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Sports Shorts/Sign-ups (May 16 edition)

18 Mile Creek course opens, youth programs to begin

18 Mile Creek Golf Course is open for the season and preparing to offer a full slate of youth and adult golf lesson programs. In conjunction with the Hook A Kid on Golf program, there are a variety of offerings to youth. Also offered are a wide range of standard golf lessons for kids and adults that teach fundamentals of the game of golf. Spring Beginner and Intermediate lessons will be offered during a summer session starting the week of June 17 and features Beginner Lessons on Monday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Being taught will be swing fundamentals, chipping, putting, rules, etiquette and more. For more information, visit online at or call 648-4410 or 646-5145.

Hamburg event among Buffalo Bike Club race series

The Buffalo Bicycling Club is promoting a series of 8 Criterium races in downtown Buffalo called the Larkinville Challenge. They will be Thursdays, starting May 16, and continuing into July. Dates and links for all the races can be found online at or by searching “Larkinville” on There is also the option to pre-purchase all eight races at This is a fast and fun course with fantastic spectator amenities and is sure to provide great racing. Among the races in the series is the Hamburg Race Weekend June 8-9 in Hamburg. The opening day is a road race on a scenic 14-mile rolling course and June 9 is a criterium in the Village of Hamburg. Junior races are only $5, women’s Cat 4 are only $20 with cash payouts, and there will be a kid’s bike parade before the June 9th race at 1 p.m.

Running the Buffalo Marathon for Baby Brady

Two business administration majors at Hilbert College are partnering with “Team Brady” to find participants to run, sponsor or volunteer at the Buffalo Marathon. Project manager Brandi Williams and Suzette Colangelo of Hamburg are promoting this event to build awareness of six-month-old Brady’s medical conditions and also raise money for medical expenses. Brady is suffering from two rare diseases called “Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia” and “Giant Cell Hepatitis.” In Brady’s short life, he has undergone several surgeries, countless procedures and weekly blood transfusions. They ask that the community makes an effort to assist on Sunday, May 26 and support Baby Brady in his continuous fight for life by taking part in the Buffalo Marathon. If you have any questions about how to get involved, call Brandi Williams at 220-4584 or Mark Williams at 510-6967.

Veterans to take part in 27th Golden Age Games

More than 700 Veterans from across the country are expected to participate in the nation’s largest sporting event for senior military Veterans. The 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games, a national sports and recreational competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is set for May 30 through June 4 in Buffalo. Veterans will compete in 15 events, including swimming, cycling, horseshoes, bowling, croquet and air rifles for America’s largest population of veterans, those ages 55 and older. Since 2004, the National Veterans Golden Age Games have been a qualifier for the National Senior Games, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Through this partnership, gold, silver and bronze medalists in certain events have the opportunity to compete further among America’s elite senior athletes. The Games are open to all U.S. military Veterans age 55 or older who are currently receiving care at a VA medical facility. Learn more online at

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