Flesch wins Turning Stone championship by 2 shots
O-D reporter Jennifer Fusco is blogging the last day of the tournament. She is talking to fans, players, vendors and officials.
6:12p.m.: Gofler Steve Flesch, of Union, Kentucky, has won the Turning Stone Resort Championship in Vernon. Flesch finished the final round +1 at 73 and held onto his tournament score -18.
5:30 p.m.: The front nine holes of the course are nearly silent as most of the crowd, volunteers and staff have migrated toward the 18th hole. Steve Flesch is still leading as he now begins the 17th hole.
3 p.m.: Senate Majority leader Joe Bruno and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter participated in a short news conference this afternoon.
This was Bruno’s first time visiting the course, the region and the economic impact the tournament will bring to the Mohawk Valley.
He referred to the Nation as "sovereign," and said the Mohawk Valley is benefiting from everything the Nation does, including employing 5,000 people at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino and related Nation enterprises.
“I wanted to be here. … I wanted to be supportive really,” Bruno said, adding he hopes to be back next year.
Halbritter said he invited Bruno to the tournament.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer declined his invitation, Halbritter said earlier this week.
1:30 p.m.: The main concession area is busy! Hundreds of people are crowded over there to grab lunch.
One of the greatest things about this course are the digital screens that are set up everywhere showing information including the leader and scores.
One of the screens is set up next to the main concession tent. I see a lot of people studying it as they are waiting for lunch.
1 p.m.: Leader Steve Flesch tees off at hole 1 at 1:55 p.m. Bruno will likely be there to watch, officials said.
12:30 p.m.: Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno is at the tournament today.
He got here around 11:30 a.m., officials said.
Bruno has been walking around with Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter.
Bruno is eating lunch in the clubhouse, Nation spokesman Mark Emery said.
Earlier in the week, Halbritter said he invited Gov. Eliot Spitzer to the tournament.
Spitzer declined, Halbritter said.
11:30 a.m.: Hundreds of people started coming over to hole five while I was standing there.
After looking at the caddies shirts I was able to tell who the crowd was following - David Brandshaw and Stuart Appleby.
Both men drove just short of the sand traps.
11 a.m.: It is w-i-n-d-y.
The fifth hole could be the windiest hole so far today.
A small group of people stood by the fairway as harsh wind gusts ripped through.
Even the top of my Diet Coke can was making flute-like noises as the wind hit it just right.
Utica resident Dan Sullivan was waiting for a golf team to come through.
"It's my first day here," he said. "It's nice to see these guys up close and in person," he said.
Sullivan, who golfs, said he hates playing in windy conditions. Professionals, however, prefer it sometimes, he said.
"It makes it tougher for them," he said.
10:45 a.m.: Our Internet system just rebooted. All of the blogs I spent the last 30 minutes typing have been deleted.
So angry right now.
10:30 a.m.: One thing I've noticed about golf - it's a happy sport. Whether it be the marshalls who smile everytime you walk by, or fans that are just in a generally good mood - everyone is always smiling.
No complaints here - happy people put me in a better mood.
Volunteer Dan Lucero of Earlville said attendance seems good today.
"It's flowing pretty steady," he said.
Like most other people who have been at the tournament this week, Lucero has to go back to his real life after it ends.
The hardest part about being a marshall this week?
"There's nothing tough about it," he said with a laugh. "It beats working."
10 a.m.: There were no traffic problems coming into the event today. Route 31 was not backed up at all, and the parking lots were not very crowded.
I would estimate several thousand people are here today so far.
The weather today is much like it was the first practice day - low 70s, sunny and a light wind.
Tip: if you're coming out today, bring a light jacket, sunglasses and sunblock.