Delmar's Victor Fox (red shirt) watches Matt Stasiak at the 17th tee during Thursday's final round of the New York State Men's Amateur Golf Championships at Loudonville's Schuyler Meadows Club.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued Fox quickly gathered himself and charged back into the lead by birdying four of his next six holes. Stasiak stayed at 3-under-par to remain within striking distance, and then he birdied No. 14 and No. 15 to pull even.
The 17th hole nearly was Stasiak's undoing when he double bogeyed to fall two shots back of Fox. But when Fox struggled on the final hole, Stasiak was able to seize the momentum one more time.
"Today definitely gave me a lot of confidence going forward," said Stasiak, who is looking to turn pro this fall.
Though he fell short at the end, Fox said he took away a lot from his first trip to the state amateur championship -- a tournament he nearly led wire to wire.
"Going into the tournament, I knew I could compete with these guys," said Fox, who will be attending the University of Maryland on a golf scholarship this fall. "This course really set up well for me."
The course didn't set up well for most of the 146-golfer field. Fox, Stasiak and Trevor Sluman -- nephew of PGA golfer Jeff Sluman -- were the only ones to finish the tournament under par. The closest score to Sluman's third-place total of 2-under-par 286 was a 3-over-par 291 shot by Shane Dobesh and former state amateur champion Jim Scorse.
"As the week went on, the greens got harder," said Stasiak. "Today, they were very smooth."