Posted on August 6, 2013 by Patrick Moran
It’s media day at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, site of this year’s PGA Championship, which gets under way Thursday. Of course the center of attention remains Tiger Woods, who has won five times on tour this season including last week, but has yet to win a major since capturing the U.S. Open in 2008.
Wood’s talked about a lot of topics, including the greens at Oak Hill, which he said are up to speed now and will be around an 11 on the stimp.
“Going to be a great test.” Woods said.
Woods didn’t fare well when the PGA Championship was hosted by Oak Hill in 2003. He finished in a tie for 39th place and shot 12 over par. Shaun Micheel won with a four under by two shots over Chad Campbell.
You can see live video and press conference recaps from today in Rochester on the Golf Channel website.
(Photo: Jack Haley/Messenger Post)
Posted on August 5, 2013 by Patrick Moran
It’s definitely a thrilling time for PGA fans in the Western New York area. Oak Hill County Club in Rochester is set to host the PGA Championship—the final major golf tournament of 2013 beginning Thursday morning.
Via photographer Jack Haley, pictured is this year’s Masters champion, Adam Scott chatting it up on the 18th green with Bill Hass as the top players in the world are in town undergoing final preparations.
Scott will be paired with the two other major winners this year, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson in a threesome teeing off at 1:45pm Thursday.
Tiger Woods is paired with Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley and have a much earlier (8:35am) Thursday tee time.
This is the fifth men’s pro golf major hosted by Oak Hill Country Club, including its second PGA Championship. The last occurred in 2003 when an unheralded Shaun Micheel took home the Wanamaker Trophy.
The course also played host the Ryder Cup in 1995.
According to Club press releases the course record is 64, shared by the great Ben Hogan in 1942 and most recently Curtis Strange in 1989.
We’ll have plenty of updates, stories and photographs throughout what promises to be an exciting week of golf.
(Photo: Jack Haley)
Posted on February 6, 2012 by Mike Dyer
The New York State Golf Association will be heading west July 17-19 for the Men’s Amateur Golf Championship.
The 72-hole event is slated for picturesque Elmira Country Club here in the Finger Lakes Region.
Defending champion Dominic Bozzelli is expected to find strong competition from West New York shot-makers Ken Riter of Amherst, Blake Gianning, Carter Lucas and Matt Weins, all of Rochester and East Aurora’s Bill Hanes and Pete Creighton.
The Buffalo qualifier will be held at Wanaka Country Club in Hamburg on May 31. Wanakah, built in 1899, offers a difficult par-72, 6,952-yard layout. Entries will close on May 28.
For more details contact the New York State Golf Association’s website.
Posted on June 1, 2010 by Patrick Moran
One of the delightful things about South Shore golf course is that it provides a mixture of challenges and opportunity for golfers of all skill levels. For every hole that has you scratching your head if you fail to make par, there’s another waiting that’ll have you fist pumping if your score matches what the scorecard says it should.
As is the case with most public courses, South Shore has a number of holes that hardly will test how far your game has come along. But as I’m rapidly learning with most courses where anyone with a set of a clubs and a few bucks in their pocket can play, the trials and tribulations that lie on these greens are as strenuous as the prestigious clubs you must be a member to play at.
Golf Course Review: South Shore Country Club – continue reading…
Posted on May 25, 2010 by Patrick Moran
One of the real staples in Western New York golf, Grover Cleveland Golf Course is steep in tradition. It was the site of the 1912 U.S. Open, won by John McDermott.
That was a long time ago.
Now mainly considered a breeding ground for people learning the game and elders not wanting to walk longer, hilly venues, Grover is hardly a skilled tournament-level golf course. In fact, you’re as likely to see gentlemen in sandals and tee shirts shanking iron shots while enjoying a few “pops” as you are witnessing accomplished veterans spinning wedges back towards the flag.
Golf Course Review: Grover Cleveland – continue reading…
Posted on May 19, 2010 by Patrick Moran
Two of the eight sports Erie Community College President Jack Quinn decided in March to eliminate were men’s and women’s golf. Along with the six different track and field sports, they’re getting the axe when the current season soon comes to a close
According to multiple reports, the expense saved with the purging of the eight sports programs totals roughly $40,000, based on 2008-09 numbers available from U.S. Department of Education— including slightly more than seven grand for golf.
After his preliminary fury wore off upon learning of the cuts, golf coach Don Lockwood went about exploring ways to keep his men’s and women’s teams intact. He concluded the only way to keep his golf program afloat was finding a way to fund it themselves. After all, seven grand isn’t exactly chump change, but it’s surely not insurmountable by any means.
Lockwood determined the greatest way to augment golfing funds would be to hold an actual golf tournament. He booked Harvest Hill golf course in Orchard Park for Monday August 23rd and the strategy was to use it as a benefit for his teams. Surely the blend of golf enthusiasts, weekend hackers and student-athlete supporters would make this an easy sell.
“The Legend of Bagger Quinn” – continue reading…
Posted on September 23, 2009 by Patrick Moran
Our debut golf post here at Buffalo Sports Daily isn’t a happy one.
Regrettably, it looks like PGA Senior Tour and former Buffalo native Jim Thorpe is in big trouble with the law.