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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.

— Broderick came up short on his birdie attempt, but he tapped in for par to leave Winchester with no other option than to make his par putt. Winchester found a good line, but the putt sailed wide of the cup.

“I was going to make Earl sink the putt,” said Broderick, a member of Crag Burn Country Club. “I knew I was going to two putt, so I was going to make Earl sink it. If he did, it was on to the next hole.”

Winchester claimed the Super Senior division title by two strokes over Douglas Vergith of St. George’s Golf and Country Club in East Setauket. And despite missing out on winning the overall title, Winchester said he achieved his goal for the men’s senior amateur tournament.

“I was just looking to play all three days, and I accomplished that,” said Winchester. “There are some very good players here.”

Winchester may not be defending his Super Senior title at next year’s men’s senior amateur tournament. He said he’s strictly a local golfer.

“I don’t travel,” said Winchester. “If it’s local, I’ll play. If not, there’s plenty of things to keep me busy around here.”

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