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JOHN DALY GOING OVER THE FALLS -- WITH A TEE SHOT

John Daly will try to hit a golf ball over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls this summer as part of the grand opening of his new golf course in Niagara Falls, Ont.

The popular PGA Tour star will be in Niagara Falls on Aug. 3 for the opening of Thundering Waters Golf Club. The resort course, the entrance of which is just 1,500 yards from the brink of the Falls, was designed by Daly and Canadian architect Boris Danoff.

Daly will set up his tee on a platform at Table Rock at the brink of the Canadian side of the falls. The carry is 350 yards, said Frank Racioppo, vice president of operations at Thundering Waters.

"Because of the wind and the mist, it's more likely not an achievable feat, but John regards it as theoretically possible," Racioppo said.

Daly's longest recorded drive on the PGA Tour is 399 yards, hit in 2004. But that included roll.

A big crowd can be expected for the event.

"They tell us on a normal weekend summer day there are 10,000 to 15,000 people at the Falls," Racioppo said. "Our goal is to get it up to 30,000."

The Buffalo District Golf Association now has its own Web site -- buffdga.com -- thanks to a grant from the U.S. Golf Association. Golfers can find tournament entry forms, event tee times, results, schedules and directions.

New board members for the BDGA serving three-year terms are Harry Daniels (Park), John Gaffney (Brookfield), Tony Hejna (Crag Burn), Dan Irwin III (Country Club of Buffalo), Tom Michaels (Orchard Park), Dennis Rainey (Brighton) and Tom Russell (Springville).

BDGA officers for this year are: president, Fred Silver (Niagara Falls); first vice president, Rainey; second vice president, Bob Rosen (Westwood); secretary, Nick Amigone (Transit Valley); and treasurer, Scott Metzgar (Lancaster).

The BDGA runs 13 regionwide championships during the season. The clubs that sent the most players to last year's events were: Attica (53), Hamburg (49), Brighton (40), River Oaks (40), Sheridan (38) and Tri-County (37).

There are 16 area courses that are scheduled to be given new course and slope ratings this season by the BDGA ratings team. They are: Bright Meadows, Rothland, Wanakah, Oak Run, Country Club of Buffalo, the Links at Ivy Ridge, Audubon, Cassadaga Valley, Chestnut Meadows, Conewango, Niagara Falls Country Club, Niagara-Orleans, Silver Lake, Sugar Hills, South Shore and St. Bonaventure.

The American Lung Association's annual Golf Privilege Card coupon book features golf discounts at 91 area courses and 26 driving ranges this year. A total of 165 greens fees are in the book. The book costs $40 and is available at Delta Sonic car wash locations and at alagolfbook.com.

Amherst's Glen Oak Golf Course has added global positioning system screens to all its golf carts this season. The system should be fully operational in a couple of weeks. It will provide golfers with exact yardages on the course and precise pace-of-play updates.

Rochester's Oak Hill Country Club ranked 27th on Golf Digest's list of the top 100 courses in America, released this month. Bethpage Black on Long Island was No. 29. East Aurora's Crag Burn Club was No. 24 in New York State, the top local listing.

Bethpage was No. 7 on the list of the top public courses in the country. Shenendoah, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, was No. 52 on the public list.
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