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Rochester Juniors, Buffalo Sub Juniors, Claim Interdistrict Junior Titles at Geneva

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

Led by Junior individual medalist Jude Cummings, third from left, the RDGA Interdistrict Junior team claimed the 2016 team title at Geneva Country Club on Friday, August 19.
 
 
 
On Friday, August 19, Geneva Country Club hosted the 2016 Interdistrict Junior Championship - a competition that features teams of Junior boys (ages 15 to 17) and Sub Junior boys (ages 12 to 14) from the Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo District Golf Associations.
 
In an 18-hole stroke play competition, the low five of six scores in the Junior competition and the low three of five scores in the Sub Junior competition counted towards each team's total score. The low individual medalist in each of the Junior and Sub junior divisions were also recognized.
 
The Rochester District claimed the 2016 Junior Division team title with a 389 score. Syracuse finished two shots back in second place with a 391, while Buffalo finished third at 408. Individual scoring from the Rochester Junior team included: Jude Cummings (71), Tyler McDonnell (77), Mike Minnehan (84), Zach Pettrone (90), Frederic Shi (78) and AlexZurat (79).
 
In the Sub Junior Division, Buffalo claimed the team title with a score of 239. Syracuse Sub Juniors finished second with a 241, followed by Rochester in third place with a 265. The winning Buffalo team included scoring from: Ryan Edholm (91), Jaxson Hummell (81), Matthew Jackson (78), William Sherrer (99), Benjamin Spitz (83) and IanWagner (80).
 
The winning individual medalist from the Junior Division was Jude Cummings from the Rochester District, who posted an even par 71.
 
Johnny Gruninger of the Syracuse District was the individual medalist in the Sub Junior Division, posting a 4-over-par 75 for the event.
 
The RDGA wishes to thank the members of Geneva Country Club, head PGA Professional John Rossi and his staff for their hospitality in hosting this event!

2016 RDGA Junior, Sub-Junior and Pee Wee Champions Crowned at Clifton Springs CC

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

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Locust Hill's Jason Lohwater captured the 2016 RDGA Junior Boys Championship title at Clifton Springs Country Club on August 4 in a 2-and-1 decision over Oak Hill's Jack Bailey in the championship match.
 

 

The 2016 RDGA Junior Championships concluded on August 4 at Clifton Springs Country Club. The three-day Junior, Sub-Junior and Pee Wee Championships featured no less than six sepatate competitions - including competition for Junior (ages 15 to 17), Sub-Junior (12 to 14) and Pee Wee (7 to 11) divisions for both boys and girls.
 
Winning the overall RDGA Junior Boys title was Jason Lohwater of Locust Hill who defeated Oak Hill's Jack Bailey by a 2-and-1 decision in Thursday morning's championship match. Lohwater defeated Penfield's Frederic Shi, 2-and-1, in the Semi Final round, while Bailey got past Tyler McDonnell, 5-and-3, in the other Junior Boys Semi Final match.
 
CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2016 RDGA Junior Boys Championship.
 
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Graham Gaenzle
   
In the RDGA Sub Junior Boys Championship, Graham Gaenzle of the Country Club of Rochester defeated Adam Tata of Oak Hill, 3-and-1 in the championship final to win the title.
 
Gaenzle defeated Mason Rivera, 4-and-2, in the Semi Final round to advance to the finals, while Tata defeated Michael Klem, 1-up, in the other Sub Junior Boys Semi Final match.
 
CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2016 RDGA Sub Junior Boys Championship.

 

In the RDGA Junior Girls Championship - which featured 36 holes of stroke play competition over two days - Lena Kaufman of Locust Hill claimed first place with rounds of 75-76--151. Sydney Ball, also of Locust Hill, was the runner-up with scores of 88-89--177.
 
CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2016 RDGA Junior Girls Championship.
   
Lena Kaufman
 
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Kahlan Vanschaffel
   
In the RDGA Sub Junior Girls Championship - which featured 27 holes of stroke play competition over three days - Kahlan Vanschaffel of Blue Heron Hills won the title with scores of 45-53-51 for a 149 total. Raina Hoffman of Webster was the runner-up with scores of 58-49-58--165.
 
CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2016 RDGA Sub Junior Girls Championship.
 
