Chris DeForest started his third and final round three strokes from the lead at the Westchester Golf Association Open.
A second round, 4-under-par 66 Tuesday morning have put DeForest, a 2007 Rondout Valley graduate, in position to catch leader Greg Bisconti of South Salem in the afternoon.
DeForest caught Bisconti, tying him for the clubhouse lead at even-par (210) after a 1-over 71.
But, David Pastore, an amateur from Greenwich, Conn., tied for the low score of the final round, firing a 3-under 67 to capture the 54-hole tournament at 3-under 207.
DeForest had six birdies in his second round and four in his third round. It was DeForest’s fourth top 10 finish in a tournament in the past month.
Nick Yaun, a 2001 Liberty graduate and head professional at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, tied for 17th place (73-70-75-218, 8-over).
John Stoltz, a 2002 Minisink Valley graduate, tied for 26th (75-72-74-221, 11-over).
Matt Decker, a 2008 Minisink Valley graduate, finished 34th (74-71-81-226, 16-over) and Dave Fusco, a 1985 Monroe-Woodbury graduate, tied for 39th (79-76-75-230, 20-over).
Elsewhere on the links…Ryan Rodriguez, a 16-year-old Highland Mills resident, shot an 8-over 80 in the first round at the Junior North-South Amateur championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 8. Rodriguez, who will be a Cornwall junior, had 10 pars and eight bogeys and is tied for 64th heading into Wednesday’s second round…Kingston’s Doug Kleeschulte and Cody Cox of Milford, Pa. fell short in their bids to qualify for the U.S. Amateur. Kleeschulte, who has played in three U.S. Amateurs (2007, 2011-12) shot rounds of 74 and 73 to tie for eight place at Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston. Cox placed 13th (74-75-149, 5-over) at Black Oak Golf Club in Long Valley, N.J. Only three qualifying spots were available at both sites.