Whitman Shoots Tournament-Record 64 to Take the Lead After Two Rounds at Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open
Balen, Schroeder Each One Shot Back Heading Into Friday’s Final Round
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Ed Whitman of Blairstown, N.J., shot a tournament-record 64 to take the lead after day two of the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open on Thursday in Cooperstown.
Whitman, who was six strokes off the lead after shooting an opening-round 72 on Wednesday, blistered the Leatherstocking Golf Course with his 7-under par mark on Thursday during an overcast day in Central New York, finishing with a two-day total 136.
Mark Balen of Lackawanna, N.Y., and Ron Schroeder of Montgomery, Texas, are tied for second with two-day totals of 137. Balen shot a 67 on Thursday, while Schroeder carded a 65. Both trail Whitman by one shot.
Jerry Courville of Westport, Conn., shot a 68 on Thursday and is two strokes off the lead with a 138. First-round leader Bob Flanagan of Lawrenceville, Ga., shot a second-round 73 and is three shots off the pace with a group that includes Rick Karbowski of Worcester, Mass. (67 on Thursday); Jim Karr of Palm Beach, Fla. (70); Ken Tarling of Sandford, Ontario (69) and Roy Vucinich of Moon Township, Pa. (68).
The 28th annual tournament concludes Friday, with 103 senior golfers from throughout the country competing for a total purse of $75,000. The traditional post-Labor Day event is hosted by the Otesaga Hotel and its Leatherstocking Golf Course, and presented by sponsors NBT Bank, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Strategic Financial Services, LLC, of Utica. The conclusion of play on Friday at Leatherstocking will be followed by an awards ceremony and check presentation to this year's champion.
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.
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.