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AuSable Club team tops elite NENY field

Local golf roundup

July 1, 2010
By the News staff

    GUILDERLAND — A team from the AuSable Club in St. Huberts took first place in the Northeastern New York Section PGA Pro & 3 Junior tournament at Pinehaven Country Club.

    The team was represented by professional Kevin Pokorski, along with juniors John Hickey, Eathan Votraw and Jordan Conroy. They recorded a total two-best balls-of-four score of 135, which was 7-under par, shooting 65 in their first round and 70 in their second.

    The Shaker Ridge Country Club team from Loudonville was second with a 138 two-round total. The Shaker team was represented by professional Scott Berliner. Saranac Lake graduate Ian Breen from Colonie Golf and  Country Club finished as low professional for the event with a 4-under par 67.

    Dottie Pepper, an advisory member of the NENY PGA Board of Directors, was on site during the day and provided NBC Sports hats and shirts for all of the juniors. She played a hole with all of the groups during the nine-hole morning shotgun and conducted a clinic for all of the juniors at the driving range.

Griffin ties for fifth

    ALBANY — Lake Placid’s Art Griffin shot two-round score of 163 to finish in a tie for fifth place in the boys 13-15 division at the Northeastern New York Junior PGA Championship that took place last Saturday at the Western Turnpike Golf Course.

    Victor Fox of Delmar won the tournament with a two-round score of 145, which was three strokes better than runner-up Aaron Simone of Niskayuna.

    Griffin, who recently was crowned as the Section VII champion as an eighth-grader, shot 82 in his first round and followed that up with an 81. His total score equaled Corey Purcell of Clifton Park, Tanner Donovan of Albany and Zachary Scala of Ballston Spa.

    William Mallia of Schenectady won the 16-18-year-old division with a total score of 146. Austin Pivetta of Burke was eighth with a 156.

Two locals going to state

    MALONE — Andy Donatello and Brad Griffin of Lake Placid punched their tickets to the 88th annual men’s amateur New York state championship with their qualifying rounds in the North Country qualifier on the East course at Malone Golf Club.

    Donatello finished with a 78, while Griffin carded an 80 on what turned out to be a windy day on the course.

    Donatello was accompanied by his 9-year-old daughter Sara, who acted as his caddy.

    “I think that was the difference for me,” Donatello said of his daughter joining him on the course. “It really enabled me to settle down.”

    The Donatellos recently took first place in a father-daughter tournament on Father’s Day.

    The state tournament is slated for July 20-22 at the Albany Country Club in Voorheesville.



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