081006 NC Golf - Sports

James Neiss/staff photographer Niagara Falls, NY - Niagara Catholic High School golf team members Zack Clark, 16, left and Jake Felicetti, 15, right.

After a stellar fall season, Jake Felicetti is preparing for the state tournament in a few weeks.

This Sunday, though, the Niagara Catholic junior will get a great tune-up at the prestigious Community Bank/George Douglas Jr. Tournament.

The event pits 92 of the state’s top male and female prep golfers against each other in an 18-hole tournament at the site of the LPGA Tour’s Corning Classic — Corning Country Club.

“The type of tournament is really going to get me ready for the state tournament that I have coming up in a couple weeks,” Felicetti said this past week. “It’s a tricky course, so it will be a good test.”

Mike Boss, a sophomore at Lewiston-Porter, said the event also serves as an unofficial kickoff to the summer junior circuit.

“I played in an event last week, but this kind of competition really gets things going,” he said.

High school players with a handicap under seven at their home course are encouraged to apply for the event. Felicetti (three handicap at Hyde Park) and Boss (five handicap at Niagara Falls Country Club) were both recommended for the event by their high school coaches and received notice of their acceptance earlier this month.

Other locals accepted into the event included Kenmore East’s James Schultz and Pierce Terrance, Akron’s Eli Cobti and Al Short, Niagara-Wheatfield’s Alex Buerger and St. Joe’s James Blackwell.

Ironically, Felicetti is in the same foursome as his good friend Terrance and Monsignor Martin rival Blackwell.

“It’s nice to know the people you’re playing with. It helps you relax,” he said. “It also makes you want to play better because you always want to try to beat your friends.”

Boss agreed.

“It’s usually some good friendly competition when you get out there,” he said.

Felicetti and Boss said they plan to play a practice round on Saturday.

The top three male and female finishers will be invited to play in a shoot-out with six LPGA players on May 19 at Corning Country Club.

Contact reporter Nate Beutel at 282-2311, ext. 2262.