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Sluman Soars to Third RDGA District Title in Final Local Appearance as an Amateur

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

Trevor Sluman holds the Championship trophy after winning the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial at Ridgemont Country Club on July 16. Sluman won the title for the third consecutive year - the first time since Chip Lillich won the Championship in 1971-73 that anyone has won three years in a row.

As a swan song for his local amateur career, Trevor Sluman went out in style.

In the final round of the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial at Ridgemont Country Club on July 16, Sluman, the two-time defending District Champion, breezed to a 2-under-par 70 to finish the 72-hole Championship at 5-under-par 283. Sluman's steady play kept him in the lead all day, eventually claiming an 8-shot victory for his third consecutive RDGA District Championship title.

"I still have a month of amateur golf left to go, but it's pretty special to be ending my amateur career here in the area with an RDGA Championship," he said. "It's pretty awesome."

2016 RDGA District Champion Trevor Sluman
drives off the tee at No. 16 in the final round at Ridgemont.
   

Sluman paved the way to victory this year in much the same way he had done so in each of the two previous years - by taking advantage of relatively short courses (each around 6,600 yards) by maximizing his prodigious length off the tee.

"The last three years (the District Championship) have been at relatively short golf courses - and, I hit it pretty far, so I was able to take advantage of that on many holes," he added. "But - I've also putted very well in each of the last three Championships, so that has helped me as well."

Although 6,600 yards might seem to be on the short side for a big hitter like Sluman, the Champ appreciated the way the course was set up - giving players several "risk-reward" opportunities.

"That was really fun, actually," said Sluman. "Every hole was almost drivable - the third hole today the tees were up...17 was drivable today. It wasn't an easy thinking course - you really had to know what club you wanted to hit. I played pretty smart and never lost a ball the whole week, so I think that was key."

Finishing in second place was Andrew Bieber of Oak Hill, who posted a 3-under-par 69 to finish at 3-over-par 291 for the Championship.
 
Posting the low round of the day was third place finisher Kevin Thornton. Thornton, a Ridgemont member, carded 6 birdies on the front nine for a 6-under-par 30, then completed his round to finish at 5-under-par 67 on the day, and 4-over-par 292 for the tournament.
 
Round 1 leader Jack Gianniny of CCR finished in fourth place for the Championship at 6-over-par 294, followed by 4-time District Champion Jim Scorse of Stafford and Doug Kulikowski of Oak Hill, who tied for fifth place at 7-over-par 295.
 
Following the final round, Sluman paused to reflect on his accomplishment.
 
"Yeah, It's pretty special," he said. "The other night, at the Past Champions Dinner, I was sitting with John Kircher, who won four times, and the Ryan family, and Joe Wilson, who won it before. It's pretty cool to be around a lot of great players."
 
In winning his third consecutive RDGA District Championship title, Sluman became just the fourth player to accomplish the feat - and the first since Chip Lillich did it in 1971, 1972 and 1973.
 
"To be able to win three straight and have my whole family here - It's pretty awesome," he said, then added with a smile, "No complaints."
   
Chuck Ryan, center, with sons John
Ryan III, left, and Joe Ryan, right.

For Sluman, who also earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur in a local qualifier on the Monday before the Championship began, this was his final appearance in the Ryan Memorial. Following his appearance in the Amateur, he will declare his professional status and attempt to earn an exemtion to a professional tour.

2016 RDGA John Henry Ryan
Gentleman in Golf Award
winner Jim Scorse.
   
During the awards presentation following the conclusion of the District Championship, tournament director Michael Sorce presented a new award - the John Henry Ryan Gentleman in Golf Award.
 
Named in honor of the late John Ryan Sr., who passed away last winter, and voted on by the contestants during the week of the Championship at Ridgemont, the first presentation of the RDGA Gentleman In Golf Award went to four-time District Champion Jim Scorse.
 
"I don't know what to say," said a surprized Scorse. "I usually just come to these events and keep trying to compete as best I can. Maybe that's why people voted for me. All I can say is that I'm very honored to be recognized by the players and the RDGA."

A special thanks to Ridgemont Country Club owner Jim Cucinelli, his family, staff and members for their hospitality to the RDGA and District Championship competitors all week - including an hors d'ouvres reception for players and guests following the final round.

