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Golf: The Earl of Normanside

Winchester wins Super Senior division title at state amateur tournament

Delmar resident Earl Winchester sinks a par putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the New York State Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Championships Sept. 19 at Normanside Country Club.

Delmar resident Earl Winchester sinks a par putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the New York State Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Championships Sept. 19 at Normanside Country Club. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Earl Winchester practically grew up on the Normanside Country Club golf course.

“My parents have been members here since 1952,” said Winchester. “Except for four years in the service, I’ve been here every year.”

So when Normanside hosted last week’s New York State Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Championship, Winchester felt right at home.

“I live close by,” said Winchester. “It takes me less than five minutes to drive here if I hit the (traffic) lights right.”

Winchester, who holds a dual membership with Colonie’s Shaker Ridge Country Club, performed well on the challenging Normanside course. The 65-year-old won the Super Senior division title with a three-day score of 7-over-par 217 and lost in a one-hole playoff with Frank Broderick for the overall championship.

“I’m very happy with that (Super Senior division title),” said Winchester. “I didn’t think I had a chance for the other (overall title). I’m thrilled.”

Winchester held the lead early in last Thursday’s final round until two bogeys and a double bogey dropped him to 8-over par. Still, he only trailed Broderick by one stroke for the lead when Broderick hit his tee shot on the 18th hole out of bounds. The East Aurora resident had to take a two-stroke penalty, but he scrambled his way to a bogey on his final regulation hole to keep himself in contention.

Playing one group behind Broderick, Winchester took nearly took the lead when he laid up his birdie putt attempt on the 18th hole. Winchester calmly sank the par putt to force a playoff.

Winchester had trouble off the tee on the first playoff hole, but he managed to get the ball close to the green on his second shot. Meanwhile, Broderick reached the green on the par-4 hole in two shots to set himself up for a birdie attempt. Winchester chipped his way onto the green, leaving him with a decent lie for a par putt.

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