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Running Notebook: Going the distance


     Everyone running the Buffalo Broadcasters Celebrity 5K race on Wednesday night had one of two reactions. Either it was a case of "Boy, was I fast!" or it was a matter of "Boy, the course was short."

     Now that many runners have GPS watches, we know that the course was about 2.90 miles, about two-tenths short of the 5K distance. Hard to say what happened.

     Yes, it's still a race, but most of the runners like to see how long it takes to run a specific distance because they'll never compete for a victory. So this one needs to be fixed for next year.

     Here is the holiday weekend schedule, courtesy of

     * Tommy's Run 5K, Yates Park in Orchard Park, Saturday at 10 a.m., 662-6659.

     * Dick Bessel Independence Day Run, 2.3 miles, 2255 Baseline Road in Grand Island, Monday at 9 a.m., 773-9680. I ran this race last year for the first time; I even remembered to park north of the parade route so I could leave after the race.

     * Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club 10K, 5540 Broadway in Lancaster, 9 a.m. Monday, 683-1485. It's a News Runner of the Year race, and it's usually hot. This is something of a holiday tradition for local runners for the past 34 years.

--- Budd Bailey

Junior Masters Day 3 -- Sluman Advances

4:40 p.m.: Trevor Sluman knocks out Josh Stauffer, 4 and 3. Great story, Sluman. Went from a 36 to a 6 handicap in a year. Read all about it in Friday's News.


Thursday afternoon Championship Flight quarterfinal schedule:

Josh Stauffer (Bradford)  vs. Trevor Sluman (Rochester), Trevor Garafano (British Columbia) vs. Josh Whalen (Napanee, Ont.), Rhyne McLeod Jones (Blowing Rock, N.C.) vs. Gonzalo Rubio (Garza Garcia, Mexico), Mauricio Lira (Mexico City) vs. Brandon Ferrier (Barrie, Ont.).

First match goes off at 1:30


   Josh Stauffer of Bradford scored the biggest upset of the Junior Masters in emphatic fashion this morning, taking down No. 1 seed Matt Lemay of Waterloo, Ont., 4 and 3, in the Round of 16. Stauffer is the son of eight-time WNYPGA Player of the Year Kirk Stauffer and Josh was the 2010 WNY PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year. Lemay, the two-day medalist at 1-over 143, advanced to the semifinals last year as a 14 year old.

    Desmond Stoll of Lockport was ousted by Gonzalo Rubio of Garza Garcia, Mexico, 4 and 3. Danny Yustin of East Amherst was beaten, 1-up, by  Mauricio Lira of Mexico City.

    Stauffer will face Trevor Sluman, a 5-and-3 winner over Drew Nesbitt of Shanty Bay, Ont., in this afternoon's quarterfinals. Sluman is the nephew of PGA and Champions Tour member Jeff Sluman of Rochester. Travor is the junior club champ at Oak Hill.

Bob DiCesare 

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Heading for the door

     June 30, 1967 -- The road to departure by the Buffalo Bisons' baseball franchise started on this date, in a sense.

     The city of Buffalo was rocked by violence on the East Side on June 27. City leaders worked quickly to calm the tensions in the area. Still, the Bisons were playing home games in War Memorial Stadium, in the affected neighborhood.

     The Bisons played a home game on June 30, three days later. Only 117 fans turned out. Clearly, fast action was needed.

     Team president Jack Guthrie was up to the challenge. He announced the next day that Bisons would play its home games at Hyde Park Stadium in Niagara Falls, effectively immediately. A crowd of 2,621 turned out that night for a game.

     Eventually, the Bisons agreed to return to War Memorial Stadium for Sunday afternoon games. Still, attendance for the year dropped to around 105,000 in spite of the presence of future major-league superstar Johnny Bench.

--- Budd Bailey

Day Two of Junior Masters

Championship Flight Matchups

Matt Lemay vs. Matt vanNiekirk, Josh Stauffer vs. Ryan Borg, Drew Nesbitt vs. Michael Hong, Trevor Sluman vs. Sam Hebert, Un Cho vs. Trevor Garofano, Ryan Simpson vs. Jake Kreuz, Joseph Kremer vs. Josh Whalen, Jose Narro vs. Luis Navarrete Duran, Rhyne McLeod Jones vs. James Blackwell, Esteban Castro Mejia vs. Rick Voyvodic, Austin Nowak vs. Desmond Stoll, Gonzalo Rubio vs. Chris Wiatr, Cody Cox vs. Mauricio Lira, Danny Yustin vs. Tom Kolb, Luis Enriquez Teran vs. Jeff Baldetti, Branson Ferrier vs. Landon Weis.

