Annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament Scheduled June 26

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will be the beneficiary of the Chautauqua Golf Club’s 31st annual PGA Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Pictured (L to R): Event chairman Bill Locke, PGA professional Troy Moss, Dr. Jeanne Wiebenga, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy board member, and John Jablonski III, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy executive director. Photos Courtesy of Don Kimmel, CWC Treasurer & Pro-Am Committee member.

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Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

The Chautauqua Golf Club will hold its 31st annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, June 26.

The event will have an 11 a.m. shotgun start and a two best ball format. All proceeds will benefit the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and its efforts to improve the health and vitality of Chautauqua Lake and the surrounding watershed.

The “Score One for the Lake!” tournament welcomes both male and female amateurs playing Chautauqua Golf Club’s Lake Course. Each foursome will include a visiting PGA professional from the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Lunch will be served on the course, and the event will conclude with an awards dinner at the club’s Double Eagle banquet facility. Various opportunities to sponsor the event are available and may be tax-deductible.

The event serves as a major fundraiser for the conservancy, with proceeds from prior year tournaments supporting vital pollution prevention, watershed education and land conservation projects and programs. The conservation of wetlands at Whitney Bay and Whitney Point and facilitating lakeshore buffers and stream erosion control projects are examples of recent projects assisted by this tournament.

“The CWC Pro-Am tournament funds activities which address the root causes of the pollution that fuels plant and algae growth in our lake,” said Bill Locke, pro-am chairman. “These activities include watershed conservation projects and conserving the important habitats that provide clean water to the streams and lakes of our Chautauqua region. The Conservancy works with landowners to enhance shoreline habitats, control soil erosion, re-establish healthy vegetated buffer strips along streams and reduce nutrients entering our waterways from lawn care and other related activities. Stopping these problems at their source is essential to a healthy lake. Maintaining a healthy, enjoyable lake is essential to our economy and benefits all area businesses and residents.”

More information is available at the conservancy’s website at or by calling the conservancy at 664-2166 or the Chautauqua Golf Club at 357-6211.