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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Results: MGA Public Links championship

Monroe’s Colby Lewis finished tied for 29th place at the Metropolitan Golf Association Public Links championship at Eisenhower State Park in East Meadow.

Lewis was tied for ninth after a first-round, 1-over 72. He shot an 8-over 79 in the second round. Lewis eagled the par-5, 12th hole in the first round.

West Point’s Matt Biehle tied for 36th (12-over 154) with consecutive rounds of 77. Newburgh’s Jim Kienz rebounded from a 14-over 85 in the first round to post a second-round, 4-over 75. Kienz, who tied for 50th, had four birdies in the second round.

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Kleeschulte heading to 4th U.S. Amateur

Doug Kleeschulte qualified for his second straight major amateur tournament in as many days Tuesday.

This time, Kleeschulte needed 37 holes to advance. The 2008 Kingston graduate made a par on the first playoff hole at Laurel Links Country Club to punch his fourth ticket to the United States Amateur.

Kleeschulte holed a birdie putt from 10 feet on 18th hole of his second round to force the playoff.

Might take some researching but have to believe that Kleeschulte’s four U.S. Amateur appearance are a local record.

Kleeschulte, 25, has previously played the U.S. Amateur in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

On Monday, Kleeschulte qualified for his third Met Amateur in the last six years.

Kleeschulte will play in the U.S. Amateur, beginning on August 17 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.

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Results: Kleeschulte qualifies for Met Am

Doug Kleeschulte will play in his third Met Amateur in six years.

Kleeschulte, a 2008 Kingston graduate, shot a 2-over-par 74 to tie for seventh at Colonial Springs Golf Club in Farmingdale and qualify for the Met Amateur.  He made one birdie on the eighth hole.

This year’s Met Amateur will be held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. on July 30-August 2. Kleeschulte advanced to match play at the 2012 Met Amateur at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. and stroke play in 2010 at Quaker Ridge.


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Results: Westchester Open first round

Tyler Cline of Tuxedo Club was the lone local golfer to make the first-round cut Monday at the Westchester Open at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase.

Cline shot a 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 33rd place. The second and third rounds will be held Tuesday. Danny Balin of Burning Tree leads the tournament after firing a 9-under 63.

Dave Fusco, a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, missed the cut by one shot, carding a 3-over 75.

Jeff Schaller, a 2009 Kingston graduate, shot a 12-over 84 in his professional debut.

Other local scores were: 77 (tied for 64th) – John Stoltz, Concord; Bobby Heins, formerly of Monticello. 78 (tied for 78th) – Matt Decker, Minisink Valley graduate; Colby Lewis, Monroe-Woodbury graduate; John Schmoll, Osiris. 79 (tied for 88th) – Andrew DeForest, Rondout Valley graduate; Chris DeForest, Rondout Valley graduate. 85 (tied for 115th) – Nick Yaun, Liberty graduate.


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