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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Results: Hudson Valley Junior Tour West Hills

Defending champion Brian Crawford won the first event of the Hudson Valley Junior Golf series, shooting a 9-over-par 81 at West Hills Country Club in Middletown Monday.

Sean Adams of Valley Central placed second in the 16-18 boys division with an 82.

Hudson Valley Junior Golf
(at West Hills Country Club, Middletown, par 36, 9 holes, par 72, 18 holes)
Boys 16-18 (18 holes)
Brian Crawford 81; Sean Adams 82; Ryan Betcher 85; Ian Laroe 88; Chris Flanagan 97; Dylan O’Sullivan 99; Chris Hughes 104; Gavin McDermott 110; Ike Bastadi 113.

Boys 13-15 (18 holes)
Matt Dickson 79; Justin Pucci 81; Mike Bertotti 86; Gannon Yarmus 90; Zack Foley 92; Justen Betcher 93; Brandon Bell 95; Alex Mueller 96; Seth DeWitt 98; Joey Jones 99; Ian Stirt 99; Justin Boehike 100; Cade Cabrera 100; Joseph Reed 101; Colin Beagan 110.

Boys 13-15 (9 holes)
Shaun Colagiovanni 46; Thomas Hagan 53; Stephen Peterson 55; Salvatore Somma 55; Mike DeVogel 59; Nicholas Dugan 60; Zach Garrant 62; Chris Gibson 62.

Girls 16-18 (18 holes)
Kristin Scali 82; Marissa Bennett 102; Jessica Rallo 113; Ashley Squire 115

Girls 13-15 (18 holes)
Olivia Klugman 103; Kelsey Tuan 113

Girls 16-18 (9 holes)
Emily Hendershot 59; Julie Lepre 61; Emilia Ricciardi 73

Girls 13-15 (9 holes)
Keira Dillon 65; Ava Delardi 66; Taylor Squire 74

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