The Daily Star
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Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins returned to Cooperstown on Tuesday as the celebrity host of the 30th annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open Pro-Am at the par-72 Leatherstocking Golf Course.
The three-day Seniors Open begins at 8 a.m. today with 90 pros from across the country competing for a $67,750 purse that will be awarded to the top finishers.
“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.”
Inducted into the Hall in 1991, Jenkins led more than 130 golfers – including 26 pros – in the Pro-Am portion of the tournament Tuesday.
Professional Jim Chancey of Kissimmee, Fla., led his team to victory in the two-man, best-ball pro-am. Chancey, Mike Brown, Ron Clark, Jack Reynolds and Mike Thornhill will have their names engraved on the Joseph P. Franzese Memorial Trophy, named after the tournament’s founder.
Pro Mitch Adcock of Apopka, Fla., joined Dave Clinton, Joe Convertino, Gar Gozigian and Phil Lewis on the second-place team.
The Pro-Am raised more than $50,000 for the Scholarship Fund of Pathfinder Village, a residential community in Edmeston for children and adults with Down syndrome. Proceeds from the tournament also benefit the Hall’s outreach programs.