August 24, 2011


Trio of seniors get aces at KCC

CINCINNATUS — Tuesday was a special day at Knickerbocker Country Club.
Three different players playing in three different foursomes in the Tuesday Senior League, which plays in the morning on the Cincinnatus course, scored holes-in-one on three different holes.
Pat Lee from Norwich aced the 148-yard 13th hole, Groton’s Ed Cole turned the trick on the 171-yard fifth hole and Marv L’Amoreaux from Whitney Point needed just one shot on the 133-yard 18th. All three holes are par-threes.
Tuesday’s trio of aces was the first time anyone associated with Knickerbocker CC could remember there being more than one hole-in-one on a single day since the course was built and opened by Henry Knickerbocker in 1960.
The Senior League is open to players age 58 and over, with teams drawn at random after the players show up. An average of between 80 and 100 players are involved each week, and the league has had more than 100 players a total of three times this season.
Phelps, Saraceno Advance
VERONA — A pair of players with Cortland connections were among the four who qualified for the 2012 Professional National Championship with their performances in the Central New York PGA Championship held Monday and Tuesday at Turning Stone Resort & Casino.
Rob Phelps, the assistant pro at Onondaga Golf & Country Club, shot a two-under 142 to finish third among 50 players. Former Cortland Country Club head pro Tony Saraceno — a PGA life member playing unaffiliated — tied for the fourth and final qualifying spot at 143 and then defeated Dan Wood, the golf coach at Ithaca College, in a sudden-death playoff.
Mark Tucker, the head pro at Cazenovia Country Club, totaled 138 over the two rounds to win the event by a stroke over Elmira Country Club head pro Joe Norman, who missed a birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.
The 2012 PGA Professional National Championship will take place at Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Clubs in California June 24-27.
Other local players in the CNYPGA event were Cortland CC head pro Eric Manning, who was sixth at 145; Elm Tree Golf Club head pro Bruce Martins, who tied for ninth at 149; Walden Oaks Country Club head pro Marcus Bernardo and Cortland native Steve Aloi of Bellevue Country Club, who both ended up at 163 and were involved in a three-way tie for 34th; and Groton’s Steve Volpicelli, the head pro at Soaring Eagles Golf Club, who was 42nd at 174.
CHS, Homer Start Early
The golf seasons for both Cortland High and Homer Central will now get underway this Friday, when East Syracuse-Minoa visits the Cortland Country Club at 10 a.m. to take on both squads. Originally, both squads were scheduled to get the OHSL season under way next week.

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