Local golf leaderboard: Miller, Nicholas, Ito move on to Stage 2 of Korn Ferry Q-School

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Where others see limitations, amputee golfer Doug Shirakura recognizes possibility

Sept. 23

Nicholas moves on to Stage 2

James Nicholas (Scarsdale) shot a final-round 67 to move past the first stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q School, tying for 16th at Magnolia Grove (Ala.) with a 16-under total of 272. He made 22 birdies and six bogeys during the week, posting three rounds of 68 or better.

Ito also takes next step

Brent Ito (New Rochelle) survived the first stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q School, tying for ninth at ChampionsGate Golf Club (Fla.) with a 10-under total of 274. The former Ardsley High School standout moved up 10 spots in the final round, making seven birdies and shooting a 65.

Sept. 22

Beach storms to Met PGA Championship win

Alex Beach (Westchester CC) fired a final-round 68, the best round of the day by three strokes, to capture the Lincoln Met PGA Championship at The Bridge in Sag Harbor. The 33-year-old assistant pro finished with a 4-under total of 212, one stroke better than Westchester native Andy Svoboda (Engineers C.C.), who closed with a 71. Beach earned $17,000 for the win. Danny Balin (Valhalla/Fresh Meadow C.C.) was third at 1-under.

Results: Met PGA Championship

Sept. 18

Sept. 18

Bensel and Beach team up for Team USA

Frank Bensel (Century) and Alex Beach (Westchester CC) helped the U.S. retain the Llandudno International Trophy with a 15.5-10.5 win over Great Britain & Ireland in the 30th PGA Cup at Foxhills Golf Club in Ottershaw, England. It was the first overseas win in the series for the U.S. since 2009.

Sept. 16

Miller advances to Stage 2

Michael Miller (Brewster) got through the first stage of Korn Ferry Q School, finishing eighth at The Club at Irish Creek (N.C.) with a 12-under total of 272. He rolled in 20 birdies and carded eight bogeys, posting rounds of 67, 66, 69 and 70.

Sept. 14

Ponchock claims Met PGA Senior

Del Ponchock (Hudson National) won the Met PGA Senior Championship at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., defeating Philip Cardwell (Rockville Links) after they carded matching rounds of 67-70 to finish at 7-under 137. Dave Fusco (Patriot Hills) was third at 4-under. They earned spots in the 34th Senior PGA Professional Championship in New Mexico next month along with John Schmoll (Burning Tree), John Bushka (Aspetuck Valley) and Carl Alexander (GC of Purchase).

Results: Met PGA Senior Championship

Sept. 7

Svoboda goes wire-to-wire at Met Assistant

Andy Svoboda (Engineers C.C.) followed up a tournament-best 64 at Bethpage Red with a 68 to post a two-shot victory in the National Car Rental Met Assistant Championship. Casey Pyne (Stanwich) and Dylan Newman (Brae Burn) tied for second. Mike Ballo (Westchester C.C.) finished T4 along with Isaac Kim (Muttontown). All five earned a trip to Port St. Lucie, Fla. to play in the 46th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship Nov. 17-20 along with Peter Ballo (Connecticut GC), Matt Dubrowski (Atlantic GC), Peter Kampmann (Manhattan Woods), Brandon Holden (Apawamis), Shea Wolfle (Meadowbrook) and Connor Costello (Garden City). Alex Beach (Westchester CC) and Frank Bensel (Century) are exempt for nationals.

Results: National Car Rental Met PGA Assistants Championship

Sept. 4

PGA Jr. League all-stars compete in regionals

Golfers from the PGA Jr. League teams at Rotella and Spook Rock teamed up to compete in the orgranization's Region 1 Championship at Lyman Orchards. Alexander Amitsis (Upper Saddle River,N.J.) Michael Giordano (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Michael Laudien (Stony Point), Patrick Ryan (Syracuse), Quinlan Hood (Haverstraw), Stephen Hartenfels (Garnerville), Timothy Hauser Jr. (Stony Point) and William Rutter (Stony Point) represented the area in the 13u division and narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals. The Upstate 1 team was coached by Rotella head professional and GM Michael Laudien.

August 30

Esposito heats up late, wins Met Senior Open

Frank Esposito Jr. (Mountain Ridge) rolled in five birdies in the last seven holes to claims a two-shot victory in the 26th Met Senior Open Championship at The Patterson Club in Connecticut. It was the second win in three years for the New Jersey resident who finished with a 4-under total of 138. David Schuster (Sleepy Hollow CC) was the runner up. Brent Studer (Metedeconk National), Jim McGovern (White Beeches) and Jim Farrell (Hamlet G&CC) tied for third at 1-under. Craig Thomas (Metropolis C.C.) and Frank Bensel (Century CC) finished at even par and tied for sixth.

