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Pro-Am tees off at Atunyote

By By PAT BAILEY

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The fourth annual Turning Stone Resort Championship tees off Thursday morning, but on Wednesday, amateurs and celebrities from all over paired up with the pros at the annual Pro Am event at Atunyote Golf Course in Vernon.

From celebrities like Stephen Baldwin to sports figures such as Syracuse University Coach Jim Boeheim and NFL great Jim Kelly to the average joe, the Atunyote golf course was full of fun the day before the actual tournament.

Bright and early Wednesday morning, the Pro Am teed off with 41 professionals pairing up with nearly 100 amateurs. This year's event is sponsored by the Buffalo Bills, and because of that, a lot of fans made their way out to the course on Wednesday to try and see some of their favorite players on the green.

Justin Hummel, an amateur from Herkimer, said playing in Wednesday's event has been an unbelievable experience.

"The words are indescribable," Hummel said. "the course is like nothing I've ever seen. I've been fortunate enough to come the past three, four years to the tournament. I just got a call this week to play and, obviously, the answer was pretty easy to come out and play for the day."

Another amateur expected to tee off at 1:30 is Gavin Hall - a 15 year old from Rochester. Hall will also be playing in the actual Turning Stone championship starting Thursday morning. He received a sponsor exemption to play in the tournament, and while most of his friends are on Summer break, Hall will be playing alongside numerous professional golfers at Atunyote.

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