Results: DeForest qualifies for Met Am

Cottekill’s Ethan DeForest, a 2014 Rondout Valley graduate, fired a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday at West Hills Country Club in Middletown to advance to the Met Amateur.

DeForest, who tied for third place, made a 10-foot putt for eagle on the par-5, second hole.

The top four plus ties advanced to the Met Amateur on August 4-7 at the Country Club of Fairfield (Conn.).

Devlin Walsh, an Ellenville graduate, missed the cut by one stroke. Walsh carded a 2-over 74, which included four birdies. Glen Spey’s David Powers, a 2016 Eldred graduate, tied for 11th with a 4-over 76. Powers eagled the par-5, 10th hole.

Met Amateur qualifier
(at West Hills CC, Middletown, par 72)
1 Bobby Diforio (Maple Moor) 69; 2 Chet Hrostek (MGA Club) 71; T3 Ethan DeForest (Rondout) 73; T3 Jonathan Jeter (Nassau Players) 73; T3 Carter Prince (Huntington Crescent) 73; T3 Michael Christifulli (MGA Club) 73; T 3 Connor O’Rourke (MGA Club) 73.
Local players who missed the cut: T8 Devlin Walsh (Shawangunk) 74; T11 David Powers (Swan Lake) 76; T22 Alex Harcher (Osiris) 79; T26 Patrick Mainey (Powelton Club) 80; T42 Matt Wozniak (West Point) 84.

