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Boccia Wins Arthur Weber Senior Am at Old Westbury

Old Westbury, N.Y. (October 22, 2021) - It came down to a playoff to determine the 2021 Arthur Weber Memorial Senior Amateur Championship after David Boccia of Huntington and Billy Byrnes of Nassau Players both carded 36-hole totals of 3-over at Old Westbury Golf and Country Club. 

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Boccia closed it out with a par on the first playoff hole to add his name to the trophy. Boccia had rounds of 75-72 over the two day tournament while Byrnes recorded scores of 74-73. 

Boccia credited Friday's success to cleaning up his putts and remaining consistent with his driver. "Yesterday I didn't putt all that well and today I putted really well and I hit almost every fairway so I was able to stay out of trouble all day," the champion said.  "Yesterday [Thursday] was my first time playing the course, so I was just trying to hit it in the middle of the greens. Some of the pins were really difficult with the undulation so I was aiming for the middle of the greens and sometimes they would roll the right way."

Boccia, a member at Huntington, lives on the 10th hole and described how he used that to his advantage going into Friday's round. "Like I do most nights, last night I took out my dog and did some putting and felt a little something good that helped me today and I managed to putt really well. I had one three putt which is really not bad here today, and I managed to make all of my 5 footers so I guess last night something clicked for me."



2020 Champion Dave Scialabba of Meadow Brook was just one shot back at 4-under thanks to rounds of 72-76, while Alan Specht of Port Jefferson finished at 7-over with rounds of 75-76. 

Prizes were awarded for top finishers in the Net Senior division, and gross and net in the Super Senior and Legends divisions. 
Super Senior Low Gross: Robert Kerning, Nassau Players
Super Senior Low Net: Robert Schrafel, Wheatley Hills
Legends Low Gross: Marty Winkelman, Glen Head
Legends Low Net: Don Hendler, Meadow Brook
Senior Low Net: Larry Weissman, Colonial Springs

The Senior Amateur was played on Old Westbury’s Overlook and Bluegrass nines. A total of 19 players made the cut to advance to the final round.