Results: 26th Met Senior Open Championship at The Patterson Club.

August 26

Reeves and Modic play in U.S. Senior Women's Open

Wendy Modic (Fenway GC) and C.J. Reeves (Century) appeared in the U.S. Senior Women's Open at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. Both of teaching professionals missed the cut. Reeves carded rounds of 82 and 85 and Modic shot rounds of 84 and 87.

Results: 107th Met Open Championship at Bethpage Black

Places to play: Pound Ridge Golf Club

It's the only Pete Dye course in the state and is a nice break from the traditional Golden Age layouts in Westchester, but it's not a for beginners. Plan on a couple of crazy bounces, good and bad. The difficult 17th hole was revised earlier this year by Cynthia Dye, who reworked the bunkering to make the downhill par 4 more playable. It's a destination, so this is once-a-year stop for most public course regulars. Watch for a fall rate when the days get colder and the leaves start falling.

Location: High Ridge Road, Pound Ridge

Accolades: Ranked 11th in Golfweek's best public courses in New York state.

Ratings are based on a scale of 1-5 stars. Conditions are relative to other public courses and weather is taken into consideration.

Greens: ★★★★★

Fairways: ★★★★★

Rough: ★★★★

Bunkers: ★★★★★

Tee boxes: ★★★★★

Value: ★★

Pace of play: ★★★★

August 25

Siegler hangs on at Met Open

Ryan Siegler (TPC Jasna Polana) rolled in a pair of birdies late in the final round to lock down a win at 107th Met Open, with a 4-under total of 209 at Bethpage Black. The New Jersey resident survived a final-round 76 and won by three. Max Greyserman (Hamilton Farms), Tom Lovelady (Silo Ridge Field Club), Michael Graboyes (Watchung Valley) and David Pastore (Golf Performance Center) tied for second at one-under. Paul Selvaggio (Westchester CC) and Dylan Newman (Brae Burn CC) finished tied for sixth at 213.

August 12

Charlie Berridge wins New York State Am

Charlie Berridge (Scarsdale/Wykagyl) established a championship record, winning the 99th New York State Men's Amateur with a 14-under total of 270 at Onondaga Golf and Country Club. The Cal sophomore C.C. member closed with rounds of 67 and 68 to win by three. Matthew Ferrari (Croton/Metropolis) tied for fifth at 4-under and defending champion James Allen (Scarsdale/Scarsdale GC) finished tied for seventh at 1-under.

Results: 99th New York State Men's Amateur

August 9

Hodge, Lee done at Chambers Bay

Alice Hodge (Larchmont/Florida State) narrowly missed advancing to match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, falling in a 4-for-8 playoff after finishing with a 4-over total of 150. Kaitlyn Lee (Scarsdale/Yale) carded rounds of 80 and 75 to finish 9-over.

August 7

Brad Tilley adds name to Met Am trophy

Brad Tilley (Easton, Conn./Sleepy Hollow) heated up after lunch, extended a 1-up lead and rolled to a 6-and-5 win over Robbie Herzig (New York/Old Oaks) to secure the 120th Met Amateur Championship at Fenway Golf Club. It's the second major win for the 39-year-old Westchester native, who earlier captured the Westchester Open. Tilley's last headline MGA win came at the 2003 Ike Stroke Play Championship. Herzig will a junior at Colgate in the fall. Tilley, a former professional, has a chance to become the fourth player to win the MGA Grand Slam with a win later this month at the Met Open, which is being played at Bethpage Black.

Results: 120th Met Amateur Championship

August 2

Cameron Besaw gets a runaway win at Carter Cup

Cameron Besaw (New Canaan, Conn./Metropolis) has some kind of day, shooting an 8-under 64 on the famed Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club to run away with the 20th Carter Cup. He established a record with an 8-under total of 136 and won by 10 shots. Besaw was one stroke off the lead at lunch after shooting a 71 on the Upper Course. Elliot Parker (Cranford, N.J.) and Barnes Blake (Westfield, N.J.) tied for second. Sam O’Hara (Rye) was the top local finisher with a 7-over 151, leaving him tied for 12th. Tommy Mangan (Harrison) was tied for 16th at 8-over.

