Down the Fairway: Shaker Ridge gets set to host NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship


Completing a “major” coup for the Capital Region, Shaker Ridge Country Club will host the final championship event for elite players on the New York State Golf Association schedule with the 37th annual NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship Friday through Sunday.

The New York State Golf Association held two other major tournaments in the area this summer — the NYS Men’s Amateur at Schuyler Meadows and the NYS Senior Women’s Amateur at Pinehaven Country Club.

The NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur was established for men at least 25 years old. That excludes the young college-age players that usually dominate the NYS Men’s Amateur. Another difference in this event is that it’s held on a weekend instead of during the week to accommodate players who have jobs and have difficulty getting time off. There is a cut to the low 60 and ties after 18 holes and another cut to the low 30 and ties for the final round.

Nine qualifiers were held around the state to determine the field. Capital Region qualifiers included Tim Flanigan (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Dave Pallas (Saratoga Spa GC), Don DeNyse (Capital Hills at Albany) and Greg Stopera (Shaker Ridge CC) from several other qualifiers outside the region.
Qualifying locally at Normanside CC were medalist Jason Urschel (Shaker Ridge CC), Chad Stoffer (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Tom McGinn (Wolferts Roost CC), Jon Bogardus (McGregor Links CC), Aaron Simone (Pinehaven CC), Ryan Foster (Schuyler Meadows Club), Kevin Cassidy (Normanside CC), Jason Symons (Cobleskill G&CC), Robert Feldman (Shaker Ridge CC), Alex Olbrych (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Ian Saunders (Glens Falls CC), Matt McCarvey (Shaker Ridge CC), Dan Williams (Ballston Spa CC), David Huestis (McGregor Links CC), Tom Salmon (Shaker Ridge CC), Ben Bates (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Nick Braman (Shaker Ridge CC), David Hostig (Normanside CC), Joe Parrottino (Albany CC), Corey Purcell (Shaker Ridge CC), David Ioele (McGregor Links CC), Edward Kinley (Wolferts Roost CC), Lance Hope (Schenectady Municipal), Clinton Lange (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Jeff Lewandowski (CC of Troy), Scott Steinhardt (Orchard Creek GC), Travis Koch (Saratoga National GC) and Kelly Borden (NYSGA eClub-Capital District).

Area players who earned exemptions were former CC of Troy member Matt Clarke, Jim Gifford of Mohawk GC, Jim Mueller of Orchard Creek, Ben Rublee of CC of Troy, Dan Russo of Schuyler Meadows, Mike Stopera of The Edison Club, Louis Walsh of Ballston Spa CC and Jim Welch of Olde Kinderhook.

Clarke, Welch, Charlie Murphy, John Vaccaro, Cliff Earle are the local former champions.

There will be one more last-chance qualifier Wednesday at Mohawk Golf Club.

Shaker Ridge CC has long been considered on the region’s top courses. Established on 1929, it was originally designed by Jim Thompson and remodeled by Stephen Kay and Doug Smith. Over the years, the course has hosted many major events, including a previous NYS Mid-Amateur, the NYS Junior Championships, the PGA Empire State Open and the Ellis Hospital Skins Game that featured PGA Tour players like Arnold Palmer Lee Trevino, Fuzzy Zoeller and John Daly, among others.

Kennedy Swedick won the Drive, Chip & Putt Subregional qualifier this week. If she wins the upcoming regional at TPC River Highlands, she will earn her second appearance at the national Drive, Chip & Putt event at Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters.

Two teams from the Northeastern New York PGA’s junior league program finished third and fourth, respectively, in their age divisions of the National Car Rental PGA Junior League Regional at The Edison Club last weekend. The Saratoga Spa 13u All Stars finished third and included Hayden Knapp, Jeffrey Fumaroa, Ben Amato, Tanner LaTorre, coach Bob Cain from Saratoga National GC, Jackson Hurteau, Kai Chiarenza, Richard Salas, Wes Perry and captain Anders Mattson of the Mattson Golf School. Finishing fourth was the Orchard Creek 17u team that included coach Molly Fanning, Jane Fanning, Jake Ciaschetti, Aidan Bell, Elle Lyda, Keegan DeBoom, Chris Worthley and captain Jeff Betti, head pro at Orchard Creek GC.

Jim Bowie and his son, James, accomplished a rare father-son triple crown, so to speak, when they won the Wolferts Roost CC Member-Guest this year. They previously won the 2002 Schuyler Meadows Club Member-Guest and the 2013 Mohawk Golf Club Member-Guest.

