Fayetteville, N.Y. – Seasoned leader Jim Scorse, well-regarded for being a solid, steady player, birdied the first playoff hole to win his first NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Onondaga Golf & Country Club. This is his second NYS title overall; Scorse won the 2005 NYS Men’s Amateur Championship.
“To finally pull one out for a State tournament again, it feels nice,” Scorse said. “I finally got myself playing good at the right time and I made the good putts to win,” he added.
Scorse posted a 3-over par 74 in the final round to finish tied with 2012 NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Tim Spitz (Monroe GC). Spitz posted a 1-over par 71 in the final round. Both Scorse and Spitz finished the 54-holes of regulation play with a 4-over par 217.
Scorse lead the field throughout much of the final round. However, two costly bogies on the par-4 13th and the par-5 17th left his game and his shot at the title vulnerable.
Spitz, with hopes of claiming a consecutive title, took advantage of that vulnerability and used the opportunity to score. Spitz chipped in for birdie on the par-4 16th and sank his putt for birdie on the par-5 17th as well.
“Tim got right back into it with his birdie putts,” Scorse said. “His putter definitely worked out well for him today,” he added.
A birdie on the par-4 18th would result in a win for either Scorse or Spitz. However both men pared the hole to force the playoff. The playoff was conducted on the 337 yard par-4 1st hole.
Scorse just missed the green with his approach shot; instead his ball landed on the fringe to the right of the hole. Spitz hit his approach shot within 20 feet of the hole.
Scorse rolled in a putt off of the fringe to birdie the hole.
Scorse commented, “Tim had that putt this morning so I knew the putt wasn’t going to break off too much. I just had to get it on the line and fortunately I hit the perfect putt.”
Spitz’s birdie attempt missed on the right side and he conceded the hole. Scorse celebrated a deserved win with a first pump and an exuberant “Woo-hoo!”
Today’s win is Scorse’s second NYS title overall; Scorse won the 2005 NYS Men’s Amateur Championship.
Scorse will continue his season next week at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship hosted by the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. Scorse qualified for the USGA Championship earlier this month at the Cavalry Club in Fayetteville, NY.
Raman Luthra (Crag Burn GC) finished third overall with a 54-hole total of 222.
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