July 29th 2019
(Left) Justin Lane tees off from the par 4 17th in route to his first ever Woodstock Open Championship. (Right) Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing Director Tamara Murray, professional winner Scott Berliner, overall winner Justin Lane and Ulster County Tourism Director Rick Remsnyder pose in the winner’s circle
HOMETOWN HERO: Amateur Justin Lane, who grew up playing Woodstock Golf Club, Fires 66 to Win 84th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open
Mt. Tremper, New York (July 29, 2019) – Nineteen-year-old Justin Lane, whose home course is Woodstock Golf Club, carded a 4-under-par 66 on Monday to win the 84th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open. The prestigious tournament was held on Monday, July 29 at the Woodstock Golf Club.
Lane, the defending Woodstock Open amateur champion and current Ulster County Amateur winner, won by one shot over 2018 overall Woodstock Open champ and Hiland Country Club (Queensbury, NY) professional Scott Berliner.
“It’s cool to win one for them,” Lane said in reference to the Woodstock Golf Club members. “It’s a big event for the club and it means a lot. I’ve never played that well on this course in tournaments.”
Lane received the $500 gift card amateur winner’s share while Berliner, a three-time Woodstock Open champion, received the winner’s prize of $3,000. Berliner, 44, wouldn’t pose with the winner’s large check afterward for a post-tournament photo because he didn’t want to take away from Lane’s victory.
“I finished in second place,” Berliner said, “but I’m happy to take the first-place professional check. I played last year in this tournament with Justin and (past winner) John Stoltz. Justin is a good player and a good kid. It’s a phenomenal story.
“This story is so cool for a kid who grew up here to win and play well under pressure. He must have had 50 people following him. That’s a lot of pressure.”
Lane, whose father Kevin caddied alongside, overcame his only bogey of the day on the par-4 11th and its difficult two-tiered green. He said that bogey forced him to focus for the remainder of the day. He positioned his 3-wood tee-shot on the par-4 17th within six feet for eagle. “I stuck with my game plan,” Lane said of his decision to go for the green on the risk-reward 17th.
With Berliner playing in the group behind him, Lane ran by the eagle putt and settled for birdie. He followed that up with a superb tee shot on the par-3 18th to within 12 feet. His two-putt par was good enough for a one-stroke triumph.
Berliner had an opportunity to force a playoff but missed a 12-foot birdie on the par-3 signature home hole.
“That bogey was the turning point,” said Lane, a junior-to-be at Binghamton University. “It dropped me from the mix, and it forced me to play catchup from there. It made me a little more aggressive.”
Recognized New York City teaching professional Tom Sutter and Patriot Hills Golf Club (Stony Point, NY) professional Dave Fusco tied for top senior score, each firing a 68. Sutter and Fusco each received $937.50.
One of the best rounds of the day belonged to Deepdale Golf Club (Manhasset, NY) professional Darrell Kestner, who birdied the final two holes for a 1-under par 69. Kestner won the Woodstock Open in 1982.
A field of 48 professionals, including seven past champions, played in the tournament considered the longest running golf event in the country at one course for both professionals and amateurs. For all of Monday’s results, please click HERE.
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 nearby Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club designed by golf architect Barry Jordan and the Robert Trent Jones’ design Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston.
The Emerson Resort & Spa is a $6 million dollar renovated boutique hotel located in Mt. Tremper, NY and is less than a two-hour drive from New York City.
For golf course package or other information on the Emerson Resort & Spa, visit http://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, shopping in the Country Stores 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 professionals 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. The Woodstock Open list of distinguished players includes 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. The tournament once was a 27-hole event until changing to an 18-hole format in 1970. In the 84th Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open, players were challenged on the 5,500-yard Woodstock Golf Club layout that tests players with its well-guarded tree-lined fairways and smooth putting surfaces.
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