Tournament Director Matt Zuntag with Thomas LaMorte and Senior winner Ned Zachar
(Staten Island Advance/Stephen Hart photo)
STATEN ISLAND, NY (May 28, 2017) - Thomas LaMorte of Demarest, New Jersey overcame Brett Cooper of East Rockaway, New York with a third straight under par round to win the 30th New York City Amateur by three shots at La Tourette Golf Course.
LaMorte, who plays college golf at Campbell University in North Carolina, recently finished as runner-up in the Big South Conference Championship and was named to the all-championship team. His stellar play continued at La Tourette. Following an opening 71, LaMorte moved into contention with a second-round 68 that moved him within one of Cooper, who shot the low round of the tournament with a 67 on day one.
Cooper, who won last year's Richardson Memorial at The Seawane Club, shot 71 in round two to set up a duel with LaMorte in the final round. Two others--Matt Lowe of Farmingdale, NY and Brendan Davis of Bedminster Township, NJ--started the day three shots back at 141 but never threatened the lead in the final round.
As Cooper faded to a 75, LaMorte held steady with a 71 for a six-under 210 total. Cooper,
Lowe and first-round co-leader Tyler Cline of Tuxedo Park, NY finished tied for second at 213.
Trevor Randolph of Franklin Lakes, NJ, who won last year's Metropolitan Mid-Amateur,
Travis Invitational, and Hochster Memorial, finished solo sixth at 215
For LaMorte, the next stop is Tavistock Country Club to defend his New Jersey Amateur title, which he won last year at Montanny Golf Club.
In the Senior division, Ned Zachar (68-72--140) won by two shots over Marc Coleman and David Prowler. Stephen Boyd (74-71--145) won the Super Senior division by three shots over Bill Henry.View results for New York City Amateur
ABOUT THE New York City Amateur
54-hole stroke play championship with Men's, Senior
(ages 50-59) and Super Senior (ages 60 & over)
divisions. Open to all male amateur golfers with a
USGA handicap. Minimum handicap requirements for
the Men's division is 8.0 or lower, and for Seniors is
12.0 or lower. Non-exempt players must pre-qualify.
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