Shoemaker is heading to August National



Bailey Shoemaker (West Edmeston, NY) secured her spot in the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals on April 1st, 2018 at Augusta National Golf Club. Shoemaker competed at Winged Foot Golf Club on October 1st, 2017 in the Regional Competition. Bailey won the Girls 12-13 division after finishing with 124 total points (Drive: 47, Chip: 40, Putt: 37) clinching her ticket to Augusta.   


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McCarthy wins Bradley's Jewelers Cup



Kevin McCarthy defeated Dennis Colligan on the first playoff hole at Sodus Bay Heights GC to capture the Bradley's Jewelers Cup on October 2nd.  McCarthy (Cavalry Club) went birdie, birdie, par, eagle to start his afternoon 9-holes after a morning round of 76 to finish at 2-over-par and force the playoff.  After a phone call to his father Bob McCarthy (life member retired) asking for a tip to correct some errant swings the day prior, a simple "your hips are too open" was all McCarthy needed to hear.  Following the playoff, another call to Dad to let him know that he had won the Cup, to which Bob replied...  "Nice adjustment!"  


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CNY PGA Wins the 44th Annual Mitchell Cup Matches


Pictured: Russell Schreiber, Dennis Colligan, Matt Jaynes, Alan Savage, Alex Smith, Bob Fuller, Jeff Reader, Mel Baum, Jay Turcsik, Nick Serafino, Michelle Murphy, Michael Deuel, Alan Seamans.


The Central New York PGA will retain the Mitchell Cup at the 44th Annual Matches against the top Syracuse District Golf Association amateurs at Onondaga Golf & CC on Sunday October 1st!  After finishing the morning 9-hole modified alternate shot format, in which the CNY PGA held a 9-3 advantage heading into the afternoon 18-hole four-ball competition.  The CNY PGA were able to hold on to their lead and finish the day with a 26-22 win.  The CNY PGA now leads the all time series 29-14-1.


Modified Alternate Shot (worth 2 points):

Jeff Reader – Russell Schreiber
Nick Serafino – Michelle Murphy
Jay Turcsik – Alex Smith
Matt Jaynes – Mel Baum
Michael Deuel – Bob Fuller 
Dennis Colligan – Alan Savage  
  Luke Hobika – Joel Jakubowicz 
Bill Moore – Kevin VandenBerg
Brian Evans – Chad Holbert
Joe Babcock – Connor Wisniewski
Brad Monroe – Chris Quilty
Gair Carrigan – Mike Mento







Afternoon Four-Ball (worth 6 points):

Jeff Reader – Bob Fuller
Nick Serafino – Michelle Murphy
Dennis Colligan – Alex Smith
Russell Schreiber – Alan Savage
Matt Jaynes – Mel Baum
Jay Turcsik – Michael Deuel 
  Luke Hobika – Joel Jakubowicz
Brian Evans – Chad Holbert
Bill Moore – Kevin VandenBerg
Gair Carrigan – Mike Mento
Brad Monroe – Chris Quilty
Joe Babcock – Connor Wisniewski


CNY PGA Wins the 31st Annual Sovik Cup Matches


Pictured: Robert Todd, Joe Tesori, Bob Fuller, Scott Webster, Stan Lisk, Russell Schreiber, Tony Saraceno, Steve Aloi, Mel Baum & Rick Keding


The Central New York PGA will retain the Sovik Cup at the 31st Annual Matches against the top Syracuse District Golf Association seniors at Tuscarora GC on Thursday September 28th!  After a commanding lead with our first two groups winning 9-1, Stan Lisk holed out from 40 yards on the final hole to win the deciding point and win the Cup 13-12.  The CNY PGA now leads the all time series 18-12-1. 


