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Friday, June 24, 2011

Amateur final set

Courtesy of the CSGA:

Tommy McDonagh from Shorehaven Golf Club and Matt Smith from Quinnatissett Country Club walked away victorious in their semifinal matches to earn a berth in the 36-hole final of the 109th Connecticut Amateur Championship at Rolling Hills Country Club.
McDonagh, a senior at Penn State University and 2006 CT Amateur Champion, was forced to suspend his quarterfinal match due to heavy rain and severe lightning. When play resumed McDonagh would need to extra holes to defeat defending champion and Princeton University junior, Bernie D’Amato.
McDonagh made birdie on both extra holes to advance to the semi-finals against Greg Reilly from Country Club of Darien, who had completed his quarterfinal match on Thursday morning. McDonagh’s stellar play continued throughout the morning. McDonagh would go 1-down after Reilly made a birdie on the first hole but quickly stormed back.
He would go on to make five birdies (Holes 4, 7, 8, 10, & 11) in the next 10 holes to win 6 & 4. McDonagh will be looking for his second Connecticut Amateur Championship to go along with his two Metropolitan Amateur Championships.
Matt Smith completed his quarterfinal match Thursday morning prior to the rain delay. When Curtis Loop from Country Club of New Canaan made a birdie on the first extra hole to defeat Sam Bernstein from The Course at Yale, the semifinal match was set.
Smith took an early 2-up advantage after two holes. Loop, a junior at Georgetown University, would get the match back to all square with birdies on holes four and five. After Smith made a double bogey on the par four eighth hole, Loop had a one-up advantage.
Smith, a senior at the University of Hartford, continued to play consistent throughout the rest of the round and would get the match back to all square with a par on the 11th hole. Smith would take the final lead of the match on the par-three 15th hole when Loop’s par putt just slid by the hole. The two would tie the final three holes with Smith winning 1-up.
The last time a Connecticut Amateur final was played on a Saturday was in 2003 at Wampanoag Country Club, won by Justin Goodhue over Steve Velardi. The match is schedule to begin Saturday at 7 a.m. Spectators are welcome.

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