Bayonne’s Darin Goldstein used a brilliant flop-shot from 35 yards out that ended six inches from the cup for a par save on the first extra hole to win the 2017 Eagle Oaks Invitational on Tuesday, May 2, at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.

Goldstein, who carded rounds of 73-72-145, found himself tied with friend Trevor Randolph of Arcola, necessitating a playoff.


This last weekend, Goldstein and Randolph teamed to play in the Champions Cup Four-Ball match, finishing 10th, at the Champions Golf Club in Houston. In two weeks, both players will represent the Metropolitan Golf Association in the Carey Cup match in Ireland. MGA squares off against the Golfing Union of Ireland at Galway Bay Resort in Oranmore, Ireland, May 16-18.

Brian Komline of Black Oak, who played in the Eagle Oaks Invitational, will also be on the Carey Cup team as will 17-year-old Ethan Ng of Fiddler’s Elbow.

In the Senior Division, Tom Ayers shot 75, three shots better than Andy Bott and Paul Manore. Anthony Fioretti was fourth (79) and Bill McGuiness (81) fifth.

Last year, Goldstein, 35, played in the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur and he and Randolph just fell short of advancing to the U.S. Four-Ball championship. Goldstein also won the Long Island Amateur and Havermayer Invitational. He reached the quarterfinals of the NJSGA Mid-Amateur at Arcola in 2015, losing to eventual champion Mike Hyland of Little Mill.

Goldstein plans on playing in this year’s NJSGA Amateur.

“I never played at Eagle Oaks before and it was tough with the wind whipping today,” said Goldstein, a New York resident who works in commercial real estate. “The course forces you to hit a lot of different shots.

“I couldn’t ask for a better way to start the season. It’s a great honor to win this over a great field. It’s an excellent kickoff event,” Goldstein said.

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