The University at Albany women’s golf team began its fall season on a winning note by defeating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-rival Siena College 308-322 in the Crosstown Challenge Sunday at Wolferts Roost CC. Sophomore Amber Thornton (75), freshman Claudia Blochliger (76) and sophomore Mariel Tee (76) led the Great Danes, who compete at the Boston Collegiate Invitational Monday and Tuesday. Junior Isabella Diaz (Ballston Spa) led the Saints with an 80, followed by freshman Jillian Barend with an 81.

Colonie G&CC hosts the annual Capital Region Golf Championships Saturday. There will be gross and net divisions.

SUNY Cobleskill freshman Ethan Straub was named both the North Atlantic Conference Golfer of the Week and Rookie of the Week after winning the Sage College Gator Fall Invitational with a 3-over-par 75 at Colonie G&CC.

The Normanside 2-Man Invitational will be held Oct. 2-3 at Normanside Country Club. Entry fee is $300 per team and includes golf and cart. There are two divisions: open and senior (age 55 and older). The format will be better ball of partners. Contact Normanside CC (518-439-6204) for more information.

Local club pros will compete in one of their multiple-day major championships when the NENY PGA Match Play Championship is held Tuesday and Wednesday at Normanside CC.

Ed Kinley was 7-under-par over two days to win the low gross title in the Van Golf Club Championship over the weekend. It was his third title. Travis Koch (7-under-par) won his second low net crown, while Jim Splain (13-over-par) won his second senior crown and Rob Malik (4-under-par) posted his first net senior title.

Brad Gardner, head pro at The Edison Club, played 384 holes and raised more than $55,000 at his annual golf marathon last week for the Folds of Honor. His four-year total is now more than $160,000.

Daniel DeNyse won his second consecutive Rensselaer County Men’s Amateur championship over the weekend at Frear Park in Troy with a two-day score of 142. Multiple champion David Arakelian captured the Senior Division with a 146. The tournament had more than 180 competitors.

The 2021 Bill Moll Triple Play Championship is set for Sept. 27 at Eagle Crest Golf Club. Two-person teams will compete in nine holes each of scramble, Chapman-alternate shot and best-ball formats. Entry fee is $240 per team. Team can consist of two amateurs or one amateur with one pro. Entry deadline is Monday.

Meanwhile, Eagle Crest GC is also hosting its 31st annual Scramblemania Oct. 8 at noon. Cost is $95 per player and includes golf, cart, beer, soda, pie and chili all day during play, appetizers, dinner and dessert after the tournament. There will be team gross and net prizes, as well as a skins game. Team handicap will be based on 10% of the total team handicap. All players must have established verifiable handicaps to be eligible for net prizes. Entries close Oct. 2.

There are still three big events scheduled for Schenectady Municipal Golf Course this season. The Mayor’s Tournament will be held Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. It will be a 9-hole event. The League of Champions tournament is set for Oct. 1-3 with single-elimination matches. The Bob Haggerty Two-Man Championship is scheduled for Oct. 9-10 with an entry fee of $150 per person. The entry fee includes a cart, lunch the first day and dinner the second day. Call Schenectady Municipal at 518-381-3155 for more information.

A benefit golf outing for the City Mission of Schenectady will be held Saturday at Mohawk River Country Club & Chateau. Greens fees are $50, and a minimum tax deductible donation of $40 to the City Mission of Schenectady is requested. For more information, contact [email protected].

Rotary Clubs from throughout the Capital Region are sponsoring the 23rd annual “Gift of Life International Golf Tournament” Monday at Pinehaven Country Club. Proceeds help provide funding to bring children from across the globe to Albany Medical Center for necessary pediatric heart surgery which cannot be performed in their home nations. To register to play or to support the event through sponsorships, go to, or call Richard Suker at 518-858-8839.

Mike Cantor used a 5-wood for his hole-in-one on the 172-yard 12th hole at Shaker Ridge CC.

Lou Fedullo aced the fourth hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

At Cobleskill G&CC, Jason Dannible aced the second hole, and Aidan Scofield recorded a hole-in-one on the 10th hole.

Ted Dandrow’s ace at Stadium Golf Club was accomplished with a 7-iron on the 118-yard 15th hole.

Todd Stewart holed out with a 9-iron from 140 yards out to eagle the par-5 first hole in the Big Bamboo league at Orchard Creek.

At Mechanicville Golf Club, Shea Bromirski eagled the par-5 fourth hole, reaching it in two with a 7-iron.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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