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Past RDGA Senior Champions


Stuart Harris of Locust Hill Country Club, center, is presented with the 2017 RDGA Senior Championship trophy by RDGA President Mark Battle, left,
and RDGA Board Member and Rules Official Mike Sorce, right, at the Country Club of Rochester.
 
The RDGA Senior Championship
 
The Rochester District Golf Association Senior Championship is one of the longest-running annual championships on the RDGA calendar. Entries are open to all amateur male golfers age 55 and over (as of the beginning of each year's competition) and are members in good standing at an RDGA club. All contestants must have a RDGA/USGA Handicap Index supplied by the RDGA.
 
Tracing its origins back to 1938, the first "Senior Championship for Players 40 Years and Over" was hosted by Ridgemont Country Club. Three years later, the event was re-named the "Clint Patchen Memorial Senior Championship," honoring the long-time Durand Eastman Golf Club delegate and RDGA Board Member who had passed away in 1941. During these years, the RDGA Senior Championship was conducted as an 18-hole, flighted, medal play competition in four age groups: Class A (70 and over), Class B (60-69), Class C (50-59) and Class D (40-49). The overall champion was determined as the player with the low score from among the four age flights.
 
By the mid-1970s, the format for the present day RDGA Senior Championship was streamlined as a medal-play competition that was run concurrently with a small field during the RDGA District Championship - determining only one annual winner of the RDGA Senior Championship title. Later, as the number of entries into the RDGA Senior Championship continued to grow, the competition evolved into a stand-alone, three-day, 54-hole, medal play format, with the age requirements changed to players ages 55 and over.
 
In 1997, a Super Senior Division was added to the RDGA Senior Championship for competitors over the age of 65. In 2008, the format was expanded to include three age-based flights; Senior, Super Senior and Super-Super Senior - and in 2011 the format was expanded again to include four age-based divisions (as it continues to this day): Senior (ages 55-59), Super Senior (ages 60-64), Masters (ages 65-69) and Legends (ages 70 and over). Beginning in 2015, the RDGA Senior Championship was changed once more - shortening the competition from a three-day, 54-hole format to a two-day, 36-hole format. All other aspects of the competition remain the same.
 
Since 2008, the overall RDGA Senior Champion has been determined as the competitor with the lowest score from among the Senior and Super Senior Divisions (which both play from the Blue Tees). Additionally, winners of the Senior and Super Senior divisions earn an exemption into the following year's RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Memorial.
 
In 2017, Stuart Harris of Locust Hill Country Club captured the 2017 RDGA Senior Championship in his first year of eligibility - and with it completed a rare "double" victory, having also won the RDGA Senior Match Play Championship at Clifton Springs Country Club earlier in the season, marking the first time that a player  won both Senior titles in the same season. Previously, Mark Battle and Bob Chalanick won both titles, but in different years.
 
Winning the overall RDGA Senior Championship title (by posting the low 36-hole score between the Senior (55-59) and Super Senior (60-64) divisions), Harris put together rounds of 75-71 over the two-day championship for a 6-over-par total of 146 to win the title by two shots over Paul Roland. Roland, who was playing on his home course at the Country Club of Rochester, posted rounds of 75-73 for an 8-over-par 148 total to finish in second place, while Richard Luther of Ridgemont Country Club finished in third with scores of 80-73--153.
 
Winning the Senior flight titles at the 2017 RDGA Senior Championship - in addition to the Senior flight itelf, won by Harris - were Jim Burns (Super Senior), Mat Haefele (Masters) and William Robischon (Legends). (CLICK HERE to view the final 2017 RDGA Senior Championship leaderboards.)
 
This year, the RDGA Senior Championship visits another historic Rochester area venue, Irondequoit Country Club, on August 28 and 29. The District Senior Championship returns to the classic Donald Ross-designed gem for the seventh time in the event's history - but only the first time since 1995. For more information about the 2018 RDGA Senior Championship at Irondequoit Country Club, visit our tournament information page HERE.
 
