By Rob Potter
LIBERTY August 20, 2002 After admitting that he struggled on the first few holes of Sundays final round of the Sullivan County Mens Amateur Golf Championship, Dave Solomon said that he got into a groove.
And that spelled trouble for the rest of the field at Grossingers Golf Course.
After going four over on the front nine Sunday, Solomon was one under on the back nine to overtake Pravin Singh for the lead. Solomon finished the two-day tournament with a total score of 152, three strokes better than Singhs 155.
(Saturdays first round was held at the Concord Monster course, while Sundays second and final round was played at Grossingers.)
I started out crummy (today), Solomon said. I double bogeyed the first hole and made two bogeys in a row on the front nine. By the sixth hole, I didnt think I had a chance of winning.
But the Woodbourne resident was still within a few strokes of Singh, who held the lead until the 12th hole.
I just got into a groove, explained Solomon, who works as a golf course starter at the Concord. I stopped feeling bad for myself and played hard. I got into the groove and held it together over the final holes.
By the 16th hole, Solomon led Singh by three strokes and held a five-shot advantage over Ken Cohen. Cohen, who won last years tournament, finished third. He shot an 81 on Saturday and a 77 on Sunday for a total of 158.
I lost to a guy who taught me everything I know about golf, said Singh, who is the tennis professional at Kutshers and began playing golf with his friend Solomon about 16 years ago. David would take me along to events and I got better by playing against the great golfers.
In the tournaments senior division, Mel Kaufman recorded a two-day total of 162 to defeat Sy Solomon by 12 strokes. Bob Petitto of Rock Hill finished third with a score of 208.
Petitto, however, scored the only hole-in-one of the event. He recorded the ace on the Grossingers par-3 17th hole.
It was my first hole-in-one ever, Petitto said. It was great, it made my whole weekend!
At the awards ceremony following the final round, tournament chairman Marvin Newberg thanked the golfers for competiting. He also noted the efforts of Todd Barker, who is the Director of Golf at the Concord and Grossingers.
Hes a good friend to all of the golfers here, Newberg said of Barker. We thank him for being able to play these fine courses.
Newberg noted that the second annual tournament featured more golfers than last years event. The 2001 tournament featured 16 players, while the weekends event included more than 20 Sullivan County amateur golfers. However, a few of those golfers had to withdraw prior to the event.
It was a good tournament, Newberg said. The golfers played the Concord Monster and Grossingers, two of the toughest and best golf courses around. Well try to make the tournament a little bigger next year.
Complete tournament results are as follows:
Dave Solomon 7874 152
Pravin Singh 7778 155
Ken Cohen 8177 158
Gregg Semenetz 8181 162
Jared Kubenik 8776 163
Nate Steingart 8677 163
Lee Wood 8480 164
Charles Johnston 8283 165
Sean Semenetz 8283 165
Marvin Newberg 8483 167
Doug Kleeshulte 8186 167
Mike Bastedo 9082 172
Lonnie Ackerly 8786 173
Bill Mullally 9786 183
Pat Murtagh 9591 186
Mel Kaufman 8379 162
Sy Solomon 8490 174
Bob Petitto 11296 208