ELMIRA, N.Y. (July 19, 2012) -- With an impressive four-day total of 11-under par 277 (70-68-72-67), Dominic Bozzelli captured his second-straight NYS Men’s Amateur Championship.
Starting the final round Thursday afternoon with a one-shot lead over Jamie Sindelar, Dominic “kept the peddle to the metal”. In the opening nine, he extended that lead to two strokes. Then on 10, 11 and 12 he made a charge. Bozzelli hit his second-shot on the par-5 10th hole to seven feet and converted the eagle putt. Sindelar made par and Bozzelli’s lead grew to four shots.
On 11, Bozzelli hit his drive behind trees and overcooked his second shot 20 yards over the green. Sindelar hit his approach to eight feet and it looked like the momentum might swing when Bozzelli’s third shot also missed the green. However, Bozzelli then chipped-in for par and Sindelar missed his birdie putt to keep the lead at four. Bozzelli then followed up that hole with a great birdie on 12 and Sindelar missed his short birdie putt.
The lead was five shots at that point and that was the tally as Sindelar could not make enough putts to catch Bozzelli and finished the Championship at -6 under par 282 (66-70-75-71).
Sindelar finished last year’s Championship in third and was the runner-up this year at Elmira CC. The local golfer had a strong showing of support from spectators today and had his father and brother on the bag for the rounds today. After the round, he declared that he will be turning professional.
Even though most of the crowd at the course was pulling for the local Sindelar, Bozzelli had a great support system all week in his family that came to watch. His mother and sister walked each round and his father caddied for him in the final two rounds. He remarked at the trophy presentation that his family’s support made all the difference.
Next year’s NYS Men’s Amateur will be held on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park.
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