GLEN COVE The fairways seemed a little narrower. The greens seemed a little smaller.
The game was so much easier 24 hours earlier for John Ervasti, who began the final round of the MGA Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday with a two-shot lead but slipped into a tie for third when the putter cooled at Nassau Country Club.
Consistency is wasted on the young.
“I don’t know if I’m ever the same golfer one day to the next, and that means bad to good and good to bad,” said the 60-year-old Sleepy Hollow member whose final-round 76 left him with an even-par total of 140. “The course was definitely tougher, but I feel like I wasted four or five shots on the greens, so there you go.”
Trevor Randolph captured his first MGA event, closing with a 69 to post a 3-under total of 137. He came in one shot ahead of Mike Stamberger and three in front of Joe Saladino and Ervasti.
Only four players posted a red number in the final round.
“I’ve had a lot of success at this course,” said the 42-year-old Randolph, a New Jersey resident who’s a member at Arcola C.C. “I just love the greens. They’re so pure and I seem to do a good job reading them. I just knew if I could stay patient I would have shot.”
Ervasti made one birdie in the final round after rolling in eight the previous day.
“I couldn’t have hit the ball any better Monday,” he said. “I shot 64 with two three-putt greens. I came to the last hole and lipped out a putt for a 29 on the back nine. Every ball was in the fairway. I hit 17 greens, and on the one I missed, I holed out from off the green. It’s a funny game that way.”
Michael Karger had the same experience.
The former MGA Mid-Amateur champion from Century C.C. was bogey free on Monday and came into the final round two shots back. He shot a 77 and came in tied for eighth with a 3-over 143 total.
“I haven’t been playing a lot of golf this summer, and today it showed,” he said. “I had all these stress-free second putts Monday, and today I kept leaving myself 3-footers. I missed five of them. I basically had the yips and it’s so disappointing.”
Met PGA Championship: Anthony Casalino (Innis Arden) and Tyler Jaramillo (St. Andrew’s) were the clubhouse leaders when first-round play was suspended Tuesday at Fenway Golf Club with nearly 30 players on the course.
They opened with 3-under 67s.
Charlie Meola (Saxon Woods) was tied for third at 2-under. Grant Sturgeon (Winged Foot) and Greg Bisconti (St. Andrew’s) were among the six players tied for seventh at 1-under.
U.S. Senior Amateur: George Zahringer III lost in the Round of 32 on Tuesday at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The former resident of Rye fell 3 and 2 to Gary Robinson, who opened the match with three birdies in four holes.