Bobby Diforio Jr. scrambled early and surged when the birdie putts began to drop. He climbed the leaderboard and held off a talented group of juniors Wednesday to win the 13th Carter Cup at Baltusrol Golf Club.
The White Plains resident finished with an even-par total of 143, finishing one stroke ahead of Connor Daly of Bronxville, who mounted a late comeback and closed with a tournament-low 69.
DiForio struggled to hit greens on the Upper Course before lunch, but the putter was hot and he carded a 71 to grab a one-shot edge. He shot a 72 in the afternoon heat, carding three more birdies and three more bogeys.
“It’s a great feeling,” said the Iona Prep grad who’s heading to Florida Atlantic in the coming weeks. “It’s still a young tournament, but there are a lot of big names (on the cup). … I was striking my irons really well in the afternoon. I stuck a good amount close, missed out a couple opportunities, but left most of my birdie putts close to the hole for tap-in pars.”
Ardsley’s Brent Ito was tied for third at 144, Scarsdale’s James Nicholas was fifth at 146 and Rye’s James McHugh was sixth at 146.
The invitational event is played in honor of Michael Carter, an accomplished player who won junior championships at Baltusrol and Winged Foot. He died in a car accident in 2002.
(Photo courtesy of the MGA)
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