Stauffer, Stoll and Yustin advance among locals. Stauffer draws Lemay in Thursday's Round of 16.

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NOON: The cool temperatures and harsh winds have taken a toll today . . . but not on Matt Lemay of Waterloo, Ont. Lemay, who made the semifinals last year as a 14-year-old, came in at 1 under 70 and most assuredly will be the two-day medalist and top seed when championship bracket match play begins this afternoon. He's at 143.

More than half the field is still on the course but it's apparent that scoring is soaring. Danny Yustin of East Amherst, the All-Catholic champ, followed his first-round 73 with an 80, which should be good enought to place him among the 32 advacing to the championship bracket. Sean Mahon of East Amherst, the ECIC champ, will be biting his fingernails awaiting the rest of the field to come in. Mahon went 74-85--159. In most years that wouldn't give him a chance of making the 32. But the conditions might give him a reprieve. We shall see.

Austin Nowak of Lancaster joined Yustin at 153 by following his opening 74 with a 79.

12:50 p.m.: Scores still coming in. Add James Blackwell of North Tonawanda (78-80--158). to the list of locals on the cusp. Billy Gaffney of Williamsville went 78-82. Andrew Romano of Depew is 76-83-159. Josh Stauffer of Bradford, son of eight-time WHYPGA sectional player of the year Kirk Stauffer, fired a 74 today and will coast into the top bracket with a 154 total. 

1 p.m.: Matt Metzger of the host club shot 84 on the heels of 75 and is 159. Greg Sibick of Williamsville is also at 159 after today's 82. My gut feeling is there will be playoff at 159, and it could be a LARGE one . . . Desmond Stoll of Lockport has matching 78s for 156 and is good for the top bracket. Pierce Terrance of Buffalo went 78-87-165.

1:10 p.m.:There are only three scores under 150: Lemay, Branson Ferrier of Ontario (73-148) and Jose Narro of Seabrook, Texas (76-149).

1:15 p.;m.: Add Rhyne McLeond Jones of North Carolina to the last list. He's 75-148.

1:20 p.m.: The cut line is 158, which is killer for a number of locals.  Jake Kreuz from Amherst is in at 74-155. Patrick Fahey of Buffalo is out at 79-160. Locals in the championship flight: Nowak, Yustin, Kreuz, Stauffer, and Stoll. Blackwell, at 158, will have no worse than a playoff to get in. There are still five or so groups on the course.

1:50 p.m.: Blackwell in a playoff. Looks like four players for three spots.

2:20: Blackwell advances in playoff.

Bob DiCesare



This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Same as the first time

     June 29, 1963 -- One of the most famous Rose Bowls in history took place in 1963. Wisconsin made a then-rare appearance in Pasadena, and lost to Southern California by a score of 42-37.

     The two coaches had a reunion and a rematch of sorts, in Buffalo, about six months later.

     John McKay of USC coached the West squad in the Coaches' All-America Game in War Memorial Stadium. Milt Bruhn of the Badgers led the East team.

     McKay got the win in the second meeting of the year as well. The West edged the East, 22-21, before 20,840.

     You might know a couple of the players in that game. Daryle Lamonica threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass for the East to future Colt Willie Richardson. George Saimes ran for 87 yards and scored a touchdown before leaving due to an injury. Both Lamonica and Saimes landed with the Bills, although Saimes moved to safety.

     Hugh Campbell scored a couple of touchdowns for the West. He was best known as a player and coach in the Canadian Football League, although he did lead the Houston Oilers for a couple of seasons.

--- Budd Bailey

Opening Day at Junior Masters

We're running about an hour late on the opening 18 holes of medal play after lightning in the surrounding area forced a delay just before noon. When the lightning departed, strong winds took its place and scores should be ballooning as a result. We spent some time following around Patrick Fahey (Timon/Canisius College-bound) and James Blackwell (St. Joe's). Ryan Marfurt plans to write on both of them in Wednesday's editions of The News.

