Long Island Mid-Amateur: Colin Dolph takes home the trophy
Colin Dolph (right) holds the trophy (Metropolitan Golf Association Photo)
Colin Dolph (right) holds the trophy (Metropolitan Golf Association Photo)

Colin Dolph of Nassau Country Club claimed the 2023 Long Island Mid-Amateur Championship in a playoff on Wednesday.

"It is an incredible feat to win a tournament anywhere means a lot. I have been playing Long Island Amateur stuff since I was eight or nine. And it feels even better to get a win on my home course," said Dolph.

Dolph defeated Bryan Pendrick of Meadow Brook Club and Ryan Hom of North Hempstead Country Club in a playoff on No. 19 on his home course of Nassau Country Club.

Dolph carded five birdies in round two on his way to a two-under 68 and a share of the lead, earning a spot in the playoffs.

In the playoff, played on No. 1, Dolph was the only player to hit the fairway off the tee. A great drive left him just a wedge into the green. With both competitors also missing the green, Dolph two-putted his way to victory with a par.

"All I was thinking about was keep applying pressure. I would have loved to make birdie, but par ended up being enough," added Dolph.

Dolph started the day in contention after shooting a three-over 73 in round one. After a par-par start, Dolph gave one back on the third hole. He would bounce back with a bogey on the fourth hole, followed by two more birdies on seven and nine for a 1-under 34.

The back had a similar start with a bogey on the long par-3 No. 10. Birdies on Holes Nos. 12 and 16 followed this to finish 1-under on the back and a 2-under 68 total. Dolph's 68 would be the day's low round and earned him a spot in the playoff.

Finishing in a tie for second was Pendrick and Hom. Hom, who had a share of the lead after round one, carded three birdies and five bogeys, including one on the last that landed him in the playoff. Pendrick shot an opening round two-over 72. He carded a second-round 1-under 69 that saw birdies four holes, three of which were on the back to climb on the leaderboard and earn a spot in the playoff.

Sam Horowitz of Inwood Country Club, Jack Casler of Garden City Country Club, Brett Cooper from the Seawane Club, and Michael Auerbach from Bellport completed the top five.

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