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New York State Deputies Association Celebrity Golf Classic

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2014 NYSDA Celebrity Golf Classic

Sat. May 31,2014

@ Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston NY

Play 18 holes of golf and socialize with legends from the Buffalo Sabers and Buffalo BIlls.

Cost: $130 or $500 a foersome.

Contact:  Norm Itjen 585-409-4540

Joe Ciffa (JRC Promotions) 716-694-7867

Event Date and Time

May 31, 2014 - 9:00am - 3:40pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Terry Hills crowns season's champions

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Press release:

Club Championships were held on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. The Championship Flight winner was Bob Chmielowiec. Runner-up was Matt Lee, who made a dramatic charge on Sunday to shoot a 76, but fell one shot short. “B” Flight winner was Jim Dommer, followed by Ray Valtin. Congratulations to all the golfers.

The Ladies Championship was also held. This year’s Club Champion is Danielle Rotondo.  This is a repeat Championship for Danielle. Runner-up is Jean Berry, followed by Nancy Bachulak and Terry Starowitz. Congratulations to all the golfers who took part in this year’s Club Championship. Thank you for a great season.

The Fall Golf League begins Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Stafford CC, more affordable than you might think, with wealth of family activities, club president says

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There's a new energy at Stafford Country Club says club President Marc Staley, with more activities for families and improvements to the golf course that keep it interesting but also make it more playable for those who aren't long hitters.

Stafford is in its 91st year and has had good times and bad times, Staley said, but things seem to be on an upswing these days.

"We try to make sure people come out here and enjoy themselves, that's number one," Staley said. "We have a top-notch course that's playable, a tremendous outdoor pool -- the largest outdoor pool in Genesee County -- a fish pond, bocce ball, tennis, sledding in the winter, dining -- there's a lot of things that are very family friendly about the place."

Stafford, being a private club, has the reputation, of course, of being elitist and stodgy. That might have been true at one time, Staley said, but that was then and this is now. There are more women members and more children around.

"We're working hard to get the word out as a board that this isn't some stuffy place, not some place over in Stafford where only rich people go and hang out and smoke cigars," Staley said. "I think it had that feel to it for many years, and I think by design. A lot of members liked that persona, but times have changed."

It's hard to dispel the myth, according to Staley, because the club's charter prohibits it from spending money on marketing.

The club also can't advertise its membership fees, which are considerably lower than one might expect and for avid golfers as affordable, at least, as playing open-to-the-public courses on a weekly basis.

"When people contact us, they're typically shocked that there's no initiation fee and that there's a dues structure that's payable over 10 months," Staley said. "For a family that's playing 30 or 40 rounds of golf a summer, whose husband, wife and kids are playing, it is every bit as affordable as playing those rounds on a public course where you're paying greens fees and renting a cart every single time. Every time you go, it's a hundred or hundred and twenty bucks if you take a family."

An annual full family membership with unlimited golf is a bit over $3,000, plus members are obligated to spend at least $600 a year on food and drinks, which helps ensure the club can afford to keep staff on its payroll. 

There are also tiers of membership for people who don't play as much golf, or don't play golf at all. A social membership (you can still pay greens fees for up to three rounds a season) is $600. That gets you unlimited access to the clubhouse, pool, two clay tennis courts and all social events.

In recent years, the number of social memberships dropped off, Staley said, but the board is working at incorporating more social events into the calendar to bring some of those members back.

Staley said his experience is typical of many of the family members -- he joined when he was single and 28. Back then, it was all about golf. Now he's married with two young children. His wife golfs, but the family spends a lot of time at the pool (which is has its own food and beverage service) and participating in family events, such as scavenger hunts and family meals.

Six times a year the Staleys participate in the club's "Nine and Dine" event, which puts two couples in a foursome for a best-ball tournament and then the players enjoy a meal together.

It's a great way, he said, for members to meet each other and get to know each other better.

One of the big social events, Staley said, is the annual bocce ball tournament. It's a packed house with an Italian buffet that night.

The big annual events are the club's invitational golf tournament, in which members must invite a guest, and the fall tournament, in which members can play each other. The tournaments tend to be packed, Staley said, and even attract galleries who follow the play.

The course opened in 1922 and was designed by Walter Travis, a renowned course designer who had already built several beautiful courses in the Northeast, including Orchard Park, Look Out Point and Cherry Hill.

In the middle part of the century, some of the Travis-designed features were lost and the club has been working over the past 15 years to bring those features back and to make other improvements to the course, Staley said.

An example at Stafford is shaving the grass shorter on the aprons of the greens. Most of the greens have slopes and mounds around them that can make hitting a green more challenging, but also give the golfer more creative options for pitching, chipping and putting.

"During times of economic stress, maintenance decisions get made, not just at our course, but other courses, too," Staley said. "If you look at some of the history of the courses in Rochester that have been around for years, they change. You really have to make a concerted effort to put them back to play the way they were designed. Only then can you see the brilliance of the designer."

One of the projects under way at Stafford is to build more forward-placed tee boxes. It's part of the USGA's "Play it Forward" program. With more young golfers, more women and more seniors, golf courses need to become more playable.

"When you come out here you want to enjoy yourself," Staley said. "You don't want to get your butt kicked for four hours."

