St. Andrew’s Golf Club’s Gregory Bisconti Lifted by Eagle-2 to Soar to 85th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open Title
Left to right: Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing & Sales Director Tamara Murray, Woodstock Open champion Gregory Bisconti, Emerson Resort & Spa Marketing Manager Nicole Tallman and Woodstock Open Chairman and Tournament Historian Dick McDermott. Bisconti is wearing the “champion’s robe.” The venerable tournament added a new tradition of presenting the overall winner this champion’s robe themed after the Masters’ coveted green jacket.
Photo courtesy of Emerson Resort & Spa.
Woodstock, New York (July 27, 2020) – St. Andrew’s Golf Club (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) head professional Gregory Bisconti eagled the par-4 17th at the Woodstock Golf Club en route to 6-under-par 64 to win the 85th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open on Monday afternoon.
Mike Shine, an assistant at Schuyler Meadow Club in Loudonville, finished runner-up with a 67.
“When I got to the hole, I didn’t know how things stood and if I should lay up or go for it,” said Bisconti recollecting his thoughts prior to playing the risk-reward 17th. “I was going back and forth, and I decided to go for it. I felt like it was the right thing to do. I hit a great shot that landed on the front of the green and made the 12-foot putt.
“It was 260 yards with a breeze in my face. That’s right in my wheelhouse. I’m not one of these big bombers.”
Monday was the first time Bisconti ever played Woodstock Golf Club.
“Not knowing the course, I tried to play more conservatively and hit a lot of irons off the tee,” Bisconti said. “I didn’t really take any risks and tried to play smart and aim at the middle of the greens when the pins were tucked.”
The one risk he took paid off and clinched the winner’s share of $3,000.
Bisconti, the 47-year-old highly decorated club professional who resides in South Salem, NY, posted nines of 32-32 on the 5,429-yard tightly designed Woodstock Golf Club. Along with his pivotal eagle on 17th, Bisconti recorded 5 birdies and only one bogey.
On the back nine he and three-time Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open champion Scott Berliner, who was playing several groups behind Bisconti, were tied at 4-under. But Bisconti was buoyed by the eagle and Berliner, playing in the final group with defending champion Justin Lane, suffered a double bogey on the par-4 11th and couldn’t recover.
“Another year and another exciting finish with Bisconti topping the leaderboard with a brilliant finish,” said Tamara Murray, Marketing and Sales Director at the Emerson Resort & Spa. “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.”
Bisconti’s career includes playing in three PGA Championships – in 2009 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota he was low club professional – and was the 2009 Metropolitan PGA Player of the Year. He was a member of St. John’s University’s golf team.
“This is the best thing to happen to me during COVID,” Bisconti added.
Host professional Chris Sanger along with Jesse Steel and Nicholas Dilo ended the morning round atop the leaderboard after carding 68s. They finished tied for third with Andrew DeForest and Jeffrey Schaller.
Defending champion and local sensation Justin Lane tied for top amateur honors with Devlin Walsh and Michael Sporton, each shooting 70. The amateur threesome tied for ninth place overall with Berliner, three-time winner Mel Baum, Gray Barnes and Chris Ferraro.
Both Berliner and Baum were trying for their fourth Woodstock Open championship, a record held by Armand Farina, who won the tournament in 1951, ’52, ’53 and ’57.
Baum was the low senior, winning by four shots over 2001 Woodstock Open champion Dal Daly (74).
A field of 61 players competed. For all the results, please click on 85th Annual 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.
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 with fairway routes that navigate players along running creeks.
The Emerson Resort & Spa is in Mt. Tremper, NY and is less than a two-hour drive from New York City.
The Emerson Resort & Spa (photo insert) welcomed back guests and reopened on Thursday, July 16.
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 http://emersonresort.com or call (845) 688-2828. Follow the Emerson on Facebook at Emerson Resort & Spa, Twitter @emersonresort and Instagram at EmersonResort.
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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.
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