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Super day of golf

What an incredible day of golf in the Capital Region.

Earl Winchester, now a member of Shaker Ridge Country Club but who also maintains a club membership at Normanside Country Club, fired a one-under-par 69 -- the only sub-par round of the tournament so far -- for a two-day total of 144 in the 57th annual New York State Senior Amateur Championship at Normanside.

Winchester, whose family has been part of the Normanside CC community since 1952, is two shots behind leader Phil Tripoli of Owego Country Club (70-142).

Also in the hunt among the locals are Dave Champagne of Catskill Golf Club (73-148), Bill Paulsen Jr. of Eagle Crest (77-148) and three-time champion Chuck Connolly of Kingswood (74-148).

Former local player Doug Vergith, a three-time runner-up now living on Long Island, shot a 71-145.

Meanwhile, on the professional front, Colonie Golf & Country Club head pro Frank Mellet sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to beat his assistant pro, Ian Breen, 1-up, in the finals of the Northeastern New York PGA Match Play Championship at Mohawk Golf Club.

It was the third Match Play title for Mellet, a former NENYPGA Player of the Year and Hall of Fame member. The 53-year-old Mellet was four-under-par with six birdies. Breen, 41, also a former Match Play champ in 2006, was three-under-par.

The final four also included Peter Gerard of Mill Road Aces and reigning NENYPGA Player of the Year Scott Berliner of Cobleskill Golf & Country Club. Both of them have won the Match Play title before.

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