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Borruso wears fifth Rome City Men’s Amateur crown

Todd Dewan
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Posted 8/15/22

The 59th annual tournament teed off Saturday, and was played in eight flights over two days at Rome Country Club and McConnellsville Country Club.

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Borruso wears fifth Rome City Men’s Amateur crown

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“It gets to a certain point that you’re expected to win. There’s more pressure on you ..."
– Ryan Borruso

MCCONNELLSVILLE — Thankful.

That’s how Ryan Borruso felt late Sunday afternoon after winning his third straight Rome City Men’s Amateur Golf Championship and fifth title overall at sun-drenched McConnellsville Country Club.

Borruso fired a two-day total of 149 (an even par 72 at Rome Country Club on Saturday and a six-over 77 at McConnellsville on Sunday) to win by five strokes over 2019 champion Aaron Fiorini, who shot a 154 (75-79).

“It gets to a certain point that you’re expected to win. There’s more pressure on you,” said the 35-year-old Borruso, who also won the Championship Flight in 2017 and 2018. “I’m thankful to play. Jim Korpela and Roy Barnes do a great job organizing the tournament. It’s fantastic. I’m thankful for the tournament organizers, I’m thankful for the sponsors and I’m thankful for both courses for having us. Thankful is the theme.”

The 59th annual tournament teed off Saturday, and was played in eight flights over two days at Rome Country Club and McConnellsville Country Club.

Cooperstown’s Bruce Miller finished third in the championship flight with a 156 (79-77), followed by Chris McMahon fourth with a 157 (79-78) and 2012 champion Anthony Occhipinti (79-82) and Dan O’Connor (75-86) tied for fifth at 161.

Borruso shot a 72 on Saturday at RCC to take a three-stroke lead over Fiorini and O’Connor.

“Yesterday (Saturday), I striped it all day. Today (Sunday), I putted poorly. I putted awful. I had so many opportunities. Ryan gave me a lot of openings, but I didn’t take advantage of them,” said Fiorini, a member of McConnellsville. “Our group had three or four putts within two feet and they were 10 footers coming back. Those are mistakes you can’t make. The greens were fast and the pins were in nasty locations.”

Fiorini played in the final group Sunday along with Borruso and O’Connor.

McMahon, playing in the second to last group along with Miller and Occhipinti, fired a 36 on the front nine at McConnellsville, while O’Connor shot a 40 and Borruso, Fiorini and Miller each had a 41. With a two-stroke lead over McMahon and O’Connor and three-shot lead over Fiorini, Borruso tallied a 36 on the back nine to pull out the victory including a pair of birdies on 15 and 18.

“It was a battle today (Sunday). I’ve never experienced pins and greens so hard and I’ve played a lot golf over the years. I played a lot of defense today (Sunday),” Borruso said. “When you have a lead, you try not to do stupid things and I did a lot of stupid things out there, but so did everyone else. The course set-up was extremely hard.”

Fiorini added, “Ryan deserved it. He got off to a rough start today (Sunday), but turned it around. He made some great up and downs on the back nine. The difference in the round was who was going to make putts and he did. He deserved it. Congrats to him.”

Borruso’s five city titles puts him fourth all-time. Don Geary has won seven, while Barnes and Don Alvarez are tied for second with six.

Borruso, who resides in Tampa, Florida, is a member of Teugega Country Club. He is a 2006 Rome Free Academy graduate and a 2010 Florida Tech grad. Earlier last week, Borruso played in the three-day, four-round New York State Men’s Amateur Championship at Onondaga Golf & Country Club that ended Thursday. He tied for 37th with a score of 295.

“It was a long week of golf for me. The state am was a great event. First class. I’m tired though. I was running on empty, but glad I had enough left in the tank to pull it out,” said Borruso, who is in the insurance business. “I come up here six or seven weeks each summer. Play in the state am, the city tourney, club tournaments, but this tournament is the highlight of my summer.”

Brian Crawford won the A Flight for the second straight year with a score of 163. He was followed by runner-up Robert Wright, who shot a 165; Steve Sharpe in third with a 167, Mike Critelli in fourth with a 169 and Bryan Krol in fifth with a 171.

Justin Losowski captured the B Flight in a one-hole playoff over Ed Graham. Each shot a 175. Bill Sullivan finished third with a 176, Kevin Sharpe placed fourth with a 177 and Todd Wilson, Mike Dorsino and Vin Martinelli Jr. each tied for fifth with a 178.

In the C Flight, Wyatt McNamara won with a 185, Karim Madmoune finished second with a 189, Frank Aston Sr. placed third with a 191, and John Pauley and Jerry Albanese tied for fourth with a 193.

Ron Crawford won the D Flight in a one-hole playoff over Vin Martinelli Sr. Each shot a 189. Bob Varano finished third with a 193, and Todd Pauley and Scott Carpenter tied for fourth with a 195.

Pete Moskal won the Senior A Flight with a 154. Rob Shearin placed second with a 167, Peter Amodio finished third with a 168, Ken Caldwell was fourth with a 171, and Jim Graziano and Joe DiFlorio tied for fifth with a 173.

In the Senior B Flight, Joe Come won by one stoke with a 169. Runner-up was Bob Pexton with a 170, Ron McCorduck finished third with a 177, Chris Birmingham placed fourth with a 179, and Howie Mata and Doug Meiss tied for fifth with a 180.

Roy Smith won the Super Senior Flight by one stroke with a 156. Ken Blumberg was second with a 157, Mike Scheemaker finished third with a 158, and tied for fourth were Ron Rothrock and Ken Ryan with a 163.

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