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Ace helps Borden, a Gloversville teacher, share medalist honors

Ace helps Borden, a Gloversville teacher, share medalist honors

Gloversville teacher secures spot in August's NYS Men's Amateur
Ace helps Borden, a Gloversville teacher, share medalist honors
Kelly Borden shot a 71 in Monday's NYS Amateur Local Qualifier.
Photographer: Bob Weiner

VOORHEESVILLE — Gloversville math teacher Kelly Borden knows a lot about numbers, but he didn’t have to do much adding on the 12th hole at Colonie Golf  & Country Club.

The 40-year-old Broadalbin resident not only recorded his first hole-in-one with a 3-hybrid on the 214-yard par-3, but he also earned a share of medalist honors to qualify for his first New York State Men’s Amateur.

Borden finished with a 1-under-par 71 to tie Glens Falls Country Club member Ryan Miller for the top spot in Monday’s local qualifier. The 97th annual NYS Men’s Amateur will be played Aug. 6-8 at Crag Burn Golf Club.

“This is only the second time I’ve tried to qualify and the first time I made it to the NYS State Am,” Borden said. “I never thought I would get a hole-in-one, let alone shoot under par in this. I was surprised.”

Borden is looking forward to competing and getting a little vacation away from home next month. 

“I love being a dad, but this will be seven days off from being a dad and just playing golf,” he said. “I retired the golf ball right after the shot. This is very exciting.”

Borden, a left-hander who plays out of Hales Mills CC, also rolled in two birdies during his memorable round, which was matched by Miller, a 39-year-old former Hiland Park Golf Club standout.

“I started off slowly with a bogey on he second hole, but  I rebounded with a birdie on the third hole,” said Miller, who has qualified for the NYS Men’s Amateur five times previously. “It kind of went back and forth. I bogeyed the sixth hole, but then I birdied the eighth. I made a 20-footer for birdie on the 10th hole, but then I bogeyed the 11th. But then I finished strong with a birdie here on the 18th hole.”

Nine players qualified at 2-over-par 74 or lower.

One shot behind the co-leaders with even-par 72 were former SUNY Cobleskill standout Connor McCar­thy and Scott Vandenburgh of Olde Kinderhook.

McCarthy, 22, used his 3-iron off most of the tees to keep the ball in the fairway. After bogeys on the first and third holes, he birdied the eighth, 11th and 18th holes.

“I never qualified for the NYS Amateur before,” McCarthy said. “I play golf almost every day. I’m working on my degree as a physical education teacher, and this summer, I’m working at a golf course and for an insurance company, but I play a lot. I’ve never played in any courses near Buffalo before, but I’ve heard a lot about Crag Burn.”

Vandenburgh birdied the ninth and 10th holes.

Also qualifying with 74s were University of Rhode Island freshman Austin Fox from Normanside CC, Carter Flanigan of Ballston Spa CC, Josh Powers from Shaker Ridge CC, Ryan Davis of Albany CC and Clinton Lange of Capital Hills at Albany.

Fox, who dominated Section II scholastic golf for six years while at Bethlehem High School, birdied the first, third and 15th holes. 

“I couldn’t get the speed of the greens today,” he said. “I didn’t have my best stuff. I had a lot of bogeys. My golf season in college this year wasn’t great, but I got good grades. I think this is only my second time playing in the State Am. I played in several State Opens when they conflicted on the same dates.”

Powers, a 28-year-old Niskayuna High School grad, qualified for the NYS Amateur once before when it was held at Bethpage Black on Long Island. Monday, he rolled in three birdies to help offset a triple bogey on the fourth hole.

Davis, son of Albany CC head pro Glenn Davis, started the round with eight straight pars before his first birdie on the ninth hole. The highlight of his round was chip-in for birdie on the 16th hole.

Flanigan birdied the fourth and 15th holes.

The local qualifier for the 78th NYS Boy’s Junior Amateur was contested simul­taneously at Colonie G&CC. Seven juniors qualified, including medalist Aidan Fitzgerald, who will be a senior at Albany Academy in the fall. He shot a 2-under-par 69 that included four birdies. He was well familiar with Colonie G&CC, because it used to be his home course for scholastic matches.

Jack Manning of The Ed­ison Club was second with a 71. Five other juniors qualified: Ryan Lovelass (NYSGA-eClub Capital District) shot a 78, Madison Bentley (Thunderhart at Sunny Hill GC) shot a 79, Jimmy King (Mohawk GC) shot a 79, Ryan Warnick (Wolferts Roost CC) shot an 80 and Jake Owens of Battenkill GC shot an 81.

The NYS Junior Boys and Girls Amateur is set for July 23-24 at Seven Oaks Golf Course.

(Par 72)
NYS Men’s Amateur

Qualifiers — Kelly Borden (NYSGA eClub-Capital District) 71, Ryan Miller (Glens Falls CC) 71, Connor McCarthy (Cobleskill G&CC) 72, Scott Vandenburgh (Olde Kindernook GC) 72, Carter Flanigan (Ballston Spa CC) 74, Austin Fox (Normanside CC) 74, Josh Powers (Shaker Ridge CC) 74, Ryan Davis (Albany CC) 74, Clinton Lange (Capital Hills at Albany) 74.

Other top scores — Mike Dwyer (The Edison Club) 75, Aaron Simone (Pinehaven CC) 75, Tyler Gregory (Mohawk GC) 76, Matt Horton (Saratoga G&P) 76, Alex Bond (Hales Mills CC) 77, Kyle Porter (Hiland Park GC( 77), Lance Hope (Schenectady Municipal) 77, Greg Bennett (Mohawk GC) 78, Kevin Lovelass (NYSGA eClub-Capital District) 78, Nick Rumsey (Pinehaven CC) 79, David Smith (Van Schaick Island CC 79, Zachary Bonfante (NYSGA-Capital District) 79, Nick Brooks (Colonie G&CC) 79 Matt McCaffrey (Pinehaven CC) 79, Tom Rancour (NYSGA eClub-Adirondacks) 79, Jimmy King (Mohawk GC) 79, Kevin Verdosa (Trump National GC) 80, Andrew Weise (Town of Colonie GC) 80, Jeff Lewandowski (NYSGA-eClub Capital District) 80 Kevin Todisco (NYSGA-Capital District) 80, Ryan Warnick (Wolferts Roost CC) 80, Josh Marr (Ballston Spa CC) 81, Matt McGarvey (Shaker Ridge CC) 81, Dan Hogan (Colonie G&CC) 82, Dan Williams (Ballston Spa CC) 82, Tom Robinson (Colonie G&CC) 82, Matt Smith (Hoosick Falls CC) 82, John Malicki Jr. (Schuyler Meadows) 82.

NYS Junior Boys Amateur
Qualifiers — Aidan Fitzgerald (Capital Hills at Albany) 69, Jack Manning (The Edison Club) 71, Ryan Lovelass (NYSGA eClub-Capital District) 78, Madison Bentley (Thunderhart at Sunny Hill GC) 79, Jimmy King (Mohawk GC) 79, Ryan Warnick (Wolferts Roost CC) 80, Jake Owens (Battenkill GC) 81.
Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected] or @BobWeiner58 on Twitter.

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