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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amateur coming to Race Brook in 2012

The 110th Connecticut Amateur coming to Race Brook Country Club in Orange next June.
Of course, it will still be the same week as the Travelers Championship.

Make that 10-under for Henry

Henry just birdied the 13th hole to move to 10-under, 2 shots behind the co-leaders, patrick Cantlay and Johnson Wagner. Henry was off in one of the first groups in the third round.

Henry tied for 12th on course

J.J. Henry was struggling to make the cut yesterday, but has since rallied and is now tied for 12th place at 9-under-par in the third round of the Travelers.
He is 4-under for the day through 12 holes.

McDonagh wins Amateur

Tommy McDonagh from Shorehaven Golf Club defeated Matt Smith of Quinnatisset CC 3 and 2 to win the 109th Connecticut Amateur Championship Saturday at Rolling Hills CC in Wilton.
McDonagh, who also won this event in 2006, trailed Smith 1-down after the first 18 holes. Then Smith went 2-up through 24 holes.
But McDonagh took the lead for good through 29 holes, then closed out Smith on the 34th hole.

Smith leads at Amateur

Matt Smith (Quinnatisset CC) leads Tommy McDonagh of Shorehaven GC 1-up lead through 18 holes at the 109th Connecticut Amateur final Friday at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
McDonagh, the 2006 Amateur champion, is trying to equal his pair of Met Amateur titles. The 36-hole final is a match-play format.

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.

CT Amateur semifinals

Tommy McDonagh of Shorehaven Golf Club came back this morning to beat defending champion Bernie D'Amato in sudden deathm, then hammered Greg Reilly from CC of Darien 6 and 4 in the semifinals.
The 2006 champion advances to Saturday's 36-hole final at Rolling Hills CC in Wilton against either Matt Smith, Quinnatissett Country Club or Curtis Loop, New Canaan Country Club. Smith leads 1-up through 15 holes

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bernstein still alive in Amateur

Rising Yale University sophomore Sam Bernstein fought back from a 4-down deficit in the Connecticut State Amateur to 1-down on the 18th hole against Curtis Loop at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

That quarterfinal-round match was suspended Thursday to due severe inclement weather. I will resume at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Defending champion Bernie D'Amato is in sudden death with former champion Tommy McDonagh. That match will also resume at 7:30. Greg Reilly and Matt Smith have already reached the semifinals, which will follow after the conclusion of the remaining two matches.

The 36-hole final has now been pushed to Saturday.

McCarthy out, Bernstein on way?

Tom McCarthy, who just graduated from Yale University, was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 109th Connecticut State Amateur by Greg Reilly (CC of Darien) 4 and 2.
Sam Bernstein, a rising sophomore at Yale, is 4-down to Curtis Loop through 13 holes.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

109th Connecticut Amateur update

Former Yale University standout golfer Tom McCarthy won his first two matches to reach the semifinals of the 109th Connecticut State Amateur Wednesday at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
McCarthy, who graduated last month, defeated Masayuki Kobayashi in the opening round, then took down the medalist, John Murphy, in the second round. McCarthy will play Greg Reilly in the first quarterfinal at 8 a.m.
Sam Bernstein, a rising sophomore at Yale, also advanced to the quarterfinals, including a win over veteran Dave Szewczul in the second round. He will face Curtis Loop.
In other quarterfinals, defending champion Bernie D'Amato will face former Amateur champion Tommy McDonagh and Devon O'Rourke will face Matt Smith. The semifinals will follow.

109th Connecticut Amateur
(at Rolling Hills CC)
Round of 32
John Murphy (Brooklawn CC) def. Chet Hrostek (Richter Park GC), 7 and 5; Tom McCarthy (Twin Hills CC) def. Masayuki Kobayashi (Tumble Brook CC), 3 and 2; Greg Reilly (CC of Darien) def. Ben Hunter (Sterling Farms GC), 3 and 2; David Pastore (E-Club of Fairfield) def. Peter Ballo (Woodway CC), 6 and 4; Tommy McDonagh (Shorehaven GC) def. Brian Ahern (Wampanoag CC), 1-up; Chris DeLucia (Norwich CC) def. Brendan Lemp (Wampanoag CC), 19 holes; Bernie D'Amato (Fairchild Wheeler GC) def. Jeff Hogan (Watertown GC), 2 and 1; Ryan Leahey (Orange Hills CC) def. Phil Perry (Black Hall Club), 1-up; Branden Chicorka (River Valley CC) def. Devin O'Rourke (CC of Darien), 21 holes; John Jackopsic (Gillette Ridge GC) def. Tom Scarrozzo (Blue Fox Run GC), 1-up; Max Adler (Sterling Farms GC) def. Alex DiClemente (Fairview Farms CC), 3 and 1; Matt Smith (Quinnatisset CC) def. Nick Leibowitz (Ridgewood CC), 2 and 1; Matt Dziubina (Race Brook CC) def. Cody Paladino (Wethersfield CC) 4 and 3; Curtis Loop (New Canaan CC) def. KJ Camera (Ellington Ridge CC) 5 and 4; Dave Szewczul (Tunxis Plantation CC) def. Ed Hilario (Norwich GC), 4 and 3; Sam Bernstein (Course at Yale) def. Kevin Josephson (Stanley GC), 2 and 1.
Round of 16
McCarthy def. Murphy 2 and 1; Reilly def. Pastore, 1-up; McDonagh def. Delucia 4 and 3; D'Amato def. Leahey, 1-up; O'Rourke def. Jackopsic, 19 holes; Smith def. Adler, 3 and 2; Loop def. Dziubina, 3 and 2; Bernstein def. Szewczul 5 and 4.
Today's quarterfinals
McCarthy vs. Reilly, 8 a.m.; McDonagh vs. D'Amato, 8:10; O'Rourke vs. Smith, 8:20; Loop vs. Bernstein, 8:30

Monday, June 20, 2011

109th Connecticut Amateur

Monday was the frist day of qualifying at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. The low 64 golfers make it to match play beginning Wednesday.

