31 qualify for the 98th WGA Amateur Championship

Ardsley-On-Hudson, N.Y. (May 15, 2017) – Qualifying for the 98th Westchester Amateur Championship was conducted today at Ardsley Country Club in Ardsley-On-Hudson, N.Y. A total of 31 players qualified for the WGA’s match play championship on June 13, 14 and 16 at Whippoorwill Club in Chappaqua, N.Y.

Yale Bulldog James Nicholas of Westchester Country earned medalist honors on the day as the only player to finish in red numbers with a round of 2-under 69.

Coming in close behind were Christian Cavaliere of Mahopac, Tobin Whitman of Westchester Country, and Drake Ferriter of Winged Foot with scores of 1-over 72.

John Schob of Winged Foot and Philip Mintz of Century safely qualified with rounds of 2-over 73.

A trio of players punched their tickets to the championship with rounds of 4-over 75, including Bradford Tilley of Sleepy Hollow, Shkelqim Kukaj of Rockland Lake and Marc Friedman of Quaker Ridge.

Qualifying with scores of 5-over 76 were Scott Craig of Hudson National, James McHugh of Rye and Aidan McDermott of Pleasantville.

Five players shot 7-over 78 to advance to Whippoorwill, including Al Tenembaum of Rockland, Shane Wilson of Rockrimmon, Scott Sessions of MGA Eclub-Wch/Ct, Matthew Ferrari of Met PGA Junior and Jason Monroe of Fenway.

10 players also earned qualifying positions: Jacob Henny of MGA Eclub-Wch/Ct, Owen Elliott of MGA Eclub-NYC, Patrick Pierson of Hollow Brook, Robert Diforio of Westchester Hills, Brian Crawford of MGA Eclub-Hudson Valley, Eric Bleile of Sterling Farms, Ryan Garrity of MGA Eclub-Wch/Ct, Michael Karger of Century, Denver Brown of Whippoorwill, and David Rosenberg of Fenway.

The final 4 qualifying spots were earned in a playoff by Paul Pastore of MGA Eclub – Wch/Ct, Luke Feehan of Mahopac, Gray Barnes of Centennial and John Ervasti of Sleepy Hollow.

Paul Chianese of Leewood earned first alternate, Rob Johnson of Trump National – Hudson Valley earned second alternate, and Anders Johncke of MGA Eclub – Wch/Ct earned third alternate.

Ardsley played to a par 71 at 6463 yards for a field of 103 players.