Results: 20th Carter Cup

July 28

Mehlman and Howell win Canno Invitational at Metropolis

Eric Mehlman (Harrison) shot a 2-over 72 to get into a playoff with Chris Calabro (Thornwood) and won the 15th annual Canno Invitational at Metropolis Country Club with a birdie on the second extra hole. He blasted a 310-yard drive, then wedged to within three feet. Matthew Ferrari (Croton) and Eric Terminello (White Plains) tied for third, one stroke in back of Mehlman and Calabro. Kayla Howell (Yorktown) won the girls division, a new addition this year, carding an eight-over 79. Violet Robbins (Fairfield, Conn.) was second, two shots back.

Places to play: Putnam County Golf Course

Improvements have slowly been made over the years to improve playability. It's a wide-open layout with a variety of challanging par 4s that are both challenging and entertaining. Except for the 16th hole, a par 3 that plays straight up a hill, every shot is right in front of you, which is rare in these parts.

Location: Hill Street, Mahopac

Ratings are based on a scale of 1-5 stars. Conditions are relative to other public courses and weather is taken into consideration.

Greens: ★★★★

Fairways: ★★★

Rough: ★★

Bunkers: ★★★

Tee boxes: ★★★

Value: ★★★★

Pace of play: ★★★

July 25

Michael Miller starts a winning streak

Michael Miller (Brewster) won his second straight event, capturing the 87th Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open, shooting a 4-under 66 at Woodstock Golf Club to best Patrick Schwarze (Wykagyl C.C.) by a shot. The 30-year-old who is heading back to Korn Ferry Q School at the end of the summer rolled in a four-foot par on the closing hole to secure the win. “I wasn’t sure if that putt was for the win or to tie,” said Miller, who gets $3,000 for the win along with the customary winner’s bath robe. “I’m excited to keep it going.” He won the New York State Open earlier this month. Andrew Daily (Albany C.C.) and Justin Lane (Woodstock G.C.) tied for third at 2-under.

Results: 87th Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open

July 21

Hiller wins 105th Met Junior Championship

John Hiller (Westchester CC/New York) captured the Met Junior Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over Tyler Lee (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) at St. George’s Golf & Country Club, closing out the match with a birdie. The 16-year-old was the runner-up a year ago. Lee defeated Derek Gutierrez (Cranford, N.J.) 4 and 3 in the semifinals before lunch while Hiller advance , by a 4-and-3 margin.Hiller had advanced with a 2-and-1 win over C.J. Merritt (Plainview).

Results: 105th Met Junior Championship

July 19

Douglas Shirakura gets a top 10 at U.S. Adaptive Open

Douglas Shirakura (Somers) finished T9 at the inaugural U.S. Adaptive Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, with a 15-over total of 231. The 20-year-old carries a 1.2 handicap and competed in the leg impairment division. Shirakura is a below-the-knee, lower limb amputee as a result of amniotic band syndrome. He finished third in his division behind Chad Pfeifer of Caldwell, Idaho, who competed on Golf Channel's Big Break series in 2015, and five-time PGA TOUR winner Ken Green of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Rye amateur Maryanne Grace wins Lincoln Women's Met Open

Maryanne Grace (Winged Foot) posted a one-stroke victory in the Lincoln Women’s Met Open Championship, finishing with a 3-over total of 145. The rising senior at Greenwich Academy who lives in Rye had quite the close, finishing with four bogeys and three birdies over the last nine. Fellow amateur Alexis Kim (Yale G.C.) and Linda Wang (Bethpage State Park) tied for second.

Results: Lincoln Women's Met Open

July 17

Josh Goldenberg wins Latinoamerica Dev Series finale

Josh Goldenberg (Scarsdale) posted four consecutive sub-70 rounds to win the Latinoamérica Dev Series finale with a three-shot win. He closed with a 5-under 67 at El Tigre Golf Club in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico to get to 21-under for the championship. The University of Pennsylvania grad is heading back to the PGA Tour Latinoamérica later this year.

July 12

Lauren Peter second at NYSGA Women's Am

Lauren Peter (Carmel) narrowly missed a par save on the final hole that would’ve forced a playoff and wound up runner-up at the New York State Women's Amateur Championship at McGregor Links Country Club. She finished with an 8-under total of 208. Kennedy Swedick (NYSGA eClub) was the winner. Olivia Deakins (Ardsley CC) was fourth at 9-over. Isabella Salerno (Westchester CC) finished tied for eighth at 19-over and Taylor Miano (Metropolis CC) was 10th at 20-over.

Final results: New York State Women's Amateur Championship

Jonathan Oakes is the WGA Junior champion

Jonathan Oakes (Ardsley CC) shot a 1-under 69 at Silvermine Golf Club to win the Westchester Golf Association Junior by two shots. Luke O’Grady-Rodgers (Centennial) was the runner-up after shooting 70. Ken Fernandes (YOC-MGA Club/Chappaqua) posted a 4-over 74 to win the WGA Boys Championship by two strokes. Quinn Egan (Westchester CC) was second with a 76.

