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2021 Woodstock Open

The 86th Annual Woodstock Open Event

Michael Shine

captures 86th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open with steady 4-under-par 66

After finishing runner-up 2 of last 3 years, 27-year-old assistant pro wins by 3

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Michael Shine follows his tee shot during Monday’s Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open; Shine displays the winner’s check and dons the champion’s robe along with (left to right) former Ulster County Tourism Director Rick Remsnyder, Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing & Sales Director Tamara Murray, Woodstock Open historian Dick McDermott and Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing Manager Nicole Tallman. Photos by Jonas Finkel/Emerson Resort & Spa

Woodstock, New York (July 26, 2021) – Twice in his last three tries, 27-year-old assistant professional Michael Shine finished runner-up at the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open. On Monday, his 4-under-par 66 put him over the proverbial hump for his first victory at Woodstock Golf Club.

Shine, a resident of Albany and assistant at Schuyler Meadows Club in Loudonville, NY, won by three shots over amateur winner and 2019 champion Justin Lane (Woodstock) and senior champion and professional Mark Brown (Pine Hollow Club in East Norwich, NY).

“It’s always a special event for me to play here,” said Shine, who was playing in his fifth Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open. “I’m not a long hitter and this course fits my game. I knew I’d have a chance if I played my own game.”

Shine benefited from two enormous momentum stretches during his round to catapult to the top of one of the Woodstock Open’s most celebrated fields.

He carded three consecutive birdies on Nos. 5-7 en route to a 2-under 33 front nine.

Shine continued to find himself with several players either tied or within one stroke. But he pinpointed two wedge approach shots on par-4s No. 10 and No. 11 that led to back-to-back birdies. On the 171-yard 13th he carved a 7-iron to within 12 feet as he rolled in his putt for birdie.

 

Playing one group ahead of home-course favorite Lane, Shine made a “solid” 5 on the par-5 14th and was three shots ahead of Lane with four to play.

He played the final four holes 1-over par to cruise to the victory circle where he received the winner’s check of $3,000 and the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open’s championship robe.

“I don’t like to ‘leaderboard’ watch as it creates pressure, but I didn’t hear a lot of roars,” said Shine of the group behind him. “This is absolutely the highlight of the year.  The greens are always challenging here with the pin locations. You need to be patient and trust your game. I feel comfortable here. When I pull up in the parking lot at Woodstock, I always feel I can shoot a good number here.”

Brown carded the lone score under par during the morning session, firing a 1-under 69. He was followed by three players at even-par during the morning rounds including Chris Ferraro, Jesse Steel and defending champion Greg Bisconti.

 

Monday’s total purse was $12,500 and Brown received $1,700 for tying with Lane for overall runner-up and $1,200 for winning the senior division by one shot over Jim McCann.  Lane earned a $600 gift card.

 

Six players tied for fourth place including Bisconti, Ferraro, Steel, McCann, Ian Breen and Nicholas Dillo.

 

The shot of the day belonged to Ted Heins, an assistant at Fresh Meadow Country Club, when he holed out his second shot on the 463-yard par-5 for a double-eagle 2.

 

For all the tournament results please go here, and for further information on the tournament go to Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open.

This one-day tournament is believed to be the longest running tourney in the country at one site for both professionals and amateurs. Past Woodstock Open fields have included Masters champions Gene Sarazen and Doug Ford.

“The support from the community and sponsors, including the Emerson Resort & Spa, was really great to see,” Bisconti added about last years’ Woodstock Open experience.

For more information about the tournament click on Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open.
Woodstock Golf Club is a private 9-hole course with panoramic mountain views and fairway routes that navigate players along running creeks.

The Emerson Resort & Spa is in Mount Tremper, NY 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.


For golf course package or other information on the Emerson Resort & Spa, visit emersonresort.com or call (845) 688-2828. Follow the Emerson on Facebook at Emerson Resort & Spa, Twitter @emersonresort and Instagram at EmersonResort.

 

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 their 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 www.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, NY 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 5-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 5,458-yard Woodstock Golf Club layout that tests players with its well-guarded tree-lined fairways and smooth and extraordinarily fast putting surfaces.

Media Contacts

Nick Nicholas, Nick@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 917-769-0102 Caroline Engle, Caroline@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 212-938-0004

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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 New York City.  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, shopping in 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.  The Emerson’s signature restaurant, Woodnotes Grille, has made a name of Catskill Creative Cooking 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.  The Emerson is also an idyllic location for special events, including corporate retreats and destination weddings.  Dogs are welcome.  For more information, please visit http://www.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, NY 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 5-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 were challenged on the 5,500-yard Woodstock Golf Club layout that tests players with its well-guarded tree-line fairways and smooth and extraordinarily fast putting surfaces.

 

Media Contacts

Nick Nicholas, Nick@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 212.938.0833

Shin-Jung Hong, ShinJung@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 212.938.0005