GREENWICH, Conn. – The friendly verbal jousting started minutes after Patrick Pierson signed for the best score of the day.
The 51-year-old Nyack resident with a lengthy and impressive competitive resume shot a 1-over 72 at Tamarack Country Club on Tuesday to capture the Senior Division of the Westchester Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions.
“Are you sure you’re a senior?” a fellow competitor asked Pierson with plenty of volume.
The question drew a few laughs.
“I don’t want to be,” Pierson shot back with mock disdain.
Play was interrupted twice by heavy rain, but the reigning senior champion at Minisceongo Golf Club was steady, carding four bogeys, one birdie and one eagle. He won by four shots over Jon Groveman of Connecticut Golf Club.
“I put a new driver in the bag and drove the ball well,” Pierson said. “I haven’t been putting well, but today it was OK and I was able to hold it together in the rain when other people were going the other way.”
And the barb?
“That’s fine,” Pierson added. “I’m a legit senior and it’s something I’m used to. I’m getting older and that’s OK.”
Darrin Sloan won the Men’s Division with a 2-over 73. The 35-year-old Garnerville resident who plays out of Rotella Memorial Golf Course had four bogeys and two birdies, and beat Thomas Corrigan of Ardsley Country Club by a shot.
Harry Richard of The Patterson Club and Kyle Munoz of Leewood Golf Club tied for third at 4-over.
“I have a 15-month-old at home so this is a huge surprise,” said Sloan, who’s captured five championships at Rotella over the years. “I missed a short putt for birdie on the last hole and was nervous because I thought it was meaningful. I got the win anyway, so I’m thankful for that.”
Emily Corrigan was slowed by the rain, but won the Women’s Division by four shots with a 14-over 86. The 18-year-old from Ardsley Country Club recently graduated from Ursuline and will be heading for Texas Christain University in the coming weeks to begin pre-med studies.
“It’s really hard to play well when you get called off the course not once, but twice,” she said. “I had puddles in my shoes. I definitely left a few shots out there, but I played my best.”