Hoecker Claims Second RDGA Women's Championship Title in Three Years

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

Jenna Hoecker hits her drive off the par-3 10th hole during the final round of the 2016 RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial at Ridgemont Country Club on July 16. Hoecker earned her second RDGA Women's title in three years, joining Sara Eichelberger as the only two-time winners of the Championship.

Each time Jenna Hoecker wins the RDGA Women's Championship - twice, so far, following her victory in the 2016 Women's Championship on July 16 - the Brook-Lea member is reminded of one thing.

"It feels really good to win this Championship," she said. "It's called the Danielle Downey Memorial - and I grew up watching her play, I played with her and followed her career. But getting the phone call about her accident is still one of the toughest things I've ever exeprienced."

2016 RDGA Women's Champion
Jenna Hoecker.
   

Although this year marked the seventh annual competition for the RDGA Women's Championship title, it was just the third with the additional identification as the Danielle E. Downey Memorial - which was added in early 2014 following the tragic accident that took Downey's life at age 33.

Of those three years as the Downey Memorial, however, Hoecker - whose father, Brook-Lea's PGA Head Professional Jon Hoecker - has won the title twice.

"To win this tournament in her name is an honor," she added.

In the final round of the 7th RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial at Ridgemont Country Club on July 16, Hoecker posted a score of 4-over-par 76, for a two-day total of 9-over-par 153. Finishing in second place was Oak Hill's Kristin Powers, with a 36-hole total score of 86-77--163.

Hoecker, who also won the 2014 RDGA Women's Championship, joins fellow Brook-Lea member Sara Eichelberger as the only two-time winners of the Women's Championship title.

 
Hoecker began the second and final round of this year's Downey Memorial with a 7-shot lead over Chili Country Club's Cindy Glitzer after posting a first-round 77 on Friday, July 15.
 
In Saturday's final round, Hoecker continued her steady play, carding birdies on the difficult 12th and 18th holes to finish with a 76.
 
"The greens here are so small - sometimes you have to catch a break," she said. "Fortunately, I putted well both days."
 
Also helping her both days was her father, who took time out of his busy schedule to caddie for her - just as he did when she won the title in 2014.
 
"Having him with me was great," Hoecker added. "He just gives me a different perspective sometimes - and helps me to focus."
 
Also taking place during the RDGA Championship week at Ridgemont was the inaugural running of the RDGA Women's Senior Championship, for players age 50 and over.
 
In the opening round of that championship, Ellen Weeks of Canandaigua took a 2-shot lead after posting an 87. Joy Florczak of Durand Eastman was second after an 89 on Friday.
 
But in the second round, Maggie Kril of Braemar Country Club posted a score of 82 for a 36-hole total of 172 to claim victory. Joy Florczak finished second after posting an 86 on Saturday for a 175 total. Weeks finished third at 181.
   
RDGA Women's Senior Champion Maggie Krill is presented her champions trophy
by RDGA President Dan Overbeck, left, and Vice President, Mark Battle, right.

A special thanks to Ridgemont Country Club owner Jim Cucinelli, his family, staff and members for their hospitality to the RDGA and District Championship competitors all week - including an hors d'ouvres reception for players and guests following the final round.

Sluman Builds Lead, Scorse Posts Record in Rd. 3 of the 86th RDGA Championship

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

 
 

Third round leader Trevor Sluman and his father (and caddie) Brad, right, walk off the 18th green following the conclusion of Round 3 of the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial at Ridgemont. The Slumans were joined by playing partners Evan Gaesser, left, and Jack Gianniny, second from left.

FOLLOW 9-HOLE SCORING FROM THE 2016 RDGA DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS at RIDGEMONT:
 
Under windy conditions that were breezy to gusty, two-time defending District Champion Trevor Sluman posted a 1-over-par 73, bringing his three-day total to 3-under-par 213. Sluman extended his lead in the Championship to 7 shots as play enters the fourth and final day on Saturday.
 

Four-time RDGA District Champion Jim Scorse, right, posted a course-record 65 on Friday.
   
Moving up to second place overall in Round 3 was Monroe's Tim Spitz, with a 2-under-par 70 on Friday for a 54-hole total of 220.
 
The biggest mover in Round 3, however, was 4-time District Champion Jim Scorse of Stafford. Scorse posted three birdies on the front 9 and four on the back for a new course record of 7-under-par 65. Scorse's three-round total of 221 is good for a third-place tie with Jack Gianniny of CCR, who posted a 73 on Friday.

