Danny Balin, pictured right, won his second consecutive New York State Open Thursday, July 25th at Bethpage Black with a 7 under par score. Total purse for the event, $17,500. He bested Andrew Giuliani, pictured below, by two strokes. By the way…yes, that is Rudy’s son.
Here’s how Mark Herrman of the NYPost covered the event.
His lead endured a gray day at the Black that was surprisingly cool, with wind and rain. Balin saved par from a bunker on No. 1 and sank a 25-footer for birdie on No. 2 to go up by four shots. Having seen the margin shrink to one, Balin built a five-shot cushion and held on when he and his pursuer headed back across Round Swamp Road for the tough final stretch. He and Giuliani each shot 1-over-par 72 Thursday, which was solid, given the conditions.
“Bethpage tests all aspects of your game and if you can play well here, you can play well anywhere, pretty much. The rough isn’t that high but it’s very thick so the ball sits down. I’m sure Oak Hill will be the same way,” Balin said, mentioning the course in Rochester on which he will compete against the best in the world.
“Any time you make it to a major as a club pro, it’s a dream come true,” said the golfer who swept the 2012 local majors: State Open, Met Open and Met PGA.
Danny heads off to Oak Hill Country Club to play with the best in the world for the coveted US Open Trophy.
hoto Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan