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Demeo claims Richardson Memorial victory on home turf
Nick Demeo (LIGA/Twitter photo)
Nick Demeo (LIGA/Twitter photo)

It took 20 holes, but Nick Demeo came out on top Saturday at the Richardson Memorial, a tournament honoring legendary New York Times golf writer William Richardson. Demeo went up against Jonathan Jeter in the final match at Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston, N.Y., for his first victory in the long-running event.

Demeo stepped onto the 18th tee in the final match with a 1-up lead on Jeter. But Demeo made a critical mistake when he three-putted from across the green. Jeter took advantage of the opportunity, squaring it to force extra holes.

On the 19th hole, Jeter got up and down from short of the green with a 10-footer for par while Demeo two-putted for an easy par. Demeo closed out his title on the next hole with another easy par. It was an especially meaningful win for Demeo considering that he is a member at host Wheatley Hills.

To get to the final match, Demeo had to get past Jonathan Farber, 2 and 1, in the semifinals and Chris Lambrou, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals. He took down Michael Felton, 5 and 4, in the first round.

ABOUT THE Richardson Memorial

Event honors William Richardson, legendary New York Times golf writer. Regional field plays on a Devereaux Emmet golf course that has been restored to his original vision. 18 hole qualifier establishes match play brackets.

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