FARMINGDALE — Greg Bisconti was plenty good enough in the final round of the National Car Rental Metropolitan Assistant Championship, but Nick Bova was just a little better.
Both went deep on the Red Course at Bethpage.
Bisconti, a longtime St. Andrew’s assistant, was 4-under in blustery conditions and kept the pressure on. He finished with an 11-under total of 129. Bova, who’s been on staff at Friar’s Head the last four years, was 5-under for the day and took the title with a 13-under total of 127.
Those are ridiculous numbers.
“If somebody had come to me before I teed off asking whether I’d take 63-66, my response would’ve been, ‘Thank you, very much,’ ” Bisconti said.
Bova lost this championship a year ago in a playoff.
“I absolutely love this place,” he said. “Every shot just seems to fit my eye. I thought yesterday I might have a bigger lead until I saw what Greg shot, then I was like, ‘All right, we have to go low again.’ ”
A good start was critical to Bisconti, who struggled after coming into the final round of the Met Open last month.
“It was important to me to come out and make a few birdies early,” said Bisconti, who opened the year with a win at the Westchester PGA Championship. “The start got me settled and reminded me that I can still compete in the final round.”
A string of pars actually dulled the momentum and Bova was four shots in front though 16 holes.
Frank Bensel shot a 64, the best round of the day, and finished in a tie for third at 7-under.
“I hit it a little closer today. Having the ball in hand did help, but this is a great golf course,” the Century assistant said about the lift, clean and place rules. “There are a lot of birdies out there and it rewards good play. It’s kind of the opposite from the U.S. Open mentality where par is good. You really have to have a lot of offense.”
An invitation to the National Car Rental PGA Championship in November was extended to the top 11 finishers. The other local players who qualified for the Novermber tournament were John Guyton (Metropolis), Paul Selvaggio (Wykagyl), Terry Slater (Pound Ridge) and Pete Cantanzaro (Scarsdale).