Also on Friday, the RDGA Women's Championship got under way with Round 1 action.

In the First Round of the RDGA Women's Championship, Brook-Lea's Jenna Hoecker posted a score of 5-over-par 77. Hoecker, the 2014 RDGA Women's Champion, will take a 7-shot lead into the second and final round on Saturday, leading Chili's Cindy Glitzer, who shot 84 on Friday.
 
And, in the inaugural running of the RDGA Women's Senior Championship, Ellen Weeks of Canandaigua holds a 2-shot lead after an opening round 87. Joy Florczak of Durand Eastman is second after posting an 89 on Friday.
The Final Round of the 2016 RDGA District Championship begins Saturday morning, with start times beginning at 7:30 am on Hole No. 1. For full second round pairings, CLICK HERE.

The Final Round of the 2016 RDGA Women's Championship begins Saturday morning, with start times beginning at 10 am on Hole No. 1. For full second round pairings, CLICK HERE.

Sluman Surges Ahead in Round 2 of the 86th RDGA Championship at Ridgemont

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

Players teed off under changeable conditions Thursday, July 14, during the second round of the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial at Ridgemont. The 2016 District Championship continues through Saturday, July 16.

FOLLOW 9-HOLE SCORING FROM THE 2016 RDGA DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS at RIDGEMONT:

Weather conditions varied greatly during Round 2 of the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Memorial at Ridgemont Country Club on Thursday, July 14 - ranging from hot and humid, to windy and rainy - which contributed to several high scores.

The conditions seemingly had little impact, however, on two-time defending champion Trevor Sluman, who surged into the lead Thursday after posting a 4-under-par 68 to take a four shot lead at the halfway mark of the Championship.

Two-time defending RDGA District Champion Trevor Sluman.
   

Sluman came out of the gate fast in Round 2, carding three birdies in his first nine holes of the day, adding three more birdies along with two bogeys on his second nine of the day.

In second place after two rounds was Brook-Lea's Evan Gaesser - the 2016 Section V High School champion - who posted his second consecutive score of even-par 72. First-round leader Jack Gianniny from the Country Club of Rochester fell to third after a score of 79 on Thursday for a two-day total of 4-over-par 148.
 
Following the completion of Round 2, the starting field of 113 was cut to the low 40 players and ties.
 
It's been a busy week for Sluman - qualifying for the U.S Amateur in a 36-hole local qualifier on Monday and on Thursday, taking a 4-shot lead after two rounds of the District Championship.
 
Sluman, Gaesser and Gianniny formed the final group of the day in Friday's third round.

Also on Friday begins the 7th RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial, a two-day, 36-hole medal play competition for a field of top women amateurs in the Rochester area. Brook-Lea's Sara Eichelberger is the defending champion.

Gianniny Leads the 86th RDGA Championship After Round 1; 9-Hole Scoring Updates Available in Round 2

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

James Infantino, winner of the 1967 RDGA District Championship at Ridgemont Country Club, hits the ceremonial first drive to open the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial at Ridgemont on Wednesday, July 13. The 2016 District Championship continues through Saturday, July 16.

FOLLOW 9-HOLE SCORING FROM THE 2016 RDGA DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS at RIDGEMONT:

The first round of the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Memorial at Ridgemont Country Club concluded Wednesday, July 13, under hot, humid conditions which contributed to several high scores.

Two-time defending RDGA District
Champion Trevor Sluman tees off in Round 1.
   

Leading the way in Round 1 was Jack Gianniny of the Country Club of Rochester, who was unfazed by the conditions, posting a 3-under-par 69 in one of the early morning rounds.

Two golfers - Tom Linehan of Brae Burn and Ridgemont's own Kevin Thornton - posted rounds of 1-under-par 71 to tie for second in the first round.

Two time defending champion Trevor Sluman, 2016 Section V High School champion Evan Gaesser and Bobby McCartney of Sodus Bay Heights all tied for fourth place with rounds of even par 72 on Day One of the four-day District Championship.

Prior to the start of the Championship, on Tuesday, a special opening drive ceremony was held on the first tee. James Infantino, the 1967 District Champion at Ridgemont, hit the ceremonial first tee shot, followed by Sluman.

