Mark Brown, the head pro at Tam O'Shanter Club in Brookville, made some huge par putts down the stretch, including an eight-footer on the par 4 15th, and was the only one to finish under par through three rounds at Bethpage Red. He won the Long Island Open in the cold rain and wind.
Brown finished at 1 under par 209, edging Kirk Oguri by a stroke to take the one event that has eluded him in his14 years as a Long Island pro. "I've been a bridesmaid at this event, I think, four times," he said.
Oguri lipped out putts on 16, 17 and 18, but said, "I was pleased. I played great down the stretch."
Kudos to Jack Druga, a senior golfer and head pro at Shinnecock Hills, and Paul Dickinson, assistant pro at Montauk Downs, who both withstood a grueling 90 holes of pressure packed golf the past three days (U.S. Open qualifier Monday, three rounds in two days of the L.I. Open) and tied for fourth at 4 over.