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Back on course

SCHENECTADY

Back on course

Forget Mother Nature — Fred Mullins brought spring to Schenectady’s Municipal Golf Course Thursday morning.

Golf: Bigley cashing far from home

Bryan Bigley experienced plenty of culture shock, but he also rediscovered his scoring touch under pressure while competing on the Latin America PGA Tour for the last three weeks.

Golf Guide: At 56, Russo's at top of his game

Smooth-swinging Dan Russo still hits the ball a country mile off the tee, and he remains one of the premier scratch golfers in the Capital Region, despite competing against much younger players in nearly every event.

ALBANY

Golf Guide: Pepper making broadcasting history at Masters

Straight-talking Dottie Pepper is never afraid of monumental moments. Turn the spotlight on this former LPGA super star, and she constantly rises to the occasion.

Golf Guide: Mattson takes unique approach to teaching

Anders Mattson has his own way of teaching this challenging game of golf. His theory is that it’s more beneficial to adjust to his students’ strengths and weaknesses than showing them one standard method of swinging the club.

Golf Guide: EWGA focuses on participation, having fun

Seriously? Yes and no. The Executive Women’s Golf Association is serious about the game of golf, but having fun is the top priority.

Golf Guide: Pratico shooting for another double

Paul Pratico has been one of the most dominant golfers in Schenectady County for more than three decades, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down now that he’s moved into the senior ranks.

Golf Guide: Flexibility, balance keys to a good golf swing

Golf is a game that requires flexibility, balance and strength in order to eventually place a small white ball into a slightly larger hole after whacking it several times from hundreds of yards away.

Golf Guide: Fox proves he can play with the big boys

One of the most accomplished scholastic golfers in Section II history is making a seamless transition to the college game. No surprise here. This kid can play with the big boys.

COBLESKILL

Golf Guide: Cobleskill G&CC still going strong

For more than eight decades, duffers and skilled golfers alike have left their marks on this course. These fairways and greens would not have been around that long, though, if the course had not left its mark on the players.

Golf Guide: New equipment can improve your game

In the market for some new golf equipment? Want to hit the ball longer and straighter off the tee, more accurately with your irons and then chip it close if you happen to miss a green or two? And of course, once you’re on the green, don’t you want to make every reasonable putt and avoid those ugly three-putts?

Golf Guide: At Airway Meadows, planes have the right of way

Flying golf balls take on a new meaning at Airway Meadows, which includes a public airport on its 177 acres of land.

ALBANY

Golf Guide: Saint Rose facing a new challenge

Late to the party is still at the party. The College of Saint Rose announced this spring it will start a women’s golf program for the 2014-15 academic year. Of course, recruiting for that first season will be difficult, as golfers in the high school Class of 2014 have pretty much already made their decisions on which college to attend.

Golf Guide: Keeping Stadium buzzing is a family affair

Family owned and operated, Stadium Golf Course is usually the first local facility to open and the last one to close.

Golfers ready, but courses aren't

CAPITAL REGION

Golfers ready, but courses aren't

Val Emerle answered the telephone inside Schenectady’s Stadium Golf Club.

Golf: 'Big Break' gave Stoelting a big challenge

Talk to professional golfers at various levels, and they will tell you that the most pressure they ever felt — when their tongues went dry and their hands began to shake — was either during a major tournament or in qualifying for their respective tours.

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam council overrides Thane’s golf veto

Amsterdam’s Common Council on Tuesday shot down Mayor Ann Thane’s plans to bring new management to the city’s Municipal Golf Course, voting instead to override her veto and retain longtime golf pro Joseph Merendo and concessionaire Laura Elmendorf.

AMSTERDAM

Battle lines drawn on Amsterdam golf course

Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane issued several vetoes this week, setting up a battle with the Common Council over management of the city’s golf course.

Stoelting caps memorable year with LPGA Tour card

Jackie Stoelting, formerly Jackie Barenborg, played her best golf when she needed it the most during last week’s LPGA Qualifying School. Now, the daughter of Niskayuna native Ed Barenborg is headed to the LPGA Tour.

NISKAYUNA

Breen loses to his boss in NENYPGA Match Play final

Colonie Golf & Country Club assistant pro Ian Breen pumped his fist after watching a 25-foot birdie putt roll in on the 18th hole at Mohawk Golf Club. But the celebration wasn’t for him.

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