For much of its 12-year history, the Alliance Bank Futures Golf Classic has reserved a spot in the field for the Section III individual champion. Now, it's gone a step further.
Players from 16 area high schools teamed up with Futures professionals last Wednesday at the Links at Erie Village for the inaugural Nice N Easy Pro-Junior Challenge. They played a nine-hole, best-ball format.
And Christian Brothers Academy came up with the title. Teamed with Allison Fouch, the quartet of Erin Engstrom, Mary Fletcher, Bethany Scalzo and Elisabeth Webber recorded a 29, six under par, to beat Cazenovia/Whitesboro by one shot.
East Syracuse-Minoa, on the course where it plays home matches in the spring, tied Section III team champion Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville for third place with 31.
Skaneateles native Julie Turner-Peluso got a chance to play with members of her hometown team, as Brigid Clary and Hilary Fenner from the Skaneateles Lakers tagged along.
F-M's Jillian Fraccola, the individual Section III champion, went straight from this event to participation in the tournament itself.
Here were the teams that participated, with the professionals listed in parentheses.
Skaneateles/Baldwinsville -- Brigid Clary, Hilary Fenner, Sierra Prochna, Jamie Schmidt (Julie Turner-Peluso)
Baldwinsville -- Meghan Chura, Marissa McLean, Lauren Petty, Kathleen Reidy (Courtney Clark)
Cazenovia/Whitesboro -- Brittany Furlong, Heather Gatzke, Michelle Donahue, Meghan O'Connor (Lisa Ferrero)
CBA -- Erin Engstrom, Mary Fletcher, Brittany Scalzo, Elisabeth Webber (Allison Fouch)
Central Square -- Sarah Bratt, Leah Bratt, Michele Hirsch, Erin Nash (Danah Ford)
Chitteanngo -- Allie Clapp, Christina Cordell, Marissa Porter, Lauren Whipple (Janell Howland)
East Syracuse-Minoa -- Jennifer Buck, Danielle Cafferty, Sarah Gabruk, Brittany Siechen (Dana Lacey)
Fayetteville-Manlius -- Jillian Fraccola, Alex Seabury, Lindsey Simmons, Sara Simons (Kelly Lagedrost)
Jamesville-DeWitt -- Ann Ganotis, Amy Greenhouse, Yvonna Jones, Shea Turney (Shayna Miyajima)
Liverpool -- Alyscia Abold, Christina Nicolais, Laura Nicolais, Morgan Yoder (Jana Peterkova)
Auburn -- Mary Benedict, Meg Cahill, Mindy Fowler, Marisa Ranieri (Christine Boucher)
Westhill -- Karen Costello, Carolyn Nanno, Jenna Pollack, Kayla Stirpe (Bing Lim)
Cicero-North Syracuse -- Beth Gondeck, Jordyn Kazel, Brianna Lacelle, Erica Stoddard (Samantha Richdale)
West Genesee -- Jill Cleland, Carly Detor, Morgan McDermott, Erin McDermott (Jessica Shepley)