SHAKER RIDGE'S BOICE IS HEARD AT N.Y. MID-AM

TIM WILKIN Staff writer
Section: SPORTS,  Page: C1

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2004

LOUDONVILLE -- If you follow golf at the Shaker Ridge Country Club, there should be no surprise to see who leads after the first round of the 21st annual New York State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship. If you are not familiar with the players from Shaker Ridge, then it might come as a mild shock that Keith Boice landed in the clubhouse with the top score Friday.


Boice, 48, shot a 1-over-par 72 at his home course to take the lead heading into today's second round of the tournament for golfers ages 25 and older. The field of 132 was shaved to the top 60 and ties -- 67 in all -- who advanced to the second round.


After today, the top 30 scores and ties will qualify for Sunday's final round.


Boice has been a member at Shaker Ridge for four years after having played at Sycamore in Ravena. He rarely ventures away from Shaker Ridge to play in other amateur tournaments in the Capital Region.


Although there is still plenty of golf to play, Boice said he felt good about his round, which included birdies on the second and sixth holes.


``It would be an exciting feeling (to win), but there is a ways to go yet,'' Boice said. ``I thought I might come in with a 74 or 75, but it all worked out well for me today. This will be tough to sustain, so we'll just see what happens.''


Only two Capital Region players have won the Mid-Amateur. Charlie Murphy Jr. of Wolferts Roost won the inaugural event in 1984, and Cliff Earle of McGregor Links was the 1993 champ.


Five players are a shot behind Boice with 73s, including Chad Stoffer of Edison. Aaron AuBuchon of Saratoga National is in a group at 3-over 74.


The cutoff for today was 79, and 17 players shot that, including Mike Daniels, the current club champion at Shaker Ridge. Daniels, 56, set the course record here two years ago with an 8-under 63. He won the state Senior Amateur title two weeks ago.


Daniels said he was disappointed by his score and spent a couple hours late Friday afternoon working on his game. After playing 20 tournaments this year, he said fatigue might have caught up with him.


While he is not yet dismissing his chances to win this, he said he was not surprised in the play of Boice, one of six players from Shaker Ridge to make the cut.


``He doesn't play a lot away from here, but I do play a lot with him,'' Daniels said. ``He is a sneaky-good player. He isn't overpowering. He's consistent, and he doesn't get himself into any trouble.''


Also making the cut was Tony Hejna, who shot a 75. Hejna, who lives in Buffalo, played hockey from RPI and graduated in 1990. When living in this area, he was the club champion at Shaker Ridge in 1993 and 1994.


``I used to be a member here. That's why I wanted to play,'' Hejna said. ``I can put myself in good position to win on Sunday. I didn't play great today (Friday), but I didn't play badly, either.''





Local players in boldface (at Shaker Ridge) Par 72 Keith Boice (Westerlo) 72 +1 Chad Stoffer (Niskayuna) 73 +2 Christopher White (Batavia) 73 +2 Jim Roy (Syracuse) 73 +2 Andrew Anello (Plainview) 73 +2 Doug Vergith (Setauket) 73 +2 Scott Dean (Attica) 74 +3 Bruno Mazza (Elmira) 74 +3 Aaron AuBuchon (Saratoga Spgs) 74 +3 Todd Dischinger (Liverpool) 74 +3 Chuck Connolly (Queensbury) 75 +4 Agost Raulli (Rome) 75 +4 Patrick Pierson (Central Nyack) 75 +4 Kenny Hall (Schenectady) 75 +4 Tony Hejna (Buffalo) 75 +4 James Lacy (Catskill) 75 +4 Richard Feldman (Bedford) 75 +4 John Gutzeit (Staten Island) 75 +4 Kirk Kashevaroff (Saddle River, N.J.) 75 +4 Steve Owens (Cohoes) 75 +4 Christian Vonn (Newburgh) 75 +4 David Hicks (Dryden) 75 +4 Jim Gardy (Schenectady) 76 +5 Jim Prosperi (East Rochester) 76 +5 Bob Rosen (East Amherst) 76 +5 Michael Reardon (Tuxedo) 76 +5 Jerry Thibeau (Rochester) 76 +5 Michael Wheeler (Schenectady) 76 +5 John Vaccaro (Albany) 76 +5 Bob Cooper (Glenville) 77 +6 Andy Bernatovicz (Grand Island) 77 +6 Robert Blackburn (Hopewell Junction) 77 +6 John Helm (Jamesville) 77 +6