One of the special commemorations this week during the 86th RDGA Championship was the ceremonial pairing of contestant Chuck Ryan with his sons, John Ryan III and Joe Ryan during the first and second rounds.
 
Chuck Ryan, brother of the late John H. Ryan Jr., the namesake of the RDGA Championship and a two-time champion, paid tribute by wearing a the type of "bucket" hat that his brother typically wore. The group also brought along the clubs often used by John Ryan Sr., who passed away last November.
   
Chuck Ryan, center, with sons John
Ryan III, left, and Joe Ryan, right.

A special thanks to Ridgemont Country Club owner Jim Cucinelli, his family, staff and members for their hospitality to the RDGA and District Championship competitors this week - including an hors d'ouvres reception for players and guests at the new AVID Indoor Golf & Fitness facility on Tuesday afternoon, as well as the traditional RDGA Past Champions Dinner in the club that evening.

Round 2 of the 2016 RDGA District Championship tees off on Thursday morning, with start times beginning at 7:30 am on Holes No. 1 & 10. For full second round pairings, CLICK HERE.

Ridgemont CC Hosts RDGA Championship for the 10th Time in its 88-year History

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

   
The spectator-friendly 18th hole at Ridgemont Country Club also provided a challenge for golfers during the recent RDGA District Championships. Portions of the back nine at Ridgemont have been dramatically upgraded since the last time the club hosted the District Championship in 2007.
 
 
This year, the Rochester District Golf Association’s flagship event - the RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial - returns to historic Ridgemont Country Club for the 10th time in the 86-year history of the Championship.
 
Although the District Championship and Ridgemont share a history that goes back more than eight decades, veteran players returning to the club for the first time since the Championship was last held there in 2007 will see many dramatic changes - changes that will challenge their preconceived ideas about course strategy, especially when the pressure is on.
 
"Beginning in 2013, we lengthened the course by almost 300 yards from the men's tees, we added ponds - and the tees at No. 16 and 18 have been rebuilt," Ridgemont Membership Coordinator Chuck Gannon says of the recent changes. "Plus, we've made considerable improvements to the greens."
 
Since becoming the club's owner in 2013, long-time member Jim Cucinelli has overseen the many changes and improvements to Ridgemont's layout - all designed to improve playability, while at the same time, offering golfers many strategic options during play.
 
"It's not a long course, but there are a lot of risk-reward opportunities," says Andrew Smith, Ridgemont's PGA Head Professional. "It will be a tough challenge - many of the greens are pretty small."
 
The most dramatic changes to the course include new tees on 15, 16 and 17 and new ponds on 15 and 18, providing many of those risk-reward opportunities just as players near the end of their rounds - which should make for some exciting moments during the 2016 RDGA Championship, scheduled for July 13 through 16.

Risks Reward Those Who Have A Short Game
A classic northeast parkland style venue that has played host to the Rochester District Golf Association Championship nine times since 1935, Ridgemont offers a challenging test of golf for players of all levels.
 
Until recent upgrades, Ridgemont’s 18-hole, par-72 layout measured less than 6,500-yards. Following the recent changes and improvements, however, the course now measures nearly 6,700 yards from the back tees – something that was needed in order for the course to keep pace with other championship layouts in the area.
 
The biggest change has been the addition of new tee boxes on holes 3, 5, 6, 15, 16 and 18.
 
“The new tee boxes have added more than 200 yards to our championship tees," points out Chuck Gannon. "Plus, these new tee boxes are all raised, which gives golfers a commanding view of each hole."
 
Ridgemont 15 a WEBSITE
The re-designed 15th hole at Ridgemont Country Club, with a new pond
lining the right side of the fairway where a line of trees once stood guard.
   
The other striking new feature is the pond that runs along the right side of the 15th hole, giving that hole an entirely new look. Although the removal of trees has opened up the hole - a dogleg right - to being reachable for the game's longer hitters, the pond that replaced the trees is waiting for any short or errant shot.
 
Conversely, the short 16th hole - also a dogleg right par-4 - was previously a popular target for big hitters. But the new tee box has lengthened the hole considerably, making the option to go for the green off the tee more risk than reward.
 
During the week of the RDGA Championship, Ridgemont's veteran greens superintendent Art Eichas will toughen up the course even more, with thick rough around the greens and green speeds up to 10 or 11 on the Stimpmeter.
 
