Dennis Lynch is perfectly representative of golfers in mid-amateur competition. All of the entrants are at least 25, so basically all of them have to balance golf and livelihood. Lynch, a Suffolk County police officer, often goes directly to a tournament from a midnight shift. In fact, he says that his golf game improved once he started to work midnights and had time to practice.
For the second consecutive year, Lynch, a member of the Nassau Players club, is the Met Mid-Amateur champion. He shot par 144 through 36 holes Wednesday and Thursday at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills. Lynch won by two over Hans Albertsson of Bethpage, finishing with a flashy par. He choked down on a wedge and gouged his ball out from the lip of a greenside bunker on No. 18, rolled it within three feet and made the putt.
Last year, Lynch said that his wife, Susan, told him before the Mid-Am qualifier in Glens Falls that if he was going to go all the way up there, he might as well win. This year, he said, "My wife told me this morning to bring the trophy back home to our mantle, and I'm really happy I was able to do it."
During a tournament Sept. 25 at Bretton Woods Golf Club in Coram, Gene Kanciruk made an eagle on a par-4 257-yard hole with a driver and a wedge. And then Jerry Reich made an eagle on the same hole, also with a driver and wedge.