By Mike Dougherty
WHITE PLAINS – David Pastore was having a pretty good summer even before he got up and down for a memorable par on the last hole to win the Westchester Golf Association’s 92nd Open Championship.
The 22-year-old amateur shot a final-round 67 on Tuesday at Metropolis Country Club and came in one shot ahead of Max Buckley with a 2-under total of 207. He made an unlikely birdie from the back fringe at No. 16 to move in front, and hung on tight.
It was the second major victory of the summer for Pastore, who also won the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Ike Stroke Play Championship on June 24.
He again chose to ignore the leaderboard when he stopped for lunch between rounds. The Greenwich, Connecticut, resident was confronted by a contingent of carts after he rolled in a birdie putt from three feet on the 15th hole. He rightly guessed a bogey on the last could be costly.
“I didn’t know where I was after 36 holes, but I figured that I was close just because I played well,” said Pastore, who graduated from the University of Virginia in the spring. “I knew the last putt was important because so many people were following me.”
Pastore drove into the left rough, then pushed his approach out to the right. The ball came to rest on a mound, but he executed a delicate pitch to within seven feet and confidently rolled in the putt. Buckley drove into nearly the same spot on the 18th and took an untimely bogey from a gnarly lie.
“I watched,” said Buckley, a 24-year-old amateur from Westchester Country Club. “I knew what he was dealing with. There’s not much you can do from that rough, but David’s been playing well the last couple of weeks, so you had to assume he was getting up and down.”
Buckley also closed with a 67 and shot up the leaderboard with five birdies in a span of six holes.
The field was chasing St. Andrew’s head pro Greg Bisconti when the final round began. He went out in the morning and shot a course-record 63, but the momentum slipped away over the final nine holes. Bisconti finished tied for third with Glen Arbor director of golf Rob Labritz and mini-tour player Chris DeForest of Rondout Golf Club.
92nd Westchester Golf Association Open Championship
At Metropolis Country Club – Par 70
1. David Pastore (a), Griffith E. Harris 69-71-67-207
2. Maxwell Buckley (a), Westchester 72-69-67-208
3. Greg Bisconti, St. Andrews 73-63-74-210
3. Chris Deforest, Rondout 73-66-71-210
3. Rob Labritz, GlenArbor 73-69-68-210
6. Craig Thomas, Metropolis 74-70-69-213
7. James Ondo, Apawamis Club 72-69-74-215
7. Cameron Young (a), Sleepy Hollow 75-72-68-215
7. Brian Bartow, Sunningdale 75-71-69-215
7. Timothy Hegarty, Sleepy Hollow 67-76-72-215