Combined with the course's small-sized greens - which may look flat but often have several breaks and are guarded by false fronts - there is plenty of bite to Ridgemont's layout despite its relatively shorter length.
 
"The smaller greens, combined with the thick rough and fast greens will make the course as tough as it can be for the Championship," adds Gannon. "If you miss the fairway, you better bring your short game."
 
Ridgemont 16 a CROP WEBSITE
The view from the new tee at No. 16 at Ridgemont Country Club.
 
A Storied History – And A Solid Standing in the Local Golfing Community
The recent changes made to the course at Ridgemont follow the club's long, storied history, which dates back nearly 90 years.
 
As Rochester’s west side was expanding in the 1920s, along with the growth of the Eastman Kodak Company, a group of real estate developers sought to create a refuge from the trials of everyday life for Kodak employees, as well as others in the area. Thus, the only private country club in Greece – before and since – had its origin.
 
Those developers formed the basis of Ridgemont’s initial membership. They first found a perfect location – a former apple orchard and Greek Revival home, built in the 1840s by original owners, the James Upton family. By 1928, the group had reached its initial membership goal and established plans for an 18-hole golf course located on the grounds of the Upton estate, with the house forming the center of activity as the clubhouse. By 1929, the first nine holes were open for play, followed two years later by the second nine.
 
Despite many challenges through the years, membership continued to grow, as the course grew into maturity with new plantings and improvements made to the layout. Soon, a pro shop was added, while a pumping station provided irrigation for the course’s tees and greens, fed by the creek that runs through the property.
 
In the mid-1950s, a pond was added, as well as a modern full-course watering system. By the early 1960s, a new dining room wing was built onto the old mansion, overlooking a new swimming pool.
 
In more recent years, Ridgemont’s Board of Governors oversaw the club’s progression into a modern golf facility – a revision of the back nine greatly improved the challenge and the beauty of the course, while at the same time providing room for a full-scale practice range, which includes one of the only all-grass tees on Rochester’s west side.
 
The club’s outdoor bar and deck facilities were also added and expanded, as well as a completely new pro shop and golf center, located near the first tee. A new state-of-the-art and automatic watering system keeps the entire grounds green and plush throughout the summer months. And yet, with all these modern improvements, the flavor of the 1840 manor remains.
 
New Owner A Member, First
Although Jim Cucinelli’s ownership status is relatively new to Ridgemont Country Club, he is not. A member of the club since 1988, Cucinelli wasn’t even a golfer when he joined – and his personal tastes certainly didn’t lead him to expect any special treatment as a new member of a private country club.
 
“I played softball – that was my major activity at the time,” he says. “But a few friends were planning to join Ridgemont, so I joined as well – sight unseen.”
 
Since then, obviously, Cucinelli has become quite taken with the club, as well as the sport of golf. But – it is that same humble nature with which he approaches ownership of the club that drives his desire to make it a casual, friendly atmosphere for members.
    CLICK HERE to view the
Ridgemont Country Club website for more about the club, as well as membership information.
 
“We want Ridgemont to be a fun, relaxing place for members – to provide a very comfortable, friendly atmosphere, as well as a casual elegance,” adds Cucinelli. “Everything that you’d want in a vacation, you’ll find here.”
 
Most private country clubs these days find themselves walking a fine line between exclusivity and affordability – keeping costs down in order to retain members, yet, at the same time, looking for ways to make improvements and set themselves apart from other clubs in order to attract new members.
 
At Ridgemont, Cucinelli has found a way to both maintain and enhance the club, while also keeping costs down for the membership – and attracting a new, vibrant membership along the way.
 
Simply put, as the sole owner of Ridgemont – a rare situation for local private clubs - Cucinelli is able to make improvements and enhance members’ experience, without having to consult a board of directors. And, without having to pass along costs in the form of annual assessments, Cucinelli has been able to offer memberships at a very competitive rate, which has had the desired affect of attracting a new, younger member – one whose entire family can enjoy the experience together.
 
Some of the new family-friendly attractions added under Cucinelli's direction include outdoor Bocce courts; outdoor summer movies and, the most recent addition to Ridgemont's facilities, AVID Indoor Golf & Fitness, located across the parking lot from the pro shop. A complete year-round, indoor golf training facility, AVID includes both golf simulators as well as a physical training center that both members AND the public can use.
 
