The Central New York PGA is pleased to announce a new season-ending event on the Junior Tour schedule — the inaugural Tesori/Mulherin Cup. The event will make its debut Aug. 30 at Drumlins Country Club.


Boys and girls point leaders from the 2021 CNY PGA Junior Tour season are eligible to play in the Tesori/Mulherin Cup and will be divided up into two teams, Team Tesori and Team Mulherin. Players must also compete in the 2021 Junior Tour Championship on Aug 11-12 to be eligible.


Each team will have eight players, six boys and two girls. The format consists of six holes of foursomes, six holes of fourball and six holes of singles match play.


“We are thrilled to be able to create a match play team event similar to the Ryder Cup,” CNY PGA Executive Director Alan Seamans said. “While we celebrate the accomplishments of both Tesori and Mulherin, the players and spectators will be provided a unique opportunity to play and view the game on a completely different level.”


Players will be notified of their selection to the tournament by CNY PGA Player Development Director Brittany Siechen.


The tournament was named after two PGA professionals, CNY PGA Hall of Famers Joe Tesori and Linda Mulherin, who have been heavily involved and devoted to junior golf and junior players throughout their careers.


“I’m ecstatic to begin the tradition of the Tesori/Mulherin Cup,” Siechen said. “I plan to make the event something every player strives to make it to. The event is named after not only two pillars of our Central New York Section, but two people that are special to me. There are no other names that comes to mind when I think of growing the game.”


Both Tesori (The Pompey Club) and Mulherin (Drumlins Country Club) are honored to have a Junior Tour tournament named after them. They will serve as honorary captains.


For Tesori, the promotion of junior golf has always been important, dating back to his days as a young golf professional and watching the efforts of his mentors, Mike Bello and Rocky Kelly, in their pursuit of growing the game through junior golf initiatives.


“Clearly, this is an honor on so many fronts for me,” Tesori said. “To share this tournament with Linda, who I admire for her endless passion and endless efforts in teaching and coaching young golfers how to love and play our grand game is an honor for me.”


For Mulherin, the importance of this tournament is significant.


“A meaningful location, teamed with my mentor, for an event dedicated to the group I am most passionate about teaching is just perfect and I’m extremely grateful,” Mulherin said.