In the RDGA Pee Wee Girls Championship - which featured 18 holes of stroke play over two days - Julia Zigrossi of Ridgemont captured the title with 9-hole rounds of 45-48 for a 93 total. Sophia Cellura of Brook-Lea was the runner-up with 62-54--116.
 
CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2016 RDGA Pee Wee Girls Championship.
   
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Julia Zigrossi, left, Sophia Cellura, right
 
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Jason Starkweather, left, Noah Barravecchia, right
   
And, in the RDGA Pee Wee Boys Championship - which featured 18 holes of stroke play over two days - Noah Barravecchia of Mill Creek won the title with scores of 42-42--84. Jason Starkweather of Ridgemont was the runner-up with 43-43--86.
 
CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2016 RDGA Pee Wee Boys Championship.
 

With most of the 2016 RDGA Junior tournament schedule now complete, the final performance points for the season will be tallied - with the top 6 point winners in both the Boys Junior and Boys Sub-Junior divisions earning invitations to compete in the annual Interdistrict Junior Championship, to be hosted by Geneva Country Club on Friday, August 19. The Interdistrict features 18 holes of stroke play between teams from the Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo Districts.

To see the points standings for the 2016 Junior and Sub-Junior divisions, click HERE.

To learn more about the 2016 Interdistrict Junior Championship, click HERE.

Clifton Springs Country Club Welcomes the 2016 RDGA District Junior Championships

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

Considered to be the "signature" hole at Clifton Springs Country Club, the par-4 17th is a dogleg right that has a prominent tree guarding the approach to the green on the right side of the fairway, above. No. 17 is one of the challenging closing holes at Clifton Springs, which will be hosting the 2016 RDGA Junior Championships on August 2 through 4.
 
 
For Michael Basch, the PGA Head Professional at Clifton Springs Country Club, the fact that his club is hosting the 2016 RDGA Junior Championships feels like something of a homecoming...well, sort of.
 
When Clifton Springs hosts the RDGA Junior (ages 15-17), Sub Junior (12-14) and Pee Wee (7-11) Championships for both Boys and Girls on August 2 through 4, it will be just the second time that the club has hosted the District's major championship for juniors - the first time coming four years ago, in 2012.
 
But for Basch, the RDGA Junior Championships offer a trip down memory lane - back to when the second-year head pro played in the event himself 20 years ago.
 
"I remember playing in the RDGA Junior Championships for a few years in a row," he says, recalling being in the event between 1995 and 1997. "I also remember playing against some great golfers, including Davidde Giordano and Kevin Haefner."
 
That era produced many top juniors who participated in the RDGA Junior Championships - players who later went on to careers in golf, either as club profesionals or as tour pros.
 
"It's such a great championship," adds Basch. "I know I always looked forward to it when I played. I'm very happy to have it here this year."
 
Playable, Yet Challenging, for Every Skill Level
As one of the Rochester area's most well-established private country clubs, Clifton Springs Country Club draws its membership from all over the region, not just from the northern Finger Lakes area where it is located. But - just like the names in the District Junior Championship change over time, so too does the membership at the club.
 
"We have some new blood here now, it's a fun place to be," says Basch. "Our membership is on the rise and the course is in perfect shape. Right now, the greens are rolling around 11 to 11.5 (on the Stimpmeter)."
 
In fact - thanks to the dedication and efforts of Golf Course Superintendent Keith Kelley - one of the outstanding features about Clifton Springs are the greens. Through the years, many golfers have noted how the course's greens are among the best in the Rochester area - being fast, yet consistent, and having many breaks and undulations which make for interesting pin placements during tournaments.
 
"Don't let the course's length fool you," Basch adds. "It's not quite 6,600 yards from the back tees, but it's NOT a wide-open golf course - you'll use every club in the bag. It's a real test of golf."
 
To prove a point, even though the back nine is the shorter of the two (listed at 2,970 yards from the white tees - where the Junior (15-17) division wil play from), it requires the most attention from golfers, especially as a competition or match comes down to the final holes.
 
"No. 17 is our signature hole," says Basch. "It isn't very long (372 yards), but there's a pond along the left side of the fairway and trees along the right - and just before you reach the green, there's a tall tree guarding the approach. I'm sure that hole will make or break a lot of matches during the Championship."
 
The final four holes at Clifton Springs can prove a challenge to most golfers, according to Basch.
 