The value in joining Ridgemont – being able to enjoy the benefits of private club membership without having to worry about spiraling costs – is what Cucinelli believes will continue to build the club’s membership and provide a friendly, family experience.
 
   
AVID INDOOR GOLF WEBSITE
The new AVID Indoor Golf & Fitness at Ridgemont
Country Club opened to the public last winter.
“There’s something here for everyone,” adds Cucinelli.
 
A Look Back: The Championship Returns to a Venue Steeped in Championship History
When the RDGA District Championship returns to Ridgemont this year, the eventual winner will hope to continue a tradition that dates to the earliest years of the RDGA itself - crowning a first-time champion who later goes on to repeat his title multiple times.
 
Oak Hill's Bill Chapin became the first RDGA Championship winner at Ridgemont to repeat his title, going on to win RDGA titles in 1944 and 1948 following his victory there in 1941. In 1952, Bobby Hill - who would later go on to play professionally, as well as develop several local golf courses - won the first of his two RDGA titles at Ridgemont. In 1959, local amateur great Don Allen won the first of six District titles in that year's Championship at Ridgemont.
 
Oak Hill's Chip Lillich, the RDGA's all-time District Championship winner, recorded the fifth of his record eight District titles at Ridgemont when it was held there in 1975, and in 1990, four-time District Champion John Kircher staked his place in Championship - and Ridgemont - history, winning the first of three District titles to date.
 
Through the years, Ridgemont has also produced some other memorable champions in the long history of the District Championship. John McGrath won the first District title hosted by the Ridge Rd. club in 1935; Gene Robinson won the third District title hosted by Ridgemont in 1946. James Infantino won the title when the Championship returned there in 1967.
 
The last time Ridgemont hosted the District Championship, home-course favorite Andrew DiBitetto used "local knowledge" to claim victory in 2007.

A Look Ahead To This Year's Championship
The schedule for this year's RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial begins with a practice round and opening ceremonies on Tuesday, July 12, followed by the annual Champions Dinner that evening.
 
The Championship begins with the first two rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, with a field of approximately 113 players starting of holes No. 1 and No. 10. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 40 players (plus ties) and will conclude with Rounds 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16.
 
Defending his title from a year ago - actually, from the past two years - is two-time RDGA Champion Trevor Sluman, nephew of PGA Tour star and 1977 RDGA Champion Jeff Sluman. Trevor Sluman will be attempting to become the first three-time repeat winner since Oak Hill's Chip Lillich won in 1971, 1972 and 1973.
 
Also during Championship week at Ridgemont, the RDGA Women's Championship will be held for the first time at the venue.
 
Begun in 2010 and played as a two-day, 36-hole, stroke play competition, the RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial is held each year concurrently with the RDGA Men's District Championship, with competitors teeing off in separate flights during the final two rounds of the Men's District Championship. The field is open to any women RDGA members with a USGA handicap index of 15.0 and under - along with those exempt from qualifying, which include past champions and/or the top-20 finishers from the the previous year's championship. Sara Eichelberger, the only two-time winner of the event, will be defending her second title at Ridgemont.
 
Following the conclusion of both Championships on Saturday, July 16, an awards presentation will be made to the men's and women's RDGA Champions.
 
And somewhere nearby, Jim Cucinelli will be smiling.
 
"Ridgemont Country Club is incredibly honored to be hosting such a prestigious event as the Ryan (RDGA Championship)," he adds.
 
This article was written by RDGA Communications Director Dave Eaton.
 
Ridgemont No. 18-3 CROP WEBSITE
The 18th hole at Ridgemont provides spectators a great view of the action.

Women: Join Us for the RDGA Women's - and Senior Women's - Championships!

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

The beautiful Ridgemont Country Club, above, hosts the 2016 RDGA Women's and Senior Women's Championships - the Danielle E. Downey Memorial - on July 15 and 16.
 
Women RDGA members - are you among the top players at your home club? Interested in networking with some of the other top women amateurs in the District? The prestigious 2016 RDGA Women's Championship Danielle E. Downey Memorial is being hosted by Ridgemont Country Club on July 15 and 16 - this is your chance to enter the premier RDGA championship featuring the top women amateurs in the Rochester area!
 
And, new this year - for players 50 and over (as of July 15) - we also have the RDGA Women's Senior Championship, being played concurrently with the Women's Championship.
 
