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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Local golf calendar

July 6-7: Westchester Open, Brae Burn CC, Purchase
July 6-7: Lincoln Women’s Met Open, Upper Montclair CC, Clifton, N.J. In the field – Meghan Ryan, Warwick Valley CC.
July 6: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, West Hills CC, Middletown
July 6: Met Amateur qualifier, Colonial Springs, Farmingdale. In the field – Doug Kleeschulte, Kingston.
July 7: Metropolitan Golf Association Men’s Four-Ball Championship, Whippoorwill Club, Armonk. In the field – Frnke Ibbetson, Les Denisar, Osiris CC; Mike Brabham, Michael Decker, Rondout GC; Dan Gardella, Chris Schutz, Tuxedo Club.
July 7: U.S. Amateur qualifier, Laurel Links CC. In the field – Doug Kleeschulte, Kingston.
July 7: U.S. Amateur qualifier, Manhattan Woods GC, West Nyack. In the field – Pat Mainey, Newburgh; Ryan Rodriguez, Highland Mills; Devlin Walsh, Napanoch.
July 9: Metropolitan Golf Association Public Links Championship, Eisenhower State Park (Red) Golf Course, East Meadow. In the field – Matt Biehle, West Point; Jim Kienz, Newburgh; Colby Lewis, Monroe;
July 10: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Powelton Club, Newburgh
July 13: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Otterkill G&CC, Campbell Hall
July 14-16: New York State Open, Bethpage Black, Farmingdale. In the field – Tyler Cline, Tuxedo Club; Michael Decker, Lochmor; Andrew DeForest, Rondout GC; Chris DeForest, Rondout GC; Chris Ferraro, Wiltwyck GC; Jeff Schaller, Twaalfskill Club; John Stoltz, Concord; Nick Yaun, Liberty graduate.
July 14-16: Met Junior, Paramount GC, New City. In the field – Ryan Rodriguez, Highland Mills.
July 14-16: New York State Women’s Amateur, Tuscarora GC, Marcellus. In the field – Joanna Beatty, Newburgh; Tori DeGroodt, Walden; Skye Gregory, Walden.
July 14: Met Aamteur qualifier, Links at Union Vale, Lagrangeville. In the field – Matt Biehle, West Point GC; Cody Cox, Milford, Pa.; Ethan DeForest, Rondout GC; James Donahue, Mansion Ridge; Avedis Jolakian, Mansion Ridge; Jim Kienz, Newburgh; Brandon Kraft, Rondout GC; Colby Lewis, Mansion Ridge; Devlin Walsh, Concord
July 15: Met Amateur qualifier, Ardsley CC. In the field – Matt DeMaro, Valley Central grad; Toby Dipaolo, Tuxedo Club.
July 16: Met PGA Junior Westchester Tour, West Point GC
July 19: New York State Men’s Amateur qualifier, Kaluhyat GC at Turning Stone, Verona. In the field – Ethan DeForest, Cottekill; Doug Kleeschulte, Kingston; Scott Kleeschulte, Kingston; Colby Lewis, Monroe.
July 21-23: New York State Men’s Amateur, Kaluhyat GC at Turning Stone, Verona. In the field – Tyler Cline, Tuxedo; John Hornbeck, Rosendale.
July 22: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Warwick Valley CC
July 27: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Osiris CC
July 29: Metropolitan Golf Association Carter Cup, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J. In the field: Ryan Rodriguez, Highland Mills.
July 30-August 2: Met Amateur, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.
July 31: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Beekman GC, Hopewell Junction
August 4: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, McCann GC, Poughkeepsie
August 6: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Vassar College CC, Poughkeepsie
August 7: Met PGA Junior Westchester Tour, Powelton Club, Newburgh
August 13: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Dutchess CC, Poughkeepsie
August 18: Met PGA Junior Westchester Tour, Otterkill G&CC, Campbell Hall
August 19: Hudson Valley Junior Tour, Casperkill GC, Poughkeepsie
August 25-27: Met Open, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck.

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VIDEO: 2015 Herdegen champion Jeff Schaller

Jeff Schaller’s going out a winner.

Schaller defended his Ulster County Amateur (Herdegen) title in dramatic fashion, making birdies on the final two holes. After the victory, Schaller said he’s turning professional. He played well in Westchester Open and New York State Open qualifiers earlier this month.

Schaller, who will turn 24 next month, makes his pro debut on July 6 at the Westchester Open at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase.

While Schaller turns pro, Doug Kleeschulte, his best friend and runner-up at the Herdegen, plays in the Metropolitan Golf Association Ike championship at Friar’s Head in Riverhead Monday.

Kleeschulte made Schaller work for Herdegen championship. He started the final round three strokes behind Schaller and caught him at the seventh hole with a birdie. Kleeschulte took the lead with birdie on the eighth hole. He holed a shot out of the far-side rough for an eagle on No. 12 to take a two-stroke lead. Schaller, who had some earlier birdie tries fall short, needed two putts down the stretch at No. 17 and 18 for the win.

Check out Schaller’s birdie on No. 18 and an interview with the champion below.

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Herdegen first-round results: Schaller 68, takes lead

Defending champion Jeff Schaller fired a 2-under-par 68 Friday at Woodstock Golf Club to earn the first-round lead at the Ulster County Men’s Amateur (Herdegen).

Schaller, 23, a 2009 Kingston graduate, took a one-stroke advantage over Doug Kleeschulte, a 2008 Kingston graduate, and Juan Weissenburg, into Saturday’s second round at Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club. Kleeschulte and Weissenburg were the only other golfers to break par Friday, shooting 1-under 69s.

Ulster Country Amateur (Herdegen)
(First round at Woodstock GC, par 70)
Jeff Schaller 32-36-68; Doug Kleeschulte, Jr. 34-35-69; Juan Weissenberg 36-33-69; Devon Condo 36-36-72; John Garcia 37-36-73; Devlin Walsh 40-34-74; Ethan DeForest 40-35-75; Kevin Mackey 39-36-75; Jake Hommel 38-37-75; Denis Appleyard 41-35-76; Shawn Burgher 36-40-76; Alex Harcher 41-36-77; M. Scott Via 40-37-77; John Hornbeck 39-38-77; Peter Weir 39-38-77; John Durcan 38-39-77; Brian Williams 40-38-78; Rob Every 40-38-78; Phil Harris 38-40-78; Nick Hoffstatter 38-40-78

Richard Siegel 41-38-79; Scott Kleeschulte 41-38-79; Brian Pesavento 40-39-79; Ryan LaConture 40-39-79; Tom Decker 39-40-79; Matt Teetsell 41-39-80; Paul Hubbard 38-42-80; Anthony Batista 37-43-80; Robert Marks 35-45-80; Nicholas Armstrong 43-38-81; Jim Vermilyea 42-39-81; Joey Puleo 41-40-81; Doug Kleeschulte Sr. 41-40-81; Chris Bianco 41-40-81; Dayson Dooling 43-39-82;
Tom Mayone Jr. 42-40-82; Tony Rinaldi 41-41-82; Chris Carr 40-42-82; Dean Palen 40-42-82; Andre Manginelli 43-40-83; Justin Theilig 41-42-83; Travis Hornbeck 39-44-83; Harris Cohn 42-42-84; Tom Sanford 43-43-86; Brandon Kraft 43-44-87; Tom Mayone Sr. 42-47-89;
Nicholas Baker 41-49-90.

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