New York State Amateur: Duthie takes 1-up win

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (July 21, 2007)-- The final match of the 85th New York State Golf Association’s Men’s Amateur Championship teed off Saturday morning at the Yahnundasis Golf Club. The two finalists, Andrew DiBitetto of Ridgemont CC and John Duthie of Robert Trent Jones GC, earned their spots by surviving stroke play qualifying and winning 4 matches against some of the best amateurs in the state. In the end, it was Duthie coming back from three holes down after the first 18 to take a 1-up victory.

DiBitetto finished the first half of the match with a 2-up advantage on Duthie after 18 holes, despite three putting the 18th. Duthie also struggled with his putter the first 18 holes and missed some short putts which contributed to the deficit. The afternoon round would be a completely different story.

The second round began with a birdie for DiBitetto putting him 3-up over Duthie. But beginning at the 5th hole of round two, Duthie made five birdies in the next nine holes to build a three-hole advantage that he would not relinquish.

DiBitetto made a late charge capitalizing on a Duthie bogey on 14 and making birdies on 15 and 17, but it was not enough to catch Duthie.

Duthie would go on to win the Men’s Amateur Championship 1-up after DiBitetto’s par putt on 18 lipped out.

Duthie shot the equivalent of 4-under 67 in the final 18 holes of the match.

ABOUT THE New York State Amateur

This championship is a three-day 72-hole stroke play competition. The field will be cut after 36 holes to the low 40 players and ties. Entries will be limited to male amateur golfers who enjoy membership privileges at Clubs belonging to the New York State Golf Association, or are NYSGA Associate Members.

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