Fergie Jenkins Hosts Seniors Pro-Am

30th annual event in Cooperstown Raises Money for Pathfinder Village Scholarship Fund

September 04, 2012

First-round results of Seniors Open

Second-round results of Seniors Open

COOPERSTOWN, NY - Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins returned to Cooperstown on Tuesday to showcase his golf talents as celebrity host of the 30th Annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open Pro-Am at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.

The three-day Seniors Open, one of the top senior tournaments in the Northeast, begins Wednesday featuring 90 pros from across the country competing for a $67,750 purse to be awarded to the top finishers at this week's event.

On Tuesday, Jenkins, a 1991 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, led more than 130 golfers, including 26 pros, in the Pro-Am, with more than $50,000 raised to benefit the ScholarshipFund of Pathfinder Village, a residential community in nearby Edmeston, N.Y., for children and adults with Down syndrome. Proceeds from the tournament also benefit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's outreach programs, enabling the world-famous institution to fulfill its educational mission.

The presenting sponsor of the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open is NBT Bank.

Known for his pinpoint control and durability on themound during his 19-year major league career with the Phillies, Cubs, Rangersand Red Sox, Jenkins won the 1971 National League Cy Young Award and twice ledhis league in victories.

Professional Jim Chancey of Kissimmee, Fla., led his team to a victory in Tuesday's two-man, best-ball format Pro-Am. Chancey was partnered with Mike Brown, Ron Clark, Jack Reynolds and Mike Thornhill in the first-place fivesome. The names of thefirst-place team will be engraved on the Joseph P. Franzese Memorial Trophy ,named after the tournament's founder. Pro Mitch Adcock of Apopka, Fla., led his team to a second-place finish, along with teammates Dave Clinton, Joe Convertino, Gar Gozigian and Phil Lewis.

Competition in the Seniors Open begins Wednesday morning with 8 a.m. tee times and continues through Friday.

"This year's field of Pros is among the most impressive we've ever welcomed to Cooperstown," said Dan Spooner, Tournament co-chair and director of golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course. "From names like Lance Ten Broeck, who finished ninth at this year's U.S.Senior Open; to Danny Edwards, who has won five PGA Tour events; to Ed Dougherty, Dave Rummells and many other top national senior professionals, the pros know that Leatherstocking is a great course, and that the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open is among the best events in the country."