Sunbelt Senior Tour returns to Whiteface Club for third year

LAKE PLACID – The third annual Adirondack Senior Open will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Whiteface Club and Resort. The event is part of the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour.

There will also be a junior clinic and trick shot show on Monday, as well as a pro-am on Tuesday.

The Adirondack Open and affiliated events are open to spectators at no charge.

Most of the professionals from 2012, which was won by Mitch Adcock of Mississippi, will return with quite a few new faces joining them.

The Sunbelt Senior Tour has been the training ground for Champions Tour players for almost 20 years. The developmental tour – for players 45 and older – has enabled some of the top professional golfers in the country to visit smaller communities where amateur golfers can play with them in the pro-am and socialize with these professionals at the event’s many functions.

All proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit USA?Luge.

“USA Luge is local to Lake Placid and with the storied past of Lake Placid hosting two Olympic Games, we cannot be more pleased to partner with USA Luge,” said tournament director Tom Eubank.

“USA Luge is honored to be the beneficiary of the Sunbelt Senior Pro Golf Tour, a valuable event in the Lake Placid community,” said the team’s marketing director Gordy Sheer. “The competitive spirit of our athletes meshes perfectly with the pros and participants in the tournament.”

There will also be some additions to this year’s tournament, which will be open to the entire community for free. The junior clinic that has been held the last two years will continue. A trick shot show has been added prior to the clinic this year, presented by John Whitty, who has been performing for audiences across America for years and has graciously volunteered to offer his show free of charge to everyone.

In addition, pro-am participants will be entertained by Jim Doing, the tour’s opera singing golf professional. Doing will perform three songs, including Andrea Bocelli’s Conte Partido, at the draw party and the awards presentation.

There will be both former PGA Tour professionals and Olympians participating in Tuesday’s pro-am. Celebrities will include Preston Griffall, luge Olympian and current national champion and teammate Matt Mortensen.

Six-time PGA Tour champion Danny Edwards is making a return to Lake Placid along with other former PGA Tour players Tim Conley, Jim Chancey, Javier Sanchez and Barry Conser.

Bob Kurtz, “Golf’s Ironman,” will return to Lake Placid for the third consecutive year. Kurtz, 70, is the Guiness Book of World Records holder for most times scoring 70 or lower in one day (seven) and

most golf holes played in one week (1,850). He will be speaking at the draw party Monday evening.