Defending boys’ 15-18 age-group champion Seth Adams, reigning girls’ titlist Macy Raimo and two-time New York State Girls’ Junior Amateur winner Bailey Cocca headline a banner field in Friday’s 13th annual Gazette Newspaper in Education Junior Golf Championship.
A field of 61 players will compete in the boys’ 15-18, boys’ 12-14 and girls’ 12-18 age divisions at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Competitors should be at the course no later than 7 a.m. for registration.
Prizes will be awarded for low gross and low net in each age division.
The boys’ 15-18 division is not only the largest, but also the strongest, with Adams (The Edison Club), Brendan Jeffes (Schenectady Municipal), Aaron Simone (Pinehaven Country Club) and Jason Symons (Cobleskill Golf & Country Club) carrying handicaps of 2 or lower. There are 37 players in that age division.
Adams is one of three brothers competing in the tournament. Both Connor and Kyle are in the boys’ 12-14 group.
“I’ve been shooting 73s or 74s at the club lately,” said Adams, a Christian Brothers Academy standout who is also among the area’s top junior bowlers. “I’m usually getting a lot of pars and a few bogeys, but I’ve been finishing off my rounds well lately. I’d say that I’ve been working on my putting game the most recently. I just got a new Scotty Cameron putter, and I’ve been putting great with it.”
Adams said he expects to shoot 69 or 70 at Muny, and he hopes that will be low enough to win. He is expecting strong competition from Jeffes, who shot a 64 at Muny earlier this summer.
Simone is coming off a 29th-place showing at the 54th annual New York State Junior Championship Wednesday at the Country Club of Mendon near Rochester. He shot 76-80 for a nine-over-par total of 156.
There are 15 players in the boys’ 12-14 bracket, topped by David Wellington of Ballston Spa Country Club, who carries a 12 handicap.
In the girls’ division, Raimo, who carries a 3 handicap, won last year’s event by shooting six-under-par 66, but she’ll have plenty of competition from Cocca, the Shaker Ridge Country Club standout who won her second straight state girls’ title by shooting one-under-par 73 in Wednesday’s final round for a total of one-over-par 149.
Jessica Madsen (9) of Colonie should also provide competition in the nine-player girls’ division.
1A — Seth Adams, Brendan Jeffes, Aaron Simone, Jason Symons.
1B — Christopher Giglio, Mark Jensen, Davis Jensen, John Young.
2A — James Greg, Pete Koehler, David Mastroianni, Matt Parrattino.
2B — Brandon Bush, Alex Coyne, Dylan Gladd, Brian Schlansker.
3A — Jeffrey Erwin, Ryan Lynch, Correy Purcell, Austin Westerveld.
3B — Dan Bennison, Daniel DeNyse, Tom Mittler, Aaron Scofield.
4A — Michael Curcio, Brendan Montrello, John Polec, Jay Puleo.
5A — Alex DeMarco, Chris Dobson, Adam McIlravey.
6A — Ryan Carroll, Thomas Kenneally, Jake McKenna.
6B — Ryan Gallagher, Charles Stevens, Zack Valenza.
7A — Brian Daley, Freddy Luna, Michael Redmond Jr., David Wellington.
8A — Kyle Adams, Derrick Brown, Sean Puleo, Dennis Ziamandanis.
9A — Connor Adams, Tyler Guzewski, Frank Parisi, Daniel Rhoades.
9B — Jelani Hoyte-King, Marc LaBahn, Patrick Shakar.
10A — Bailey Cocca, Jessica Madsen, Macy Raimo.
10B — Sarah Adamowski, Hannah Valachovic, Grace Ziamandanis.
10C — Jennifer Lachell, Sarah Luna, Jenn Murphy.