In a way, all club professionals are really coaches of the game of golf, so it’s not surprising that many members of the Northeastern New York PGA are adding coaching high school or college golf teams to their already busy schedules.
Add Pinehaven Country Club head pro Scott Warren to that growing list.
Warren, currently in his 14th season as the head pro at Pinehaven, was named the head coach of the College of Saint Rose men’s golf team this week.
He brings a wealth of experience to his new position. Before being named to the head pro position at Pinehaven, he was the assistant pro there from 1990 through 1996. Before that, he was an assistant pro at Wolferts Roost Country Club.
For the last year, Warren helped Union College women’s golf coach Mary Ellen Burt as a volunteer coach for that program.
Warren is also the former president of the NENYPGA, and he earned both the Professional of the Year and Bill Strausbaugh awards for his leadership and club relations skills.
“Part of what I do will be different, but a lot of things will stay the same,” Warren explained. “[Saint Rose] has practiced at Pinehaven for the last two years, so as far as keeping the players close and working with them, I’ll be able to do that quite easily, because everything will happen right on the premises. It will be very convenient for me, and I won’t have to drive to campus.”
Pinehaven CC already has a working relationship with Saint Rose.
“We’ve been hosting the Saint Rose Fall shootout, which has been their fundraising invitational, for a few years now, so it should be a pretty easy transition. A lot of things will remain the same.”
Some of the other area pros who also coach college teams include Burt, Luke Scala at Sage, Miles Nolan at RPI and Rick Pohle at Williams College.
“I had to pass an NCAA exam for recruiting, but other than that, I’ll be doing much of what I usually do as far as teaching the game of golf. I’m excited about the opportunity to talk to junior golfers in the area about their future plans.”
Warren credits Burt with helping him prepare for his new position.
“I had an amazing experience helping Mary Ellen with the new Union program. She was nice enough to offer me an opportunity to be an assistant coach, and the experience I had being around her and her staff was amazing. When I had this opportunity at Saint Rose, Mary Ellen is the one who told me I could do it.
“Being around college student-athletes was great, and it really opened my eyes about how much time the student athletes spend on their games and on their studies. They must really manage their time. Working with young people will be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and the opportunity to be part of the Saint Rose community.”
Warren also has had coaching experience in basketball, as he was an assistant coach at Guilderland in the early 1990s.
“I’ve dabbled in youth basketball because my son was on a youth travel team in AAU basketball,” he noted. “I really enjoy coaching.”
Warren doesn’t see any conflicts with his current position at Pinehaven.
“Some people say I’m already very busy at Pinehaven and that this new position will make my work more hectic, but when coaching is in your blood, you are always looking for opportunities to coach. Luckily, Saint Rose is only 20 minutes from our club. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me, and I know I have something to offer that program. I’m really looking forward to it.”
We are considering a possible change in format for next year’s Gazette Senior County Amateur Golf Championship.
Although this event has been extremely popular down through the years, numbers have dipped over the last two seasons. We had only 67 players this week, compared to close to 100 for many years.
The current format divides the players into the 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus divisions for the first day’s net competition, with the top 20 and ties gross advancing to the final round.
For next year, we are thinking about leaving the net division as it is, but we will most likely divide the gross division into a senior group (50-64) and a super senior group (65-plus) with 12 players advancing to the final day in each group.
There is a strong possibility that we will have added money and a special trophy. Stay tuned.
WOMEN IN CRAGA?
The Northeastern Women’s Golf Association does a fantastic job of promoting the game of golf and running tournaments for its more than 200 members, but several of those members are concerned that nearly all of the NEWGA tournaments are best-ball partners events, with only one or two offering individual medal play formats.
With that being the case, some women are wondering if the Northeastern New York PGA, which runs many of the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association events, would consider organizing and running individual tournaments for local women, perhaps as a separate division of CRAGA.
There have been no format requests, but I’ve talked to representatives from both the NENYPGA and NEWGA, and the idea is intriguing.