Mel Baum – Bob Fuller
Joe Tesori – Russell Schreiber
Tony Saraceno – Rick Keding
Steve Aloi – Robert Todd
Scott Webster – Stan Lisk
4 - 1
5 - 0
2 - 3
  .5 - 4.5
1.5 – 3.5
      Todd Dischinger – Don VanGorder
Stu McGough – Don Coniski
Paul Auletta – Don LaLonde
Tom Fletcher – Bruce Wilkie 
Randy Young – Steve Timmons


Michelle Murphy Wins 2017 Player's Championship



Michelle Murphy captured the final major championship of the year on September 17-18th at Thendara GC.  Murphy (Oswego CC) finished the 36-hole tournament with scores of 71/69 to finish at 4-under-par and win by 3 strokes over Sean Dadey (Drumlins GC) and Ryan McGinnis (CNY PGA Section).  After finishing 2nd in the first two majors (Golf Max / Golf Pride CNY Open Championship and Stroke Play Championship) to go along with a tie for 4th at the Section Championship, Murphy was able to seize her first major win of the year.  After making the turn at 1-under-par and heading to the tougher back 9, Murphy birdied holes 10, 11 and 14 to take the lead for good.

CNY PGA Golf Professional Joe Tesori honored as a 2017 PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductee



The 2017 class, to be honored Nov. 2, at the PGA’s 101st Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, features Gary Player, Renee Powell, Michael Schultz, George Henry Schneiter, Joe Tesori, Mickey Wright and Lew Worsham.


“The PGA of America takes great pride in welcoming this exceptional class into the PGA Hall of Fame. They represent some of the most significant contributors to our Association and to the game of golf,” said PGA of America President Paul Levy. “This class captured many of the prize jewels of our sport; stood strong against social injustice; inspired junior players and future professionals; gave hope to military Veterans; and whose on-course success left an indelible mark in our sport. Their names will be inscribed among those who have made golf the greatest game.”


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Back to Back to Back Assistant PGA Professional Champion



Seven Oaks Golf Course was a true test for our Central New York Assistant Professionals on September 1st, with sustained winds of 15-20 mph and course conditions playing very firm and fast.


Ryan McGinnis, Player Development Coordinator of the CNY PGA Section, was able to eclipse the field of twenty-four to take home his third consecutive title since becoming eligible to participate.  After finishing the first round at -2(70) and carrying an 8 shot lead into the afternoon, McGinnis finished the day at even par 144 and beat the field by thirteen strokes!


McGinnis secures a trip to the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship November 9th-12th at the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


A 5-hole playoff ensued to determine our alternates after Zach Meade, Daniel Molter, Kevin McCarthy and Justin Nishimoto all tied for second with a total score of 157.  Nishimoto captured the 1st alternate over McCarthy while Molter secured the 3rd spot.


When asked about his performance, McGinnis said “I was happy with how I played. I was able to control my ball flight the entire day, which allowed me to hit as many greens as I could”.


McGinnis will head down to Port St. Lucie with a little extra motivation after being tied for 2nd at the National Championship and playing in the final group during the 3rd round last year.


“I was able to take my experience from last year and turn it into a situation that I could learn from. I believe when I am in the same situation this year I will be able to handle it differently. My goal is to go down there and win, and that is what I plan to do”.

Dennis Colligan Wins the 2017 CNY PGA Professional Championship




Cazenovia Golf Club’s Dennis Collagan defeated four-time champion Kevin Savage by two strokes to repeat as Central New York PGA Section Champion at Shenendoah Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort Casino on Aug. 22nd. The 55th annual tournament was presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and Omega.


Clinging to a one-stroke lead, Colligan drained a 30-foot putt for eagle on the final hole to clinch his second straight and third overall Section crown against Savage, of Timber Banks, who finished with a birdie on 18.


“I knew if I could at least get it close then Kevin would have to make his for the tie,” Colligan said. “Fortunately I had the right speed and the right line and put it in the cup.”


Colligan, the first round leader, carded a 1-under-par 71 in the final round following a 4-under 68 in the first round. He finished the tournament at 5-under 139 to earn $3,500 for first. This is Colligan’s second major of the year as he won the Golf Max/Golf Pride Central New York Open in May.  


“We have four majors and try to attempt to prepare for those four are my goal throughout the summer,” said Colligan, who is celebrating his 20th season at Cazenovia GC. “With work and lessons and wife and kids, it’s hard. But thanks to them, I can get out and play on Sundays. Also to my members who are very supportive.”    


Savage pulled even with Colligan at the turn then took a one-stroke lead with a birdie on 10. But an unpredictable wind over the final six holes created problems for both golfers. Colligan took the lead for good on No. 15 by making par after Savage double-bogeyed the hole.    


