DeForest leads 5 State Open qualifiers out of Powelton

Cottekill’s Andrew DeForest fired a 1-under-par 69 and advanced to the New York State Open with a third-place finish at the tournament’s Hudson Valley qualifier Tuesday at Powelton Club in Newburgh.

DeForest, a two-time Section 9 champion in 2009 and 2010, carded an eagle on the par-5, fourth hole and added three birdies.

Joining DeForest, a 2010 Section 9 champion at the State Open on July 16-18 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale are Devlin Walsh of Tarry Brae, who tied for fourth with an even-par 70, and Eldred graduate David Powers, Washingtonville graduate Matt Dickson and Valley Central graduate Josh Kienz, who all tied for 12th with 1-over 71s.

Walsh eagled the par-5, 11th hole and had four birdies. Dickson and Powers both had an eagle on No. 4.

Missing the cut were Joe Condomitti (Tuxedo Club, Cornwall graduate) 72; John Stoltz (Concord, Minisink Valley graduate) 72; Geoff DeMarco (Powelton Club) 72; Henry Bosch (Southern Dutchess, Eldred graduate) 74; Jake Hommel (Wiltwyck, Kingston graduate) 74; Jeff Schaller (Twaalfskill, Kingston graduate) 74; Justin Lane (Woodstock) 75; Pat Mainey (Powelton Club) 75; Tommy Lucas (West Hills) 79; Sean Moroney (Powelton Club) 79.

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Final-round 66 ties Ryan Rodriguez for third at Westchester Open

Ryan Rodriguez’s impressive final round netted the 2016 Cornwall graduate a tie for third place at Westchester Open.

Rodriguez, who will be a junior at Binghamton University, fired a bogey-free, 4-under-par 66 to finish the 54-hole tournament at 3-under 207 at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale. Rodriguez’s third round included four birdies.

The three-time Varsity 845 golfer of the year started Tuesday with a even-par 70 in the second round.

Amateur Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow Country Club won the Open with a 12-under 198 with rounds of 63, 70 and 65.

John Stoltz, a 2002 Minisink Valley graduate playing out of Shawangunk, tied for 5th place (2-under 208). Stoltz also fired a final-round, 4-under 66.



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Cody Cox punches ticket to U.S. Amateur

Cody Cox had played 36 holes of competitive golf Monday at Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton.

So, what was two more holes especially with the reward at stake?

Cox birdied the second playoff to captured the third and final qualifying spot for the U.S. Amateur on August 13-19 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. He finished in a 36-hole tie at 2-over 146 with Woodstock’s Justin Lane, a three-time Ulster County Amateur champion, and Canada’s Cullen Chung and Tyson Turchanski. Lane and Turchanski made par on the first playoff hole. While, Lane had a bogey and Chung a double bogey. Cox was on the green in two shots on the par-5, second playoff hole. He two-putted for the birdie.

United States Golf Association tournaments are nothing new to Cox. He qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2010 and 2011.


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Stoltz advances in U.S. Open qualifier

Minisink Valley graduate John Stoltz is 36 holes away from playing in his first U.S. Open.

Stoltz fired a 2-under-par 69 to tie for medalist honors at the Open local qualifier at Mount Kisco Country Club Tuesday.

Only five golfers in the field of 80 advances to the 36-hole section qualifying phase.

Stoltz birdied three straight holes (No. 12-14) on the back nine.

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Powelton Club hosts Met Amateur qualifier Thursday

Washingtonville’s Matt Dickson, Kingston’s Scott Kleeschulte and Monroe-Woodbury graduate Tom McHugh are among the local golfers competing at the Met Amateur qualifier Thursday at Powelton Club in Newburgh.

Dickson, who will be a senior at Washingtonville, qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur last month. Kleeschulte, a rising senior at Kingston, won the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association high school championship in May and recently tied for second at the Ulster County Amateur. McHugh, who played collegiately at Division I Iona, was the Section 9 high school champion as a Monroe-Woodbury senior in 2011.

The top five golfers plus ties advance to the Met Amateur on August 3-6 at Laurel Links Country Club in Laurel.

Other local golfers in the field are Cody Cox, a 2013 Delaware Valley (Pa.) graduate, Washingtonville graduate Connor McKallen, Powelton Club’s Pat Mainey and Scott Worsdale of Otterkill.

Cox, who played at Division I Penn State, was a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier in high school.

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Powers headed to Met Amateur

David Powers, a 2016 Eldred graduate, qualified for his first Met Amateur, firing a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday at Black Oak Golf Club in Long Valley, N.J.

Powers finished fourth in a field of 59 golfers. The top four golfers advanced to the Met Amateur on August 3-6 at Laurel Links Country Club in Laurel. Powers, who finished 38th at the Ike Championship last week, made three birdies on No. 7, 8 and 13 in his round.

Powers were a member of St. Peter’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship team as a freshman this past spring. He shot an even-par 71 in the final round of the NCAA Division I regional in May at Austin, Texas.

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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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