Capital Region golf fans will have the opportunity to watch the next group of LPGA Tour stars when the Symetra Tour’s CDPHP Open is held Friday through Sunday at Capital Hills at Albany.
A strong field of 144 players will be playing. Since 1984, the Capital Region has hosted a Symetra Tour event during the “Road to the LPGA” in every season except 1999.
Among the Symetra Tour graduates who went on to become winners on the LPGA Tour are Capital Region products Dottie Pepper of Saratoga Springs (a 17-time champion) and Scotia native Laura Philo (two-time winner). Former Symetra Tour players have won 437 tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
This season, the top five players on the Symetra Tour money list are Perrine Delcour of ($112,705), Jillian Hollis ($93,821), Leona Maguire ($78,839), Julieta Granada ($61,473) and Ssu-Chia Cheng ($60,687).
Two players with Capital Region ties earned sponsor exemptions this season. University at Albany head women’s golf coach Colleen Cashman-McSween will be making her fifth appearance, and Siena grad Sara Riso will also compete.
Cashman-McSween, 42, has competed in more than 100 professional golf tournaments on what was then called the Futures Tour and posted nine top-10 finishes, including a victory in the 2003 Tampa Bay Next Generation Futures Golf Classic.
Riso, 22, owns the Siena College program record with a 6-under-par 66 at the Dartmouth Invitational last September. She was fourth in the MAAC Championships last spring.
KROLL SEEKS REPEAT
Nancy Kroll, who owns an unprecedented eight Northeastern Women’s Golf Association Championships, will be seeking her third straight title and fourth in the last five years when the Capital Region’s premier women’s amateur tournament is held Monday and Tuesday at McGregor Links Country Club.
Kroll, a Schenectady resident who plays out of Pinehaven Country Club, is also a former New York State Senior Women’s Amateur champion and a two-time winner of the Schenectady Classic women’s division.
Joining Kroll in the first flight – one of three in the NEWGA Championship – are Rachel Barlette of Shaker Ridge CC, 2016 winner Kathy Harkins of Ballston Spa CC, 2007 winner Susan Kahler of Ballston Spa CC, three-time champ Pat Mayne of Western Turnpike Golf Club, Anne Oakley of Windham CC and Anne Van Buren of Pinehaven CC.
JUNIORS HEAD TO SEVEN OAKS
A strong contingent of Capital Region youngsters will be competing in the 2019 NYS Junior Amateur Championships Tuesday and Wednesday at Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton.
Three-time NYSPHSAA champion Austin Fox, a former Bethlehem High School standout that recently completed his freshman season at the University of Rhode Island, was exempt from qualifying.
More than 20 local juniors are in the field, including Aidan Fitzgerald of Capital Hills at Albany, Anthony Cavotta (NYSGA eClub-Capital District), Will Braxton (McGregor Links CC), Paul Goetz, Jack Manning and Ryan Komp (The Edison Club), Nick Tellone and Jimmy King (Mohawk Golf Club), Mollie Thomas (Saratoga Golf & Polo Club), and Isabella Diaz (NYSGA eClub-Capital District).
Stan Ziobrowski, 83, shot or bettered his age for the 20th consecutive season when he shot an 82 at Ballston Spa Country Club recently. Ziobrowski won the Schenectady Classic in 1956. He once squared off against Jack Nicklaus (losing 3-up) in the USGA National Junior Championship and is a four-time club champion at Ballston Spa CC. He has a dozen holes-in-one.
Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park, 13, shot a 3-under-par 69 to win the NYS Elks Junior Golf Tournament local qualifier last week at Eagle Crest Golf Club. The NYS Elks Tournament will be held Aug. 5 at Stone Creek Golf Course.
The Schenectady Senior Classic, set for Aug. 8-9 at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, will have a super senior division this year for players 70 and older. They will play from the gold tees. Four-time winner Jim Mueller is the defending champ. Entry fee for the two-day event is $45. Call 518-382-3155 for more information.
Mike Stopera hit a 9-iron for his hole-in-one on the 161-yard 23rd hole at The Edison Club during its annual Member-Guest.
John Curtin aced the 162-yard seventh hole with a 6-iron on the red course at Western Turnpike Golf Club.
At Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, Dennis Emerle eagled the fourth hole, John Cintula eagled the ninth hole, Ron Lasher eagled the 12th hole and Phil Burke eagled the 18th hole.
Greg Semione (par-4 seventh hole), Don Zarecki (par-5 10th hole) and Joe Agresta Sr. (par-4 14th hole) collected eagles at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
Bing Miller eagled the par-4 first hole at Mechanicville Golf Club by sinking his approach shot with a rescue club. Also at Mechanicville GC, Clyde Driggers eagled the par-5 fourth hole.
Handicappers league members Nish Ketchoyian eagled the par-4 10th hole by driving it and sinking a 25-foot putt, and John Lee holed out from 95 yards to eagle the par-4 14th hole during a league outing at Orchard Creek Golf Course recently.