Tournament Directors

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Zach Vinal - Vinal could be the most achieved junior golfer to ever play in the Syracuse District Golf Association in which his career started at an early age. He played 6 years of Varsity Golf at Nottingham High in Syracuse in which he became the first player ever to qualify for the NYS High School Championships a record 5 times. He won the 2000 SDGA Boys Player of the Year award and finished runner-up in the NYS Boys Championship. He is the only 3 time JuniorPlayer of the Year award winner (2001-2003) for the SDGA and won numerous Junior Majors. He was the third youngest player (12 years old) to qualify for the Post-Standard Amateur in 1999. He won several Men's SDGA Majors before entering college which included the Gerry Ashe Memorial in 2002 & 2003. He was also a finalist and semi-finalist for multiple New York State Boys & Junior Championships from 2000-2004. He was runner-up at the 2002 NYS High School Championships and received the Sportsmanship Award in 2004.

Zach was heavily recruited to play Division I Golf on full scholarships from schools such as Tennessee, St. John's, Maryland, DePaul, Navy, New Mexico State, Miami (OH), Cincinnati, and received offers from 15 others, but ultimately decided to attend Binghamton University on a full scholarship. Zach's career was a record setting one while at Binghamton. He won the 2004 America East Conference Championship while breaking the freshman scoring record. Through his career, he earned 22 top-10 finishes and was a two time Ping All Region Selection and three time New England First Team selection. He broke the single season scoring record in both his junior year (2007) and his senior year (2008). He was a participant in the 2005 NCAA Regionals. He also excelled in the classroom earning Dean's List honors for each semester during his junior and senior year. He received the 2008 SUNY Chancellors award for the highest level of achievement in academics and sport. Also, in 2008 he was one of 87 Cleveland Golf Division I Scholar All-Americans in the country. Lastly, in 2008, he graduated with a degree in Human Development and Education.

After a decorated career at Binghamton, Zach was the assistant golf coach at Division I Long Beach State University in which he recruited and developed division I prospects. He graduated with a Master Degree from LBSU in Sports Management. After coaching, he became a Golf Professional at Virginia Country Club and assisted in the coaching and caddying of numerous PGA Tour Players such as Patrick Cantlay, Luke List, John Mallinger, Max Homa, Peter Tomasulo, John Merrick and John Cook while also teaching the general membership.

Zach is currently the Director of Membership & Member/Golf Operations at Lakeshore in Syracuse, NY. He assists in tournament operations, member relations and continues to focus on teaching and growing the game among the membership and junior golfers.


Joe Tesori Jr. - Joe Tesori Jr., PGA Associate is the Head Golf Coach at Cortland State and Tournament Director for the Central New York PGA. Tesori's coaching experience at the collegiate level has grown rapidly. Cortland State is has won back to back Empire 8 Conference Champions in 2016-17 and 2017-18. His squad captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II/III title in the fall of 2015. During the 2013-14 season, Tesori's squad was ranked in the top 30 nationally in Division III. In addition, the Red Dragons featured All-American and All-East Region golfer Rebecca Studin, who became Cortland's first-ever NCAA Division III Championship individual qualifier. Studin also won the Division III Women's Golf NCAA Elite 89 Award as the golfer with the highest GPA among those competing at the NCAA Championships. Tesori's 2014-15 squad placed in the top four in four different tournaments, while his 2015-16 team earned six top-four showings and his 2016-17 team posted five top-four finishes.In the 2012-13 season, Tesori led the Red Dragons to a top ranking of 24th nationally in Division III and as high as fifth in the East Region. Cortland broke three school scoring records and had one player, Studin, named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III All-East Region team. He was also named the 2017 Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year and has compiled 9 school records in 6 years at Cortland State. Tesori earned PGA Professional status in 2017. He was an assistant golf professional at Lake Shore Yacht and Country Club in Cicero, N.Y., from 2008-10. He has also served as a PGA Tour caddie on both the Canadian and Nationwide Tours, and at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association.

Tesori graduated from Le Moyne College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and received a master’s degree in sport management at Cortland in 2014. A standout golfer at Le Moyne, Tesori earned Northeast 10 Player of the Year honors during the 2005-06 season. As a senior, he made the Ping All-Region Team, won the ECAC Division II individual title and helped the Dolphins capture the ECAC team crown as a team captain. His playing accolades also included a 2008 National Championship appearance and a handful of titles from the Syracuse Amateur golf circuit. A Syracuse native, Tesori graduated from Jamesville-DeWitt High School in 2004. He played six years of varsity golf and two years of varsity football. He served as a team captain as a senior and was part of the winning Section 3 championship squad during his sophomore year.