“The wind went every direction,” Savage said. “It never stayed in the same direction. I started hitting some poor shots and paid the price.”


“As we got to the back nine the wind started blowing pretty good out here and it made it harder,” said Colligan, who won in 2016 at Seven Oaks and 2010 at Shenendoah. “I had to grind it out, it was a battle.”


Although Savage came up short in the battle of former champions, he earned a berth in the 2018 PGA Professional Championship June 17-20th at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside California. Savage, four time Section Champ(’95, ’04, ’14 & ’15) earned $2,725 with his runner-up finish.


Besides Colligan and Savage, Cazenovia Country Club’s Mark Tucker (2-under 142) and Rick Bronson (1-under 143) also advanced to the 51st annual national championship.   


2011 champion Tucker, who won the Emmett Kelly Masters on Aug. 14, fired a 4-under 68 in the final round to place third and earn $2,300 for third.


Bronson (Bronson Aerifying) cashed $ 2,000 for fourth. He won the CNY PGA Senior Championship in July.


This year’s alternates are Oswego Country Club’s Michelle Murphy, Cortland Country Club’s Eric Manning and Lake Shore Yacht and Country Club’s Nick Serafino.

At Turning Stone Subregional, Juniors Foreshadow Great Future for Golf


Olivia Mill (left) practices chipping while her brother Ewan looks on at the DC&P Subregional Qualifier

For Scott Baker, there’s no better way to spend quality time with his daughter Tenly than on the golf course.

Baker, who owns Stone Creek Golf Club in Oswego, N.Y., enjoys having 8-year-old Tenly by his side on the course and has been teaching her the fundamental skills of the game for the last two summers.

“Golf is fun. I like being outside. I get to play a lot,” Tenly said.

“I think she likes it because she gets to spend time with her father,” Scott Baker said with a smile.

“Yeah that too,” said Tenly, who broke into a wide grin as she looked up at her dad.

Connecting as a family through golf is also one of the special features of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. The Bakers from Hannibal, N.Y., were among the 144 families to take part in the Aug. 16 subregional qualifier held at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Peter Giacomelli, of Toronto, and his 11-year-old daughter Sophia used their four-hour road trip to the subregional for some daddy-daughter bonding which included outlet shopping in Kingston, Ontario.

“We did some shopping on the way here,” Sophia Giacomelli said. “The Adidas store was the best.”

“Getting that one-on-one time with her is what I like the most about going to these competitions,” Peter Giacomelli said.

Family support was wide spread at the Turning Stone subregional qualifier. Grandparents, parents and siblings closely followed competitors from one discipline to another to offer many things like a bottle of water, a word of advice or high-five. Parents also provided emotional support and encouragement to players.

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2017 CNY Senior PGA Professional Championship

                              From left to right: Rob Phelps, Rick Bronson, & Eric Manning

With a birdie putt on the first playoff hole, Rick Bronson prevailed over Rob Phelps to win the Central New York PGA Senior Section Championship sponsored by Mid-State Club Car on July 31. The two-day event for players ages 50 and over was held at Onondaga Golf and Country Club.

Bronson (Bronson Turf Renovation) and Phelps (Bellevue Country Club) finished regulation deadlocked at 6-under-par 136 overall when both players made par on the par-4 18th hole. The pair headed back to the 18th tee to start the sudden-death playoff.

Bronson and Phelps, both former champions, were on the green in two. Bronson sank his 15-foot birdie putt from straight on, forcing Phelps to convert his birdie attempt from 12 feet away to extend the playoff. But Phelps’ putt from the right side of the cup didn’t break and rolled away to the right giving Bronson his second career Senior Section Championship crown. He also won in 2009.

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Clare, Petrin & Tesori Receive Northeast-10 Conference Major Awards

Le Moyne College senior John Clare, freshman Jonathan Petrin and head coach Joe Tesori swept the major men's golf awards in the Northeast-10 Conference as Clare was selected as Player of the Year, Petrin was named Rookie of the Year and Tesori earned Coach of the Year honors.

It's the second straight year Clare was named Player of the Year. Clare (72.38 scoring average) led the Dolphins to a 13th-place finish in the NCAA Division II Championship last month and tied for third individually.

