Down the Fairway: Russo wins 2nd straight New York State Senior Newbie title

Dan Russo is undoubtedly 1 of the greatest newbie golfers at any time to arrive

Dan Russo is undoubtedly 1 of the greatest newbie golfers at any time to arrive out of this location. He proved it as soon as yet again this 7 days by successful his 2nd consecutive New York Point out Senior Beginner Championship, and he will try to buck the odds by turning into the first Funds Location representative to gain the common NYS Men’s Beginner Championship given that Jay Gunning in 1986 when he competes on his residence class this week at Schuyler Meadows Club.

Russo, a 63-year-aged resident of Hagaman, held a 6-stroke guide heading into the ultimate round Thursday at The Powelton Club in Newburgh. He experienced to maintain on for expensive lifestyle, having said that, taking pictures a 77 to acquire by just a person shot with a 3-day full of 3-above-par 213. He by no means felt snug in the remaining round, but it had almost nothing to do with nerves. After all, he’s a established winner more than extra than four a long time.

“I just cannot pretty figure out what occurred,” reported Russo, who also received the NYS Senior Novice back in 2019 at the Cavalry Club in Syracuse when it was shortened by rain soon after two rounds. There was not a senior condition match final calendar year due to the fact of the pandemic.

“It was the strangest factor,” Russo spelled out. “I didn’t get anxious just one time, but I couldn’t hit a golf shot. I really don’t know. It was variety of funny. I variety of dropped my focus, and I shed my concentration. I forgot how much forward I was, and I was out of types the total last spherical.”

Russo claimed he was in a type of a twilight zone on Thursday.

“Normally, if I’m in the past team, I’m constantly holding the other guys’ scores, and I did not even do that this time,” he reported. “But I will say that successful is tricky at any level. This is only the third time I have performed in this point [a state tournament]. Ideally, this is a minor vindication for the last time I performed in this when the final spherical was rained out, but I just check out to perform as tough as I can no make any difference what.”

No area amateur can match Russo’s career history that consists of 19 majors (9 Money Location Amateur Golf Affiliation Stroke Play Championships, two Tri-County Golfing Association Stroke Play titles, 5 TCGA Match Engage in crowns, two Troy Invitational trophies and a single Times Union Amateur Championship) to go along with his two NYS championships and 12 appearances in nationwide USGA Championships.

His longevity is potentially a person of his most outstanding traits, but despite the fact that he was a multi-activity standout as a youngster, he’s not a physical physical fitness buff.

“I try to extend and use a foam roller to get all the knots out. In some cases I stroll, but those are the only matters I do,” he explained. “I really do not get the job done out at the gym or just about anything like that.”

Whilst Russo will be taking part in at his dwelling study course this week in the biggest event of the calendar year, he doesn’t take into account himself the most loved. Just after all, lots of of the competition will be much less than 50 % his age.

“If I’m enjoying very well, and the other guy is also playing good, then I may well have a very little edge currently being on my dwelling course, but if you are not placing the ball appropriately and hitting it the place you are supposed to, the household system does not suggest nearly anything,” Russo mentioned. “I’m used to viewing a large amount of men who can strike it way earlier me now. That is Ok, but at the conclusion of the working day, as I made use of to explain to my son when he was small, it doesn’t make a difference what you’re accomplishing, it’s what you get. I really don’t treatment how you created your rating. You however have to put the ball in the gap.”

Russo acquired an exemption into this week’s NYS Men’s Novice, which will be held Tuesday by Thursday, with 36 holes becoming played the ultimate day. All competitors must wander.

Other locals in the subject consist of John Downey (CC of Troy), Chad Stoffer (City of Colonie GC), Mike Dwyer (The Edison Club), Michael Stopera (The Edison Club), Luis Walsh (Ballston Spa CC), Matt Welch (CC of Troy), Chris Falvey (Schuyler Meadows), Jim Mueller (Orchard Creek), Jim Welch (Olde Kinderhook), Aidan Fitzgerald (NYSGA eClub-Cash District), Paul Pratico (Schenectady Municipal), AJ Cavotta (NYSGA eClub-Money District), Travis Koch (Saratoga Nationwide), Kevin O’Leary (Schuyler Meadows), Ryan Foster (Schuyler Meadows), David Hayes (Schuyler Meadows), Tom McGinn (Wykagyl CC), Ben Rublee (CC of Troy) and Nick Lyons (Schuyler Meadows).
Rounding out the massive contingent of spot gamers are Sean Puleo (Schuyler Meadows), Paul Goetz (The Edison Club), Travis Deuel (Park Hiland CC), Joe Fitzsimmons (Shaker Ridge CC), Christopher Rust (Shaker Ridge CC), Steve Quillinan (CC of Troy), Connor Adams (The Edison Club), Jim Gifford (NYSGA eClub-Cash District), Tim Flanigan (NYSGA eClub-Money District), Matt Clarke (Cazenovia CC) and Ryan Davis (Albany CC).