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2016 local golf calendar


June 21: Westchester Golf Association qualifier, Powelton Club, Newburgh: Qualified – T2 Pat Mainey (Powelton Club) 2-over 72; T4 Nick Yaun (Brae Burn, Liberty graduate) 73; T8 John Schmoll (Burning Tree, Valley Central graduate) 4-over 74; T12 Jeff Schaller (Twaalfskill, Kingston graduate) 75; T23 Thomas Lucas (Powelton Club) 77. Missed the cut (77) – Ian Orr (CC of Darien, Liberty graduate) 79; Greg Shaw (Powelton Club) 79; Chris Ferraro (Wiltwyck, Kingston graduate) 80; Alex Harcher (Osiris, Wallkill graduate) 80; Mark Lawrence (Mansion Ridge) 80; Ryan Rodriguez (Mansion Ridge, 2016 Cornwall graduate) 86.
June 21: New York State Junior qualifier, West Hills CC, Middletown: Qualified – 1 Matt Dickson (Washingtonville) 5-over 77; 4 Josh Kienz (Newburgh) 91.
June 21: New York State Girls qualifier, West Hills CC, Middletown: Qualified – 5 Pasqualina Tartaglione (Pine Bush) 97; 6 Gabbie Budd (Spring Glen) 109.
June 24: New York State Amateur qualifier, Yahnundasis GC, New Hartford: Qualified – T3 Pat Mainey (Newburgh) 6-over 77.
June 27: New York State Amateur qualifier, Hiland Park GC, Queensbury: Missed the cut (78) – Jake Hommel (Kingston) 7-over 79.
June 27-28: Ike Championship, Essex County CC, West Orange, N.J.: Results – T12 Tyler Cline (Tuxedo Club) 1-over 214 (65-73-76).
June 29: United States Senior Open qualifier, Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, N.J.: Missed the cut (68): T18 John DeForest (Rondout GC) 1-over 73.
July 5: Met Amateur qualifier, Raritan Valley (N.J.) CC: In the field – Scott Kleeschulte (Wiltwyck, Kingston junior)
July 5-6: Westchester Golf Association Open, GlenArbor Golf Club, Bedford Hills: In the field – Tyler Cline (Tuxedo Club); Dave Fusco (Patriot Hills, Monroe-Woodbury graduate); Thomas Lucas (Powelton Club); Pat Mainey (Powelton Club); Jeff Schaller (Twaalfskill, Kingston graduate); John Schmoll (Burning Tree, Valley Central graduate); John Stoltz (Osiris, Minisink Valley graduate0; Nick Yaun (Brae Burn, Liberty graduate).
July 7: MGA Public Links Championship, Spook Rock, Suffern: In the field – Ethan DeForest (Rondout Valley graduate)
July 7: New York State Amateur qualifier, Hollow Brook CC, Cortlandt: In the field – Mike Broas (Osiris); Tyler Cline (Tuxedo Club); Toby DiPaolo (Tuxedo Club); Brandon Kraft (Rondout GC); Dan Pavlu (Monroe-Woodbury graduate)
July 11: U.S. Amateur qualifier, Garden City CC: In the field – Doug Kleeschulte (Kingston).
July 11: U.S. Amateur qualifier, Rockrimmon CC, Stamford, Conn.: In the field – Pat Mainey (Powelton Club); David Powers (Swan Lake, 2016 Eldred graduate)
July 11: Met Amateur qualifier, Edgewood (N.J.) CC: In the field – Ryan Allred (Powelton Club); Tyler Cline (Tuxedo Club); Sean Donovan (Rondout GC); Danny Goetze (Cornwall); Ed Petrella (Mansion Ridge): Enrico Sabatino (Swan Lake)
July 12: Met Amateur qualifier, West Hills CC, Middletown: In the field – Ethan DeForest (Rondout Valley graduate); Alex Harcher (Osiris, Wallkill graduate); John Hornbeck (Rondout GC); Brandon Kraft (Rondout GC); Pat Mainey (Powelton Club); David Powers (Swan Lake, Eldred graduate); Matt Wozniak (West Point GC)
July 13-15: New York State Women’s Amateur, Elmira CC: In the field – Joanna Beatty (Newburgh); Amber Pennington (Accord); Pasqualina Tartaglione  (Pine Bush).
July 18: Met Amateur qualifier, Pelham CC: In the field – Jake Hommel (Wiltwyck, Kingston junior); Ryan Rodriguez (Mansion Ridge, 2016 Monroe-Woodbury graduate)
July 19: U.S. Amateur qualifier, Wykagyl CC, New Rochelle: In the field – Geoff DeMarco (Newburgh Free Academy graduate); Carl Gelardi (Middletown); Ryan Rodriguez (Mansion Ridge, 2016 Cornwall graduate); Greg Shaw (Cornwall-on-Hudson).
August 3: Carter Cup, Balustrol GC, Springfield, N.J.: In the field – Ryan Rodriguez (Mansion Ridge, 2016 Cornwall graduate)
August 4-7: Met Amateur, CC of Fairfield (Conn.)
August 22-24: Met Open, Glen Oaks CC, Old Westbury


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Lane wins first Herdegen title

Woodstock’s Justin Lane, 16, birdied two of the last three holes to hold off Kingston’s John Garcia and captured his first Ulster County Men’s Amateur (The Herdegen) title by three strokes at Apple Greens Golf Course in Highland.

Lane shot a final-round, 2-over 73 for a 54-hole score of 8-over 223. Garcia had a 4-over 75 and finished second with a 11-over 226. Three-time champion Doug Kleeschulte carded a 3-over 74 and placed third (13-over 228).

Ulster County Men’s Amateur (The Herdegen)

(Final round at Apple Greens GC, Highland, par 71)

Justin Lane 75-75-73-223; John Garcia 73-78-75-226; Doug Kleeschulte Jr. 80-74-74-228; Jake Hommel 77-77-77-231; Ethan DeForest 76-79-81-236; Brian Pesavento 78-79-79-236; Scott Kleeschulte 79-83-78-240; Juan Weissenberg 81-85-75-241; Daniel Gil 79-84-79-242; Matt Stokes 81-81-80-242; John Hornbeck 82-84-77-243; Tom Sanford 81-83-79-243; Denis Appleyard 81-82-81-244; Phil Harris 83-81-80-244; Rich Siegel 84-82-78-244; Devlin Walsh 81-84-79-244; Devon Condo 84-81-82-247; Brandon Kraft 81-87-79-247; Kevin Mackey 83-85-79-247; Matt Teetsel 77-87-83-247; Chris Bianco 84-81-83-248.