Spent the rain delay talking with John Gaffney, former Buffalo District and state mid-am champ, about golf swing mechanics. Gaffney's son, Billy, drew into the tournament as an alternate and shot 78.

This could be an interesting year from the local perspective. It wouldn't be a surprise to see five or six Western New York's qualify for the championship flight of match play by placing in the top 32 in stroke play. The final 18 holes of qualifying will be played Wednesday morning.

We'll be updating with more scores around 5 p.m.

5 p.m.: How did Danny Yustin slip under my preview radar? But he did. The All-Catholic champ and recent Canisius grad matched what's the day's low score so far, a 73, to top the local conginent. IJM vet Austin Nowak and ECIC champ Sean Mahon came in at 74.

Un Cho of Ancaster, Ont., shot 74 and looms as a contender. He advanced to U.S. Open sectional qualifying a month ago. Cody Cox of Milford, Pa., who also shot 74, made it to the U.S. Junior Amateur last summer.

There's a change in format this year of which I was just made aware. The 32 golfers who fail to qualfy for the championship flight in match play  will play a third round of medal play on Thursday instead of being slotted in various divisions of match play. The top 12 scorers after that third round of medal will be seeded in match play semifinals beginning Friday morning. The top four will play in the Gold Flight, the next four in the Sivler Flight and the final four in the Bronze Flight.

The change was made to alleviate the logjam that typically took place after Thursday's morning round, when all competitors were involved in match play.

Bob DiCesare


This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Fun, fun, fun

   June 28, 1986 -- The Buffalo Bisons were very, very average for the 1986 season. But they were really good when it comes to drawing fans.

   The Bisons had a 71-71 record that season under manager Jim Marshall in the American Association. They even scored only 15 more runs than they allowed.

   But the area continues its love affair with the game under the ownership of Rich Products. They drew an astounding 35,778 to a game at War Memorial Stadium. The contest with Nashville was followed by a concert by the Beach Boys.

   The biggest name of that team was Mike Yastrzemski, who hit .385 in a brief stay with the Bisons. Some of the other hitters on that team were names like Darryl Boston, Nick Capra, Brian Giles, Steve Henderson and Brian Little.

   On the mound, Pete Filson went 14-3 to lead the team in wins. Bill Long went 9-9, and Bruce Tanner, the son of Chuck, won eight games.

--- Budd Bailey

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Rockin' the Rockpile in June

   June 27, 1964 -- War Memorial Stadium had some good talent play on its surface over the years. There was certainly a lot of it on this night.

   It was the night of the then-annual All-America football game. Some of the best graduating players in the country would come to Buffalo once a year and display their talents.

   How good were the players? Let's see … Paul Warfield was a great wide reciever. Willie Brown, Carl Eller and Charlie Taylor were all-time greats. Dave Wilcox was a standout linebacker. 

  And that doesn't include names like Tom Keating, Gerry Philbin (of UB), Matt Snell, Billy Truax and Dave Parks. You might remember Dave Kopay, who was forced into kicking duties because neither team bothered to bring one.

   The coaches were Bob Devaney of Nebraska and Pete Elliott of Illinois. For the record, the
East beat the West, 18-15.

--- Budd Bailey

LPGA Championship Review

At the top: Yani Tseng takes home major No. 4, obliterating the field by 10 shots. Her 19-under total matches the lowest score in LPGA major history. Cristie Kerr shot 19-under here last year in winning by 12. Four major titles and all of 22 years old. You could say Tseng has quite a future.

Anatomy of a champ: Tseng hit 38 of 56 fairways for the week, 57 of 72 greens and needed just 111 putts. She had one three-putt all week, on No. 13 Sunday.

Drive for show: . . . : Paula Creamer finished T3, 11 shots back. She putted 119 times, the most of anyone in the top 20, but had only two three-putts.

All over the map: By far the craziest scorecard Sunday belonged to Sarah Kemp. The Australian shot, get this, 29-43 for an even-par 72. Her 6-under front nine included a hole-in-one on the 161-yard fifth hole. Kemp shot 4-under on the three par-3s on the front nine. The back nine, though, was a different story. She made five bogeys and a double bogey with only one birdie. Her card showed just six pars all day. Kemp finished in a tie for 50th place.

