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Jay Kostenbauder didn't think his birdie-birdie stretch on No. 16 and No. 17 is what won him the individual title in Sunday's York County Amateur Golf Association Interclub Championship.
For him, it started on the two previous holes, when he saved valuable pars on No. 14 and No. 15 at South Hills Golf Club. He knew that those pars kept him within a stroke of the lead. But, as crucial as those par saves were, they wouldn't have meant anything without at least one birdie on the final three holes to get him into a tie for the lead. Rather than just making one birdie, however, he made two, passing Brett Berkheimer, Matt Henry, Josh O'Brien and Josh Rinehart to grab sole possession of first place en route to winning the individual event with a final score of 3-over-par 74. Berkheimer, Henry, O'Brien and Rinehart tied for second, just one shot back.
Kostenbauder also led Cool Creek to the team title at the event.
Kostenbauder rarely plays South Hills, which is near Hanover in the southwestern corner of York County. Cool Creek, meanwhile, is in eastern York County, nearly an hour's drive away. So going in, he was unfamiliar with the course. Making matters more difficult were the winds on Sunday, blowing consistently at 20 mph, with even stronger gusts. So, it was key for him to keep the ball low and make sure he pulled the right club.
"When it's windy up there, it gets tough," Kostenbauder said. "I want to say it was probably at least four to five, maybe even six, shots harder, because there are guys — one of the guys I played with, he's usually like a six or seven handicap and he might have shot 80 today, but he struggled and shot 93, so it was just one of (those) things that you had to keep the ball down and out of the wind and take extra clubs and knock them down."
Kostenbauder made the turn in 3-over 38, knowing that he was right on the line of being in contention to win the tournament with nine holes to play, but heading to a much more difficult back nine. He didn't help matters by making bogey on two of the first three holes to slip back to 5 over with just six holes remaining.
But, that's when things began to click, starting with the critical par saves on par-3 14th and par-4 15th, which already plays long and played directly into the wind, according to Kostenbauder. Then, he finally put good approach shots and putts together to make a couple birdies, first draining a five-footer on the par-3 16th and then making about a 2 1/2-footer on the par-5 17th.
"It was just a grinding thing," Kostenbauder said. "Just keeping my head in the game on every shot and tried to get it done, so I was pretty happy."
SPRING BETTER BALL: Beginning this year 2016, this event has been opened to all amateur players with a verifiable USGA Handicap. You no longer must live in York County or be a member of a YCAGA Club.
MID AMATEUR/SUMMER CLASSIC: Beginning this year, 2016, this event has been opened to all amateur players with a verifiable USGA Handicap. You no longer must live in York County or be a member of a YCAGA Club. In addition, we have partnered with LANCO GOLF ASSOCIATION in presenting the MID AMATEUR within this event. There will be a two separate divisions/playing from the same tees. The SUMMER CLASSIC is open to any age golfer. The MID AMATEUR is open to golfers 25 and older. Depending on the response this year, the MID AMATEUR may become a separate event, being hosted in York County and then in Lancaster County the following year. The tournament will rotate between each county and will become a two county Championship. War of the Roses points will be awarded by each county respectively for those players who are eligible for such points.
YORK OPEN: NOTE ERROR ON ENTRY REGARDING CUT LINE FOR SATURDAY - Beginnng this year, 2016, this event becomes a two day event for the OPEN DIVISION. First round play will be on Friday and the cut will be the top 40 plus ties to play on Saturday for the Open Championship. The SENIOR DIVISION will remain a one day event and be played on Friday at the same time as the Open Divisions's first round.
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CHANGES IN TOURNAMENTS FOR 2016
YORK OPEN: - $2,500.00 guaranteed for Low Pro. The 2016 event will be a two day event for the Open Division. The Senior Division will remain a one day event on Friday. Both Divisions are open to Pros and Amateurs.. The Open Division will be played from the Championship tees and the Senior Division will be played from the Middle Tees. If there are a minimum of 20 Seniors competing in the Open Division we will create a seperate prize fund for the Seniors .
YCAGA PARENT/GRANDPARENT - CHILD TOURNAMENT: This is a new event open to Male or Female Parents and Children. The event will be held on May 21st at Hanover CC with tee times from 11:00 to 1:00. Minimum child age "12" No maximum on the child age. (Father/Son Father/Daughter Grandfather/Son or Grandson Grandfather/Daugher or Granddaughter Mother/Son Mother/Daughter Grandmother/Son or Grandson Grandmother/Daughter or Granddaughter. Stepmom or Stepdad as well.)
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