By Mike Dougherty
SCARSDALE – The breakthrough was not a complete surprise to Ned Zachar.
“It feels like I’ve been knocking on the door for the last 10 years,” said the 52-year-old GlenArbor member.
He played two impressive rounds at Fenway Golf Club on Monday, winning the Mittelmark Invitational by a stroke. Scoring was not easy with slippery greens and tricky winds keeping a deep field in check. He finished with a 1-under 141 total, edging Denver Brown of Whipporwill and Matthew Lowe of Colonial Springs.
A steady hand was key.
“I kept the ball in play all day long,” said Zachar, a Bedford resident, who was four shots off the lead after the morning round and closed with a 2-under 69. “I made a putt here and there, and really didn’t make any mistakes outside a couple of problems at No. 15.”
He is clearly a big fan of the A.W. Tillinghast design.
“You need to maneuver the ball around this course,” Zachar said. “You need to have some touch, but there are some long par 4s where you have to rifle a 3- or 4-iron onto the green. That is the beauty of Fenway.”
Brown is a relative newcomer on the local scene.
The 35-year-old Rye Brook resident played collegiate golf at Duke and went 70-72 on Monday without a lot of local knowledge.
“I was lucky to have a member show me around on Friday,” Brown said. “It definitely helped. I struck the ball well all day long. The greens did give me some trouble, but I managed to hold it together and put a couple of good rounds together.”
The day was kind of a blur for Cameron Young, a past champion, who got back from Japan on Saturday night after finishing in fourth place at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup. He wound up 15th at 10-over.
“I wanted to go to sleep after lunch,” said the 17-year-old from Sleepy Hollow, who’s going to be a senior at Fordham Prep. “In the morning, I left a bunch of putts short right in the middle of the hole. In the afternoon, I was hitting putts a little too hard.”
At Fenway Golf Club – Par 70
1. Ned Zachar, Glen Arbor 72-69-141
2. Denver Brown, Whippoorwill 70-72-142
2. Matthew Lowe, Colonial Springs 75-67-142
4. Dave Pastore, Griff Harris 76-67-143
4. Ryan Chin, Essex County 68-75-143
6. Josh Goldenberg, Fenway 77-67-144
7. Ethan Wall, Manasquan River 69-76-145
7. Jonathan Renza, Mohansic 75-70-145
9. Luke Feehan, Mahopac 74-72-146
10. James Dengler, Rumson 75-73-148
11. Doug Walters, Panther Valley 73-76-149
11. Steve Tarulli, Hempstead 78-71-149
11. Brad Rock, Wheatley Hills 74-75-149
11. Pat Pierson, Minisceongo 79-70-149
15. Cameron Young, Sleepy Hollow 71-79-150