Final results: WGA Junior and Boys Championships

July 11

Cavaliere & Sample land U.S. Amateur spots

Christian Cavaliere (Katonah) posted rounds of 63 and 68 at Westchester Hills Golf Club, earning a spot in the 122nd U.S. Amateur. The Boston College grad's 9-under par total was eight shots ahead of his nearest competitor. He carded 11 birdies and two bogeys. The championship will be contested August 15-22 at nearby Ridgewood (N.J.) Country Club. Haymes Snedeker (Daphne, Ala.) secured the second invitation via a three-way playoff. Luke Sample (New York/Old Oaks CC) also played his way into the Am, shooting rounds of 68 and 71 at Webster Golf Club in Rochester. He tied for third and survived a two-hole playoff.

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Kaitlyn Lee heading to U.S. Women's Amateur

Kaitlyn Lee (Scarsdale) shot an even-par round of 72 at Nashawtuc Country Club in Massachusetts, finishing tied for second and securing one of the five spots to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. The rising senior at Yale made birdies on 17 and 18 to earn her first trip to the championship, which is to be played August 8-14 at Chambers Bay in Washington.

July 7

Ryan Coughlin is the 103rd Westchester Am champion

Ryan Coughlin (Westchester CC) closed out the 36-hole championship match of the 103rd  Westchester Amateur with a 2-up victory against Alexander Gu (Met PGA Junior Golf Club) at Metropolis Country Club. Ken Cohen (Villa Roma CC) won the Senior title, dispatching Tore Carleson (Bedford G&TC) 1-up and Rick Blank (Metropolis CC) cruised to a Super Senior win, beating Jeff Reissman (Hollow Brook CC) 7 and 5.

Westchester Am: Match play brackets

June 28

Luke Sample captures Ike Championship

Luke Sample (Old Oaks CC) took a one-shot lead with a par on the 17th hole then locked down the 67th Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship with a birdie on the 18th hole at Baltusrol Golf Club. The rising sophomore finished with a 3-under total of 210, outdueling Thomas McCarthy (Essex County CC). Charlie Berridge (Wykagyl CC) was 2-over for the championship and placed third.

Results: Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship

June 26

Career best finish for Labritz at Senior Open

Rob Labritz (Pound Ridge/GlenArbor) climbed the leaderboard at Saucon Valley with three straight rounds of 69, then closed out the U.S. Senior Open with a 74 to finish tied for fourth. It was the best showing of the season for the Champions tour rookie whose hole-out for eagle on the 15th was a highlight of the week. Labritz posted a 3-under 281 total. He wasn’t the only local to make the cut. Metropolis Country Club head professional Craig Thomas (White Plains) played on the weekend, as well, finishing 64th at 22-over. Ned Zachar (Bedford/GlenArbor), an amateur, went 77-83 and missed the cut.

Emma Lee from Scarsdale watches her tee shot during the Section One Girls Golf Championship at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, May 25, 2022.
Emma Lee from Scarsdale watches her tee shot during the Section One Girls Golf Championship at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, May 25, 2022.

June 23

2022 lohud high school all-star teams

The Journal News high school all-star and all-county teams are out. Luke O’Grady-Rogers (Carmel) was the boys player of the year in Westchester and Putnam while Sean Stead (Suffern) was the winner in Rockland. Emma Lee (Scarsdale) was the girls player of the year in Westchester and Putnam while Alexa Kyriacou (Suffern) captured the award in Rockland.

Boys golf: Here are the 2022 lohud Westchester/Putnam all-stars

Girls golf: Here are the 2022 lohud Westchester/Putnam all-stars

Boys golf: Here are the 2022 lohud Rockland all-county picks

Girls golf: Here are the 2022 lohud Rockland all-county picks

June 22

Chris Trout wins Met Professional Championship

Chris Trout (Winged Foot GC) forced a playoff with a birdie on the final hole, then beat Tom Cooper (The Creek Club) in a playoff to win the Met Professional Championship at Huntington Crescent Club. They finished at 3-under 207 and qualified for the 2023 PGA Professional Championship in New Mexico along with Alex Beach (Westchester CC), Dylan Newman (Brae Burn CC), Christopher Gabriele (Sleepy Hollow CC) and Connor Costello (Garden City GC), who tied for third at 2-under. Greg Bisconti (St. Andrew’s GC), Charlie Maizel (Siwanoy), Cian Curley (Noyac GC), Michael Sweeney (The Bridge Learning Center), Matthew Sita (Old Westbury), Christopher Marinaro (Trump-Westchester) and Danny Balin (Fresh Meadow CC/Valhalla) will also represent the Met Section at the national championship.

