Down the Fairway: Welch can capture title, despite lack of victories

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Despite a sub-par season by his own lofty standards, Jim Welch of Olde Kinderhook is about to wrap up his second Capital Region Amateur Golf Association point championship.

Down The Fairway: Connolly among favorites this week

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
For most 68-year-old golfers, their best years are well behind them. But Chuck Connolly still dreams of championships, and believe it or not, the Kingswood Links Golf Club member should be among the favorites to win the New York State Senior & Super Senior Amateur Championship Tuesday through Thursday at Normanside Country Club.

Down the Fairway: Great Danes new coach no stranger to the area

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
University at Albany continues to get more serious about its women’s golf program.
For the second year in a row, the school has turned to the Symetra Tour for a new coach.

Down the Fairway: Cornicelli is the man behind the numbers

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
Schenectady Bowling Assoc­iation Hall of Fame member Frank Cornicelli is best known for his administrative prowess around the lanes, but he’s equally adept tracking scores and handicaps on the links.

Down The Fairway: Kahler overcomes nervousness, course

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
Sue Kahler conquered both her nerves and the course en route to winning the biggest tournament of her career last week. The 55-year-old member of Ballston Spa Country Club, shot rounds of 76 and 80 for a two-day total of 10-over-par 156 to win the New York State Women’s Senior Amateur Golf Championship at Wayne Hills Country Club in Lyons.

Down the Fairway: Long to return for Senior County Am

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013
Straight-talking Andy Long is a no-nonsense former military man and soccer coach.
He’s also a golf fanatic and the main force behind expanding the Gazette Senior County Amateur from one round to two more than 20 years ago.

Down the Fairway: Area's top amateurs can showcase skills this week

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
While the PGA Tour heads to Rochester’s Oak Hill Country Club for the final major of the season with the PGA Championship, it’s also crunch time on the local front.
Many of the area’s premier amateur golfers will be participating in a pair of major events this week, beginning Monday with the Edison Invitational and contin­uing Friday and Saturday with the Capital Region Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Gazette CR N.I.E Junior event has banner field

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Aaron Simone of Pinehaven Country Club doesn’t know if he will be able to defend his overall boys’ title in Friday’s 16th annual Gazette Capital Region Newspaper in Education Junior Championship at Schenectady Municipal.

Area's top amateurs get home field edge

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Joe Ruszas, Billy Shields (three times), Rich Serian, Bill Boland and Jay Gunning. They are the only five Capital Region players to ever win the prestigious New York State Men’s Amateur Golf Championship since the tournament began in 1923. Despite a wealth of talent, no local player has been able to the hoist the winner’s trophy since Gunning did it in 1986. The area contingent will get another great opportunity this week, when the championship is played Tuesday through Thursday at Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville.

Down The Fairway: Souza rallies on second day to earn first pro win in playoff

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Stadium Golf Club head pro John Souza has two passions outside of his family: golf and road racing. Since he enjoys running longer distances rather than sprints, it’s not surprising that he picked up his first professional golf victory in a two-day tournament instead of the usual one-day events the local club pros play.

Down The Fairway: Future stars on display at Symetra Tour

Sunday, July 7, 2013
The next Inbee Park could be playing in our own backyard this week. Park, who honed her game on the Symetra Tour, formerly the Futures Tour, and played the local stop at Capital Hills at Albany, has jumped into national prominence as the best player on the LPGA Tour, with four majors and 13 wins at age 25.

Down The Fairway: Second State Am sectional at Pinehaven on Monday

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Many of the best players in the Capital Region will be shooting for berths in the 91st annual New York State Men’s Amateur Golf Championship — this summer’s showcase event — when the second of two sectional qualifiers is held Monday at Pinehaven Country Club.

Down The Fairway: Sprenger likes trickiness of of short Pioneer Hills Golf Club

Sunday, June 23, 2013
First-year Pioneer Hills Golf Club head pro Keith Sprenger says his favorite clubs to hit are his irons, and as it turns out, those are the most important tools in the bag for anyone who plays this tricky 5,135-yard layout from the white tees and nearly 5,400 test from the blue tees.

Down The Fairway: 'While we're young' campaign addresses pace

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Slow play in golf is one of the sport’s biggest concerns, and the United States Golf Association is trying to improve the often frustrating situation with its new “While We’re Young” campaign.

County Am rivalry remains friendly for Mueller, Pratico

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Time almost stands still for Gazette County Amateur friendly rivals Jim Mueller and Paul Pratico. Almost, but not quite.

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