Buffalo-area golfers littered the leader board at the first New York State Golf Association event of the year - except the very top spot.
The Rochester-area duo of John Kircher and Michael Mercier won the Men’s Four-Ball Amateur Championship at Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown, defeating the local pairing of Billy Hanes and Jamie Miller with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Both teams had shot two-day totals of 7-under 137 in the four-ball format, in which two teams of two players compete with each player playing his own ball (four balls in play) and the lowest score among partners being recorded for a hole.
The Buffalo-area team of Bob Rosen and Billy Gaffney finished third at 6-under 138, missing out on the playoff by one shot, while fellow locals Matt Stasiak and Jonathan Clark – the tournament’s defending champions – finished fourth at 5-under 137.
Elsewhere, Lonnie Nielsen won the Western New York PGA’s Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel Pro-Am at Elkdale Country Club, shooting a round of 1-under 69. Nielsen finished two strokes clear of a three-way tie for second place among Tim Fries, Rob Horak and Kirk Stauffer.
The Buffalo District Golf Association held its annual Tournament of Champions at the Links at Ivy Ridge, with Dan Yustin carding an even-par 72 to win by one shot over Mike Boss. Sean Mahon and Timothy Hutton tied for third place with rounds of 3-over 75.
Senior winner Randy Kramer shot a 2-over 74 for a one-stroke victory over Scott Dean, while Wendy Martin was the women’s winner.