Team Mulherin defeated defending champion Team Tesori at the second annual Tesori/Mulherin Cup, a season-ending competition for Central New York PGA Junior Tour players. The tournament was held Aug. 28 at Bellevue Country Club.


Members of the winning Team Mulherin were: Jackson Saroney, Mitch Riter, Jacob Olearczyk, Tommy Goodelle, Dan Young, Drew Mancini, Sam Sieminski, Ellie Secor, Bethany Wineburg, Owen Zoanetti, Alden Motala, and Isabella O’Rourke.


Team Tesori players included: Dante Bertoni, Jack Gregory, Kam Yerman, Andrew Partigianoni, Brayden Thomas, Isabella Borte, Clara DeFillipis, Luke Parker, Frankie Barbuto, Luke Snyder, Rachel O’Rourke and Jessica Ricciardi.


Joe Tesori (The Pompey Club) and Linda Mulherin (Bellevue Country Club) served as honorary captains for their respective teams. Despite recuperating from shoulder surgery, Tesori made a surprise appearance and spoke to his team before play began.


Jack Conger (The Links at Erie Village), filling in for Tesori, and Mulherin drove around the course during the competition to support their players and oversee rules.


Each player received a long sleeve pull over hoodie with the Tesori/Mulherin Cup logo and a Travis Mathew golf hat.


Besides the CNY PGA, tournament sponsors included Bellevue Country Club, the Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation, Travis Mathew and Bernard’s Custom Logo.


This year, team rosters were expanded to 12 players on each team. Boys and girls point leaders from the 2022 CNY PGA Junior Tour season and winners from the Junior Tour Championship were eligible to play. Players were notified of their selection to the tournament by CNY PGA Player Development Director Brittany Siechen.


The concept of the Tesori/Mulherin Cup was a match play team event similar to the Ryder Cup. The event also was established to celebrate the accomplishments of CNY PGA hall of famers Tesori and Mulherin, who have played an integral role in junior golf for many years.

The tournament format consisted of six fourball holes, six holes of modified alternate shot and six holes of singles match play.