FARMINGDALE, N.Y. --- Former University of Connecticut golf team captain Jeb Buchanan (Loudonville, N.Y.) knocked in a four-foot par putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture the New York State Open championship Thursday at the legendary Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale.
Buchanan, a 2012 UConn grad who plays out of Schuyler Meadows in Loudonville, led from start to finish of the three-day, 54-hole event, shooting 66-66-75=207, to lead the field, which began with 140 players on Tuesday. But after starting the final round with a five-stroke lead at 10-under par, Buchanan found himself in a tie at 6-under with Ben Pollard of Manhasset, N.Y., with nine holes to play.
Pollard faded a bit on the final nine to drop out of contention, but Brian Bartow of Scarsdale, N.Y., came on strong and pulled into a tie for the lead when Buchanan bogeyed the 17th hole. Buchanan and Bartow each finished at 6-under, forcing the sudden-death playoff.
Playing the 18th hole, both players used safe irons off the tee, but Bartow’s second shot found a bunker, while Buchanan placed his within 18 feet. Bartow could not save par, while Buchanan calmly two-putted to secure the victory.
Buchanan, who will turn 25 on Sunday, has been playing professionally on mini-tours and on the PGA Latin American tour. Thursday’s victory brought him a winner’s check of $17,500.
Buchanan was an outstanding performer for the Huskies, both on the course and in the classroom during his four-year UConn career. He notched two tournament victories and had five additional Top 10 finishes. He was named All-Big East Conference and All-New England and was a Big East Academic All-Star throughout his career. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in finance.