SPORTS SHORTS – 07/13/12

OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS - The Whiteface Club and Resort plays host to golfing’s pros and amateurs this weekend. The Club’s Open Golf Championship gets underway with practice rounds today and 36 holes of stroke play competition during the weekend. Several thousand dollars in prizes are on the line and will be awarded in both gross and net divisions for the amateurs highlighted by free 2013 golf memberships for the low gross scores in the mens and womens brackets. The Pros are playing for a minimum $1,000 winner’s check.


PGA Club Professional J Peter Martin knows the course well, after 35 years at the Whiteface Club and Resort. Martin is a member of the Northeastern New York PGA Hall of Fame and he says they always want to invite golfers who want to play on of the great courses in the east.  The Whiteface Club course always tests every aspect of a player’s mental and physical game. The course itself, designed by Walter Hagen and John Van Kleek, is ranked 6th by Golf Week Magazine in 2005. The Whiteface Club and Resort course is also the site of the New York State Senior Women’s Amateur Championships and the course is one of the stops on the 2011-2012 Sunbelt Senior Tour, a development circuit for golfers 47 and older, many of whom already have PGA Tour experience. The Tour re-visit’s the course at the Whiteface Club again in August. Tonight’s banquet, following the practice round, gets underway at 5pm.

 ICE SHOWS – Saturday Night’s Ice Show at the Olympic Center, in Lake Placid begins at 7:30 pm in the 1932 Rink. This weeks featured skater is The 2011 US men’s national champion Ryan Bradley. In addition to his title as men’s national champion, Bradley is also a three time US collegiate champion and is well know for his unorthodox back flips, which typically are only presented in exhibitions like Saturday’s Ice Show.  The 80th annual summer skating program sponsored by the Skating club ofLake Placid is underway and Saturday’s programming always features an array of soloists plus group numbers from the younger skaters from Basics to Juniors. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for juniors and supports the Skating Club of Lake Placid’s summer programming.


WOODSMANS DAYS – The best part of a weekend is when the woodsmen and women are in town and that’s the case this weekend.TupperLake’s Woodsmans Days will provide a full day of activities both Saturday and Sunday with competition on Saturday night starting at 7:30 with the Night Games. Registration for those games starts Saturday afternoon. Other Highlights of the weekend include the Annual Woodsmen’s Day Parade which kicks off at 10am on Saturday and runs fromPark Street to theMunicipalPark…  The Official Grand Opening Ceremony begins at noon at the grandstands and a 60 minute quick carve chainsaw carving contest is scheduled to go off  thereafter at the grandstands with an auction to follow. Other contests are interspersed through the day both Saturday and Sunday including the Loading Operator Contests in the Heavy Equipment Area with logging and Equipment Demos throughout the park all day..  Highlights of The Night Games, including the Tug of War, the greased Pole climb and others in the Grandstand area..  and Sunday at 11am – one of theAdirondack’s Largest Horse Pull Competition in the Grandstand followed. Woodsmen’s Days inTupperLake this Saturday and Sunday.. and the Welcome Bar B Que at the Park Restaurant tomorrow night..  a full weekend of outdoor activities and competition inTupperLake..

 OLYMPICS-BASKETBALL – TheUS Olympic basketball team played Team Dominican Republic last night inLas Vegas and the game was never in doubt for Kobe Bryant and his colleagues. They won handily, 113 to 59.

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