Paul Pratico has been one of the most dominant golfers in Schenectady County for more than three decades, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down now that he’s moved into the senior ranks.
Pratico, a former pro who works at Golf Galaxy, won both the Gazette County Amateur and Gazette Senior County Amateur last season and will be back to defend his titles this summer at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. The County Amateur will be played during the customary Father’s Day weekend, while the Senior County Am is once again set in mid-August (Aug. 14-15).
Pratico won his sixth open-division County Amateur crown and his second straight senior-division title last summer. He joins the likes of Jim Mueller and Rob Bigley among the all-time leaders not only in total wins, but also runner-up finishes.
The Gazette also will continue its sponsorship of the Gazette Cup, the annual team match-play event that pits the top players from the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association against the best club professionals from the Northeastern New York PGA on May 7. The pros breezed in last year’s showcase at Mohawk Golf Club.
Other County Amateurs include the Albany County Amateur, which is still searching for a date and site; the Saratoga County Amateur, set for June 13 at Eagle Crest and June 14 at The Edison Club; and the Rensselaer County Amateur, Sept. 7-8 at Frear Park in Troy.
Other major individual tournaments for the amateur men include the CRAGA Stroke Play Championship (won by Dan Russo last year) Aug. 8-9 at Schuyler Meadows; the Tri-County Match Play Championship (won by Matt Canavan last year) May 9-11 at Colonie Golf & Country Club; the Troy Invitational (won by Jim O’Connell last year) June 21-23; the U.S. Open Qualifier (May 14 at Albany CC) and the Edison Invitational (won by Chris Barach last year) Aug. 4 at The Edison Club.
Popular two-man tournaments include the Stadium Classic (May 3-4), Haggerty Two-Man (June 28-29), Eagle Crest Shootout (July 11) and Shaker Ridge Invitational (Aug. 22-24).
One of the major events on the junior amateur schedule will be the Gazette Newspapers in Education Capital Region Junior Golf Championship Aug. 1 at Schenectady Municipal.
The NENYPGA Junior Golf Tour is loaded with tournaments this year and will culminate with the Junior Tour Championship Aug. 23 at Glens Falls Country Club.
Area women compete in numerous invitationals throughout the summer, but their primary focus is the Northeastern Women’s Golf Association. The NEWGA Championship, won by Jessica Madsen of the host Colonie Golf & Country Club a year ago, is set for Aug. 25-26 at Columbia Golf & Country Club.
28 — CRAGA Classic No. 1 at Pinehaven CC; 28 — NYSGA State Day at Albany CC.
3-4 — Stadium Classic at Stadium GC; 5 — CRAGA Classic No. 2 at Colonie G&CC; 7 — Gazette Cup at Mohawk Golf Club; 9-11 — Tri-County Match Play at Colonie G&CC; 14 — U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Schuyler Meadows; 15 — NYSGA State Day at The Sagamore Resort; 17 — Capital Region 9-Hole Championship at Van Schaick Island CC; 18-19 — New York State Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Leatherstocking GC.
Albany County Amateur, TBA; 3 — CRAGA Classic No. 3 at CC of Troy; 13-15 — Gazette County Amateur at Schenectady Municipal; 13-14 — Saratoga County Amateur at Eagle Crest and Edison Club; 19 — New York State Open Qualifier at McGregor Links CC; 21-23 — Troy Invitational at CC of Troy; 28-29 — Haggerty Two-Man at Schenectady Municipal; 30 — New York State Amateur Local Qualifier at Colonie G&CC.
Mohawk Member-Guest, TBA; 7 — NYSGA State Day at Colonie G&CC; 11 — Eagle Crest Shootout at Eagle Crest GC; 14 — CRAGA Classic No. 4 at Cobleskill G&CC; 28 — NYSGA State Day at The Edison Club.
2 — Ballston Spa Invitational at Ballston Spa CC; 4 — Edison Invitational at The Edison Club; 8-9 — CRAGA Stroke Play at Schuyler Meadows; 14-15 — Gazette Senior County Amateur at Schenectady Municipal; 22-24 — Shaker Invitational at Shaker Ridge CC; 25 — NYSGA State Day at Mohawk GC.
5-7 — Wolferts Roost Invitational at Wolferts Roost CC; 7-8 — Rensselaer County Amateur at Frear Park; 9 — NYSGA State Day at CC of Troy; 20 — Capital Region Championship at Capital Hills.
Tri-County Partners at Olde Kinderhook, TBA; 11-12 — Senior/Junior Invitational at Albany Country Club.
28 — at Ballston Spa CC.
7 — at Van Patten; 14 – at Queensbury CC; 21 — at Burden Lake CC; 28— at Western Turnpike.
4 — at Fox Run; 9 — Lou Torre Memorial Two-Man at Sycamore CC; 18 — at Cobleskill G&CC; 25 — at Brookhaven.
2 — at Town of Colonie; 8 — at Winding Brook CC; 16 — Harry & Bonnie Clark Memorial ABCD Championship at Orchard Creek; 23 — at Rolling Hills; 30 — at Pioneer Hills.
6 — at Town of Colonie; 13 — at Kingswood; 18 — Two-Man Scramble at Mohawk River; 27 — at Canajoharie.
3 — at Frear Park; 10 — at Fairways of Halfmoon; 16 — at Schenectady Municipal; 24 — at Fairways of Halfmoon.
1 — at Van Patten; 8 — at Normanside CC
12 — Four-person scramble at Shaker Ridge CC; 17-18 — Manchester Invitational.
3 — Van Schaick Island CC; 9-10 — Wahconah Invitational at Wahconah CC; 11 — Wiltwyck GC; 24-25 — Wolferts Roost Invitational; 28 — Columbia G&CC Invitational.
2 — Two of Four Best Ball at The Edison Club; 7-8 — Troy Invitational at CC of Troy; 9 — Wiltwyck Invitational at Wiltwyck GC; 21-22 — Capital District Women’s Open at Hiland GC; 30 — Gail Sykes Better Ball at Mohawk GC.
6 — Cobleskill Invitational at Cobleskill GCC; 14-15 — Audrey VanAlstine Invitational at Pinehaven CC; 20 — Mixed Invitational at McGregor Links CC; 25-26 — NEWGA Championship at Columbia G&CC.
8-9 — Peggy Enos Memorial Seniors at Windham CC.
10-11 — New York State Junior PGA at Leatherstocking GC; 24 — JGT (Nine holes) at Saratoga Spa; 31 — JGT (Nine holes) at Van Schaick Island CC.
7 – JGT (Nine holes a Rolling Hills; 27-28 – JGF No. 1 and NENYPGA Junior Championship at Town of Colonie.
Junior DeBerry Invitational at Normanside CC, TBA; 1 — New York State Junior Amateur Local Qualifier at CC of Troy; 2 — JGT No. 2 at Eagle Crest; 3 — JGT No. 3 at Rolling Hills; 11 — JGT No. 4 at Town of Colonie; 15 — JGT No. 5 at Wiltwyck; 16 — JGT No. 6 at Fox Run; 21 – JGT Mini Division at Van Schaick Island; 23 – JGT No. 7 at Ballston Spa CC; 24 — JGT No. 8 at Orchard Creek; 25 — Jack Maxwell at Wolferts Roost CC.
1 — Gazette N.I.E. Championship at Schenectady Municipal; 4 — JGT No. 10 at Normanside CC; 11 — JGT (ages 13-18) No. 11 at Albany CC; 15 — JGT No. 12 a Capital Hills at Albany; 23 — Junior Tour Championship at Glens Falls CC.
28 — Schuyler Meadows High School Invitational at Schuyler Meadows.