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And, down the stretch, Komline could ...
And, down the stretch, Komline could only watch as Stephen Quillinan Jr., who started the third round at the Country Club of Troy in the same pairing, tied for second at 2-over, produced three birdies in a four-hole span to eke out the championship by a shot over Matt Horton.
Quillinan, a Troy member, finished the 54-hole event at even-par, making up two strokes with a Sunday 69 after back-to-back 72s.
most improbable of Quillinan's
five birdies Sunday came on the demanding, uphill par-3 15th.
From well above the hole, the 22-year-old curled in a speedy 25-footer to catapult him ahead of Gifford and Horton, into a lead he
did not give back.
Two holes later, he
hooked in another lengthy birdie as the ball caught the low side of the cup and tumbled in, his
third in four holes.
"I knew it was breaking a ton and it caught the bottom edge on the last revolution," said Quillinan
, who scrambled for a nervy par on No. 18 after hitting his
tee shot into the tree line left of the fairway.
"I had a lot of family and friends here, it was really great," he
Capital Area Golf: Providing the Albany, NY Capital Region with Golf News: » Blog Archive » Young Quillinan Jr. Beats Owens for Tri-County Golf Championship by MIKE DYER
VOORHEESVILLE, May 10....This is the way it started for 19-year-old Steve Quillinan Jr. on Sunday.
is drive on the first hole at Colonie Golf & Country Club landed with a thud in a bunker.
His approach shot plopped in the rough.
He finally chipped to the green and then sank a 15-foot putt for par.
, a graduating senior at Albany Academy
, took the lead on the opening hole and beat Latham's Steve Owens, 6 and 4, for the 29th annual Tri-County Golf Association Match Play Championship.
ith the triumph, Quillinan, a member of Country Club of Troy, becomes the seventh different Tri-County champ in the last seven years.
"It was a lot of fun," Quillinan
said with a smile after his
date with destiny.
braved the gusty winds and 51-degree temperature for the title.
becomes the second of his family to win a Tri-County.First was his uncle, Joe Quillinan, who won the title in 1981.
John Vaccaro 69; Mike Wheeler 72; Alex Macielak 74; Steve Owens 75; Steve Quillinan Jr. 75; Robby Bigley 77; David Mooradian 77; Mike Duncan 77; Matt Clarke 78; Dan Russo 78; Peter Broderick 78; David Hayes 78; Dan Ireland 79; Jon-Michael Socaris 79; Chris Ricketts 79.
Others who will compete Tuesday in ...
Others who will compete Tuesday in the Section II Tournament at Orchard Creek Golf Club include Albany Academy's Steve Quillinan Jr. and Tim Distefano; Shaker High's Jeb Buchanan; and Saratoga Springs High's Corey Toyama.
...Bestle, a Brunswick resident, praised the work of Quillinan, a member of Country Club of Troy, and Capital Hills at Albany's Tim DiStefano.
The Albany Academy - Albany Academy for Girls: Athletics: More Results and News -
Steve Quillinan (Form V) finished 2nd during the weekend of May 9-11 in the New York State PGA Junior Championship.
Sep. 30 - Down the Fairway: ...
Sep. 30 - Down the Fairway: Troy's Quillinan ready to earn CRAGA Player of Year prize
Down the Fairway: Troy's Quillinan
ready to earn CRAGA Player of Year prize
With only this weekend's New York State Mid-Amateur, a few partners events and falling leaves tournament remaining on the schedule, it appears that Steve Quillinan Jr. of the Country Club of Troy will capture the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association Player of the Year trophy....