VOORHEESVILLE — Justin Hearley, head pro at Burden Lake Country Club, admits to being quite superstitious, especially when it comes to his golf game.
The 32-year-old ABC and SUNY Delhi graduate recently received the wooden Pinehaven CC 3 headgear from his late grandfather and was told to use the mojo from it for the help win Wednesday’s NENY PGA Professional Championship at Albany Country Club. He believes the headgear played a major role in helping him hold off Chris Sanger to capture his second career major.
Hey Mexico. Sanger, head pro at Woodstock GC, shot a 70-142 and will also travel to New Mexico next spring. Alternates Kyle Kressler of Cedar View GC (75-144), Scott Berliner of Eagle Crest GC (74-146) and Bob Cain of Saratoga National GC (72-147) also have a chance to advance if spots arise. open.
The extremely superstitious Hearley remembers his grandfather’s favorite advice – “see it, feel it, trust him”, writing this message on all his golf balls. He always incorporates something with his favorite purple color into his outfits and wears a purple rubber band on his wrist.
Hearley, who didn’t putt three times on the 36 holes this week, birdied seven times but made a few mistakes on his final holes. He suffered bogeys on the 16the and 17e holes and then hit his tee shot into the woods on No. 18, but managed to save par and win by a few strokes.
“I have never been to the PNC [National Professional Championship]said Hearley, a former longtime Normanside CC assistant. “I qualified as a substitute a few years ago but didn’t go due to COVID and my wife was pregnant and almost ready to have our boy. But I’d rather be behind so I don’t have to sleep in This is the first time in a long time that I have had a chance to enter the final round.
“I had seven birdies, but I made a few mental errors,” admitted Hearley.
“I had a few goals at the start of the spring. I wanted to win three times, I wanted to win a major, and I wanted to win top scorer and player of the year. We are in a good position and I have four wins and a major with Match Play to come.
LOCALS SWEEP SENIOR TITLES
Susan Kahler of Ballston Spa CC captured her second New York State Women’s Senior Amateur crown with a 78 in the final round for a total of 7 of 151 days to win by three strokes over Mary Scatena of Pinehaven CC and Carolyn of Binghamton CC. Mancini on Wednesday at RaNac GC in Ithaca.
Kahler won his third NEWGA crown this summer and also has 21 club championships at Ballston Spa CC as well as two NYSGA mixed tag team championships with his brother, Gary.
“It means so much to me,” Kahler told NYSGA. “I am 64 years old and every year new girls arrive. It’s another feather. I just enjoy the game and I love the game. I thank my dad for teaching me the game. He’s still here at 93 and called me right after the inning to congratulate me and that means a lot.
Local women have won six of the last nine NYS senior women’s amateurs.
Wolferts Roost CC’s Mary Jo Kelly repeated as the NYS Women’s Super Senior Amateur Champion (65+) shooting 81-77-158. Kelly is a former NYS women’s amateur titlist and six-time NEWGA champion with over 30 club titles. Karen Feldman of Olde Kinderhook GC (78-82-160) and Kathy Harkins of Ballston Spa CC (77-83-160) tied for third.
Albany’s Kennedy Swedick finished 10e (10 over par) in the girls’ division, while Kellen Dean of Saratoga Springs was tied for fourth (4 under par) in the boys’ division, where Queensbury’s Brayden Dock was tied for 23rd rank (5 over par) in the American Junior Golf Association’s UHY Albany Junior Championship this week at Normanside CC.
Anne Van Buren won the Pinehaven CC Women’s Club Championship.
At Shaker Ridge CC, Dee Coca won the Women’s Club Championship by eight strokes over Rachel Barlette.
Brady Tremblay (boys 16-18) of Lake Placid, Kieran Cummins (boys 13-15) of Loudonville, Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park (girls 16-18) and Sienna Wheeler (girls 13-15) of Schenectady won the NENY PGA Junior Player of the Year
The entry deadline to compete in the 2022 Hales Mills Country Club Club Championship will be September 12. The registration fee will be $35. Flights will be determined after the signing deadline. The format will be a knockout match play in flights. Players must be members of Hales Mills CC to be eligible. Call the pro shop at 518-736-4622 for more information.
HOLES IN ONE
Brian Curtin hit the 152-yard sixth hole with an 8-iron for his first career hole-in-one at Eagle Crest Golf Club.
Art Friedson hit an 8-iron for a hole-in-one on the 135-yard second hole at Hales Mills CC, where Larry Curran hit a hybrid 4-for-an ace on the same hole.
Did Boltri win the 14e hole with a 60 degree wedge 30 yards out at Orchard Creek while playing in the Big Bamboo league.
Jeff Faulkner hit a 5-wood approach shot for an eagle on the par-5 14e hole at the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.
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