"On No. 15 (a short par-4), you'll want to hit driver - BUT, the fairway is narrow, so you'd be better off hitting Hybrid or a 3-wood. No. 16 is a long par-3 (180 yards); 17 - our signature hole is a tough dogleg right, although it has one of the flattest greens on the course; and No. 18 is a great finishing hole."
 

The view from the 3rd green at Clifton Springs - called the "toughest green on the course" by PGA Head Pro Michael Basch.
 
That said, the front nine is no bargain, either.
 
"If you can play the front nine in even par, you'll be in good shape," says the pro, adding that the greens on the front side are the trickiest - including No.3, which he describes as the toughest on the course.
 
"But, once you go to the back nine, you'll have an opportunity for a couple of early birdies," Basch notes. "No. 10 is a birdie-able par-5; 11 is a short 3 - in fact, that's where most of our holes-in-one are scored - and No. 14 is another 'gettable' par-5."
 
Then again, there's those last four holes that have the potential to erase any progress you've made on holes 10 through 14.
 
"The course is really a 'tale of two nines,'" Basch adds.
 
A Colorful History
Clifton Springs Country Club has enjoyed a long history in the surrounding community.
 
The present course was completed and opened in 1959 - designed by the noted and prolific local golf course architect "Pete" Craig, who also designed other popular courses in the area, including Deerfield Country Club and Wild Wood Country Club, as well as portions of Eagle Vale Golf Club and The Golf Club at Blue Heron Hills, among many others.
 
The location chosen for the club was on the site of a former stone quarry - in fact, for years after the course first opened, members were picking out rocks from the sides of the fairways and stones would even turn up from time to time when new pin placements were set on the greens, according to Basch.
 
But prior to being built at it's present location, members of the club originally played on an earlier version of the club, located near the hospital in the village of Clifton Springs.
 
"Back then, the club was called 'The San' - short for the Sanitarium, or hospital, where it was located," says Basch. "People would go there for relaxation and their health, including the natural springs there in town."
 
In the 57 years since it has been at its present location, Clifton Springs has developed its own history and has produced many top amateur golfers, including 1983 RDGA District Champion Ken Andrychuk and, more recently, junior standout Erika Tillotson.
 
Another long-standing tradition at the course is the annual Two-Man Scratch Best Ball - otherwise known as "The Fabrizi" - which attracts many of the top amateurs from around Rochester, as well as New York State.
 
One of the challenging closing holes at Clifton Springs is the 15th, which features a wall made from stones unearthed from a quarry that once occupied the site.
 
Multiple Formats for the Junior Championship
The 2016 RDGA Junior Championships get under way on Tuesday, August 2. Essentially a combination of five distinct championships - Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Sub Junior Boys, Sub Junior Girls and Pee Wees - the Championship takes on several different formats.
 
The Junior Boys (ages 15-17) and Sub Junior Boys (12-14) compete in single elimination match play brackets over the three-day Championship, with the Junior Boys (who play from the Blue Tees) beginning with a 32-player bracket and the Sub Juniors with a 16-player bracket (and playing from the White Tees). The starting fields and seedings for each of these Championships was determined through an earlier stroke-play Junior Championship Qualifier, held at Parkview Fairways, as well as a Junior points system, based on tournament performance so far this year. Play begins on August 2 with two rounds of match play, followed by two more rounds on August 3 and the Championship final match on August 4.
 
Although the Junior Girls and Sub Junior Girls used to compete in match play for their RDGA District titles, those formats have changed this year to stroke play. The Girls Junior Championship will feature two 18-hole rounds, on August 3 and 4, while the Sub Junor Girls will play three 9-hole rounds (for a total of 27 holes) over the course of the three-day Championship.
 
The Pee Wee Championship - which includes both Boys and Girls, ages 7 to 11 - will include two 9-hole rounds, one on August 2 and the second on August 3.
 
The Start of a New Chapter
Although Clifton Springs has hosted a number of RDGA Championship tournaments in the past, including 3 District Senior Championships as well as the two Junior Championships - PGA Pro Michael Basch hopes that this year's Junior Championship is the beginning of a new trend.
 
"We hope that this (Junior Championship) gets us into the 'rotation' for the District Championship," he says. "We hope to host more District events in the future."
 
This article was written by RDGA Communications Director Dave Eaton.
 

