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Williamsville East's Tyler Delisanti wins ECIC golf in playoff

Williamsville East's Tyler Delisanti wins ECIC golf in playoff

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Tyler Delisanti drives on the first hole in the playoff. Delisanti birdied four of the last six holes on the back nine to force the playoff at Glen Oak Golf Course in East Amherst to win the ECIC match.

Williamsville East freshman Tyler Delisanti birdied four of his last six holes to force a playoff with Ryan Edholm of Sweet Home, then birdied the first playoff hole to win the ECIC Boys Golf Championship on Monday in the rain at the Glen Oak Golf Club. Delisanti and Edholm each shot par 72 from the white tees at the 6,065-yard East Amherst course.

The first hole at Glen Oak started the playoff.

Delisanti, who is a cousin of Buffalo District Golf Association medal and match play champion Anthony Delisanti, a senior at Niagara Wheatfield and four-time Niagara-Frontier League champion, was 4-over-par after a double-bogey 5 on the 12th hole. He then birdied Nos. 13, 15, 17 and 18 to pull into a tie with Edholm, a senior.

Edholm played a steady round. He had birdies at No. 6 and No. 11, and had pars on the rest until he bogeyed the par-4 13th. Another bogey on the par-4 17th opened the door for Delisanti, who evened the score with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

It was the second heartbreaking loss in the tournament for Edholm. A year ago, he lost to freshman Charlie Fischer of Orchard Park in a playoff. Fischer parred the first playoff hole, No. 16 at Tan Tara, to win the championship. He was not eligible this year because he attended Saddlebrook Academy in Florida for the second semester last spring.

 Kevin Zhao of Williamsville East finished third with a 75. Next at 76 came Michael Stellrecht (Williamsville East) and Mac Quinn (Gowanda/Springville), followed at 77 by Michael Wolski (Lancaster) and Dawson Miller (Williamsville East), and at 78 by Cal Deck of Williamsville North.

The top eight finishers Monday made the All-ECIC All-Star team. The top 22, plus ties, were the ECIC qualifiers for the sectional tournament next spring. Edholm, Quinn and Zhao repeated as All-ECIC team honorees.

Williamsville East won the team title with a total of 463 to East Aurora/Holland's 548.

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