Don Christian (Oswego) 77 +6 John Davis (Slingerlands) 77 +6 Robert Stuart (Westhampton Beach) 77 +6 Richard Couch (Oneonta) 77 +6 Brad Anderson (Delancey) 77 +6 Stephen Wall (Cortland) 78 +7 Christopher Schmidt (Syracuse) 78 +7 Tim O'Donnell (Troy) 78 +7 Tom Christian (Syracuse) 78 +7 Keith Chesk (Endicott) 78 +7 Chris Smithers (Camillus) 78 +7 Michael Bayus (Duanesburg) 78 +7 Tom Gantress (East Amherst) 78 +7 Joe Gadani (Albany) 78 +7 Craig Maerki (Brightwaters) 78 +7 Kevin Webb (Bloomfield) 78 +7 Brian Casey (Poughkeepsie) 79 +8 Michael Lazzara (Denver) 79 +8 Harold Girdlestone (Hyde Park) 79 +8 Mike Daniels (Albany) 79 +8 Greg Cecchini (Williamsville) 79 +8 David Benedict (Honeoye Falls) 79 +8 Mike Gifford (Clifton Park) 79 +8 Jim Cocca (Latham) 79 +8 Nicholas Morreale (Buffalo) 79 +8 Larry Arliss (Clyde) 79 +8 James Fee (Addison) 79 +8 Don Coniski (Oswego) 79 +8 Michael Mina (Niskayuna) 79 +8 Tom Roman (Oswego) 79 +8 Stephen Vonk (Niskayuna) 79 +8 Scott Chesna (Rochester) 79 +8 Alan Mitchell (Monroe) 79 +8 Anthony Baccari (Depew) 79 +8 (failed to qualify) Emet Ledezma (Port Washington) 80 +9 John Mendrysa (Niskayuna) 80 +9 Steve Bull (Canandaigua) 80 +9 D.J. Cimillo (Putnam Valley) 80 +9 Barry Winter (Beacon) 80 +9 Will Herold (Farmington) 80 +9 Steve DeMeo (Hamburg) 80 +9


Ed Mazza (Ithaca) 80 +9 Joe Oddo (Syracuse) 81 +10 Bill Brunton (Suffern) 81 +10 Peter Spitalny (Menands) 81 +10 Ray Neuman (Medina) 81 +10 Michael Mashuta (Delmar) 81 +10 Colm Murphy (Rochester) 81 +10 Thomas O'Brie (New Paltz) 81 +10 Richard Lloyd (Latham) 81 +10 Steve Ahlgrim (Watertown) 82 +11 James Hamburger (Clinton Corners) 82 +11 James Tormey (Lyons) 82 +11 Hank LaBarba (Albany) 82 +11 Kenneth Riter (Buffalo) 82 +11 Gary Grimaldi (Wynantskill) 82 +11 Thomas Gallagher (Nesconset) 82 +11 Jack Mahan (Brockport) 82 +11 Dave Mooradian (Troy) 82 +11 John Blain (Hamilton) 82 +11 Doug Kilmer (Loudonville) 83 +12 Gary Gilbert (Wolcott) 83 +12 Jacob Reimer (Rochester) 83 +12 Dale Jarlinksi (East Aurora) 83 +12 Michael Doetsch (New York) 83 +12 Chris Thomas (Fayetteville) 83 +12 Anthony Occhipinti (Rome) 83 +12 Bruce Franklin (Carmel) 83 +12 Alan Bolton (Huntington) 83 +12 Matthew Ryan (Binghamton) 84 +13 Matt McGarvey (Latham) 84 +13 Troy Comerford (Gardiner) 84 +13 Craig Watson (Purdys) 84 +13 Joseph Valvo (Webster) 84 +13 Bill Phillips (Beach Lake, Pa.) 84 +13 Brian Riffle (Seneca Falls) 85 +14 Kurt Paseka (Bayside) 85 +14 Edward Tills (Rochester) 86 +15 Perry Pedini (Williamsville) 86 +15 Jeff Sacks (Cambridge) 86 +15 Keith Kogler (Rochester) 86 +15 Brent Gadacz (Niagara Falls) 87 +16 Paul Lundberg (Albany) 87 +16 Dan Bamann (Rochester) 87 +16 Robert Miller (Spring Valley) 87 +16 Mark Conradt (Brockport) 87 +16 Tim Zilka (Saratoga Spgs) 87 +16 Jacob Glofka (Buffalo) 88 +17 Donald Stevens III (Hunt. Station) 88 +17 Len Perno (Rochester) 88 +17 Eric Carlson (Lackawanna) 88 +17 Martin Dolan (Irvington) 88 +17 Mike McCarroll (Clifton Park) 89 +18 Robert Hospers (Rochester) 90 +19 Len Rauch (N. Syracuse) 90 +19 Fernando Mele (Loudonville) 91 +20 Ike Lovelass (Oneonta) DQ Chris Lyons (Latham) WD Dave Segot (Patchogue) WD TODAY'S TEE TIMES 8 a.m.: Mitchell, Baccari 8:09 a.m.: Chesna, Vonk 8:18 a.m.: Fee, Mina, Roman 8:27 a.m.: Morreale, Arliss, Coniski 8:36 a.m.: Cecchini, Cocca, Gifford 8:45 a.m.: Lazzara, Daniels, Benedict 8:54 a.m.: Webb, Casey, Girdlestone 9:03 a.m.: Gantress, Gadani, Maerki 9:12 a.m.: Chesk, Smithers, Bayus 9:21 a.m.: Schmidt, O'Donnell, T. Christian 9:30 a.m.: Couch, Anderson, Wall 9:39 a.m.: D. Christian, Davis, Stuart 9:48 a.m.: Bernatovicz, Blackburn, Helm 9:57 a.m.: Wheeler, Vaccaro, Cooper 10:06 a.m.: Rosen, Reardon, Thibeau 10:15 a.m.: Hicks, Gardy, Prosperi 10:24 a.m.: Kashevaroff, Owens, Vonn 10:33 a.m.: Lacy, Feldman, Gutzeit 10:42 a.m.: Pierson, Hall, Hejna 10:51 a.m.: Dischinger, Raulli, Connolly 11 a.m.: Dean, Mazza, AuBuchon 11:09 a.m.: Roy, Anello, Vergith 11:18 a.m.: Boice, Stoffer, White