Bradford Tilley (Lohud photo)
A drought finally came to an end at the 101st Westchester Amateur Championship.
Bradford Tilley, a University of Virginia alumni, had not won the event since his college days in 2005. Playing against current collegiate golfers, Tilley definitely felt all of his 37-years this week.
"I worked out this offseason, so I guess that helped, but I am the old man," Tilley told The Journal News. "I last won this when some of the kids playing this week were probably in diapers."
Qualifying for the match-play event on Monday with a 1-under 70, Tilley finished in a tie for third and was slotted as the 4-seed as the tournament switched over to match-play. Making quick work on his way to the finals, Tilley went 6 & 5, 4 & 3, before grinding his way to a 2 & 1 victory over rising Columbia junior, Nathan Han.
Squaring off against Binghampton soon-to-be senior Justin Lane, Tilley took a minute to get into a groove. The 18-hole championship match began relatively slow as both golfers were 2-over through the first three holes, giving Lane a false sense of security.
"I was 1-up after three holes and was thinking, ‘OK, this is good,” Lane said. I had never met Brad until this, but I heard that he was good.”
But then Tilley went on a roll. Winning hole Nos. 4, 5, and 9, Tilley took a 3 up lead to the turn. Continuing to further his lead with wins on holes 12, 13, and 14, Tilley put away Lane 6 & 4 to regain his crown he once won nearly half his life ago.
Although a 15-year span between wins at the Westchester, Tilley is no stranger to winning as he took home the New York State Golf Association, Metropolitan Golf Association, and Westchester Golf Association Mid-Amateur championships within a span of 10 days last fall.
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Match play championship with Open, Senior and
Super Senior divisions.
18-Hole Stroke Play Qualifier, followed by match play
for 32 players. The defending Champion is exempt
receives the number 1 seed.
The competition is open to
amateur members of Westchester Golf Association
member clubs AND members of an Metropolitan Golf
Association e-Club that reside in the nine county
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