Chancey Shoots 70 to Claim Title at Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open
Kissimmee, Fla., Pro Finishes 10-Under-Par for Tournament
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Jim Chancey of Kissimmee, Fla., rallied for a bogey on the final hole to protect aone-shot lead and win the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open golf championship on Friday, carding a 10-under par total of 203.
Chancey, who led the tournament by one stroke after Thursday's second round, held off three golfers – Gene Fieger of Naples, Fla., Bob Niger of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Craig Thomas of White Plains, N.Y. – who each shot 204 at the annual tournament at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown, N.Y.
"I only hit one bad shot all week – but it came on the last hole," said Chancey, who hit his tee shot into Otsego Lake on the 18th hole on Friday but recovered for a bogey 6. "I really felt good all week and the course was in tremendous shape. I've come to this tournament several times in the last few years and it's always great."
Chancey shot a one-under 70 for the final round, played under perfect conditions with sunny skies and a light wind. Thomas, the first-round leader, also shot a 70 on Friday, while Fieger shot a 67 and Niger recorded a 68. Javier Sanchez of Fayetteville, Ga., finished fifth with a three-day total of 205 after finishing second at the Seniors Open in 2012.
The 31st annual tournament concluded Friday, with 91 senior golfers from throughout the country competing for a total purse of $68,950. The traditional post-Labor Day event is hosted by the Otesaga Hotel and its Leatherstocking Golf Course, with NBT Bank the presenting sponsor.
Proceeds from this event benefit Pathfinder Village, located in nearby Edmeston, N.Y., a residential community dedicated to children and adults with Down syndrome. Annually, the Seniors Open raises more than $50,000 for scholarships for Pathfinder Village.
Proceeds also benefit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's educational programs, which enable the world-famous Museum to fulfill its educational mission and care for its collections.