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WNYPGA Member Lonnie Nielsen Wins PGA Quarter Century Championship

(L-R) of Bob Dickson, Bill Erfurth and Lonnie Nielson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Some familiar names rose to the top of the scoreboard during the final round of the 61st PGA Quarter Century Championship presented by Premier Golf and GOLF ADVISOR, as former Tour players Lonnie Nielsen and Bob Dickson won their respective age divisions.

Nielsen, who won twice on the Champions Tour, blistered the Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club, despite cool conditions and 20 mph wind gusts, shooting a 6-under-par 66 today. His two-day total of 135, enabled him to win the 64-and-Under Division by one stroke over first-round leader Gene Fieger. Nielsen, 61, made seven birdies in the final round, including clutch putts on the final two holes to earn $3,600, and his first Quarter Century Championship.

“I had a good day on the greens. When your putter is working, the game is easy,” said Nielsen, a resident of both Orchard Park, New York, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, who has endured two knee replacements in recent years.

Dickson, the 1967 U.S. Amateur and British Amateur Champion, who has won on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, shot a final-round 70 on the Wanamaker Course for a 137 total, and a four-stroke victory in the 65-and-Over Division over Bill Schumaker of Columbia City, Indiana. Opening-round leader Pete Oakley, of Palm City, Florida, shot 77 today to finish tied for third, six shots off the pace.

“The greens were perfect, tournament speed,” said Dickson, 70, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, who earned $3,150 for the win.

Dickson returned to the game last March after suffering a broken foot. “I was striking the ball well today, and my putting was good,” he added. “I grew up in Oklahoma, and I’m used to weather like this. I learned how to hit the ball low back then, and it paid off today.”

The oldest competitor in the field, Bill Erfurth, 85, of Northbrook, Illinois, won the PGA Half Century Championship for PGA members with 50 years or more of service. In winning the PGA Half Century Championship for the fourth time, Erfurth shot a pair of 74s, or 22 strokes below his age over two days.

In the entire 65-and-Over Division, Erfurth finished tied for 14th.

“I putted pretty well for two days, and I got some lucky breaks,” said Erfurth, who served as PGA Head Professional for 20 years at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois.

Jerry Impellittiere, of Palm City, made a hole-in-one today with a 5-iron on the 153-yard par-3 12th hole of the Ryder Course. He finished tied for fifth in the 64-and-Under Division.

The 61st PGA Quarter Century Championship presented by Premier Golf and GOLF ADVISOR is the first of six PGA Winter Championships conducted at PGA Golf Club during January and February. The Championships continue with the Senior Stroke Play Championship, Jan. 13-15.


2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship

@Wanamaker and Ryder Courses, PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida, will begin November 13-16, where our representatives Lon Nielsen, Tim Fries, Kirk Stauffer, and Jon Hoecker take on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses, at PGA Golf Club. We wish them the best of luck when they are down there. Click here for recap.


2014 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship

@ PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course), Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Eric Mabee and Christopher Stoddard are supporting the WNYPGA in this years 2014 National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship. We wish them the best of luck down in Port St. Lucie, Florida as the tournament runs from October 30th-November 2nd with the field being reduced after 36 holes to the lowest 70 scores. Good luck to the both of them!

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J.C. Martin Golf Course

New Practice Facility

Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, at left, helped dedicate improvements to the J.C. Martin Golf Course on Oct. 23. The improvements, which included a new practice area, were funded by roughly $500,000 in private donations. With the mayor, from left, are local golfers Jim Rutkowski Sr. and Jim Rutkowski Jr.; and Joe Bertino, Western New York Executive Director for the Professional Golfers Association. -KEVIN FLOWERS//ERIE TIMES-NEWS


Sun Mountain Tour Championship

@Penfield Country Club

Alex Weir is the 2014 Sun Mountain Tour Championship winner that took place at Penfield Country Club. Weir fired an impressive (-1) two day total of 141 to edge out Ryan Swanson by one stroke. Weir finished the 2014 season very strong by winning the last two triple point events, Match Play Championship and Tour Championship. We would like to also Congratulate Dwayne Randall on winning the Professional Player of the Year Points race this 2014 season along with Tim Fries winning the Senior 2014 Player of the Year Points race. We would like to say thank you to our host PGA Professional Michael D’Agostino and to John Blain of Sun Mountain for his continued support of this event! For more results click here.

Player of the Yeare Points

Senior Player of the Year Points


Antigua Pro-Pro Championship

@Stafford Country Club

It was a cold windy day at Stafford Country Club but the course was in phenomenal shape for the Antigua Pro-Pro Championship. It was Team Dave and Jerry Coleman that took home first place with a (-4) 68 in the 1 of 2 Best Ball Format. Congratulations to the both of them! Also, a very special Thank You to our sponsor, Gary Chittenden, and to Eric Haile,PGA & Stafford Country Club for hosting our event!


KID's Escaping Drugs Pro-Am

@Harvest Hill Golf Course

Congratulations Lon Nielsen and Kirk Stauffer on winning the Kid’s Escaping Drugs Pro-Am with a fabulous (-4) 68 at Harvest Hill Golf Course. It was absolutely just a perfect day for golf in which we would like to thank everyone from the KED’s program for all the cool awards that were presented today. Also, a big thank to Head PGA Professional, Josh Wojtaszczyk, and his entire staff at Harvest Hill for all the work that they put in. For more results please click here.



National Car Rental Assistants Championship

@ Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course

Congratulation Eric Mabee, Assistant out of Oak Hill Country Club, on winning the 2014 WNYPGA Assistants Championship today at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course. Mabee put together a fantastic day of golf shooting a (-4) 68 in the morning and followed that up with a (-1) 71 this afternoon. The Top 2 finishers, Eric Mabee and Christopher Stoddard, qualified for the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistants Championship which is October 30th-November 2nd taking place at the PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker course, Port St. Lucie, Florida. For more results click here.