New York State Open Winner Michael Miller Captures 87th Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open
Miller’s 4-under 66 holds off Wykagyl CC’s Patrick Schwarze by 1 shot
Michael Miller tees off No. 15 Monday at Woodstock Golf Club en route to a one-stroke victory; left to right during the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open check and robe presentation are: Emerson
Resort & Spa Marketing & Sales Director Tamara Murray, champion Michael Miller; Woodstock GC host professional Chris Sanger; Woodstock GC General Manager Brent Powlison; and Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing Manager Nicole Tallman. Photos by Nicholas & Lence Communications
Woodstock, New York (July 25, 2022) – Michael Miller of Brewster carded a 4-under par 66 to capture the 87th Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open by one shot at Woodstock Golf Club on Monday.
This month’s Lenox Advisors New York State Open Championship winner, Miller rolled in a 4-foot par putt on the last hole to secure the narrow victory over Patrick Schwarze, an assistant professional at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle.
“I wasn’t sure if that putt was for the win or to tie,” said Miller, who earned the winner’s share of $3,000 along with the tournament’s champion robe. “I’m excited to keep it going. This is two wins in a row and that’s pretty cool.
“The putt was a good look for a right-handed player: right to left (break). It’s still cool to feel those nerves.”
Miller duplicated his 2-under 33 on the front with a closing nine 33 that included two birdies and no bogeys. The 30-year-old Miller was playing in the same group with New York State Open Championship runner-up and 2019 Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open champion Justin Lane and defending Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open champion Michael Shine.
Miller and Lane were tied at 2-under heading to the back nine and the eventual winner grabbed the lead when he rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-4 12th. He never relinquished the top spot as Lane finished tied for third with a 68 along with Andrew Daily of Albany Country Club.
Miller was buoyed earlier in the day by an eagle-3 after his 7-iron second shot on the 463-yard par-5 stopped within 3 feet of the cup.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won and I don’t care if it’s one day or three days you want to feel good,” Miller, a two-time Met Player of the Year and Korn Ferry Tour performer, said about his play this month. “It’s a cool feeling to put up good numbers.”
As for Schwarze, he was several groups in front of Miller and played nearly a flawless round. But he stubbed his toe on the par-4 17th when he 3-putted for his only bogey of the afternoon.
“I didn’t look at the scores all day,” the 35-year-old Schwarze said afterward. “I didn’t worry about what everyone else was doing. I had four birdies and only one bogey. The pins were very tough and I thought 4- or 5-under would take it.”
Monday’s round marked the second time both Miller and Lane played this month in the day’s final pairing. Earlier this month the two played at Bethpage Black in the final round of the New York State Open.
“He’s going to figure it out,” Miller said of the younger Lane, who recently turned professional. “Justin is on his way. He’s a great, young player who’s only 22. Justin is more mature than I was at his age. I wish him nothing but the best.”
Host professional Chris Sanger and Dal Daily of Hammock Creek both fired 1-under-par 69s in the morning to tie for fifth. Daily won the senior division followed by runner-up Larry Furey of Wiltwyck Golf Club with a 71.
Chris Grady of Woodstock Golf Club, Donte Groppuso of Wiltwyck Golf Club and recent winner of The Herdegen, and Brandon Waldron of Wiltwyck Golf Club tied for top amateur honors, each firing a 72. All three will have their names inscribed on the first Dick McDermott Cup, named for the longtime tournament director and historian of the Woodstock Open.
For complete results click on 87th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open Results.
This year’s Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open purse was $12,700.
“We look forward to this tournament every year,” said Tamara Murray, Marketing and Sales Director at the Emerson Resort & Spa. “We are just thrilled to be a part of this day and the tournament’s legacy.” / Tel: 917-769-0102
Woodstock Golf Club is a private nine-hole course with panoramic mountain views and fairway routes that navigate players along running creeks. The nine-hole private course is known for its small and
lightning-fast greens, and both precision accuracy and outstanding conditions from tee through the green. Each hole’s teeing area from the front nine to the back nine offers subtle different looks.
The Emerson Resort & Spa is in Mount Tremper, N.Y. and is less than a two-hour drive from New York City.
Guests who stay at the Emerson Resort & Spa enjoy a special stay-and-play package at Woodstock Golf Club as well as an opportunity to play the Robert Trent Jones’ design Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston.
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About Emerson Resort & Spa: Surrounded by the splendor of the Catskill Mountains, the Emerson Resort & Spa is a hidden treasure located a mere two hours from Manhattan. The resort brings the Catskills inside with stunning views, open spaces and an earthy color palate. Featuring spacious accommodations in the contemporary Inn and Adirondack-style Lodge, Emerson guests also enjoy an award-winning Spa, The Shops at Emerson and the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope. Seasonal activities are plentiful and include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking. Urban pursuits are satisfied by exploring the nearby towns of Woodstock, Phoenicia and Saugerties. On property guided nature walks and nature-themed workshops reflect a deep connection and appreciation for the history and stewardship of the Catskills. The Emerson’s signature restaurant, Woodnotes Grille, has made its name with locally-sourced foods prepared with a twist, and craft cocktails that are an experience as well as a drink. Overlooking the Esopus Creek and one of the region’s most magnificent peaks, Mount Tremper, the Emerson provides a memorable yet affordable respite from the demands of the outside world. Ideal for family gatherings and intimate weddings. Dogs are welcome. For more information, please visit emersonresort.com and for reservations call (845) 688-2828.
About the Woodstock Open: The tournament has a rich history since its inaugural event in 1932 and is believed to be the longest running tournament in America on one course open to both professional and amateur golfers. The par-70 course opened in 1929. Legendary Masters champion and Harrison, N.Y. native Gene Sarazen twice played in the Woodstock Open, finishing fourth in 1966 at the age of 64. Another Masters champion, Doug Ford, played in the 1977 Woodstock Open. Joining the Woodstock Open list of distinguished players include legendary PGA Tour player and instructor Bob Toski, 1931 PGA Championship winner and longtime Saratoga Spa Golf Course professional Tom Creavy and five-time PGA Tour winner Ken Green. Frank Hannigan, who from 1983-1989 was the Executive Director of the United States Golf Association, was an honorary chairman of the Woodstock Open. In 2012, then 16- year-old high school junior Ethan DeForest carded a 10-under 60 to shatter the previous tourney record by three shots. The tournament once was a 27-hole event until changing to an 18-hole format in 1970. This year, players will be challenged on the 5,429-yard Woodstock Golf Club layout that tests players with its well-guarded tree-lined fairways and smooth and extraordinarily fast putting surfaces.
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