Some of the top junior golfers in the East and others from around the world have been assembled for the 38th annual East Aurora International Junior Masters this week.
A field of 80 golfers 17-and-under will compete in the event, which runs today through Friday at East Aurora Country Club. It is free and open to the public.
There is sure to be a new champion this year.
Briny Baird, who won the last two years, is too old for the event, leaving three former quarterfinalists among the top contenders.
One is Jim Bell Jr., whose father ran the Junior Masters tournament until 1978 when he moved to Florida. The Orlando, Fla., resident is one of the top junior golfers in Central Florida. He reached the semifinals last year and the quarterfinals in 1988.
Another is Gordon Burns of Scarborough, Ont., who reached the round of 16 last year and the quarterfinals in 1988.
Luis Aguado, a quarterfinalist last year, is one of five Mexican boys entered in the tournament.
Also entered is Jonathan Doctor of Skaneateles, the reigning state high school champion.
The winner receives an automatic invitation to the Porter Cup and a berth in the PGA Junior Championship. It is one of 14 junior events across the country.
The event starts with 18 holes of stroke play today, and all 80 players shoot another 18 holes Wednesday morning. The low 32 then begin match play Wednesday afternoon. The round of 16 and the quarterfinals are held Thursday. Semifinals start about 9 a.m. Friday and the championship at 2 p.m. Friday.
The course is off Girdle Road in East Aurora.
Chuck tops Publinx qualifier
Martin Chuck of Toronto shot rounds of 73 and 74 at Elma Meadows, winning the local USGA qualifier for the 65th annual U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship to be played July 16-21 at Portland, Ore.
Mark Ransco (Rochester's Durand-Eastman), Greg Krazinski (River Oaks) and Allan Baldwin (Elma Meadows) tied at 149 for the alternate spot. Elma's Karl Maeder, last year's winner, shot a 150 that included a 71, the day's low score.
Fredos win Father-Son title
Jim Fredo and his son, Jim Jr., both of Brierwood, won a playoff for the overall title in the Buffalo District Golf Association's 67th annual Father-Son Championship at Tri-County Country Club in Forestville.
Jim Sr. sank a 3-foot par putt on the first extra hole to edge Fred and Joe Beatty of Springville, who bogeyed the hole, and Charles and Chuck Nicosia of the host club, who took a double bogey.
Hegaman wins Schwartzman
Mike Hegaman from Crag Burn Country Club shot a 1-under-par 71 Monday to win low gross honors in the Bill Schwartzman Memorial Golf Classic at Brookfield Country Club.
The tournament, in memory of the former Brookfield assistant pro, raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association.