Several weeks ago, Don DeNyse III decided to take some time off from golf to make a couple of improvements to his game — especially with his balky putter.
It appears that the Siena College graduate found some answers.
The 25-year-old assistant pro at Capital Hills at Albany fired a two-day total of two-under-par 139 to capture the Northeastern New York PGA’s Donald Ross Classic Monday at Glens Falls Country Club.
DeNyse, a former champion of the Eagle Crest Shootout as an amateur, posted a two-under 68 in the opening round at The Sagamore Resort before carding an even-par 71 in the final round. It was his first major tournament win as a member of the NENYPGA.
DeNyse earned $1,600, while McGregor Links Country Club assistant pro Scott Berliner, the reigning NENYPGA Player of the Year, finished second with a 72-69-141 and $1,300. Tom Falotico of Dick’s Sporting Goods was third (70-74-144), and pocketed $733.33.
“My swing has felt great all year, but my putting stroke was getting to me,” said DeNyse, who is on quite a hot streak after winning last Monday’s Pro Classic at the Country Club of Troy. “There was a tournament where I shot an 86, and it was embarrassing. I couldn’t putt at all. So I took a week off and just worked on my game. I bought a new putter, and I practiced hard with it. It seems to have worked.”
This is DeNyse’s second year as a professional. He was an assistant pro at Eagle Crest Golf Club last season.
On Monday, he connected for three birdies to offset three bogeys, including a bogey on the par-5 16th hole. He was only 75 yards away from the cup on his third shot, but he miscalculated his pitch shot to the front pin on the elevated green. His ball hit the side of the hill and rolled back down to where he was standing. He pitched up again, and was short again, with the ball rolling back down the hill. He then pitched up to within a foot of the pin and tapped in for his bogey.
“It was a heck of an up-and-down for a bogey,” he said. “I made two mental errors on that hole. I didn’t factor in enough for the hill. Instead of adding five yards to make my shot about 80 yards, I should have made it 85 yards.”
Berliner, who has dominated the local club pros’ tour for the last three or four years, rolled in four birdies, but made two careless bogeys, on the 13th and 16th holes.
“I got it going for a while,” he said. “I missed some short putts, but I made a few longer ones, as well. I guess it all evens out, but I didn’t finish well.”
Open division — Don DeNyse III (Capital Hills at Albany) 71-139, $1,600; Scott Berliner (McGregor Links CC) 69-141, $1,300; Tom Falotico (Dick’s Sporting Goods) 74-144, $1,000; Chris Sanger (Red Hook GC) 73-146, $733.33; Kevin Cain (Colonie G&CC) 73-146, $733.33; Peter Gerard (Mill Road Acres) 72-146, $733.33; Anders Mattson (Saratoga National) 75-147, $315; Frank Mellet (Colonie G&CC) 71-147, $315; John Souza (Stadium GC) 76-147, $315; Tom Siddon (Massena CC) 75-147, $315; Glenn Davis (Albany CC) 74-149; Ian Breen (Colonie G&CC) 77-149; Bob Mucha (Greenock CC) 75-140; Matt Bogdanowitz (Town of Colonie) 75-150; Steve Plata (Saratoga National) 78-150; Paul Jaycox (Cobleskill G&CC) 71-152; Nick Campbell (McGregor Links CC) 79-9153; Scott Battiste (Normanside CC) 73-155; Brian Lowe (Windham CC) 74-156; Maite Cupp (Infracore Golf Bridge) 79-156; David Strawn (Cranwell Resort) 79-157; Keith Sprenger (Pioneer Hills) 77-157; Benton Sullivan (Glens Falls CC) 83-161; Tom Oppedisano (McGregor Links CC) 84-165; Anthony Therrien (Saratoga Golf & Polo) 90-167; Noel Gebauer (Town of Colonie) 85-171; Ryan Mazula (Dick’s Sporting Goods) 92-183.
Legends division — Curt Lohrey (Airway Meadows) 83-163, $350; Tom Haggerty (Glens Falls CC) 79-163, $250; Rick Wolcott (Rolling Hills at Antlers) 83-166, $240.