Named for the late Danielle Downey in 2014, this is an opportunity to honor the impact that Danielle made on the Rochester golf community as we recognize skill and ability of the area's finest women golfers.
 
Among the benefits of playing in the RDGA Women's Championship:
  • Top finishers earn points towards the RDGA Women's Player of the Year Award and the WRDGA Captains Cup
  • An opportunity to meet and play with some of the top players in the area
  • Championship tees will be set to 5,500 yards
  • Senior Championship tees set to 5,000 yards
  • Entry fee of $135 includes: Use of practice range, tee gift, Tuesday practice round, Tuesday lunch buffet, 36 holes of championship golf, lunch each day...and prizes!
For more information about the 2016 RDGA Women's Championship and Senior Women's Championship - including how to register - click on the button below. We look forward to seeing you at Ridgemont Country Club next month!
 
 

Qualifiers Send Top Players Along 'Road to Ridgemont' for District Championship

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

The final stop on the "Road to Ridgemont" was held Saturday, June 25, when Holley Brook Country Club in Brockport, above, hosted the third and final District Championship Qualifier. The Road leads to Ridgemont Country Club on July 13 to 16 for the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Memorial.

For those golfers from across the U.S. and points all around the world who entered Local and Sectional Qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Open, the "Road to Oakmont" concluded last week with the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh.

For those local golfers who entered one of three 2016 RDGA District Championship Qualifiers, however, the "Road to Ridgemont" began with three District Championship Qualifiers in which amateurs attempted to qualify for the premier event on the RDGA calendar - the 86th RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Memorial.

Beginning with the Lima Qualifier on Saturday, June 18, and continuing with the second District Championship Qualifier at Caledonia Country Club on Wednesday, June 22 and the third at Holley Brook Golf Club on Saturday, June 25, approximately one third of the top finishers from each Qualifier now advance to the 2016 RDGA District Championship. Those qualifiers will then join the players who are pre-qualified on the Championship exemption list to complete a starting field for the Championship of around 100 golfers.

Follow all the action from the "Road to Ridgemont" right here by clicking on the links below to view the leaderboards for each Qualifier - and watch as we fill the field for the 2016 RDGA District Championship, to be hosted by Ridgemont Country Club on July 13 through 16.

(CLICK HERE for the District Championship Exemption List to see the list of players who are pre-qualified for the RDGA District Championship.)

District Championship Qualifier at Lima G&CC - June 18: RESULTS

District Championship Qualifier at Caledonia CC - June 22: RESULTS

District Championship Qualifier at Holley Brook GC - June 25: RESULTS

We look forward to seeing YOU at the 86th RDGA District Championship
as the Road to Ridgemont continues!

Time is Running Out - Register for the District Championship Qualifier Today

Written by Dave Eaton. Posted in 2016 RDGA Championship News

 

You've probably been biding your time - asking yourself, "am I really good enough to compete for the RDGA District Championship title?"

 

You'll never know the answer to that question if you don't challenge yourself and sign up for one of our District Championship Qualifiers - and with registration deadlines for the Qualifiers coming up this week, NOW is the time to sign up for one of the two remaining open District Qualifying events.

 

For just $80, you get full use of the practice range prior to your round, the round of golf, with cart - and lunch after you're done. More importantly - you'll get to answer that question..."am I good enough to compete for the RDGA District Championship title?" Entries into the RDGA District Championship Qualifier are open to all male amateur golfers who are are members in good standing at RDGA member clubs who are not already qualified.

 

The registration for the first of three District Championship Qualifiers - scheduled for this Saturday, June 18, at Lima Golf & Country Club - has already closed. However, registration remains open - for a short time - for our other two Qualifiers, at Caledonia Country Club on June 22 and Holley Brook Golf Club (formerly Brockport Country Club) on June 25. Approximately one-third of the field each day will qualify to advance to the 2016 RDGA District Championship at Ridgemont Country Club on July 13 through 16.


To find out if you are pre-qualified for the RDGA Championship, CLICK HERE to see the Championship Exemption List.

 

To register for one of the three District Championship Qualifiers, CLICK HERE.

 

So register today for an RDGA District Championship Qualifier - and you'll be on "The Road to Ridgemont!"


BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY ON THE ROAD TO RIDGEMONT...

SIGN UP FOR A DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER TODAY!

Rochester District Golf Association

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

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