ALBANY — Outdriven
by as much as 70 yards most of the day, Darryl Jack
was not intimidated.
..."This is huge for me," said Jack, the head pro at Woodstock Golf Club.
turned the tables on Meheran on the par-5 12th hole with a 35-foot birdie putt to even the match.Jack
then won three more holes in a row.He
birdied the 13th hole and won the next two holes with pars to go 3-up.When Meheran failed to get up-and-down on both the 17th and 18th holes, Jack
made the turn with a hefty 5-up lead.
Jack's lead almost got larger on the par-5 first hole when Meheran nearly lost his
ball in the trees, but it was eventually found, and MehÂeran got up-and-down for par to halve the hole.
Meheran's comeback bid was thwarted when he
failed to take advantage of a mammoth drive on the 335-yard second hole.Meheran nearly drove the green, but his
chip shot checked up on him, and he
eventually three-putted for bogey to halve his
second hole in a row.
Pars were good enough for MehÂeran to win the next two holes.Jack
made a rare error on a chip shot on the third hole, and he
three-putted on the par-3 fourth hole to allow Meheran to slice the deficit even more.
But the players halved the next three holes, with Jack
securing a par from just off the green on the par-3 seventh hole to clinch the win.
"On our back nine, it got a little ugly," said Jack
, a 44-year-old SyrÂacuse native and SUNY-New Paltz graduate.
..."I putted well all week, and I felt good over the ball," said Jack, who not only ran his own golf school in Kingston but was also the former head pro at Wiltwyck Golf Club and was an instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School.
Meheran wished he
could have played the way he
had earlier in the tournament, when he
dominated the par-5s.
"It was not my day," he