ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Six New York natives will be competing in this year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, but two have a close connection.
Mike Hulbert was added to the field last Friday as a sponsor exemption. The Elmira native is celebrating his thirtieth anniversary of winning the B.C. Open, and is returning to the course for the first time since 2014. Hulbert says he was thrilled to be invited back, and it’s extra special that he’ll be getting to play alongside Horseheads native and his old friend, Joey Sindelar.
“I mean we’re like, if we could we’d best ball every tournament,” said Hulbert. “It’s a very unique, I’ve known Joey since he was ten years old. I haven’t seen him much because he’s still playing full time, and I haven’t in the last five, six, seven years. But he’s still a close pal of mine, he’ll bounce stuff off me, I’ll bounce stuff off him, I can’t wait to see him.”
Hulbert has won three times on the PGA tour, and has over 45 top-ten finishes. Sindelar, a local favorite, has won 7 PGA Tour events, including the B.C. Open in 1985 and 1987.