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Jim Mueller of Orchard Creek, the eight-time Schenectady Basic champion and 5-time winner of the Schenectady Senior Typical, completed third in previous week’s NYS Senior Newbie. Bob Cooper of Schenectady Municipal, a two-time Schenectady Vintage winner, tied for second in the Tremendous Senior Division.

Effective Monday, all members of the public and golf staff members should don masks or facial coverings when getting into any setting up at Schenectady Municipal Golfing Class.

NEWGA’s Gail Sykes Superior Ball of Two Championship will be held Monday at Albany Region Club.

Nearby NENY PGA club pros compete in their Pro Typical No. 5 Tuesday at Orchard Creek Golfing Course. The NENY PGA assistant pros and seniors participate in their Match Engage in Championship Wednesday and Thursday at City of Colonie Golfing Course.

The Doug Evans Memorial Spouse and children Cup, named in honor of the longtime previous event director of the NENY PGA who died final 12 months, will be held Aug. 21 at Town of Colonie Golf Course. The nine-hole workforce scramble expenditures $199 for each group and incorporates golfing, contests, prizes and a box lunch. Tee times will be accessible from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the NENY PGA Achieve Basis, which results in and provides scholarships to junior golfers attending college or university and also awards grants for the section’s junior tour entry service fees. Contributions and volunteering to assist throughout the event are also requested. There is a lot more information and facts on the section’s website.

Fox Operate Golfing Club will host the inaugural Runway for Hope, a charity fundraiser to gain PGA HOPE (Serving to Our Patriots All over the place), September 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Functions incorporate a extended travel golf level of competition at the Fulton County airport tarmac, a push, chip and putt competitiveness, a barbecue, music and raffles. Get in touch with Fox Operate Golf Club (518-762-3717) for additional information and facts.

Schenectady Municipal Golfing Study course will host the 13th once-a-year Schenectady City Faculty District Hall of Fame Golfing Event Sept. 12. The format will be a modified 4-particular person scramble. Entry payment is $400 per foursome and consists of golfing, cart, buffet and prizes. This celebration was named in honor of SCSD Athletic Corridor of Fame member Peter Famiano for 10 yrs. Connect with Bob Pezzano at 518-346-9297 for extra information and facts.

Town of Colonie Golf Study course will host the Northeastern New York PGA’s Generate, Chip and Putt sub-regional Aug. 22. The major three players from every age division of the neighborhood qualifiers advance to this spherical.

The 34th annual Shaker Ridge Invitational is set for Aug. 27-29 at Shaker Ridge State Club. The event is made up of 4 scratch divisions of two-guy teams with a maximum discipline of 60 teams. Teams will be flighted soon after the initially 36 holes. Purposes shut Aug. 19. Entry fee is $470 for each team. Jim Gifford and Jim Welch are defending champions in the Championship Division. Tony Hejna and Matt Clarke teamed up to acquire the Senior Division a calendar year in the past, and Gary Grimaldi blended with Chris Nachtrieb to get the Super Senior Division. For more information and facts, get in touch with the professional store at 518-869-5101.

The 30th annual John C. Daly-James W. Michaels ALS Memorial Open, to benefit the ALS Regional Middle, returns immediately after a calendar year off mainly because of the COVID pandemic. The common match, with a new scramble format, will be performed Sept. 22, with a rain day of Sept. 29, at Van Patten Golf Club. There will be only just one squad this yr at 10:30 a.m. Cost per foursome is $760. In the preceding 29 seasons, this event has elevated $2.3 million for the ALS Regional Heart. There will be several special dwell-auction items obtainable, which includes a New Year’s weekend in Chicago and tickets to the Bears vs. New York Giants video game, as nicely as an distinctive New Year’s Eve get together at a significant-finish resort.

Amsterdam native Dave Thibodeau recorded his very first gap-in-just one with an 8-iron on the 120-lawn second hole at the Dorset Field Club in Dorset, Vermont.

At Van Patten Golf Club, Chuck Devoe made use of a 9-iron for his ace on the 105-yard 15th gap.

Tim Howland holed out with a 9-iron for an ace on the 165-property third hole at Airway Meadows Golfing Club.

At Amsterdam Municipal Golf Training course, Kevin Sarsfield made use of a 3-wood for a hole-in-one on the 213-yard eighth gap.

Ying Kuwahara, actively playing with her spouse, Ichiro, scored a double eagle on the par-5 10th gap at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Study course.

Also at Amsterdam Municipal, Mary Derose eagled the par-5 15th gap.

Harry Buffardi eagled the 11th gap whilst taking part in in the Gold Important Realty league at Stadium Golfing Club.

At Schenectady Municipal Golf Study course, Jim Harrington eagled the par-5 second hole, Ted Brann eagled the par-5 ninth gap and Bob Mantello eagled the par-5 12th gap.

Keegan Zoller eagled the 489-yard par-5 18th gap at Hiland Park CC.

Harold Cote eagled the eighth hole with a 7-wooden at Fox Run Golf Club.

Arrive at Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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