Steve Gavosto of Glen Cove shot a two-day total of 149 to secure third place in the NYC Junior PGA championship. Steve scored a 73 in the qualifier round to make the cut, which was 74. "The level of golf has definitely gone up a notch. Last year I finished second with a 76/76," Steve recalled. Steve was the highest finishing golfer from the Long Island Tour. "This year the PGA tour officials threw us a curve because they held the qualifier on the Pelham Bay course and then switched us over to its sister course, Split Rock. Split Rock is a whole kind of other layout and I hadn't played it in over four years. My dad had to go into the archives to find my last yardage book," noted the four-time Jr PGA champ.
Rain delayed the start of the final round at Split Rock. "I have yet to put two good nine holes together for a front and back nine this season," Steve noted, although he had the low front nine in the qualifier with a 34. There were 200 competitors for the tourney. "I know I have not hit my stride yet, but I've been knocking at the door with four top finishes in the last five tourneys," Steve said. Without an official tally, Steve is within the top five players. With approximately seven more events left, there is a lot of golf to be shot and anything is possible. "As long as I can cash in on points, I have a shot at being the overall champion, but will the schedule, weather and bounce of the ball be enough to take the title," Steve added. The next few tourneys may tell the tale.