There have also been trees removed that weren't part of the original Travis design, or because they've become diseased; and there has also been a major renovation of the bunkers.

There's a whole, multi-year master plan for improvements.

"It will take us a lot of years and a lot of money to do it, but we're trying to stay committed as a board to doing something to move it along, move it in the right direction," Staley said.

Staley thinks a lot of people in Genesee County simply aren't aware of what Stafford has to offer or what a unique opportunity Stafford offers to golfers who would enjoy a private club membership. He said board members hope they can start to change the Club's image.

"If you picked Stafford up and dropped it in the middle of Perinton, we have a different story here," Staley said. "You would be paying $15,000 or $20,000 up front just to get in the door, but we not here. That's the beauty of this place. It's sort out in the middle of nowhere, and for people who live in Le Roy or in Batavia, you really have a gem out here, a beauty of a place."

On the Web: Stafford Country Club.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

Photos: Golf tournament benefits local athletics

Today is the 7th annual Dave McCarthy Memorial Golf Tournament at Batavia Country Club.

McCarthy was an avid athlete who died in a car accident in 2006.

A field of 144 golfers along with 60 sponsors are raising funds to support athletics in Batavia, including hockey scholarships, Little League, and helping economically disadvantaged families get their children into hockey.

Billy Sutherland, Dan Fix, Mike Sisson and Kevin Rogers.

Paul Spiotta, kneeling, Brett Decker, James DeFreze and Jim DuRei.

Friday, June 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

Genesee County Employees' Golf Tournament

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Genesee Employees Golf Tournament, Saturday September 28th @ Terry Hills Golf Course. Four person scramble $65.00 per person, open to everyone, proceeds go to the Genesee Veterans Support Network.

Contact Norman Itjen @ 585-757-2257 or e-mail (Litjen@rochester.rr.com)


Event Date and Time

September 28, 2013 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Photo: Notre Dame golf team takes second consecutive Section V title

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Notre Dame's golf team won a Section V title in a tournament at the Livingston Country Club in Geneseo.

From left: John Lapple -- 81, Drew Morabito -- 85, Coach Bill Sutherland, Noah Hoy -- 83, Ben Warner -- 87, and Jared Thornton -- 92. This is the second year in a row that they have won the Section 5 Class C Championship with the same five players.

Photo and information submitted by David Warner.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

GCC golf takes 5th at Regionals; Baumeister and Engel qualify for National Tournament

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The Genesee Community College golf team took fifth place at the Region III Tournament hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College on May 13-14.

The Cougars were in third place after day one and fell to fifth after the final round.

Adam Baumeister (78/83), Alec Engel (83/84), Trevor Leach (85/86) and Andrew Steinbrenner (93/98) combined to shoot a 690 during the two-day event which was won by Monroe Community College (635). Jamestown Community College (644), Onondaga Community College (668) and Jefferson Community College (684) rounded out the top-five teams.

In addition to being named to the All-Region team, Baumeister, along with Engel, has qualified to participate in the NJCAA National Tournament which will be held at the Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautaqua, NY. The tournament will run from June 4-7.

Leach, who missed the cut for the national tournament by two strokes, will be first alternate.

(Alec Engel                                                  Adam Baumeister)

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Baumeister fires a 71, GCC golf takes 2nd at invite

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Adam Baumeister shot a one-under 71 to claim first place medalist honors and the Genesee Community College golf team took second place in the GCC Invite on Saturday afternoon at the Batavia Country Club.

GCC individual scores: Trevor Leach 79, Andrew Steinbrenner 80, Alec Engel 82, Gary Neth 87 and Max Sallade 91.

Monroe Community College finished first as a team with a combined score of 303. Genesee tallied a team score of 312 and tied with Onondaga Community College for second place overall. Adirondack Community College finished fourth with a team score of 316 followed by Jefferson Community College (325), Mohawk Valley Community College (327), Tompkins-Cortland Community College (338), Cayuga Community College (338), Niagara County Community College (360) and Mercyhurst North East (410).

(First place medalist Adam Baumeister)

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

Results of Stafford Invitational

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Below are the results of the Stafford Invitational held at the Stafford CC on May 18.

Rob Horak fires a 3-under par 69 to take first place in the individual event at Stafford CC. Michael O'Connor, Bill Lapple and Larry Peters tie with Eddie Suchora, Robert McIntosh and Joe Muscarella in the best 2 of 3 event with a 134.

Steve Bartkowski is WNYPGA Tournament Director.

Rob Horak, Ravenwood GC, 69
Dwayne Randall, Peek'N'Peak, 71
Tom Keenan, Dick's Sporting Goods, 72
Mark Kirk, Crag Burn GC, 72
Michael O'Connor, Kahkwa Club, 72
Kirk Stauffer, Pine Acres CC, 72

Michael O'Connor, Bill Lapple, Larry Peters, 134
Eddie Suchora, Robert McIntosh, Joe Muscarella, 134
Tom, Keenan, Robbie Sinclair, Ernest Truax, 138
Lon Nielsen, Don Gnann, Gregg Bryant, 138
Ryan Swanson, Alex Bianco, Jeff Pratt, 138
Jeff Urzetta, Matt Adonnino, John Lapple, 138
Jason Parker, Brian Sinclair, Bob Sinclair 138

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