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Open Tournament takes center stage

Contributed Story Posted 18 July 2014 at 12:00 am

This Week at Shelridge

When the clock hits 2 p.m. on Saturday (the 19th), the Third Annual Shelridge Open will take center stage at the club and 48 players are ready to compete. The field includes some visitors coming from as far as Florida and there will be good golf, food and socializing over the week end.

The event was designed several years ago to replace the old “Invitational” and Shelridge always tries to put on a festive face. The crystal trophies have been on display at the pro shop for several weeks.

While the club has been planning adult events and competition, the world of Junior Golf has been picking up its pace with regular instruction and stroke play here every Monday for kids 5 to 18.

Shelridge also keeps a proud eye on 12-year-old Ian Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Wagner, who is doing very well in inter-club matches around WNY arranged by the Buffalo District Golf Assn. Young Ian recently shot 76 to qualify for the youth finals and Wednesday he played at Tan Tara CC and chalked up an impressive 73.

The Wagner family takes its golf seriously and recently moved to Medina from Barker so there would be plenty of exposure to the game. They now occupy a home on the periphery of the SCC course.

Match play continues among the male gender and in recent confrontations Andy Misiti won over Butch Stupnick while Jim Tee beat Dave Wagner. Gary Murphy still has a date with Mike Rippe and Matt Bush is slated to meet Chuck Neumann.

Short Shots

The Shelridge reputation is getting more bounce around WNY through a promotion program between Channel 7 in Buffalo and eight clubs in the region.

Almost daily several WNY golf visitors arrive here at the pro shop for a new adventure. They bring cards valid for a free 18 holes.

July will close on Sunday, the 27th, with the Parent-Child Tourney. It is complete family golf and kids can team with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.