Danny Balin Tops 2017 Westchester Open
Westchester Country Club dominated the leaderboard.
Danny Balin hoists the 2017 Westchester Open trophy
photo courtesy of Westchester Golf Association
Westchester Country Club was well-represented on the leaderboard of the 2017 Westchester Open played at Wykagyl CC in new Rochelle. Westchester CC assistant pro Danny Ballin came roaring from behind to win the event with a ten-under par performance while James Nicholas, a rising junior at Yale and Westchester CC member, finished as low amateur at three under par, which placed him at eleventh overall.
Right behind Nicholas in twelfth place was Max Buckley and not far was Paul Sevaggio at 25th, both playing out of Westchester CC.
Balin, who joined the staff at WCC this year, carded five birdies over the final nine holes to erase a six-shot deficit behind Fairview CC’s David Pastore and claim the title as well as the $7,200 winner’s check. This was Balin’s third Westchester Open title since 2010. Pastore had eclipsed the Wykagyl course record on his morning round of the last day of the tournament, firing 63 on the par 72, 6,684-yard course.
CJ Swift of Winged Foot GC , Peter Ballo of Old Oaks CC, and Kyle Baehler of Willow Ridge CC posted matching 209s to tie for third in the 54-hole championship. John Stoltz of Osiris, Rob Labritz of GlenArbor, and Charles Meola of Saxon Woods tied for sixth at 6-under 210 while Brice Busse of Metropolis and Adam Rainaud of Winged Foot rounded out the top-10 with 4-under 212 totals.