Rain Washes Out First Round at Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open

Tournament Shortened to 36 Holes; First Round Rescheduled for Thursday

September 07, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – A steady rain forced the postponement of Wednesday's opening round of the 29th Annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open in Cooperstown.

Defending champion Ed Whitman of Blairsville, N.J., leads a field of 106 senior golfers from throughout the country who will now tee off Thursday. The traditional post-Labor day event, hosted by the Otesaga Hotel, the event's title sponsor, and its Leatherstocking Golf Course, will be shortened to 36 holes – with 18-hole rounds scheduled for both Thursday and Friday.

The presenting sponsor for the tournament is NBT Bank.

Platinum sponsors for the tournament are Coca-Cola Refreshments and Strategic Financial Services, LLC, of Utica.

Proceeds from this event benefit Pathfinder Village, located in nearby Edmeston, 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 and directly helps the Village's 90-plus residents. More than $1.5 million has been raised for Pathfinder Village through the years.

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