The following golfers will have to qualify next year: Peter Weir 78-84-86-248; Andre Manginelli 83-87-80-250; Brian Williams 78-89-83-250; Nick Armstrong 80-88-84-252; Doug Kleeschulte Sr. 82-83-89-254; Alex Harcher 83-76-WD.


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Second-round Herdegen results: Lane overtakes Garcia

Woodstock’s Justin Lane holds a one-shot lead over John Garcia heading into the final round of the Ulster County Men’s Amateur (The Herdegen) Sunday.

Lane shot a 3-over-par 75 Saturday at Wiltwyck Golf Club and has a 36-hole score of 6-over 150.

Garcia, the first-round leader, carded a 78 at Wiltwyck and is 7-over for the tournament.

Both Lane and Garcia, 39, of Kingston, are seeking their first Herdegen titles.

Ulster County Men’s Amateur (The Herdegen)

(Second round at Wiltwyck GC, Kingston, par 72)

Justin Lane 75-75-150; John Garcia 73-78-151; Doug Kleeschulte Jr. 80-74-154; Jake Hommel 77-77-154; Ethan DeForest 76-79-155; Brian Pesavento 78-79-157; Alex Harcher 83-76-159; Matt Stokes 81-81-162; Scott Kleeschulte 79-83-162; Peter Weir 78-84-162; Denis Appleyard 81-82-163; Daniel Gil 79-84-163; Phil Harris 83-81-164; Tom Sanford 81-81-164; Matt Teetsel 77-87-164; Chris Bianco 84-81-165; Devon Condo 84-81-165; Doug Kleeschulte Sr. 82-83-165; Devlin Walsh 81-84-165; Rich Siegel 84-82-166; Hornbeck 82-84-166; Juan Weissenberg 81-85-166; Brian Williams 78-89-167; Kevin Mackey 83-85-168; Brandon Kraft 81-87-168; Nick Armstrong 80-88-168; Andre Manginelli 83-87-170

Missed the cut: Paul Larios 90-82-172; Travis Hornbeck 85-87-172; David Gil 84-89-173; Brian Mills 87-87-174; Scott Kozak 85-89-174; Joey Puleo 85-89-174; Donald Meybohm 92-83-175; Wesley Watts 86-89-175; Donte Groppuso 85-90-175; John Durcan 86-90-176; Robert Marks 89-88-177; Tony Batista 88-89-177; Rick Taylor 85-92-177; Tom Mayone 86-92-178; Dean Perry 91-89-180; Matt Beesmer 94-89-183; Martin Pennington 92-93-185; Jeffrey Shaver 89-103-192; Don Beesmer 94-99-193; Scott Pointer 91-WD;

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First-round Herdegen results: Steady Garcia grabs lead

