Dan MacDonald repeated at Quaker Ridge (Golf Digest photo)
SCARSDALE, NY (June 18, 2018) - Last year Dan MacDonald won the trophy on a Tuesday without hitting a single shot. This year, he got to win the conventional way, holding off the field by three shots on a hot and humid day to take the 81st Hochster Memorial at Quaker Ridge Golf Club.
The weather was the story last year, interrupting play and forcing the last several groups to return to the course on Tuesday morning to finish their rounds. MacDonald had already finished 36 holes at the time of the delay, and so all he had to do was come out and prepare for a possible playoff. When no one could match his score, he was declared the champion.
This year, MacDonald won the trophy on a Monday, although it was a roller coaster ride to get his hands back on it.
Pars were rare on his scorecard in both rounds, as his he kept picking up and then losing shots. In a first-round 2-over 72, he had five birdies, five bogeys and a double. That gave him a tie for the lead with four other players, including last year's U.S. Mid-Amateur medalist Brad Tilley and last year's New York City Amateur champion Thomas LaMorte.
The afternoon round was no less turbulent for MacDonald -- five more birdies, four bogeys and a double. But with Quaker Ridge inflicting pain on the rest of the field, allowing no score below MacDonald's 71 (matched by Jay Card), he was able to separate himself from the field and win by three shots over LaMorte (75).
Of the 52 players in the field, only five broke 75 (5 over) in the afternoon. Quaker Ridge was already in championship shape, having hosted the Curtis Cup Matches a week ago, and (perhaps taking a page from Shinnecock Hills a little farther east) proved to be a stern test of golf.
Finishing tied for third, four shots back at 8 over, were Connor Daly and Christian Cavaliere, who last week won the Westchester Amateur for the second week in a row.
John Brennan and Evan Quinn were joint fifth at 10-over 150.
Trevor Randolph, who earlier this month won a record fourth New Jersey Mid-Amateur, finished 14th.
ABOUT THE Hochster Memorial
One day, 36 hole invitational played at Quaker Ridge
in honor of William Rice Hochster – a founding
member of the club and its first president. It was
Hochster who hired A.W. Tillinghast -- then little-
known in design circles -- to design the course. The
tournament's past champions list includes Frank
Strafaci, Willie Turnesa, and Jess Sweetser, as well
Dick Siderowf. More recently U.S. Mid-Am winners
George Zahringer, and Ken Bakst have claimed
multiple Hochster titles.
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