Follow the Road - to the RDGA Junior Championships at Clifton Springs CC!

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

Golfers in the Junior Boys Division tee off in the RDGA Junior Classic event at Bristol Harbour Golf Club & Resort on Wednesday, June 29.

Now that summer is here and schools are out, the local junior golf season is in full swing. And, with junior golf in full swing, that also means that RDGA junior members are hitting the local links – and getting ready for the 2016 RDGA Junior Championships later this summer at Clifton Springs Country Club.

Leading up to this summer's RDGA Junior, Sub-Junior and PeeWee Championships will be the annual RDGA junior tournament schedule, beginning with two RDGA Junior Classic events. The first Junior Classic - for boys and girls, ages 12-14 (Sub Junior) and 15 to 17 (Junior) - was hosted by Bristol Harbour Golf Club on Wednesday, June 29, followed by the second, at LeRoy Country Club on Wednesday, July 6. Registration for these events is closed.

Next on the junior tournament schedule are two Pee Wee Classic events - for boys and girls ages 7 to 11 - at Buttonwood Golf Course in Spencerport on July 8 and July 22. A great way for young juniors to get their start in tournament golf, the Pee Wee events both feature a brief instructional clinic, followed by nine holes of golf. Registration for these events is closed.

The road to the 2016 RDGA Junior Championships next visited ParkView Fairways in Victor on July 19, where the Boys Sub-Junior and Junior Championship Qualifiers were held. With the exception of five pre-qualified Junior Boys, any Sub-Junior or Junior boy golfer hoping to play in the District Championships first had to play in the Qualifier at ParkView Fairways. Those players who qualified were automatically entered into the Boys Junior and Boys Sub Junior Championships. Registration for these events is closed.

Following the qualifiers, the road to the 2016 Junior Championships leads to Clifton Springs Country Club on August 2 through 4, when the top-qualifying boys and girls will compete for the District Junior, Sub-Junior and Pee Wee titles. The Junior Boys and Sub Junior Boys will square off in rounds of single-elimination match play to decide the title, while Junior and Sub Junior Girls will compete in stroke play each day of the Championship. The Pee Wee competition will also feature 18 holes of stroke play, with nine holes each on August 3 and 4. Registration for this event is closed.
 
Follow the Road to the 2016 RDGA Junior Championships with
registration, pairings and results from each event right here!
  • JUNIOR CLASSIC at BRISTOL HARBOUR GC - Wednesday, June 29: RESULTS
  • JUNIOR CLASSIC at LEROY CC - Wednesday, July 6: RESULTS
  • PEE WEE CLASSIC, DAY 1 at BUTTONWOOD GC - Friday, July 8: RESULTS

  • BOYS JUNIOR & SUB JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS - Tuesday, July 19: RESULTS
  • PEE WEE CLASSIC, DAY 2 at BUTTONWOOD GC - Friday, July 22: RESULTS
  • 2016 JUNIOR, SUB-JUNIOR & PEEWEE CHAMPIONSHIPS - Tuesday-Thursday, August 2-4: RESULTS

Syracuse Juniors, Rochester Sub Juniors, Claim Interdistrict Junior Titles at Geneva

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

RDGA Interdistrict Sub Juniors claimed their second consecutive team title at Geneva Country Club on Friday, August 21.
 
On Friday, August 21, Geneva Country Club hosted the annual Interdistrict Junior Championship - a competition that features teams of Junior boys (ages 15 to 17) and Sub Junior boys (ages 12 to 14) from the Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo District Golf Associations.
 
In an 18-hole stroke play competition, the low five of six scores in the Junior competition and the low four of five scores in the Sub Junior competition counted towards each team's total score. The low individual medalist in each of the Junior and Sub junior divisions were also recognized. For the second consecutive year, the Syracuse Junior team and the Rochester Sub junior Team claimed titles in the competition.
 
Winning the Junior Division title was the team from the Syracuse District. Contributing to the team victory were Jeremy Sisson, with a score of 70; Sean Stanistreet, with a score of 71; Jon Petrin, with a score of 74; Danny Lapp, with a round of 76; and Matt Monaco (76). The team total of 367 was better than Rochester (383) and Buffalo (391). Also playing for the Syracuse Junior squad was Kyle Reader (79).