Kingston’s John Garcia shot a 1-over 73 and holds a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Ulster County Men’s Amateur (The Herdegen) at Rondout Golf Club in Accord.
Garcia shot an even-par 35 on the front nine and was 1-over (38) on the back nine.
Woodstock’s Justin Lane fired a 3-under-par 34 on the back nine and stands in second place (3-over 75) heading in the second round Saturday at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. First tee time is 11 a.m.
Ulster County Men’s Amateur (The Herdegen)
(at Rondout GC, Accord, par 72)
John Garcia 35-38-73; Justin Lane 41-34-75; Ethan DeForest 41-35-76; Jake Hommel 36-41-77; Matt Teetsel 38-39-77; Brian Pesavento 40-38-78; Peter Weir 40-38-78; Brian Williams 36-42-78; Daniel Gil 40-39-79; Scott Kleeschulte 34-45-79; Nick Armstrong 40-40-80; Doug Kleeschulte Jr. 40-40-80; Denis Appleyard 38-43-81; Brandon Kraft 40-41-81; Tom Sanford 41-40-81; Matt Stokes 39-42-81; Devlin Walsh 41-40-81; Juan Weissenberg 41-40-81; John Hornbeck 42-40-82; Doug Kleeschulte Sr. 37-45-82; Alex Harcher 41-42-83; Phil Harris 45-38-83; Kevin Mackey 42-41-83; Andre Manginelli 41-42-83; Chris Bianco 41-43-84; Devon Condo 39-45-84; David Gil 40-44-84; Richard Siegel 38-46-84; Donte Groppuso 40-45-85; Travis Hornbeck 44-41-85; Scott Kozak 39-46-85; Joey Puleo 41-44-85; Rick Taylor 41-44-85; John Durcan 40-46-86; Tom Mayone 43-43-86; Justin Theilig 46-40-86; Wesley Watts 42-44-86; Brian Mills 44-43-87; Tony Batista 46-42-88; Robert Marks 47-42-89; Jeffery Shaver 43-46-89; Paul Larios 44-46-90; Dean Perry 51-40-91; Scott Pointer 46-45-91; Donald Meybohm 49-43-92; Martin Pennington 43-49-92; Don Beesmer 49-45-94; Matt Beesmer 44-50-94.

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2016 Herdegen first-round tee times

Doug Kleeschulte seeks his fourth Ulster County Men’s Amateur (Herdegen) title when the 2016 tournament begins Friday morning at Rondout Golf Course in Accord.

Among the golfers expected to compete for the 54-hole championship include 2014 Rondout Valley graduate Ethan DeForest, Jake Hommel, who completed his sophomore year at Kingston High, and Justin Lane, who will be an Onteora senior this fall.

First round
(at Rondout GC, Accord)
7:30 a.m.: Doug L. Kleeschulte; Wesley Watts; Devon Condo
7:40 a.m.: Ethan DeForest; Nick Armstrong; Dean Perry
7:50 a.m.: Justin Lane; Juan Weissenburg; Scott Kleeschulte
8 a.m.: Donte Groppuso; Joey Puleo; Don Beesmer
8:10 a.m.: Doug M. Kleeschulte; Travis Hornbeck; Jeffery Shaver
8:20 a.m.: Andre Manginelli; Alex Harcher; Brian Pesavento
8:30 a.m.: Jake Hommel; Devlin Walsh; Daniel Gil
8:40 a.m.: Kevin Mackey; Robert Marks; David Gil
8:50 a.m.: Martin Pennington; Brian D. Mills; Chris Bianco
9 a.m.: Matt Teetsel; Brandon Kraft; Paul Larios
9:10 a.m.: Matt Beesmer; John Garcia; Matt Stokes
9:20 a.m.: Donald Meybohm; Denis Appleyard; Phil Harris
9:30 a.m.: Justin Theilig; Peter Weir; Brian Williams
9:40 a.m.: John Hornbeck; Tony Batista; Scott Kozak
9:50 a.m.: Rick Taylor; Tom Sanford; Richard Siegel
10 a.m.: Scott Pointer; John Durcan; Tom Mayone

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U.S. Open local qualifying begins

The road to Oakmont and the 2016 U.S. Open started today for four local golfers.

Jeff Schaller, a three-time Ulster County Amateur champion, was the low local finisher, shooting a 5-over-par 76 at Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna. Schaller tied for 17th. The top four golfers advanced to section qualifying.

Monroe’s Colby Lewis carded a 13-over 84 and finished tied for 54th. Chris Ferraro, the 2013 Ulster County champion, shot 15-over 86 (65th) and Kingston sophomore Jake Hommel finished 66th with a 16-over 87.

Cornwall senior Ryan Rodriguez, a two-time Section 9 champion, is one of 114 golfers, playing for six qualifying position Tuesday at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club.

