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Sharpen your game at a par-3 course

While on vacation last week, I finally got a chance to play a few rounds of golf, and I moved around the area a bit to spread the wealth — and some fat divots — to numerous local layouts.

Skills competition good for youth players

The future of golf depends on introducing young players to the game and developing their emerging talents. What better way to spark that interest and gauge their abilities than the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition?

Eagle Crest owner dominates seniors

Bill Paulsen Jr. owns his own golf course, but he plays some of his best rounds away from home. The general manager/owner of Eagle Crest Golf Club won his sixth straight Saratoga County Amateur senior division crown last weekend with a 73 at The Edison Club to win by seven shots. The opening round, scheduled for his own course, was rained out.

ALS tourney's future uncertain

One of the most successful charity golf tournaments in the Capital Region is going through a transition phase. The 24th annual ALS Mem­orial has raised an almost unbelievable $1,378,000 in net proceeds for the ALS Regional Center at St. Peter’s Hospital, including $127,000 last year, but co-chairman Scott Daly is concerned about what will happen after this year’s popular event is held June 25 at Van Patten Golf Course.

Simone seeks Gazette County Am title

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Stoelting cruises to win in golf competition

While on vacation last week, I was extremely interested in the finale of GolfChannel’s “Big Break Florida” series, which had a local link. Jackie (Barenborg) Stoelting of Vero Beach, Fla., daughter of Niskayuna native Ed Barenborg, won the 21st edition of the reality series/golf skills competition by defeating Flamma Felitch of Oklahoma City, 4-and-3.

Warner earns honorary membership

Unlike the club professionals she administrates for, Northeastern New York PGA executive director Tracie Warner was not a member of one of the largest sports organ-izations in the world. Until now. Warner recently was awarded an honorary membership into the NENYPGA in recognition of her longtime service, outstanding performance and dedication to the membership.

Open qualifier on Wednesday

The road to the 114th U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 — arguably the toughest test in all of golf — begins Wednesday with the local qualifier at Schuyler Meadows.

Gazette Cup set for Wednesday at Colonie G&CC

Local club professionals seem to have the amateurs’ number lately, but the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association all-stars are primed for an upset when the 12th annual Gazette Cup is played Wednesday at Colonie Golf & Country Club.

Club pros return to Turning Stone

The marquee national event for club professionals returns to Turning Stone Resort in 2016.

Charity tournament will aid Oppedisano's cause

But it’s not often that a club pro puts together a charity tournament that involves his own family and several others who face the same challenges.

VSI embracing Time-for-Nine theme

Time is of the essence.
We all know that the game we love has a few drawbacks, and one of the major ones is the time it takes to play 18 holes. Most of us just don’t have more than five hours to labor through a full round, especially if it’s a couple of times a week.

Spartans, Wellington family set for sectionals

Dave Wellington believes in the family golf plan. In his dual role, the veteran Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School golf coach can keep an eye on all three of his sons and help them improve their games at the same time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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