Golfers have last opportunity for state title glory – New York News

Capital Region golf standouts looking for a state championship trophy will have one more chance next weekend when the 34th annual New York State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship tees off at Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford.


The relatively short drive to Yahnundasis GC has drawn roughly 20 local players with title aspirations. Only men age 25 and older are eligible, meaning the young bucks currently enrolled in or just out of college won’t be able to play in this 54-hole event, set for Friday through next Sunday. There will be a cut to the low 60 and ties for the final round.

Local players have earned their share of titles at this championship since 1984, when Charlie Murphy, then representing Wolferts Roost CC, won the inaugural event at Glens Falls Country Club. Other area winners include Cliff Earle of McGregor CC at his home club in 1993, former CC of Troy star Matt Clarke in 2005, Albany’s John Vaccaro in 2007 and Jim Welch of Olde Kinderhook GC in 2011.

Among the top local prospects for a championship next weekend are Connor Delaney of Schuyler Meadows, who won the recent regional qualifier at Pinehaven CC, Justin Deitz of The Edison Club, two-time Schenectady Classic runner-up Lance Hope of Schenectady Municipal, former Schenectady Classic champions Bob Cooper of Schenectady Muni and Mike Wheeler of Shaker Ridge CC; former Tri-County Match Play titlist Steve Owens and Eagle Crest owner/general manager Bill Paulsen Jr.

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