Winning the Sub-Junior Division title was the team from the RDGA, including: Jason Lohwater, with a score of 80; Alex Zurat, with a score of 83; Tyler Buddendeck, with a score of 83; and David Eichas, with a score of 83. Also playing for the RDGA Sub Juniors was Tyler McDonnell (87) and Jack Bailey (90). Rochester’s team total of 329 was better than Buffalo (339) and Syracuse (342).

In the individual competition, Syracuse’s Jeremy Sisson was the Junior Division medalist, with a 1-under-par 70. Syracuse's Sean Stanistreet was the runner-up with a even-par 71. In the Sub-Junior Division, Rochester’s Jason Lohwater was the medalist with a 9-over-par 80. Ian Rivers of Syracuse and Nolan Codd of Buffalo tied for second place, each with scores of 81.

The RDGA wishes to thank the members of Geneva Country Club, head PGA Professional John Rossi and his staff for their hospitality in hosting this Championship event.

Local Juniors in Philadelphia to Represent the RDGA at the 2015 Williamson Cup

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

The Wayhill Course at Saucon Valley Country Club in Philadelphia - host for this week's Williamson Cup.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12, four Rochester-area junior golfers will represent the Rochester District Golf Association in the 2015 Williamson Cup competition, being hosted this year by the historic Saucon Valley Country Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The four golfers – Jack O'Donovan from the Country Club of Rochester, Gavin Simon of Locust Hill Country Club, Christian Chapman of Ravenwood Golf Club and Penfield's Frederic Shi of the RDGA eClub – along with RDGA officials, traveled to Saucon Valley Country Club this week to compete in the 2015 Williamson Cup.

One of the longest-running competitions of its kind, the Williamson Cup is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year. Originally conceived as a team competition featuring charter members from Metropolitan New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Buffalo, the Williamson Cup today includes four-player teams from 10 golf associations from across the Northeast U.S. and Canada.

RDGA teams have won the Williamson Cup twice; in 1978, and most recently in 2009, when Gavin Hall, Joe Colosi, Ben Kircher and Yarik Merkulov won the title at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford. This year, Christian Chapman is the only returning player from the 2014 RDGA Williamson Cup team; O'Donovan and Simon were named to the team after finishing as the champion and runner-up, respectively, in this year’s RDGA Junior Championship last month.  Frederic Shi joins the team due to strong play this year also.

This year’s host venue - the Wayhill Course at Saucon Valley Country Club - first opened in 1966, and today is one of four courses at Saucon Valley. Through the years, many USGA Championships have been hosted by Saucon Valley, including the U.S Amateur (in 1951), the U.S. Junior Amateur (1983), the U.S. Senior Amateur (1987), the U.S. Senior Open (twice, in 1992 and 2000), the U.S. Women's Open (2009) and most recently, the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2014.

The forrmat for the williamson cup includes 36 holes of stroke play, with the low three scores from each team counting towards the team total at the end of the second day of competition.

For more information about the 2015 Williamson Cup - including scoring updates - click HERE.

2015 RDGA Junior, Sub-Junior and Pee Wee Titles Decided in Match Play at Oak Hill

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

 
 

Through the first four matches of this week's Rochester District Golf Association Boys Junior Championship on Oak Hill Country Club's West Course, Jack O'Donovan blitzed his way through the competition. And in Thursday's Junior Championship final match, the young Country Club of Rochester member didn't let up, completing a 7-and-6 victory over Locust Hill's Gavin Simon for his first RDGA title.

 

The three-day Junior, Sub-Junior and Pee Wee Championships featured no less than five sepatate competitions - including title matches on Thursday for Junior (ages 15 to 17), Sub-Junior (12 to 14) and Pee Wee (7 to 11) divisions for both boys and girls.

 

Here are the results from Thursday's Championship matches at Oak Hill West:

 

RDGA Boys Junior Championship (15-17)

 

 

 

CHAMPION: No. 2 seed Jack O'Donovan, above right (Country Club of Rochester) defeated No. 12 Gavin Simon (Locust Hill Country Club), above left, 7-and-6.

 

For complete scoring from the RDGA Boys Junior Championship at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - click HERE.

 

 

RDGA Boys Sub-Junior Championship (12-14)

 

 

CHAMPION: No. 2 seed Luke Bucci, above right (Penfield Country Club) defeated No. 12 David Eichas, above left (Stafford Country Club), 4-and-3.

