Photo courtesy of the Westchester Golf Association
Rain plagued the tournament, but a champion emerged from the delays.
Paul Pastore took home the Westchester Open title with a blistering six-under-par round of 66 on the rain-soaked Apawamis Club course in Rye. Rain washed out the Monday round and delayed the final (and only) round for an hour Tuesday, but it didn’t dampen the Fairview CC pro’s attack on the course.
Pastore started with a bang, making a birdie on the tenth hole where he started. He followed with three more birds on his first nine as well as another on the first hole (his tenth). A booming drive up and over the hill on the blind 350-yard third hole (his twelfth) left him with a kick-in eagle Two bogies and one more birdie cemented his win.
His nearest competitor was Bandon Holden of Apawamis, who finished three strokes back. Defending champ Frank Bensel of Century CC tied for third at two under in a tie with Chris Gabriele of Sleepy Hollow CC, Josh Goldenberg of Fenway GC, and Alex Beach of Westchester CC.
This was the 98th edition of the Westchester Open staged by the Westchester Golf Association. It was originally scheduled for July, but was delayed by coronavirus concerns.