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).