 Biggest mover: The best round of the day was shot by former major winner Karen Stupples. She carded a 7-under 65 that featured an eagle on the par-5 17th and six birdies against just one bogey. That helped move Stupples up 42 spots, from a tie for 76th at the start of the day to a tie for 34th at 1-over 289.

 Toughest hole: The 386-yard par-4 13th hole played to an average score of 4.321 on Sunday. For the tournament, the toughest hole was the 413-yard par-4 10th, which averaged 4.341 strokes.

Easiest hole: Players again took advantage of the par-5 17th. The 478-yard hole had a stroke average of 4.564 on Sunday and was the easiest hole of the week, at 4.683.

 The said it: Suzann Pettersen finished tied for third, earning $132,512. But she's no fan of Locust Hill as the site for one of the four majors: "Quite honestly I think I said it earlier in the week -- play a different golf course. This is a phenomenal golf course. You got to be accurate, and they are small greens. But for me this is not a major golf course. That's my persona opinion, and I might have people disagreeing with me. Since you asked me I want to answer quite honestly." 

One more for the road: Surely to Pettersen's dismay, the LPGA Championship returns to Locust Hill in 2012.

Bob DiCesare and Jay Skurski


Live from the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship

PITTSFORD -- Good afternoon from beautiful Locust Hill Country Club. We're here for today's final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship. We, as in myself, Jay Skurski, along with columnist Bob DiCesare, sports reporter Ryan Marfurt and photographer Mark Mulville.

We drove through some pretty heavy rain showers along the Thruway, but there's no rain right now at the course. The leaders are set to tee off in a few minutes. 

There are some good scores to be had today. Karen Stupples is already in with a 7-under 65 that featured six birdies, an eagle and a bogey. That moved her from a tie for 76th up to a tie for 40th. There was also a hole-in-one by Sarah Kemp on the 161-yard par-3 fifth hole. It's just the second ace in Rochester LPGA Tournament competition history, joined by Dale Eggeling in the second round of the 2000 tournament.

We'll have updates on the blog throughout the day, so stick with us. Mark and Ryan are out on the course presently, and Bob and I will soon join them to watch some of the early action.

4:10 p.m.: Just walked the first six holes with leader Yani Tseng and Cindy LaCrosse, who started the day in solo second place. In a word, WOW. Tseng is simply superb. What started as a five-stroke lead has ballooned to nine shots. Tseng is 3-under through the first six holes. She bounced back from a bogey on No. 1 with a kick-in birdie on the par-4 second, starting a run of four birdies in five holes. That's got her to 16-under. LaCrosse has dropped a shot, moving back to 7-under. She's tied for second with Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

4:44 p.m.: The leaders have made the turn and the only question is how low Tseng can get. She's at 17-under now after another birdie at No. 8. That's five birdies on the first nine holes to go along with one bogey. in the race for second place, Stacy Lewis has pulled ahead to 8-under. She's a shot ahead of LaCrosse, who is at 7-under. A group of five players is tied for fourth at 6-under, including Suzann Pettersen, Pat Hurst, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.

5:07 p.m.: Tseng's losing it. She's made three pars in a row. At that pace, she might not match the tournament-record 19-under Kerr shot last season. LaCrosse and Pressel, the two players closest to her when the day started, are going backward. Pressel is 2-over through 11, while LaCrosse made double bogey on 10 to move to 3-over for the day. She's 12 shots back at 5-under. 

5:59: p.m.: Tseng simply doesn't like making bogeys. After dropping a shot at No. 13, she bounced right back with another birdie at the 14th. Tseng's got a look at birdie on No. 15, as well. Pressel and Suzann Pettersen are tied for second at 8-under. Pettersen dropped a shot at the tough par-4 18th, while Pressel is playing No. 16.

7:09 p.m.: Tseng nearly closed it out in style, just missing a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have set the tournament scoring record at 20-under. She settled for par and 19-under, matching the score of Cristie Kerr last season and giving the 22-year-old her four major championship. Check back on the blog later for more analysis of the final round and be sure to read Monday's Buffalo News for complete coverage of the final day. Until then ... bye for now.

---Jay Skurski


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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.