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2022 NEW YORK STATE MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPMID-AMATEUR CONDUCTED BY THE Seven Oaks Golf Club - Hamilton, New York September 23-25, 2022

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President - Henry Fust, Onondaga G&CC

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ABOUT THE NYSGA

On behalf of the entire New York State Golf Asso ciation, welcome to the 38th Men’s Mid-Amateur TheChampionship.NYSGAispleased

to join with the leader ship and staff of Seven Oaks Golf Club to provide a fair challenge in crowning New York State’s Men’s Mid-Amateur winner.

We are proud to return to Seven Oaks again this year. This time for the Mid-Amateur Champion Theship.38th

New York State Mid-Amateur will be the first of it’s kind to take place at Seven Oaks, but the the club has hosted many memorable state championships over the years. Before this season, the Boys’ and Girls’ Junior Amateur Championships took place at Seven Oaks each year since We2016.certainly

anticipate an exciting and memorable competition over the next several days, and the golf course and setup will surely challenge the players to utilize their full ability and skill.

I’d like to offer our thanks and appreciation to the management, club and pro shop staff, and especially the course grounds crew, whose combined efforts have provided us with this wonderful championship ven

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I’d like to thank our NYSGA staff and fantastic team of tournament volunteers, who work tirelessly to provide a first-class experience and sup port the talented players that participate in our competitions.

We hope you enjoy this year’s championship and we appreciate your sup port of our association and tournaments. If there’s anything that we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of the NYSGA staff.

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Seven Oaks Golf Club has a rich history which dates back to 1916 when a group of faculty at neighboring Colgate University and some townspeople met to form a local golf club.

This first nine-hole layout, named Hamilton Golf Club was built in 1917-18 and was located on the upper portion of the hill behind the student dormitories.

In 1927, New York City’s Thomas Winston was hired to redesign the original layout. With the transition came a renaming of the course to Seven Oaks in honor of the an cestral home of the Colgate family in England.

Less than ten years later, in 1934, a proposal was made to construct an 18-hole course on the newly-acquired Dunn Farm (where holes 1-12 are currently located). Gene Sara zen was brought on to help design the course, along with a young architect named Robert Trent Jones. Sarazen wanted to create his concept of an “Augusta of the North.”

The first nine was completed in 1958 and the second nine in 1965. The original course on the hill was closed and the name transferred to the new, modern-day Seven Oaks Golf Club.

The brook-laden Robert Trent Jones original presents a great challenge for any player that navigates the tricky layout.

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The Championship is open to male amateur golfers. Players must be a member of the NYSGA, defined as either belonging to an NYSGA member club or an NYSGA eClub (NYS residency required of eClub members). Players must be at least 25 years old as of September 23, 2022 and must have an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index of 10.4 or less issued by their NYSGA member club.

Format 38th NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur - Stroke Play, 54 Holes

Ties

In the event of a tie, a sudden-death playoff will be held immediately following play.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 22 // Practice Rounds

Friday, September 23 // Round 1 (18 Holes)

Saturday, September 24 // Round 2 (18 Holes) Sunday, September 25 // Round 3 (18 Holes)

There is a cut after 18 holes to the low-60 players and ties, and after 36 holes to the low-30 players and ties.

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Past Champions of the New York State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

1984 Glens Falls CC Charles Murphy, Albany

1985 Drumlins CC (East) Don Allen, Rochester

1986 Crag Burn GC Ken Andrychuk, Clifton Springs

1987 CC of Rochester Don Allen, Rochester

1988 Wolferts Roost CC Bruce Aubin, Poughkeepsie

1989 Bellevue CC Tom Flynn, Syracuse

1990 Dutchess G&CC Steve Nosonowitz, Poughkeepsie

1991 Brookfield CC John Baldwin, New York City

1992 Bristol Harbour GC Alan Foster, Manlius

1993 McGregor Links CC Cliff Earle, Saratoga Springs

1994 Wayne Hills CC David Benedict, Rochester

1995 Ontario GC Alan Foster, Manlius

1996 Normanside CC Mike May, Auburn

1997 Elmira CC Michael Valicenti, Elmira

1998 Yahnundasis GC Luke Hobika, Utica

1999 Crag Burn GC Jim Roy, Syracuse

2000 Bellevue CC Tim Hume, Williamsville

2001 Leatherstocking GC Jim Roy, Syracuse

2002 Westwood CC Jim Roy, Syracuse

2003 Teugega CC Patrick Pierson, Central Nyack

2004 Shaker Ridge CC Jim Roy, Syracuse

2005 CC of Rochester Matt Clarke, Loudonville

2006 Brookfield CC Aaron Tallman, Lancaster

2007 Dutchess G&CC John Vaccaro, Albany

2008 Elmira CC Tim Rose, Endicott

2009 Glens Falls CC Ken Riter, Buffalo

2010 Crag Burn GC Tim Hume, Cheektowaga

2011 Dutchess G&CC Jimmy Welch, Valatie

2012 Midvale CC Tim Spitz, Pittsford

2013 Onondaga G&CC Jim Scorse, Churchville

2014 Teugega CC Jamie Miller, Silver Creek

2015 Wolferts Roost CC Luke Hobika, Dewitt

2016 Stafford CC Jim Scorse, Churchville

2017 Yahnundasis GC Patrick Keegan, Rochester

2018 Wanakah CC Jamie Miller, Hamburg

2019 Tuscarora GC Bradford Tilley, Easton, Conn.

2020 Suspended for COVID-19 pandemic

2021 Shaker Ridge CC Carl Schimenti, Ithaca

Year Host Club Champion 2019 Champion Brad Tilley 2014 & 2018 Champion Jamie Miller
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SCHIMENTI CAPTURES 37TH NYS MID-AMATEUR IN PLAYOFF

