continued A group of local credit unions – Summit, Empower and SEFCU - took over primary sponsorship of the tournament one year ago, with Wegmans as a presenting sponsor. And that has led to an extra incentive for professionals new for 2013.
They held the Credit Union Challenge July 12-14 in Albany at Capital Hills Golf Course, with Taiwanese native Wei-Ling Hsu coming from behind in the final round to win by two shots over Olivia Jordan-Higgins and Kendall Dye.
Hsu is one of 10 Symetra Tour winners in 2013 in the field, along with Sue Kim, Jaclyn Sweeney, Melissa Eaton, Christine Song, Laura Kueny, Giulia Molinaro, Cydney Clanton, Kim Kaufman and P.K. Kongraphan, who won last week in New Hampshire.
Those scores, plus those of the Credit Union Classic in Syracuse, will be added up, and the lowest five professionals will earn $5,000 of bonus money, $2,000 to the top performer.
There is, of course, a full week of activity, starting on Monday with the Pro-Junior Challenge, where a Symetra player pairs up with four golfers from area high school teams for a nine-hole best-ball competition.
Two days of pro-ams follow on Wednesday (at 1:30) and Thursday (at 8 a.m.), along with a junior clinic at Drumlins West’s 18th hole at 10 a.m. on Thursday before the tournament starts Friday morning at 7:30. The cut of low 70 and ties is made after 36 holes Saturday night. In case of a tie at the end on Sunday, a sudden-death playoff follows.