Pizzurro-Gomez wins in a sudden-death playoff
The IJGT continued its northeast segment of the Summer Series at the Pine Ridge Golf Club on August 5-6, 2014. The two-day, 36-hole event featured a small yet competitive field of juniors from New York. Juniors competed for national rankings as well as the championship title.
In a close race for first, the Boys 15-19 Division, saw a playoff between Neil Vyas of Forest Hills, N.Y., and Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez of White Plains, N.Y. Pizzurro-Gomez trailed by one stroke headed into the final round, but was able to close the gap early by making 10 par saves in his second round. Sitting tied at 166, the pair headed to a sudden death playoff.
Off the tee of the playoff hole on the par-4 No. 1, Vyas missed the fairway right while Pizzurro-Gomez missed to the left. Pizzurro-Gomez used two shots to reach the green but Vyas landed just shy. Victory was in reach as Pizzurro-Gomez followed with a two-putt for par and the win in the division. His second round score of 81 earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award for the lowest final round score in the division. Vyas’ scores of 84-82—166 earned him second in the division.
“I was shocked when I saw Neil’s putt drop on No. 18 from that distance. It put a lot more pressure on me to make my seven-footer to extend the match. I putted well all day and I’m glad that putt dropped,” said Pizzurro-Gomez.
The Boys 14 & Under Division was captured by Cole Staisil of New York, N.Y. After his steady first round play, Staisil looked to improve, doubling his total pars in round two to improve his score by six strokes. Finishing with scores of 92-86—178, Staisil secured the victory and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the division.
“I wasn’t putting as well as I normally do, but with a course this tight I was able to hit some recovery shots that helped me score well and save some pars. I’m excited for the upcoming tournaments with the IJGT and hope I can keep improving from here,” said Staisil.
The IJGT’s Summer Series will continue its competition at the Rock Spring Club in West Orange, N.J., on August 12-13, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.
Coram, N.Y. – Final Results of the Summer Series at the Pine Ridge Golf Club conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on August 5-6, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,609 yards, Par 70. Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,136 yards, Par 70.
International Junior Golf Tour
Summer Series at Pine Ridge Golf Club
August 5-6, 2014
Boys 15-19 Division Gold Tees: 6,609 yards, Par 70
1. Dominic Pizzurro-Gomez, White Plains, NY, *85-81–166
1. Neil Vyas, Forest Hills, NY *84-82–166
DID NOT FINISH
DQ. David McDaniel, New York, NY, * (Rule 6-3a)
Boys 15-19 Division Gold Tees: 6,136 yards, Par 70
1. Cole Staisil, New York, NY, *92-86–178