Dennis Colligan Wins the 2017 CNY Open

Dennis Colligan mastered windy conditions to win the Golf Max/Golf Pride Central New York Open for the second time in his career May 15 at the Country Club of Ithaca.

Colligan (Cazenovia Golf Club) finished at even-par 72 in both the morning and afternoon rounds for a 144 total to reclaim the title he won in 2010 at LaFayette Hills Country Club. The Golf Max/Golf Pride CNY Open, which is open to amateurs, is the first major of the season for Central New York PGA players.

Colligan cashed $1,500 for the win from a total purse of $7,275.

“We have one of our best fields in this event and you’re playing against the best players in our section so this is nice to win,” said Colligan, who finished third last year.

Colligan finished one stroke ahead of Oswego Country Club’s Michelle Murphy (73-72—145) while Joe Norman (Elmira Country Club) and Mark Tucker (Cazenovia Country Club) finished tied for third at 146.

Colligan was 2-under-par through 27 holes to stay ahead of Murphy, who was 1-under after 27 holes, and Tucker, who was at even-par for 27. But neither Murphy nor Tucker were able to overtake Colligan on the back nine. Norman finished even on the back nine to pull into a tie for third.

Colligan, who had one birdie to go with three bogeys on his last nine holes, stayed out of trouble in the 36-hole event and didn’t record a double-bogey on the 6,650-yard layout from the blue tees.

“I drove the ball well today,” he said. “To get it in the fairway on a day like today was huge with the wind.” 

Seven amateurs entered in the tournament. Le Moyne College senior John Clare posted the top amateur total at 4-over 148 and earned $450 in pro shop credit. Clare (Bellevue CC), who won the CNY Open in 2015, finished sixth overall. Defending champion Kevin VandenBerg finished tied for 28th at 17-over 161.

In other tournament highlights:

Mark Tucker topped the senior pro leader board with rounds of 75 and 71 for a 146 total.

Ryan McGinnis (CNY PGA Section) recorded the low round of the day with a 3-under 69 during the afternoon round.

Michael Deuel (En-Joie Golf Club) scored an eagle from 88-yards out on the par-5 12th hole using a wedge.

2017 Spring Meeting of the Membership

The Annual Spring Meeting of the Membership held on Monday, April 17th at Turning Stone Resort Casino drew 81 PGA Members and Apprentices. The Section welcomed current PGA of America President Paul Levy, PGA. Paul discussed the importance of committing to the Long Term Strategic Plan along with the Association's ongoing efforts in pursuit of the PGA of America's Mission: Growing the Game and Serving the PGA Member.

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Age is just a number for Floridians Sandi and Dan Wood, albeit a number with a target on it.

Sandi is 76 and has shot her age or better eight times, including twice in the last few weeks.

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Congratulations, 2016 CNY Special Award Winners!

Miles Blundell Named CNY PGA Golf Professional of the Year

Miles Blundell, Director of Golf Operations at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, has been named 2016 Central New York PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

The highest honor paid to a CNY PGA Professional went to Blundell for his overall performance at his facility, level of service to the PGA, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow professionals and promotion of golf.

This past year was especially busy for Blundell.  He received the National PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award, for Resort Facilities, last November in Palm Beach Gardens and played host to the PGA Professional Championship this past June all while helping to manage the extensive redesign of the Shenendoah Golf Course. 

Miles is a PGA Master Professional, one of only five in the Central New York Section.  He recently joined the Club Managers Association of America and is two thirds complete with his Master’s Degree in Turf-grass Management from Penn State University.  His passion and desire for higher education is a major driving force for the PGA Professionals who are part of his team, many of which he has encouraged to also complete the PGA’s Certified Professional Program.  Blundell was recognized for these efforts in mentoring in 2014, earning the CNY PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award.   

As Director of Golf Operations at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Miles is involved in growing the game in a number of ways and oversees 65 team members, six of which are PGA Professionals.  His team approach focuses on customer satisfaction, which has allowed for increased rounds played and revenue growth.  He recently established a relationship with PGA Reach to create PGA HOPE Turning Stone which provides military instruction for veterans.  He assists with golf programming for the Oneida Nation’s Summer Jam series, a series of summer camps for Oneida Indian Nation children ages 8-16.  He worked diligently to bring the Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier to Turning Stone and has made a commitment to promoting PGA Junior League Golf. 

Blundell’s commitment to the local community, youth and growing the game is at the forefront of all of his recent accomplishments.  When Miles was contacted about this prestigious award he gave recognition to all the other Turning Stone Management Team Members who allow him to provide a superior customer experience and build loyalty.  He feels very fortunate to be part of a great team.  Miles is a team leader, valued professional in the community and the Central New York Section PGA is excited to announce Miles Blundell as the 2016 Golf Professional of the Year!

Other CNY PGA Special Award winners for 2016, all of whom will be honored Dec. 1st at Drumlins Golf Course Banquet Facility, are:


Dustin Jones, Deer Run Golf Facility
Eric Lorenzetti, Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dustin Jones, Deer Run Golf Facility
Ruth Weydig, Oneida Community GC
Stan Gorman, Pompey Club
Martha Wells, CC of Ithaca
Ben Pasquith, Seven Oaks GC
Naomi Nesenoff, Traditions at the Glen
Lauren Tallman, CC of Ithaca
Dave Clinkhammer, Under Armour
Teacher of the Year
Player Development Award
Horton Smith Award (Education)
Youth Player Development Award
Patriot Golf Award
Merchandiser of the Year - Private
Merchandiser of the Year - Public
Merchandiser of the Year - Resort
Assistant Professional of the Year
Sales Representative of the Year

Bradley’s Jewelers Players of the Year:

Dennis Colligan, Cazenovia GC
Kevin Savage, Timber Banks GC & Marina
Robert Larsen, Onondaga Golf & CC
Colin McGaugh, Hamilton, NY
Lena Jones, Dewitt, NY
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