 

For complete scoring from the Boys Sub-Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - click HERE.

 

 

RDGA Girls Junior Championship (15-17)

 

 

CHAMPION: No. 3 seed Sydney Ball, above right (Locust Hill) defeated No. 4 Lena Kaufman, above left (Locust Hill), 2-up.

 

For complete scoring from the Girls Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - click HERE.

 

 

RDGA Girls Sub-Junior Championship (12-14)

 

 

CHAMPION: No. 1 seed Sophie Renzi, above (Mendon Golf Club) defeated No. 3 Samantha Miller (Champion Hills), 7-and-6.

 

For complete scoring from the Girls Sub-Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - click HERE.

Top-10 finishers from the RDGA Pee Wee Championship (7-11):

Jeremy Edmunds, right; Joshua Bradley, left.

1 Jeremy Edmunds       44- 41-- 85  
2 Joshua Bradley       44- 45-- 89  
3 George Green       52- 47-- 99  
4 Jason Starkweather       54- 46-- 100  
5 Alex Renzi       50- 51-- 101  
6 Noah Barravecchia       56- 49-- 105  
7 Raymond Warth       55- 52-- 107  
T8 Raina Hoffmann       58- 50-- 108  
T8 Jack Tonzi       56- 52-- 108  
10 Jayde Ford       58- 51-- 109

 

For complete scoring from the Pee Wee Championships at Oak Hill West, click HERE.

With most of the 2015 RDGA Junior tournament schedule now complete, the final performance points for the season will be tallied - with the top 6 point winners in both the Boys Junior and Boys Sub-Junior divisions earning invitations to compete in the annual Interdistrict Junior Championship, to be hosted by Geneva Country Club on Friday, August 21. The Interdistrict features 18 holes of stroke play between teams from the Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo Districts.

To see the points standings for the 2015 Junior and Sub-Junior divisions, click HERE.

To learn more about the 2015 Interdistrict Junior Championship, click HERE.

2015 RDGA Junior Championship Finals Set For Thursday at Oak Hill Country Club

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

Trophies for each of the RDGA Junior Championships will be presented to the finalists at Oak Hill Country Club on Thursday, July 23.

 

This week, historic Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford is hosting the 2015 Rochester District Golf Association Junior, Sub-Junior and Pee Wee Championships. The top players in each age category - Boys and Girls - are competing for this year's titles on Oak Hill's West Course.

 

Through the first two days of the RDGA Junior Championships, the single elimination match play format has determined the final matches in the Boys Junior and Girls Junior (players ages 15 to 17) divisions, as well as the Boys Sub-Junior and Girls Sub-Junior (ages 12 to 14) divisions - all of which are set for Thursday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. In the Pee Wee Championship (for Boys and Girls ages 7 to 11), the second of two 9-hole stroke play rounds will be played Thursday morning immediately following the Junior and Sub-Junior Matches, beginning at 9:05 a.m.

 

Tee times and matchups for Thursday's RDGA Junior Championship matchups on Oak Hill Country Club's West Course:

 

RDGA Boys Junior Championship (15-17)

8:30 a.m. - No. 2 Jack O'Donovan (Country Club of Rochester) vs. No. 12 Gavin Simon (Locust Hill Country Club).

 

Complete LIVE scoring from the Boys Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - can be found by clicking HERE.

 

RDGA Boys Sub-Junior Championship (12-14)

8:38 a.m. - No. 2 Luke Bucci (Penfield Country Club) vs. No. 12 David Eichas (Stafford Country Club).

 

Complete LIVE scoring from the Boys Sub-Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - can be found by clicking HERE.

 

RDGA Girls Junior Championship (15-17)

8:46 a.m. - No. 3 Sydney Ball (Locust Hill) vs. No. 4 Lena Kaufman (Locust Hill).

 

Complete LIVE scoring from the Girls Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - can be found by clicking HERE.

 

RDGA Girls Sub-Junior Championship (12-14)

8:54 a.m. - No. 1 Sophie Renzi (Mendon Golf Club) vs. No. 3 Samantha Miller (Champion Hills).

 

Complete LIVE scoring from the Girls Sub-Junior Championships at Oak Hill West - including match results and brackets - can be found by clicking HERE.

