Romano scores win at LMGA Club Championship
Updated 6:43 pm, Monday, August 8, 2016
Forty years ago, Tim Romano was a wide-eyed caddy at Longshore Country Club carrying bags while learning the game of golf. On Sunday at the same site, the lifelong fan of the support scored a big win against some difficult competition in a 74-hole marathon of weekend.
Romano took home the Longshore Mens Golf Association Club Championship with a 36-hole match play win over defending champion Cody Schwarz. Romano won the match two-up after the pair was deadlocked after 34 holes.
To advance to the final stage, Romano had to win 18-hole quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Saturday. Romano beat Chris Meinke in a dramatic quarterfinal that included a pair of playoff holes, and topped three-time champion Ryan Burke in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.
“I played very well on Saturday, I was really happy,” Romano said. “Yesterday was rough, it was a grind. Neither Cody nor I had our best stuff; it just worked out for me.”
On the 35th hole against Schwarz, Romano hit an approach shot that landed 10 feet from the hole, resulting in a tap-in birdie. Schwarz then ran into some trouble on the final hole, sealing the win for Romano.
A longtime assistant on the Staples football team, Romano began devoting more time to golf a few years ago. He appreciated the support he received from the community after scoring the big win.
“Everybody was so gracious, I got emails from other competitors and a couple of the guys who had won the tournament previously,” Romano said. “It was unbelievable.”
Longshore has undergone a transformation in recent years led by superintendent Mike Golden, which has drawn rave reviews from the players and public.
“Right now Longshore is probably one of the top public golf courses in the country,” Romano said. “The greens are comparable to any of 15-20 top-notch private clubs I’ve played on this year.”
Burke shot the low round of the qualifying round, carding a 68. Romano shot a 66 in his match against Meinke.