Release: July 19, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Former Binghamton University golfing standout Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) captured the 86th New York State Men's Amateur Golf Championship Saturday in Guilderland, adding another impressive credential to his golfing resume.
Wolniewicz, the 2006 state runnerup and '07 BU graduate, routed second-seeded Thomas Muto, Jr. 5 and 4 in their 36-hole championship, played at the 6,496 yard, par-71 Pinehaven Country Club. He recorded four birdies in the opening 18 holes to take a commanding 6 up lead and ended the lopsided match after the 14th hole.
The title capped an outstanding five days, which began when he shot 75-72 in stroke play (+5) to tie for 14th out of 148 players. After the field was trimmed to 32 for match play, Wolniewicz posted five straight wins, including back-to-back 3 and 2 wins in the second round and quarterfinals. In ther quarters, he rolled in three straight birdies on the back nine to knock off Chris Stoddard. Then in the semifinals, he broke away from 2005 champion Jim Scorse with three straight birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes - part of six birdies in the round.
In the final against Muto, Jr., Wolniewicz was 1 up through seven holes before gaining separation with three birdies and seven pars the rest of the opening round. He was 6 up after the first 18 holes and the closest Muto, Jr. could pull within was three down.
Wolniewicz, a scholar-athlete and four-time all-region player for the Bearcats, is currently pursuing his master's degree at Binghamton.
Fellow teammate and former BU standout Zach Vinal, as well as sophomore-to-be Jake Katz (Williamsville, N.Y.) also advanced to match play at the championship. Vinal shot 72-71 to place fifth after 36 holes of stroke play. Katz carded rounds of 71-74 to tie for seventh. Each player was eliminated in the round of 32.
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