It probably didn’t feel like it to him, but Rob Labritz cruised through six rounds of match play to claim the Met PGA Westchester Match Play Championship this week. His final win over Grant Sturgeon ended with Labritz up three with two holes to play when he birdied the iconic par three 16th hole at Sleepy Hollow CC in Scarborough.
Labritz, Director of Golf at GlenArbor GC in Bedford Hills and Met PGA Player of the year in 2013, needed to go to 18 holes in only one round of the tournament, the quarterfinals against Patrick Clark, to take the crown. Sturgeon, an assistant pro at Winged Foot and winner of the 2014 Met Open, sailed through the early rounds himself, although he needed an extra hole to down Quaker Ridge’s Brian Gaffney in the semi-finals.
After the two players tied the first hole, Labritz went one up on the short, uphill second hole, then two up on the 167-yard par three third. He never relinquished the lead, although Sturgeon got one back with a birdie on the eighth hole and held it until Labritz birdied the 541-yard par five 12th. An inopportune bogey by Sturgeon on the long and tricky par four 15th hole was matched by a birdie by Labritz, and that pretty much sealed the deal.
In the Long Island Match Play PGA Championship, conducted at Engineers CC, Anthony Atura defeated Josh Rackley 1 up.