Although the NENYPGA has its hands full with running tournaments for the local pros, a full junior golf tour, and selected men’s amateur events, including a new amateur handicap division, executive director Tracie Warner and tournament director Doug Evans really know their stuff. I’m sure they would do an outstanding job with a new women’s division, if it ever comes about.
u The Eastern New York Golf Association will hold its Four-Man Scramble Tournament Monday at Mohawk River Country Club & Chateau.
u Country Club of Troy hosts the NEWGA Team Match Play Tuesday.
u Local club pros from the Northeastern New York PGA will play in the YMCA Pro-Am at Wiltwyck on Monday and the Pro-Lady at Wolferts Roost Country Club on Thursday.
u Pinehaven Country Club will host the UAlbany Slam Dunk Golf Classic, to benefit the UAlbany men’s basketball team, on
Sept. 10. Entry fee is $199 a player, and includes golf, cart, driving range, lunch, beverages and snacks on the course and a buffet dinner after golf. For more information, contact Jerrad Knotts at 442-3036.
u Saratoga National Golf Club will host the fifth annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic, to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society, Aug. 27. Entry fee is $250, and includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Contact Darren Bennett (580-5363) or Michele Mack (454-4054) for more information.
u Stadium Golf Club will host the 12th annual Dick Roberts Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 8. Presented by the Dutchmen Gridiron Club, proceeds will support the Union College football program. Entry fee is $160, and includes lunch, golf gifts and a 3 p.m. buffet, raffle and live auction. Call Gary Reynolds at 388-6548 for more information.
u The Union College Golf/Basketball Fundraiser will be held at Mohawk Golf Club Sept. 24 at noon. Entry fee is $550 per team, and includes lunch at 11 a.m. and appetizers and awards following golf. The format is either two best balls of four or a scramble. It’s your choice. Contact Mary Ellen Burt at 388-6546 for more information.
u The Peter Famiano Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 9, at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. There will be a contin-ental breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a scramble with a shotgun start at 9. There will be gross and net winners. The cost is $300 per foursome, and includes greens fees, cart, continental breakfast and buffet following golf. Interested golfers can sign up by calling Bob Pezzano at 346-9297 before Aug. 24. The tournament will be limited to 30 foursomes. The event is held in honor of Peter Famiano, a member of the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame.
u The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s Jake Straughter Memorial Golf Tournament for Epilepsy will be held Oct. 1 at Wolferts Roost Country Club and Schuyler Meadows Club. This is the first year that there will be two locations because of the sold-out history of the event. Lunch begins at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. An awards banquet follows at 6 p.m. Top of the World head pro Tom Smack and long drive champion Sean “The Beast” Fister will be special guests. Entry fee is $1,000 per foursome and includes lunch, dinner and the chance of winning prizes, including an autographed Master’s flag by Arnold Palmer, an overnight stay with golf at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, and a flat-screen TV. Contact Susan Kaczynski at 456-7501 for more information.
u SUNY-Cobleskill’s inaugural Fighting Tigers Club Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 14 at Cobleskill Golf & Country Club. Entry fee for the two-person best-ball tournament is $90 per team member and will be limited to the first 136 players. There will be a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Call 255-5127 for more information.
u Jeff Palmerino (boys age 16-18), Bobby Canniff (boys’ 13-15), Bailey Cocca (girls’ 16-18) and Madison Braman (girls’ 13-15) won their respective divisions of the Northeastern New York PGA Junior Golf tour this season.
u Rotterdam Elks Lodge qualifier Frank Parisi, 14, shot an 88 and finished second in the boys’ 12-14 age group at the New York State Elks Junior Golf Tournament at Chili Country Club in Rochester.
u Airway Meadows will hold its ninth annual Benefit Tournament Sept. 9 with a four-player scramble. Cost is $79 per player and includes a barbecue picnic. There will be prizes for low gross and low net teams. This year’s tournament will benefit 4-year-old Lukas Lemery, who has a large cyst intertwined with his optic nerve. Proceeds will help defray the cost of surgery and long-term post care. Call 792-4144 for more information.
Mark Compton aced the 201-yard eighth hole with a 4-iron at Amsterdam Municipal.
At Briar Creek, Raymond J. Kopps used a 7-hybrid to hole out on the 145-yard fifth hole.
Jack Addy aced the 198-yard seventh hole on the red nine while competing in the Arsenal league at Western Turnpike Golf Club.
T.J. Dwyer chipped in for eagle on the par-4 third hole en route to a 32 while competing in the Hank’s Rotterdam Elks league at Stadium Golf Club.
Steve Filak eagled the 18th hole while playing in the Bell’s Boys league at Eagle Crest Golf Club.
At Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, Ethan Krisel and Jim Dybas each eagled the 10th hole, and Michele Russo posted an eagle-2 on the par-4 11th hole while competing in the Thursday Ladies league.