The information provided below is based on the best available records stored in the RDGA archives. Unfortunately, some information from the earlier years of this Championship are incomplete or are non-existant. If you have any records (trophies, plaques, photos, newspaper clippings, etc.) that indicate any missing information below, please call us at 585-292-5950, or email RDGA Communications Director Dave Eaton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Year Overall Champion Senior Division (55-59) Super Senior Division (60-64) Masters Division (65-69) Legends Division (70+) Tournament Site
2017 Stuart Harris Stuart Harris James Burns Matt Haefele William Robischon CC of Rochester
2016 George Kavanagh George Kavanagh John August Bill Shearer Gary DiFlorio Mendon GC
2015 Bob Chalanick Bob Chalanick Paul Parrone Mark Walsh James Cook Webster GC
2014 Robert Zeman Robert Brongo Robert Zeman Jack Mahan Gary DiFlorio Livingston CC
2013 Robert Zeman Brian Ward Robert Zeman Ken Andrychuk William Robischon Sodus Bay Heights GC
2012 Bob Chalanick Bob Chalanick Bob Weston Dale Dirk William Robischon Mendon GC
2011 Robert Zeman Andrew Conway Robert Zeman Stephen Hinman Gary DiFlorio Stafford CC
Year Overall Champion Senior Division Super Senior Division Super/Super Sr. Division   Tournament Site
2010 Mark Battle Mark Battle Donivan Neal James Cook   Clifton Springs CC
2009 James Burns Weston/Burns/Zeman Stephen Hinman Renny Bowers   Blue Heron Hills GC
2008 Bob Weston Bob Weston Stephen Hinman Renny Bowers   Blue Heron Hills GC
Year Senior Champion Super Senior Champion       Tournament Site
2007 James Dill Donivan Neal       Mill Creek GC
2006 Ken Andrychuk Jerry Stahl       Clifton Springs CC
2005 Dave Benedict Ron Mack       Brook-Lea CC
2004 Alan Dirk Norb Haefner       Penfield CC
2003 Ken Andrychuk Don Allen       Caledonia CC
2002 Ken Andrychuk Ron Mack       Deerfield CC
2001 Stephen Hinman Ron Mack       Ridgemont CC
2000 Glenn French Jack Wheeler       Ontario GC
1999 Don Allen Jack Wheeler       Midvale CC
1998 Jack Wheeler Bob Griswold       Clifton Springs CC
1997 Jim Infantino Bud McLaughlin       Green Hills GC
1996 Chip Lillich         Deerfield CC
1995 Jim Infantino         Irondequoit CC
1994 Don Allen         Brook-Lea CC
1993 Ron Mack         Lake Shore CC
1992 Ron Mack         Locust Hill CC
1991 Bud McLaughlin         Blue Heron Hills CC
1990 Bud McLaughlin         CenterPointe CC
1989 Gerry Perkins         CC of Rochester
1988 Robert Hoff         Victor Hills CC
1987 Robert Hoff         Stafford CC
1986 Robert Hoff         Lake Shore CC
1985 Robert Hoff         Green Hills GC
1984 Jack Hoff         CC of Rochester
1983 Robert Hoff         Lake Shore CC
1982 Jerry Leibel         CC of Rochester
1981 Jerry Leibel         Brook-Lea CC
1980 Robert Hoff         Ontario GC
1979           Stafford CC
1978           Oak Hill CC
1977 Robert Hoff         Irondequoit CC
1976 Robert Hoff         Monroe GC
1975 Robert Hoff         Ridgemont CC
1974           Irondequoit CC
             
Year Senior Champion Class D (40-49) Class C (50-59) Class B (60-69) Class A (70+) Tournament Site
1968   J. Thornton/Dan Hurley Mike Frontuto Sr. Harold Christ Noble Miller Locust Hill CC
1967 Jack Thornton Jack Thornton Al Kaufman Harold Christ Noble Miller Oak Hill CC
1966 Ray Moran Ray Moran Fred Grover Jack Johnston Noble Miller Ridgemont CC
1965 Moran/Kling/Frontuto Ray Moran Bert Kling/Mike Frontuto Sr. Jack Johnston Noble Miller Locust Hill CC
1964 Mike Frontuto Sr. Ray Moran Mike Frontuto Sr. Jack Johnston John Stroup Brook-Lea CC
1963 Ed Olson Sid Levinson/Lyle Klier Ed Olson Jack Johnston John Stroup CC of Rochester
1962 Dr. Fred Martin Dr. Fred Martin Robert Pequinot Jack Johnston Ed Longbine Midvale CC
1961           Irondequoit CC
1960   Mike Frontuto Sr. Enos Benedict Noble Miller Charlie Spencer Monroe GC
1959 Bert Kling Bert Kling/Ed Olson Harold Christ Noble Miller Alex Elliott Oak Hill CC
1958   R. Gleason N. Oakes C. Vogt Alex Elliott Ridgemont CC
1957           Locust Hill CC
1956           Brook-Lea CC
1955 Bert Kling Bert Kling Ed Randall Noble Miller L.B. Swift CC of Rochester
1954   Dr. G. Trainor/M. Ruby Noble Miller H. Webber   Irondequoit CC
1953 Dr. George Trainor Dr. George Trainor Ed Randall Jim Weldon W. MacFarlane Monroe GC
1952   Dr. George Trainor Noble Miller/Ed Randall Jim Weldon W. MacFarlane Oak Hill CC
1951 Noble Miller J. O'Donoghue Noble Miller Jim Weldon Joe Caldwell Ridgemont CC
1950   O. Luckhurst/J. Tucker Noble Miller Andy Anderson Roy Brown Locust Hill CC
1949   Earnie Maurer Noble Miller Jim Weldon Roy Brown Monroe GC
1948           Brook-Lea CC
1947            
1946           CC of Rochester
1945           CC of Rochester
1944 Jack Johnston         Irondequoit CC
1943 NO TOURNAMENT         NO TOURNAMENT
1942 Ed Randall         Oak Hill CC
1941 Noble Miller Noble Miller A. Sillitoe W. MacFarlane   Brook-Lea CC
1940           Lakeshore CC
1939 Mike Hall Mike Hall Dr. W.A. Gray     Locust Hill CC
1938           Ridgemont CC
 

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