Cousins Nick Braman and Madison Braman will defend their title in the unique New York State Mixed Team Amateur Championship Monday at Teugega Country Club in Rome, Oneida County.
The format for this seventh annual special-partners event is 18 holes of modified Chapman stroke play. There will be gross and net prizes awarded in both the championship and senior divisions (men age 55 and older, women age 50 and older). The teammate with the lower course handicap is allowed 60 percent of that handicap, while the teammate with the higher course handicap gets 40 percent. Partners also can play from different tees (white tees for men, gold tees for senior men, red tees for both women and senior women).
Chapman stroke play is basically alternate shot. Each partner tees off from their appropriate tee area and plays their partner’s second shot. After the second shot, the team chooses which ball they will play and continue to alternate shots to complete the hole. On par-3s, the decision as to which ball to use and alternate shots from is made directly after the tee shot.
Last season, the Bramans used their length off the tee to dominate the par-5s. They shot an even-par 71 that included a pair of eagles, and they won by a comfortable four shots. Nick Braman, a mainstay in local men’s amateur tournaments, currently lives in Menands and plays out of Shaker Ridge Country Club. Madison Braman is a Shaker High School and William & Mary product who became the first Section II female to earn a spot for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championship since Dottie Pepper in 1985. Madison also earned a sponsor’s exemption to the Symetra Tour’s Fuccillo Kia Championship in 2016 and was the Suburban Council Tournament’s co-medalist as a senior.
Capital Region players have been extremely successful in this event in its short existence. Sue Kahler and Gary Kahler won back-to-back NYS Mixed Team senior division titles in 2013 and 2014. They are back in the field. Al Stranahan teamed up with Jess Madsen to win the 2013 open division title.
Other local tandems playing this week include Joe Quijano (CC of Troy) with Chrissy Quijano (Tuscarora CC), Richard and Kim Lloyd (Shaker Ridge CC), Mike Farina with Marylee Pollard (Shaker Ridge CC), Donald Scheuer with Kimberly Scheuer (Shaker Ridge CC), Jake Devito with Sue Welch (Ballston Spa CC), Brian Tatting with Jennifer Hoerup (Shaker Ridge CC), Bill Kent with Joyce Lamb (Cobleskill G&CC), Tom and Linda Hughes (Ballston Spa CC), David Champagne (Copake CC) with Jane King (Catskill GC); Chris and Sandra Comi (Shaker Ridge CC), David Ehliger with Nancy Kroll (Pinehaven CC); James and Robin Peters (Leatherstocking GC); Cindy and Stan Walkanowski (Ballston Spa CC); Mike Fujita with Karen Roth (Capital Hills at Albany) and Ed Rakowski (Teugega CC) with Heidi Harkins (Ballston Spa CC).
Mohawk Golf Club hosts one of the Northeastern Women’s Golf Association’s major championships Wednesday with the Sykes Better Ball of Partners, named after one of the Capital Region’s all-time best players, the late Gail Sykes.
Clifton Park’s Nicole Criscone, a student at Albany Academy for Girls, shot a 3-under-par 67 to win overall medalist honors at the 64th annual NYS Elks Junior Golf Tournament in Oswego. Matt McClenon of Niskayuna was second (70) in the boys’ 15-16 age group. Isabella Maruca of Castleton was first (94) in the girls’ 15-16 division, and Maria Jackson of Ballston Spa was second (100) in the girls’ 12-14 age group.
Next up for the area amateur men is the Shaker Ridge Invitational Friday through Sunday at Shaker Ridge Country Club.
The UAlbany Slam Dunk Golf Classic, a four-person scramble, will be held at Pinehaven CC on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. Contact Justin Brown, UAlbany Associate Director of Annual Giving, Athletics, at 518-437-4774 for more information.
Kingsbury National Golf Club will host the next Eastern New York Golf Association tournament Wednesday.
Dave Bruce recorded his third career hole-in-one with an 8-iron shot from 133 yards on the ninth hole at Pinehaven Country Club.
Mike Dufresne aced the eighth hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
Jim Ryan had a hole-in-one on the 13th hole at Schenectady Muni.
At Airway Meadows, Devin Caples aced the 165-yard third hole.
Last week, we reported that Bill O’Rourke had a rare albatross or double eagle with a 218-yard 3-wood shot on the ninth hole at Mohawk River Country Club & Chateau. His last name is actually Rourke.
Nick LaMalfa eagled the 16th hole while playing in the Handicappers league at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.
Mike Provancher holed out with a wedge for an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole at Mechanicville Golf Club.