The 37th NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur came down to a two-hole playoff, where Carl Schimenti of Cornell University Golf Course emerged victorious to take home his first state title at Shaker Ridge Country Club on Sunday.

PLACE NAME CLUB SCORE

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Carl Schimenti Cornell University GC 70-70-76--216 (+3)

2 Chris Blyth

Locust Hill CC 71-74-71--216 (+3)

3 Darin Goldstein Deepdale GC 72-76-69--217 (+4)

4 Billy Hanes

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Jimmy Pizzutelli

Crag Burn GC 76-72-71--219 (+6)

Park CC 69-74-76--219 (+6)

Schimenti held a three-stroke lead that he built after Saturday’s second round through 15 holes on Sunday. On the tough finishing stretch, he bogeyed 15 and 16, and double bogeyed 17 to drop to three-over heading into the final hole.

“Three putting from 25 feet just off the green was kinda tough,” Schimenti said. “Again a three-putt from the fringe on 16. Then my only bad swing on the back nine was the tee ball on 17. We lost one right and was trying to be aggressive, hit the driver and sometimes that happens when you swing at it Thathard.”gave

Chris Blyth of Locust Hill Country Club the opportunity to climb back. After a birdie on hole 14, he parred the rest of the way to stay at three-over, and awaited his fate as Schimenti teed off on his 54th hole of the championship.

Carl Schimenti outlasted Chris Blyth in a two-hole playoff. Carl Schimenti
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“My playing partners and myself, we were checking the leaderboard on the whole back nine,” Blyth said. “I kind of knew where I was, going down 17 and 18.”

Schimenti hit the green’s upper tier on the par-four eighteenth hole in two shots, setting up a difficult downhill putt. He sent it nearly 20 feet past the hole.

“I wasn’t feeling too good and it was long enough of a putt that it wasn’t a short tester,” Schimenti said. “I could give it a full stroke. These greens are really subtle and sometimes you’re trying to read a break where there isn’t Lookingsome.”atan

uphill putt, Schimenti hit it straight on and sank it to send the championship to a “Onplayoff.that

putt I was looking for a break, didn’t see any so I basically ended up just playing it straight and hit it hard enough,” Schimenti said. “That was a good read on my part. That gave me a lot more confidence heading into the playoff.”

Teeing off from the first hole, Schimenti and Blyth each two-putted for par. On the second hole, Blyth’s approach shot landed about 40 feet above the hole. Schimenti placed his approach on the fringe in front of the green about 12 feet short of the flag.

Blyth three-putted, while Schimenti set himself up for a tap-in par to win the championship.

“I think I was just really smart leaving it short of the hole on the fringe,” Schimenti said. “It feels great. It’s really probably my biggest win ever...I felt like I really played well this week and was deserving of being up there, at least in conten

Blythtion.”

added, “My playing partners this morning had the same exact putt so I knew that it was fast and that it would run away from me if I hit a bad putt, so I knew I had to baby it down there. I just mishit it and misread it and it just got away from me, so it was kind of unfortu

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who also won the Tomp kins County Amateur last summer, has participated in three additional NYS Men’s Mid-Ama teur championships. His next highest finish was fifth place in 2018.

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“It’s nice to finish it off. The NYSGA events are the big events on my calendar, so that means a lot,” Schimenti said. “Down the stretch, I hit some bad short game shots and kind of bled (the lead) away, but really overall, five-over on a day like today was still not a bad score.”

Blyth’s second place finish came in his first mid-amateur appearance. He finished runner-up at the NYS Men’s Amateur in 2018 and 2019.

“I was pretty happy that I made it to that point without playing at all coming into this week so I was really proud of myself for battling and getting into the playoff,” Blyth said. “Being runner-up the first time is good...hopefully one of these days I’ll break through and get the win.”

With a two-under 69 in the final round, Darin Goldstein of Deepdale Golf Club finished in third place, shooting four-over 217 for the weekend.

Billy Hanes of Crag Burn Golf Club and first round co-leader Jimmy Pizzutelli shared fourth place at six-over to round out the top five.

Timothy Coykendall of Brook Lea Country Club (+9), Michael Auerbach of Bellport Golf Club (+9), Daniel Gabel of Mahopac Golf and Beach Club (+10), Bill Moore of Bellevue Country Club (+10), Joe Quijano of Country Club of Troy (+10) and Bobby McCartney of RDGA eClub (+10) finished in the top ten, which earned them an exemption into the 2022 NYS Men’s Amateur at Onondaga Golf & Country Club.

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