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Thoughts, news and notes from the sports staff of The Saratogian newspaper, located in historic Saratoga Springs, New York. The gang in the corner office on Lake Avenue give you the post-game wrap-ups, news and notes from the games we cover and opinions about the sports we read about every day.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

George J. Dennis Memorial Golf Tournament, Monday August 8

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York and Event Chairs Erinn and Dean Kolligian of McGregor Links Country Club have announced that Sean “The Beast” Fister will make his first visit to the Capital Region. The golf legend and World Long Drive Champion will participate in a charity golf tournament that will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and honor Catherine Dennis, who was lost to Alzheimer’s and was a former Wolfert’s Roost Country Club Champion, while also shooting a 79 at McGregor as a 79-year-old. The Tournament will be held Monday, August 8, 2011 at McGregor Links Country Club.
Raising over $750,000 since its inception, 100 percent of the funds raised by the tournament will support the programs and services offered locally.
Sean Fister has the distinction as the first professional long driver to break the 400 yard barrier in the final round of the World Long Drive Championships at 406 yards and five inches in 1997. He was also the first Long Drive member to qualify for both the Open and Senior divisions in the world championships.
Golf pricing, which includes lunch and dinner, is $200 per golfer and $800 per foursome. Dinner alone is $100.
Reserve a foursome or learn about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Sarah at 867-4999, ext. 304 or at sarah.o’

Youth sports coaching certification July 31st

Youth sports coaches and program administrators in the Adirondack area are encouraged to attend a coaching education and certification course on Sunday, July 31 at Adirondack Community College. The widely popular SUNY Youth Sports Institute’s coaching class will be held at the Scoville Auditorium in room 206 and run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Adirondack Community College basketball coach and SUNY Youth Sports Institute instructor, Bill Haskell, will bring insights, tools and tips for coaches to make the most of their youth sports leadership opportunity.
Since March 2008, the SUNY Youth Sports Institute has trained and certified over 9,500 youth sport coaches in towns and cities across New York State. If you are interested in becoming a SUNY Youth Sports Institute Certified Coach you can register online for this course at the cost of $20 or find future training dates near you at

Town of Malta ChiRunning workshop July 30th

Whether you are an injured runner, a beginner runner, a marathon runner, or someone who runs to stay fit, ChiRunning will improve your technique, reduce injury, and help you achieve your personal goals. ChiRunning focuses your mind, lifts your spirits, strengthens your core and opens the flow of chi for lifetime of pain-free, injury-free and enjoyable running. Class is held at the Shenentaha Creek Park on July 30 from 9 1 p.m.
Malta resident fee $100, non resident fee $110, senior resident fee $50. Registration and information can be found at the Malta Community Center at 899-4411.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department announce summer hours

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department would like to announce the summer hours for the Recreation Center. Until Sept. 6, the hours will be Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m. A monthly calendar of the gym schedule is available on the city website,
If you need any further information please call the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department at 587-3550 ext 2300.

Saratoga Springs summer programs

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department has announced that registration for summer clinics and fall programs has been ended, but late registration is still available with a late fee. Registration is held at the Recreation Center located on 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Saratoga Springs, during the following hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m; Sat. 12 a.m.-5pm; Sun. 12 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fall soccer registration has been extended to June 30.
The following clinics are being offered: Boys & Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, American Legion co-sponsored Baseball Clinic, Cheerleading, Girls & Boys Lacrosse, Soccer Clinics, Pickleball, Skate Park Clinic and a Tennis clinic.
The recreation department will also hold the following programs: Hoop-It-Up Basketball League (grades 4-8, July 12-Aug. 18), Kinder Skating (ages 3-6, July 5-Aug. 16, Tuesdays), Track Program (June 23-Aug. 28, Thursdays), Running Program (July 1-Aug. 20, Mondays and Wednesdays), and Fall Soccer Program (ages 3, pre-k and grades K-12, Sept. 10-Oct 30).
For further information, please contact the Recreation Office for dates and fees: 587.3550 X-2300. Volunteer coaches are also needed.

Troy-Albany hockey travel teams

Troy-Albany Hockey Association is looking for a few more solid hockey players to complete on its competitive travel team rosters. If your child would like to tryout for one of these openings, email the registrar at

Union Football Camps August 1-5

Union High School Football Camp: August 1-5, full contact, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday at Union College Turf Field. Cost is $175.00. Players entering grades 9-12. All positions offense and defense. For information go to and click on athletics and camps. You can register online, or call John Audino at 388-6152 or email

Greenfield sports camps July 25-29

The US Sports Institute is holding three different camps at the Middle Grove Town Park the week of July 25-29. In the morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be two sessions of tennis for 5-14 year olds. From 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be a multi-sports camp for 5-13 year olds, and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. will be an introduction to sports camp for the 3-5 year olds. For more information call 893-7432, ext.307.