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Down the Fairway: Sicard wins another championship

Down the Fairway: Sicard wins another championship

Bob Weiner's weekly golf column
Down the Fairway: Sicard wins another championship
Mary Sicard recently won her third New York State Golf Association Women’s Senior Amateur Championship.
Photographer: NYSGA photo

Perhaps this fact slipped under the radar this week, but when Mary Sicard of Queensbury won her third New York State Golf Association Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, it continued a strong run by players with area connections.

Sicard doesn’t play much in the Capital Region these days, but she played here quite frequently a few years back and won the now-defunct Gazette Women’s Best Ball Championship at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. The longtime Glens Falls Hospital finance department employee has an excellent game, one that is surprisingly adept at winning major championships. She formerly was a regular competitor in the Capital District Women’s Open. Sicard also has won more than a dozen club championships at Queensbury CC and owns the course record (63) there. She is a product of Adirondack CC, Siena College and the University at Albany.

This time, Sicard (74-78-152), who was 8-over-par for the tourney, won the 67th NYS Women’s Senior Amateur by four shots at Bristol Harbour Golf Club in Canandaigua. She won her first state crown at Whiteface in 2016, and her second at Corning in 2017. Remarkably, she is batting a robust 3-for-4 in terms of wins in playing attempts.

“I’m so excited and thrilled,” she told the NYSGA. “A lot of people were rooting for me, and I appreciate that. They’re all very special. The first one, obviously, [was special] because it’s the first at the state level. And then to repeat when you don’t think you’re going to was such an unexpected joy. This one, I’m speechless.”

Penny Schiek (80-76-156) of Hiland Park CC, another North Country competitor who plays here often in NEWGA events, tied for second. Greater Capital Region players once again fared well, as Pat Mayne (77-83-160) of Western Turnpike finished T5, Mary Scatena (85-76-161) of Pinehaven CC finished eighth and Susan Kahler (83-80-163) of Ballston Spa CC was 10th.

Karen Feldman of Olde Kinderhook GC, Ella Kellogg of Glens Falls CC, Nancy Kroll of Pinehaven CC, Heidi Harkins of Ballston Spa CC and Anne Van Buren of Pinehaven CC also finished in the top 20.

Interestingly, Sicard’s third NYS Women’s Senior Amateur crown was the fifth in this event for local players in the last seven years. Kahler, this season’s NEWGA champion, won the championship in 2013, while seven-time NEWGA titlist Kroll won the championship in 2014.

CHIP SHOTS

The Two by Fore Golf Corporation has been around for more than 50 years in the Capital Region and allows local golfers to enjoy the private club experience for a day. Its schedule runs from May through early October, and each “meet” includes lunch, golf and dinner. Golfers play their own ball with a shotgun start. Members pay for only the events that fit their schedule, but they are asked to participate in at least half to continue membership.  Annual membership is $40. This season, courses included Columbia G&CC, Orchard GC in Hadley, Massachusetts, Berkshire Hills CC, Glens Falls CC, Albany CC, Shaker Ridge CC, Mohawk Golf Club, Taconic GC, the CC of Troy and Schuyler Meadows. Contact Mark Hoffman at [email protected] for more information.

A golf outing to benefit the City Mission of Schenectady will be held Sept. 28 at Mohawk River CC & Chateau. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Greens fees and cart are $45, and a $40 minimum tax deductible donation to the City Mission of Schenectady is requested. To enter or contribute, contact [email protected].

The annual Normanside Invitational will be held Sept. 14-15 Normanside CC. The first round of the two-man event will be a scramble, and the second will be better ball of two. Entry fee is $200 per team and includes golf, cart and prizes. There will be open and senior divisions. Call 518-439-4505, ext. 40, for more information.
Mary Ann Keeler and Mary Corrigan, both of Western Turnpike GC, posted a best-ball score of 77 to win the NEWGA Gail Sykes Better Ball of Partners Championship at Mohawk Golf Club. Ironically, Keeler and Corrigan squared off against each other later that day in the LPGA Amateur league at Orchard Creek. Both shot 40 for the nine holes, with Corrigan winning the match by net score. Corrigan also collected an eagle with an 8-iron shot from 132 yards out on the par-5 first hole.

Windham CC head pro Dal Daily won the Northeastern New York PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at the CC of Troy with a score of even-par 71-71—142. He earned a spot in the PGA Senior Championship in Austin, Texas.

HOLES-IN-ONE

Steve Kouray recorded the fourth hole-in-one of his career on the sixth hole at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

At Brookhaven GC, Paul Sikard used a 5-iron to post an ace on the 162-yard seventh hole.

There were two holes-in-one on the same hole at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course last week. Karen Jurcsak and Joe Pozniak aced the fourth hole.

Steve Sciuba used a 6-hybrid to ace the 156-yard 17th hole at Eagle Crest Golf Club.

EAGLES

At Amsterdam Municipal, Frank Derrico eagled the par-5 third hole.

Bill Thiel eagled the par-4 sixth hole with an 8-iron at Stadium Golf Club.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected] or @BobWeiner58 on Twitter.

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