Qualifiers advance to section play. John Stoltz, the 2005 Met Open champion and 2002 Minisink Valley graduate is also in the field at Old Westbury. Stoltz is the new golf professional at Osiris Country Club in Walden.

Here’s the list of locals looking to advance out of local qualifying: 

Old Westbury Golf & Country Club (May 10, 6 qualifying positions): Pat Mainey (amateur, Newburgh); Ian Orr (Liberty graduate); Ryan Rodriguez (Cornwall senior) John Stoltz (Osiris CC pro, Minisink Valley graduate)

Hollywood GC, Deal, N.J. (May 12, 4 qualifying positions): Doug Kleeschulte (amateur, Kingston graduate)

Willow Ridge CC (May 16, 8 qualifying positions): Tyler Cline (amateur, Tuxedo); Dave Fusco (Monroe-Woodbury graduate); Joey Spivak (Monroe); Nick Yaun (Liberty graduate).

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Results: Stoltz ties for 5th at State Open

John Stoltz turned in his best finish at State Open.

Stoltz, a 2002 Minisink Valley graduate, tied for fifth at 1-under (212) Thursday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale. His previous best was a tie for ninth in 2008.

Stoltz shot a 1-over 72 in the third and final round.

Jeb Buchanan of Schuyler Meadows won the tournament in a playoff at 6-under.

Chris DeForest, a 2007 Rondout Valley graduate, tied for 14th (74-68-73-215).

Chris Ferraro, a 2008 Kingston graduate, tied for 35th (73-74-75) and Jeff Schaller, a 2009 Kingston graduate, tied for 60th (73-75-81-229).

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Results: Stoltz leads locals in State Open first round

John Stoltz, a 2002 Minisink Valley graduate, was the only local golfer to break par during the first round of the New York State Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale.

Stoltz fired a 1-under-par 70 and is tied for 13th place, four shots behind leader Jeb Buchanan of Schuyler Meadows. He carded three birdies. Stoltz, who tied for ninth at the 2008 State Open, had one bad hole – when he took a double bogey 6 on No. 5.

Nick Yaun, a Liberty graduate and the golf pro at Brae Burn, shot a 1-over 72, which included an eagle on the par-5, fourth hole. Yaun is tied for 25th.

Kingston’s Jeff Schaller was the only golfer to play in the morning wave Tuesday. He carded a 2-over 73 (three birdies) and is tied for 35th place with Kingston graduate Chris Ferraro and Cottekill’s Andrew DeForest, a Rondout Valley graduate. DeForest shot 1-under on the front nine.

Look for Rondout Valley graduate Chris DeForest to make a move in Wednesday’s second round. De Forest, who is tied for 53rd (74), always plays well at the State Open. He has finished in the top 10 four straight years, including third in 2011.

Tuxedo Club’s Tyler Cline shot a 76 (tied 77th), Dave Fusco, a 1985 Monroe-Woodbury graduate, had a 78 (tied 103rd), Michael Decker of Lochmor carded and John Schmoll, the golf pro at Osiris both carded an 81 (tied 128th).

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Wagner chasing Spieth at John Deere

Johnson Wagner trails reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by three shots heading into Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour John Deere Classic.

Wagner (14-under), a 1998 James I. O’Neill graduate, carded a 3-under 68 on Saturday but lost seven shots to Spieth (-17), who fired a 10-under 61. He made three birdies and played his second straight, bogey-free round of the tournament.

Wagner entered Saturday tied for second place (-11) and one shot behind Justin Thomas. He’s now tied for third with Thomas and Shawn Stefani.

Danny Lee (-15), who won the Greenbrier Classic last week, will play in the final group with Spieth

On Friday, Wagner shot a season-low 8-under 63 with eight birdies. Wagner is currently 101st in the PGA Tour money list ($751,310) and 122nd in the FedEx Cup standings and  He had missed five straight cuts before tying for 32nd at the Greenbrier.

Wagner has three PGA Tour wins, his last coming at the Sony Open in January 2012.

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