A busy schedule on the lesson tee prevents Tony DeMaria from playing more than a round or two each week, so he’s been working on developing a swing that is repeatable without a tremendous amount of repetition.
He may be on to something.
DeMaria opened the Metropolitan Professional Championship on Monday with a 5-under 67 at Fairview Country Club and leads by a stroke. He made nine birdies to leapfrog a talented group. Fresh Meadow’s Matt Dobyns, Saxon Woods’ Charlie Meola and Wheatley Hills’ John Guyton are all one shot back.
There are 13 players within four shots of the lead.
“I’ve been working hard on my swing,” said DeMaria, a teaching professional at Westchester Golf Range who won the Met PGA Championship in 2007. “I’ve been making a lot more birdies lately, but today was an outburst. It was one after the other right at the pin and I had great distance control. Over the last couple of years I’ve been making my swing more efficient, so when I do play it works.”
The field is split between Fairview and the Golf Club of Purchase for the first two rounds, and the top 11 finishers earn a spot in the PGA Professional National Championship next spring.
Metropolitan Professional Championship
At Fairview Country Club – par 72 and Golf Club of Purchase – par 72
1. Tony DeMaria, Westchester Golf Range 34-32–67
2. Matt Dobyns, Fresh Meadow 33-35–68
2. Charlie Meola, Saxon Woods 32-36–68
2. John Guyton, Wheatley Hills 35-33–68
5. David Young, Sleepy Hollow 35-34–69
6. Matthew Belizze, Southward Ho 34-36–70
6. Jesse Fitzgerald, Garden City 33-37–70
6. Colin Amaral, Metropolis 34-36–70
6. Rob Labritz, GlenArbor 34-36–70
6 . Kirk Satterfield, Golf Club of Purchase 33-37–70
11. Patrick Langan, Trump National – Westchester 38-33–71
11. Christopher Marinaro, Muttontown Club 35-36–71
11. Frank Bensel, Century 35-36–71
11. Steve Scott, Paramount 34-37–71