Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) Amateur Championship

LOCUST VALLEY, NY (August 5, 2005) -- On an oppressively hot day that saw temperatures soar to more than 95 degrees, Stanwich’s Tom Yellin, a veteran Met Area competitor, posted rounds of 65-68-133 to lead the 16 qualifiers who advanced to match play in the MGA’s 103rd Amateur Championship at The Creek in Locust Valley, NY. It took a record low score of one under par 139 over the scenic links style C.B. Macdonald/Seth Raynor layout on Long Island Sound to advance to the next stage in the nation’s oldest regional amateur championship.

Two shots behind Yellin were Mike Deo of Montclair, the reigning New York City Amateur champion who posted rounds 69-66-135 and Tarik Can of Bethpage who finished with 70-65-135. Also among those who advanced from the starting field of 84 players were reigning MGA Jerry Courville Sr. Player of the Year, Pete Meurer of Silver Lake, who came in at 136 and 2003 Met Amateur champion Mike Stamberger of Plainfield who finshed with 138.

Also posting 138 was Patrick Pierson of Minisceongo who had the shot of the day with a double eagle 2 on the par 5 18th hole en route to his afternoon round of 65.

Friday will feature two rounds of match play beginning at 7:30 AM. Medalist Yellin, a producer for ABC TV, will play Darlington’s Brent Pittman who qualified at 139. The semi-finals will played on Saturday with the 36 hole final scheduled for Sunday, August 7th.

ABOUT THE Metropolitan Amateur

The competition is open to male Amateur members of MGA Member Clubs who have a current USGA Handicap Index of 5.0 or less and to those exempted by the MGA Committee. All entrants are subject to the MGA Rules and Regulations. Format of play: 18 hole sectional qualifying round. Qualifiers play 36 hole on-site qualifying round, determining 16 players for match play.

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