Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, won the prestigious Metropolitan Open on Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., his first victory as a professional.
Giuliani, 23, closed with an even-par 71 to maintain the one-stroke lead he carried into the final round. Jerry Courville Jr. finished second.
"This is a big-time first step," he told the Metropolitan Golf Association. "To win a championship like this for my first pro victory in my home area, it's just awesome. It's the culmination of a lot of work I've been doing on my game and hopefully it's a step onto even greater things in the future."
Guiliani earned $27,500 for the victory and added his name to a list of past champions that includes Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson.
-- John Strege