Locust Hill Gives it Back

Bright Spot: Golfing 'fore' a good cause

Rochester, N.Y. — Locust Hill Country Club hosted an unusual golf tournament Monday.

Inspired by the Pope family, it was a family event.

There were activities for kids, fireworks at dusk, and, yes, golf. It was all to benefit Anna's Wish, an organization which provides support for young children with cancer.

"The amount of support today and the number of people here, the amount of generosity, is something I haven't experienced before," Jeff McKinney, who helped found the organization in memory of his late daughter, Anna, who died from cancer.

Proceeds were also shared with Warrior Salute Veterans Services.

"All those funds will be used here locally at our Warrior Salute Outpatient Clinic and our Nucor transitional house for veterans," said Thomas DeRoller, Executive Director, CDS Wolf Foundation.

The day yielded $20,000 for each group - and an atmosphere that felt like the old LPGA was back at Locust Hill.

The real bright spot?

"You know, the most important thing is we raised that money for charity and we're able to donate to two wonderful causes," Jonathan Meyer, Event participant, said.

Dominic Bozzelli Finishes Third At Valspar

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

Dominic Bozzelli, an Honorary Member of Locust Hill Country Club, grew up at Locust Hill taking golf lessons from Steve Barber, our PGA Head Golf Professional. Steve was Dominic's coach and teaching instructor from the age of 7 through the age of 15. The Club is extremely proud of Dominic's accomplishments as a PGA Tour player, with 2017 being his first year as a Tour player after qualifying last year on the tour. Please watch Dominic's interview below about the Rochester Golf Community and playing at Locust Hill Country Club.

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Dom Bozzelli, who grew up in Pittsford, talks about starting his golf career in Rochester. (July 6, 2016) Video by Jamie Germano

PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Adam Hadwin only wanted a chance to win on the final hole Sunday at the Valspar Championship. He could have done without the self-inflicted drama.

Dominic Bozzelli chips onto the first green during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla.
(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)(Photo: AP)

Hadwin lost a two-shot lead with one swing on the 16th hole when his tee shot sailed into the water and led to double bogey. The 29-year-old Canadian kept his wits and closed with two pars, the final one good enough for a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay.

The victory sends him to Augusta National for the first time, even if it means altering a honeymoon trip to Tahiti.

Hadwin is getting married March 24.

"I just wanted a chance to win coming up the last, and I had that chance," Hadwin said.

Pittsford native Dominic Bozzelli finished two shots back in a two-way tie for third place with Jim Herman. Bozzelli charged forward on Sunday, firing off a 67 — with five birdies and one bogey — to climb the leaderboard on the final day.

Hadwin closed with an even-par 71, and it was hard work to the end. Tied for the lead, and with Cantlay having come up short into a bunker, Hadwin went just over the back of the green against the collar of the fringe. He used the leading edge of a sand wedge to send it down the slope to 2 feet from the cup.

Cantlay came up well short and missed his 15-foot par putt to force a playoff. He closed with a 68.