Hall of Famer Bobby Cox Returns to Cooperstown to Host Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open Pro-Am Sept. 2

Annual Event Benefits Pathfinder Village and Hall of Fame’s Educational Programs

August 12, 2014

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – As a big league manager, Bobby Cox built his Atlanta Braves teams into some of the most consistent winners baseball has ever seen.

As a Hall of Famer, Cox is building bridges with his new Central New York neighbors as the celebrity host for the 32nd Annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open and Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Following a memorable Hall of Fame Weekend that packed Cooperstown with thousands of Braves fans, Cox will return to Otsego County as the celebrity host of the Sept. 2-5 Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open and Pro-Am at the Leatherstocking Golf Course. Cox will participate in the Sept. 2 Pro-Am, while nearly 100 top pros from around the country are expected to compete in the Seniors Open, which runs Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 3-5. Free admission will be provided for fans at the Sept. 3-5 Seniors Open.

As the Pro-Am master of ceremonies, Cox – a four time Manager of the Year Award winner who led the Braves to 14 first-place finishes and the 1995 World Series title between 1991 and 2005 – will be featured throughout the Tuesday, Sept. 2 Pro-Am and as the speaker at that evening’s fundraiser dinner. The golf event begins with an 11:30 a.m. shotgun start. For more information on the Pro-Am or to register to play, please visit www.pathfindervillage.org.

Proceeds from this event benefit Pathfinder Village located in nearby Edmeston, a residential community dedicated to children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Annually, the Seniors Open raises more than $50,000 for scholarships for Pathfinder Village and directly helps the Village’s 90-plus residents. More than $2 million has been raised for Pathfinder Village through the years.

Proceeds also benefit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum educational programs, which enables the world-famous Museum to fulfill its educational mission and care for its priceless collections.

The tradition of a Hall of Famer as the Pro-Am master of ceremonies began in 2004 and includes: 2013: Rollie Fingers; 2012: Fergie Jenkins; 2011: Johnny Bench; 2010: Jim Rice; 2009: Mike Schmidt; 2008: Harmon Killebrew; 2007: Mike Schmidt; 2006: Robin Roberts; 2005: Carlton Fisk; 2004: Phil Niekro. 

The Otesaga Resort Hotel is the tournament’s title sponsor and has been instrumental in the tournament’s success. Located on the shores of beautiful Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, the Otesaga Resort Hotel has been selected as a “Historic Hotel of America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Overlooking picturesque Otsego Lake, the Otesaga Hotel’s Leatherstocking Golf Course is considered one of the East’s most scenic and historic par-72 layouts. Designed by the legendary Devereux Emmet in 1909, Leatherstocking has been rated “four stars” by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” 

The presenting sponsor for the 2014 tournament is NBT Bank. 

Jim Chancey of Kissimmee, Fla., shot a 10-under 203 over three rounds to capture the 2013 Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open. The complete list of former champions: 2012: Tom Eubank;  2011: Tournament canceled due to rain; 2010: Ed Whitman; 2009: Jeff Roth; 2008: Jerry Tucker; 2007: Scott Spence; 2006: Bobby Heins; 2005: Darrell Kestner; 2004: John Gentile; 2003: Lonnie Nielsen; 2002: Dan Wood; 2001: John Traub; 2000: Paul Parjeckas; 1999: Marty Bohen; 1998: Tony Perla; 1997: John Gentile; 1996: Austin Straub; 1995: Tom Joyce; 1994: Tom Joyce; 1993: Ray Montgomery; 1992: Dave Philo; 1991: Tom Joyce; 1990: Jim Albus; 1989: Dick Sarta; 1988: Pete Hessemer; 1987: Doug Dalziel; 1986: Bob Bruno; 1985: Richard Howell; 1984: Rolland Stafford; 1983: Donald Hoenig.