Scott Spence maintained home-field advantage Wednesday at the 25th annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open.
Cooperstown native Spence, who played two seasons of golf for Oneonta High, shot a 6-under-par 65 on the opening day of the three-round professional tournament at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown for a two-stroke lead over Roger Stern.
Spence, 51, followed a 32 on the front nine with a 33 on the back nine to take the first-round lead in his inaugural Seniors Open appearance. A resident of Portsmouth, N.H., Spence’s 32 marked the lowest front-nine total in the field of 124 pros vying for the $20,000 top prize.
Stern, who lives in Bethlehem, Pa., shot a 36 on the front nine but pulled within two strokes of the lead with a 31 on the back nine, the lowest nine-hole total of the tournament thus far.
Defending champion Bobby Heins (Purchase) matched Roy Vucininch (Moon Township, Pa.) at 68 as both shot 34s on the front and back nines for a share of third place.
National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, who is competing in the Seniors Open for the second time, is in a three-way tie for fifth. He shot 35-34 for a 2-under-par 69 and is deadlocked with Don Brigham (Jersey City, N.J.) and Joe Clark Jr. (Holderness, N.H.).
Windham Country Club pro Brian Lowe is nine shots off the lead. He shot a 36-38_74 to earn a share of 43rd place.
Schmidt will tee off at 8:18 a.m. today during the second round. Three of the 127 senior pros withdrew from the $100,000 tournament, which concludes Friday.
Leaders Wednesday from the first round of the 25th annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open at the par-71 Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown.
Player Front-Back_Tot Par
Scott M. Spence 32-33_65 -6
Roger Stern 36-31_67 -4
Bobby Heins 34-34_68 -3
Roy Vucininch 34-34_68 -3
Don Brigham 34-35_69 -2
Joe Clark Jr. 33-36_69 -2
Mike Schmidt 35-34_69 -2
Bill Britton 37-33_70 -1
Chuck Antonuccio 34-36_70 -1
Darrell Kestner 33-37_70 -1
Edward Whitman 36-34_70 -1
Gary Lockie 33-37_70 -1
Gary Ostrega 36-34_70 -1
John DeForest 35-35_70 -1
Mike Burke Jr. 35-35_70 -1
Peter Busch 36-34_70 -1
Rob Schaal 38-32_70 -1
Bruce Young 33-38_71 E
Joe Bostic 33-38_71 E
John Traub 36-35_71 E
Kevin Morris 35-36_71 E
Mo Guttman 35-36_71 E
T43, Brian Lowe 36-38_74 +3
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Hartwick equestrian places fourth in Morrisville Show
Hartwick College's equestrian team placed tied for fourth Saturday in the Morrisville Show. The Hawks and Oneonta State each finished with 26 points.
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- Monday, March 10, 2014
Oneonta's rally falls short
VESTAL -- The Mariah Ruff era at Oneonta High -- at least as it pertains to varsity athletics -- ended Saturday afternoon at Binghamton University's Events Center.
Hawks run out of gas in NCAA's second round
ONEONTA -- Hartwick College left everything on the floor. But that happened the night before Saturday's 82-61 women's basketball loss to Amherst College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Franklin girls stumble in quarterfinal
SYRACUSE -- Franklin's girls, so unbeatable against Section Four competition over the past two seasons, fell for the second straight year in the Class D state basketball quarterfinals to a Section Three team.
Davenport overwhelmed by top-ranked N.Y. Mills, 55-38
SYRACUSE -- That Davenport's boys outscored the state's top-ranked Class D team by two points over the final three quarters provided an interesting footnote to Saturday's Class D state basketball quarterfinal.
Cobleskill freshman cruises to ECAC sprint title
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- Saturday, March 8, 2014
Hartwick women advance in NCAAs
Missy West clearly recalled the turning point of Friday's NCAA game at Lambros Arena. The funny thing is, her Hartwick College women's basketball team wasn't even on the floor at the time.
Area's best to face tough tests Saturday
One-third of the finalists for Miss Basketball in New York state will be at Binghamton University's Events Center at noon Saturday. And if it's anything like last year's meeting between Oneonta High's Mariah Ruff and Utica Notre Dame's Emily Durr, you won't want to miss it.
Area Sports Briefs
- Friday, March 7, 2014
Hartwick women look to end NCAA drought
It's been a long time for the Hartwick College women's basketball team. The Hawks will host an NCAA Division III Tournament game for the first time in 17 years today as Lambros Arena prepares for an opening-round doubleheader. Amherst and Springfield will play the first game at 5 p.m. today, followed by Hartwick and Baruch at 7 p.m.
It's cold, but there's still plenty to do
This has been a tough winter. In fact, it has been one of the coldest winters on record. Now don't get me wrong, I love winter and I always have. I've always believed that people who don't like winter don't have anything to do when the snow flies and temperatures drop below freezing. But I've never had that problem.
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