from Ballston Spa who will be participating in the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece, this summer, will be one of the athletes participating in the clinic. To register for the clinic, call Brian McDonald at 388-0790, ext. 108. Entry deadline is May 31.

Saratoga National Golf Club will host the fourth annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic Aug. 29. For more information, visit


Don Savage recorded his first career hole-in-one with a 6-iron on the 140-yard ninth hole at Van Schaick Island Country Club.

At Amsterdam Municipal, Tim Gardinier aced the 210-yard eighth hole with a 3-hybrid.

At Van Patten Golf Club, Jack Cowan found the cup with a 9-iron on the 135-yard fourth hole while competing in the N.Y. Telephone league.

Roger Laine recorded the first hole-in-one of the season at Sar-atoga Lake Golf Club when he holed out with a 5-iron on the

153-yard fifth hole.


Mark Landolfo holed out for an eagle-2 with a 4-iron on the par-4 365-yard 12th hole at Van Patten while competing in the Daily Gazette league. It was his second hole-out eagle on a par-4.

Jay Singh eagled the par-5 16th hole while competing in the C.W. Players league at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

On a trip to Conklin’s Golf Club, Bob Mantel eagled the par-5 ninth, and Mike McGann eagled the par-4 16th hole.

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