 

Tee times for the final 9-hole round of the RDGA Pee Wee Championship (7-11) - Including first round scores:

9:05 a.m. - Melody Queri (Oak Hill CC), 90; Marisa Eichas (Stafford CC), 68.

9:15 a.m. - Raina Hoffmann (Webster), 58; Jayde Ford (Irondequoit), 58; Julia Zigrossi (Mill Creek), 65.

9:25 a.m. - Tri Nguyen (Genesee), 80; Shane Wilson (Lake Shore), 70; Barrett Paolini (Ridgemont), 71.

9:35 a.m. - Jackson Ormond (Webster), 60; Wayne Sergeant (Centerpointe), 58;

                Tyler Stark (RDGA Futures Club), 62; Will Field (Champion Hills), 61.

9:45 a.m. - Noah Barravecchia (Mill Creek), 56; Jack Tonzi (RDGA Futures), 56;

                Raymond Warth (RDGA Futures), 55; Jason Starkweather (RDGA Futures), 54.

9:55 a.m. - George Green (Ridgemont), 52; Alex Renzi (Mendon), 50;

                Joshua Bradley (Braemar), 44; Jeremy Edmunds (Churchville), 44.

 

Complete scoring from the Pee Wee Championships at Oak Hill West can be found by clicking HERE.

The RDGA Junior Championships are open to members of current RDGA clubs, or those who are current members of the RDGA FUTURES CLUB. Players must be between the ages of 7 and 17 by July 31, 2015.

Parents, friends and guests are welcome to attend the RDGA Junior Championships and follow the groups around the course, but parents will not be allowed to caddie for their children.

Information about each of the 2015 RDGA District Junior Championships at Oak Hill Country Club can be found HERE - including results, pairings, brackets and starting times each day.

Syracuse, Rochester, Claim Interdistrict Junior, Sub-Junior Titles at Canandaigua

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

The RDGA Sub-Junior Interdistrict team - winner of the 2014 Interdistrict Sub-Junior title.
 
The annual competition between the top juniors in the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse Districts – the Interdistrict Junior Championship – was hosted by Canandaigua Country Club on Friday, August 22.

The 18-hole competition, which pits teams of Junior (ages 15-17) and Sub-Junior (12-14) boys from each District, counts the low 4 scores in each age division for each District.

Winning the Junior Division title was the team from the Syracuse District. Contributing to the team victory was Danny Lapp, with a round of 72; Jack Bellardini, with a round of 73; Andrew Massa, with a round of 75; and Jon Petrin, with a round of 75. The team total of 295 was better than Rochester (301) and Buffalo (303). Also playing for the Syracuse Junior squad was Matt Monaco (83) and Jeremy Sisson (93).

Winning the Sub-Junior Division title was the team from the RDGA, including: Jeremy Summerson, with a score of 76; Jason VanderZwaag, with a score of 77; Raymond Ottman, with a score of 83; and T.J. Buck, with a score of 85. Also playing for the RDGA Sub Juniors was Tyler McDonnell (86) and Jude Cummings (96). Rochester’s team total of 321 was better than Buffalo (334) and Syracuse (337).

In the individual competition, Buffalo’s Ben Reichert was the Junior Division medalist, with a 2-under-par 68. Rochester’s Evan Gaesser was the runner-up with a 1-under-par 69. In the Sub-Junior Division, Kyle Gilroy of Syracuse was the medalist with a 3-over-par 75. Rochester’s Jeremy Summerson was runner-up with a 4-over-par 76.

For complete team and individual scoring for the 2014 Interdistrict Junior Championship, visit our tournament results page here.

RDGA Boys Finish 6th at 2014 Williamson Cup

Written by Tim Vangellow. Posted in RDGA Junior Golf News

The 2014 tournament was hosted by the Quebec Golf Association at the Laval sur le Lac Club (Blue Course) on August 11th & 12th.
 
The Rochester Team of Christian Chapman, Gunnar Doyle, Evan Gaesser and Zach Ottman finished in sixth place with a two-round team total of 466. Only 16 shots back of the Winning Team, Golf Quebec.
 
Gunnar Doyle finished tied for 5th in the individual competition with his two-round total of 151. Rounds of 78 and 73.
 
Thanks to all the players, families and volunteers for a great event!
 
 

Rochester District Golf Association

2024 West Henrietta Rd, Suite 5H  |  Rochester, NY 14623
 
(585) 292-5950

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