July 21, 2005
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Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina men's golf team member Keith Tyburski claimed the stroke play individual medalist honors at the 83rd New York State Golf Association's (NYSGA) Men's Amateur Championship with a two-round total of 140. His individual victory on Wednesday at the 6,806-yard Ontario Golf Course in Ontario, N.Y., qualified him for Thursday's match play.
Catamount teammate, rising junior Alex Arrigo, also qualified for the match-play portion of the tournament by finishing tied for 17th during stroke play. On Thursday, Arrigo won a pair of the 18-hole match play rounds to advance to the quarterfinal round on Friday.
After firing even par in round one and a four-under in the second, Tyburski finished the 36-hole stroke play portion of the Championship with a two-round, four-under par 140, winning by two strokes. The Hamilton, N.Y., native birdied four holes in the first round, but equaled that number in bogeys to finish with a 72. Tyburski rallied in the second round, though, finishing with eight birdies, improving upon two of the holes he had previously bogeyed.
All told, Tyburski's 12 birdies were the most by any golfer in the tournament. He also led the way by averaging seven-under on all par 5 holes.
Arrigo finished tied for 17th in stroke play, shooting 71 and 75 for a two-round total of 146. After carding the one-under 71 in round one, the Lowville, N.Y., native struggled to open the second round, recording either bogey or double bogey on four of the first six holes. He rallied, however, to earn birdie or par on the final 12 holes to secure the three-over, 75, to finish two over par.
During Thursday's match play, Tyburski fell in the first round to Rob Krajewski, who was the last to qualify on Wednesday, by two holes. Seeded 18th, Arrigo defeated 15th-seed, Colm Murphy, who finished in a five-way tie for 12th in stroke play, by a tally of one-up. Leading by three after 15 holes, Arrigo held on to defeat number-31 Luke Bakke, who had advanced by defeating second-seeded Robby Bigley after 20 holes, by two. He advances to Friday's quarterfinals as only eight of the original 32 match play qualifiers remain.
Full results and live updates on Friday's quarterfinal match play can be found by visiting www.nysga.org.