Results: Metropolitan Professional Championship

June 17

Wildermuth named head coach at St. John's

Phil Wildermuth (Pelham CC) has been named men's golf coach at St. John's University after leading Manhattan College for the past four seasons. The assistant professional has spent the last 14 years on the staff of Mike Diffley, a St. John's Athletics Hall of Fame member. "Having been a golf professional at Pelham Country Club for the last 14 years, I've gotten to know St. John's alumni, players and coaches," Wildermuth said in a statemen. "Their love for St. John's and the golf program was contagious, so contagious that I felt a part of the program for the last 14 years. Now that I am officially part of the St. John's men's golf program, I feel a tremendous desire to help it succeed for the current players, former players, coaches and alumni."

June 12

Hagestad & McBride win Anderson Memorial

Stewart Hagestad and Michael McBride (Deepdale GC) captured the Anderson Memorial Four-Ball Invitational at Winged Foot with a 5-and-4 victory over Hoyt McGarity and Drew Kittleson (Whisper Rock GC). Hagestad and McBride dispatched Nicolas Donaldson and Mark Costanza (Islesworth CC) 3-and-2 in the semifinals while Kittleson and McGarity moved past Andrew Buchanan and Ben Baxter (Trinity Forest GC) 6 and 5 before lunch. The local teams in match play included Nolan Forsman and Drake Ferriter (Winged Foot GC), Michael Quagliano and Curtis Loop (Sleepy Hollow) and Marc Friedman and Matthew Fields (Quaker Ridge).

Labritz inside top 25th in Wisconsin

Rob Labritz (Pound Ridge/GlenArbor) finished tied for 25th with a 6-under total of 210 at the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s the third top-25 finish for the Champions Tour rookie, who’s 48th in the Charles Schwabe Cup rankings.

June 7

Beach and Bensel make international team

Alex Beach (Westchester CC) and Frank Bensel (Century CC) were among the 10 players named to the United States team for the 30th PGA Cup, which will be played Sept. 12-18, at the Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey, England.

Brae Burn assistant pro Dylan Newman punches out of the rough during Final Qualifying for the U.S. Open on June 6 at Century Country Club at Purchase.
Brae Burn assistant pro Dylan Newman punches out of the rough during Final Qualifying for the U.S. Open on June 6 at Century Country Club at Purchase.

June 6

U.S. Open qualifying at Century and Old Oaks

Chris Gotterup (Little Silver, N.J.) and Caleb Manuel (Topsham, Maine) were co-medalists in Final Qualifying at Old Oaks and Century in Purchase on Monday. They moved on to the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. with 3-under totals of 137. Brandon Matthews (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) Fran Quinn (Holden, Mass.)  and Michael Thorbjornsen (Wellesley, Mass.) got in via birdies in an eight-for-three playoff. Dylan Newman (New Rochelle) was the top local finisher. The Brae Burn assistant pro was heading to his second major of the season until four consecutive bogeys on his last nine left him at 1-under 139, a shot out of the playoff.

Final results: U.S. Open Final Qualifying at Old Oaks/Century

June 5

Young and Wu make the cut at the Memorial

A difficult weekend left Cameron Young (Scarborough) tied for 60th at the Memorial. He closed with an 84 to slip 48 spots. The 25-year-old rookie is 30th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 16th on the FedEx Cup points list. Brandon Wu (Scarsdale) finished 69th after shooting 80 in back-to-back weekend rounds.

June 1

Balin wins POLO Golf Met PGA Head Pro

Danny Balin (Valhalla/Fresh Meadow CC) made it back-to-back POLO Golf Met PGA Head Pro Championships with a runaway win at Greenwich Country Club. He wound up five shots ahead of runner-up Tyler Jaramillo (Fenway GC) with a 5-under total of 137. Balin picked up $4,000 for the victory. Carl Alexander (GC of Purchase), Christopher Marinaro (Trump Westchester) Mike Meehan (Old Westbury G&CC) and Kyle Higgins (Inwood) tied for third at 2-over.

Final results: POLO Golf Met PGA Head Pro Championship

Mike Dougherty covers boys soccer, boys lacrosse, girls basketball and golf for The Journal News/lohud.com. He can be reached at mdougher@lohud.com, or on Twitter @hoopsmbd, @lohudlacrosse, @lohudhoopsmbd and @lohudgolf.

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