The 22-year-old Clare turned pro after nationals. He is competing in the 108th Massachusetts Open this week with former Le Moyne teammate Aidan Fuller as his caddie. On Thursday, Clare set a course record at Falmouth's TGC at Sacconnesset with a third-round score of 8-under-par 64.

Petrin's scoring average of 75.15 is the best mark by a freshman since Dan McCarthy recorded a 73.94 during the 2003-04 year.

Tesori won his second Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Dolphins to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Atlantic/East Regional en route to the NCAA Championships.

On a Mission to Get the Ball in the Hole:

Warrior Golf Program Helps Service Members

PGA Professional Ric Pettit (left) instructs Army veteran Michael Raith as part of the Warrior Golf Program at Ridge Golf Club in Chittenango. (M.F. Piraino)

By M.F. Piraino
Contributing writer

For PGA professional Ric Pettit, golf instruction is an important part of his job at the Clear Path for Veterans Golf Course. But for the last four years, Pettit's work has taken on a deeper purpose.

After listening to a military veteran talk about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, Pettit was inspired to establish the Warrior Golf Program, an eight-week how-to-golf tutorial for service members and veterans. The free program includes golf lessons on chipping, putting, rules and etiquette at the nine-hole, par-35 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, formerly known as Skyridge Golf Course, in Chittenango.

"One of the kids started telling me about his day and PTSD," Pettit said. "I just dropped everything so I could focus on him. Then I thought how can I help? I thought maybe golf could definitely help them get through things."

Pettit's Warrior Golf Program, now in its fourth season, is one of the many support programs for military members and their families provided by Clear Path for Veterans, a local non-profit organization located on 78 picturesque acres of fields and woodlands which straddles the borders of Onondaga and Madison Counties. Clear Path leases the golf course from The Ridge Tavern, which offers a panoramic view of Oswego County's Nine Mile power plant to the foothills of the Adirondacks.

In addition to golf instruction, nutrition and personal wellness at Clear Path are incorporated over the eight weeks. Since its inception, the Warrior Golf Program has graduated 36 veterans and active service members. Past graduates have been rewarded with a new set of basic golf clubs, balls, golf glove and a polo shirt.

Army veteran Michael Raith, 37, was among the first graduates of the Warrior Golf Program. Raith, who served in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, said the Pettit's program in addition to the incredible view at the Ridge has been therapeutic."I'd never golfed before but I was always stuck in my house which didn't help my depression." said Raith, a native of California. "Ric's an awesome teacher. Golf helped to get me out. It's the scenery, it's the socializing. You're out talking to people. It's calming and relaxing. It really helped me. "

Any service member is eligible. Most of Pettit's golf students are on active duty. Those interested must fill out an application through the Clear Path website to get into the program.

Pettit meets 10 to 12 men and women per eight-week program Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Six of Pettit's CNY PGA peers have helped out with golf instruction. Students can practice away from class at the Clear Path for Veterans Golf Course and golf for free.

"There's a lot of goal setting," Pettit said. "You have to be committed to getting better. My teaching isn't overly regimented. I try to have as much fun as I can with them."

"It's like being back in the military and you're on a mission to get that ball in the hole. It's fun," Raith said.

Under the direction of Pettit, who is employed by Clear Path, the Clear Path for Veterans Golf Course has begun the process of operating with an all-volunteer staff, many of whom are military veterans. The 14 volunteers, including 12 veterans, all help with course maintenance and mowing the nine fairways and greens. The Clear Path for Veterans Golf Course is open to the public. All proceeds benefit Clear Path programs.

Clear Path for Veterans, which is in its sixth year, is located on the site of the former Skyridge Country Club. The former clubhouse has been renovated and now serves as Clear Path's main building and center of operations.

Pettit knows his program has made an impact. A former student, a Vietnam veteran, wrote him a letter that made his eyes well-up.

"He talked about friendship more than anything," the 53-year-old Pettit said. "A lot of people think I'm just teaching. But for me, it's a lot more than that. I believe this is helping people. I'm not an expert in PTSD or depression. But those who suffer them get holed up in their house. They've got to get out of the house. That's key for them."

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