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Century's Bensel, Bernstein Place 11th At Met Open

EDISON, N.J. – Siwanoy Country Club's Jason Caron placed sixth to lead five Westchester golfers into the top 15 finishers Thursday in the 97th Met Open Championship at Plainfield Country Club.

Caron, a former PGA Tour player, began the third and final round only three shots back but couldn’t get much going and hit a 1-over-par 73 for a total of 209, three strokes behind the winner, Danny Balin.

Knollwood Country Club's Mike Miller shot a 2-under-par 70 in Thursday's final round and finished 10th overall, and Briarcliff 15-year-old Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow Golf Club settled for a 79, which put him in a tie for 15th at 214. Young was two strokes behind to start the day and landed in the tie for 15th.

Sam Bersten and Frank Bensel of the Century Country Club in Purchase tied for 11th place with scores of 212.

Balin, an assistant professional at Burning Tree Country Club in New Jersey, entered the final round trailing 36-hole leader Ryan McCormick of Suburban by seven shots. Balin shot a blazing 6-under 66 to come in with a 54-hole total of 206.

“It feels great to get my name on that trophy,” said Balin, who collected $27,500 for his victory. “This is the most prestigious event in the area. It feels great to know that you've accomplished a goal you’ve been working so hard for.”

The top 25 finishers, including Caron, Miller and Young, earn an exemption into next year’s championship, which will be played at Old Westbury Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.

From a report by Greg Midland/Metropolitan Golf Association.

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