Blank & Dugan Capture Their Second NYS Men's Senior Amateur Four-Ball
VICTOR, N.Y. -- Tom Blank & Mark Dugan won the 7th New York State Men’s Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship by two strokes and finished at 11-under 133 (69-64).
The partners from Oak Hill now have two team state four-ball championships under their belt, their first being when they won the inaugural event in 2012 at Ravenwood Golf Club.
The runner-up team was Bill Paulsen of Eagle Crest Golf Club & Jim Mueller of Orchard Creek Golf Club who combined for a 135 over the two rounds.
Finishing in third was 2016 New York State Men’s Senior Amateur Champion, Paul Pratico & his partner Jay Taub. The pair from Schenectady Municipal Golf matched two 68s to finish three strokes off the winners.
Last year’s champions, Kevin Webb of Mendon Golf Club & Robert Branham of Canasawacta Country Club, finished tied for eighth at 141.
Blank & Dugan’s final round 64 was tied for a tournament low with one other team competing in the open division (Dave Pallas of Saratoga Spa Golf Course & Jimmy Welch of Olde Kinderhook Golf Club).
“Big difference was we didn’t make any bogeys today, and had a few extra birdies,” said Dugan on their round two score. “I don’t think we had a three putt today,” mentioned Blank.
The friends from Rochester enjoy playing together and have been competing in four-ball events together for quite a while. “Tom and I have been playing best-ball tournaments for 30 years, and we’ve won a lot of tournaments,” Dugan remarked. “I don’t know if we’ve ever gone that low.”
The senior division, for golfers 55 and older, ran concurrently with the open division at a shorter yardage of 6,040 yards (versus 6,401 yards) and played to the same par of 72.