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 Aug. 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 golfers include more than 15 players who qualified for the 2012 U.S. Senior Open and more than a dozen who played in the 2012 Senior British Open.
Defending Adirondack Senior Open champion Javier Sanchez of Mexico 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 Michigan.
Javier Sanchez follows a shot during his winning effort last year in the inaugural Adirondack Senior Open Tournament at the Whiteface Club in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)
Edwards will lead a free junior golf clinic on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. 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 more than $100,000. Mast, also a winner on the Sunbelt Senior Tour in 2011, finished in the top 20 at the U.S. Senior Open.
Sunbelt golfers 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.
In addition to Edwards, Sunbelt players will offer hands-on lessons to the juniors and sponsors during this clinic. At 6:30 p.m., 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 $20. Those attending can 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.
For sponsor or pro-am participation information contact Tom Eubank directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 404-944-9988. Marge and Ted Glowa from the ADK Carousel can also be contacted at email@example.com for more information on the charity or participation in the event.