Schulte Shoots 67 to Capture First-Round Lead at Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Alan Schulte of Fishers, Ind., shot a 4-under par 67 on Wednesday to grab the first-round lead at the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open in Cooperstown.

Schulte was a shot ahead of three golfers who carded 68s: John Elliott of Westerly, R.I.; Craig Thomas of White Plains, N.Y.; and Mark Tucker of New Hartford, N.Y.

Kirk Hanefeld of Hamilton, Mass., finished the day two shots off the lead after shooting a 69.

The 35th annual tournament continues through Friday, with 84 senior golfers from throughout the country. The traditional post-Labor Day event is hosted by the Otesaga Hotel and its Leatherstocking Golf Course, with NBT Bank the presenting sponsor. Play continues Thursday and concludes at Leatherstocking late Friday, followed by an awards ceremony and check presentation to this year’s champion.

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 educational programs, which enable the world-famous Museum to fulfill its educational mission and care for its collections.

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