Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour hits Whiteface Club and Resort

Day three of the second annual Adirondack Senior Open, part of the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, at the Whiteface Club and Resort inLake Placid. With action today moving from amateur to Professional’s only as the tour heads into full swing… Yesterday’s Pro-am rounds had the team of professional Charlie Bowles, of Southeast Michigan, combining with staff at the Whiteface Club staff including Mike Sabbatini, Frank Zeske and Connor Scharfe… Together, they came off 18 with a net 23 under par.. and then took top honors in the tie-breaker.

From the left: Connor Scharfe, Mike Sabbatini, Michigan professional Charlie Bowles, and Sunbelt Senior Tour Managing Partner Tom Eubank. Missing is Frank Zeske. Photo courtesy John DiGiacomo/Placid Times Photography

5-Time PGA Tour winner heads Sunbelt Senior Tour event in Lake Placid

 – The second annual Adirondack Senior Open, part of the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, will return to the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid August 27-31. The Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour, the largest and longest running Senior Tour in the country after the Champions Tour, includes players 45 years of age and older who are honing their skills for the Champions Tour.

The Sunbelt Senior Tour has had the biggest year in its history. Current and past players include over 15 players that qualified for the 2012 U.S. Senior Open and over a dozen that played in the 2012 Senior British Open.

Defending Adirondack Senior Open Champion Javier Sanchez will be challenged by five-time PGA Tour winner Danny Edwards. Sanchez was among the players to compete at the U.S. Senior Open last month at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Mich. Edwards will lead the free junior golf clinic on Aug. 27 at 5 PM. The clinic is open to everyone.

Barry Lane, a two-time Sunbelt winner this season, finished in a third place tie at the Senior British Open with Dick Mast. Both pocketed over $100,000. Mast, also a winner on the Sunbelt Senior Tour in 2011, finished top 20 at the U.S. Senior Open. Sunbelt players are playing some great golf, promising a strong field in Lake Placid in just a few short weeks.

The host Whiteface Club and Resort, partly owned by the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, is one of the top-rated public tracks in the state, according to Golfweek Magazine. It has also hosted the New York State Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

The tournament will again benefit the Adirondack Carousel and Community Center in Saranac Lake. This not-for-profit project is creating a multi-purpose facility to educate, entertain and support families in the Tri-Lakes region.

Located at William Morris Park, the Carousel is located on Bloomingdale Avenue, next to the train depot that helps link Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. It features a new playground, community rooms and custom-carved animals native to the Adirondack region.

In addition to Edwards, Sunbelt players will offer hands-on lessons to the juniors and sponsors during this clinic.  At 6:30 PM there will be a draw party business mixer for all professionals, pro-am players and sponsors. Non-golfing guests from the local community are invited for just $20. You will enjoy hot appetizers and complimentary soft drinks while helping the charity. All sponsors and golfers are free.

The pro-am will feature a full day of festivities on Tuesday, Aug. 28.  The professionals will continue to play through Friday, Aug. 31, in a 54-hole professional championship.

The public is welcome to come out and watch all the action free of charge.

 

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