Rank Player Name Overall Front Back Total
1 Branden Chicorka, River Valley -4 33 34 67
2 Christopher Delucia, Norwich -3 34 34 68
T3 Nick Leibowitz, Ridgewood -2 35 34 69
T3 John Murphy, Brooklawn -2 35 34 69
T5 Matt Dziubina, Race Brook -1 35 35 70
T5 Ryan Leahey, Orange Hills -1 36 34 70
T5 Tommy McDonagh, Shorehaven -1 36 34 70
T5 Dave Szewczul, Tunxis Plantation -1 37 33 70
T9 Brian Ahern, Wampanoag Even 35 36 71
T9 Seth Egnasko, Topstone Even 35 36 71
T9 Ben Hunter, Sterling Farms Even 38 33 71
T9 Brendan Lemp, Wampanoag Even 36 35 71
T13 Bernard D'Amato, Wheeler Park +1 37 35 72
T13 David Pastore, Eclub of Fairfield +1 37 35 72
T13 Philip Perry, Black Hall +1 36 36 72
T13 Alex DiClemente, Fairview Farm +1 35 37 72
T13 Curtis Loop, New Canaan +1 37 35 72
T13 Kj Camera, Ellington Ridge +1 39 33 72
T13 Tom McCarthy, Twin Hills +1 35 37 72
T20 Bill Hermanson, Black Hall +2 40 33 73
T20 Kevin Josephson, Stanley +2 35 38 73
T20 Tom Brett, Tallwood +2 38 35 73
T20 Tom Scarrozzo, Blue Fox Run +2 38 35 73
T20 Christopher Swift, New Canaan +2 38 35 73
T25 Peter Davison, Rockledge +3 38 36 74
T25 Keith Kwasnik, Stanley +3 38 36 74
T25 William Lee, Yale +3 39 35 74
T25 Brian Engstrom, Pine Orchard +3 37 37 74
T25 Greg Reilly, Darien +3 37 37 74
T25 Masayuki Kobayashi, Tumble Brook +3 36 38 74
T31 Steve Chevalier, Lake of Isles +4 40 35 75
T31 Sam Bernstein, Yale +4 38 37 75
T31 Chet Hrostek, Richter Park +4 37 38 75
T31 Jason Jaworoski, Sterling Farms +4 37 38 75
T31 Addison Owens, Washington +4 39 36 75
T31 Jason Zaniewski, Wintonbury Hills +4 39 36 75
T37 Ryan Philipp, Pequabuck +5 40 36 76
T37 Lou Stone, New Haven +5 39 37 76
T37 Rj Zielinski, Great River +5 42 34 76
T37 David Boggini, Manchester +5 39 37 76
T37 John Jackopsic, Gillette Ridge +5 37 39 76
T37 Matt Smith, Quinnatisset +5 36 40 76
T37 Peter Ballo, Woodway +5 43 33 76
T37 Ross Kronberg, Great River +5 38 38 76
T37 Shawn Mcloughlin, Ridgewood +5 40 36 76
T37 Devon O'rourke, Darien +5 40 36 76
T37 Schuyler Stitzer, Round Hill +5 37 39 76
T37 Max Adler, Sterling Farms +5 39 37 76
T37 Kevin Hedstrom, Indian Hill +5 40 36 76
T37 Mike Klosowski, Topstone +5 38 38 76
T37 Rob Tedoldi Jr, Tallwood +5 38 38 76
T52 Rudy Hermstadt, East Mountain +6 37 40 77
T52 Cody Paladino, Wethersfield +6 40 37 77
T52 Nick Taylor, Heritage Village +6 39 38 77
T52 Glen Boggini, Twin Hills +6 41 36 77
T52 Mike Fitzpatrick, HS Richardson +6 39 38 77
T52 Michael Masso, Lake of Isles +6 36 41 77
T52 Ash Crawford, Stanley +6 39 38 77
T52 Jason Denker, Sterling Farms +6 40 37 77
T52 Bryan Fitzgerald, Highland +6 39 38 77
T52 Chris Prezioso, Watertown +6 39 38 77
T52 Jeff Hogan, Watertown +6 40 37 77
T52 Mike McCarthy, Twin Hills +6 38 39 77
T52 Christopher Hornat, Shennecossett +6 40 37 77
T52 Zachary Plutzik, Yale +6 36 41 77
T66 Fletcher Babcock, Conn. National +7 41 37 78
T66 John Bauman, Black Hall +7 43 35 78
T66 Ed Hilario, Norwich +7 40 38 78
T66 Ken Parisi, Indian Hill +7 38 40 78
T66 Christopher Behney, Watertown +7 39 39 78
T66 William Delano, New Canaan +7 38 40 78
T66 Josh Edelson, Farmington +7 42 36 78
T66 Cody Lee, Longshore +7 41 37 78
T66 Geoff Schneider, Sterling Farms +7 42 36 78
T75 Jim Gentile, Farmington +8 40 39 79
T75 Tyler Bennett, Madison +8 43 36 79
T75 John Kreitler, Fairfield +8 40 39 79
T75 Cameron Mackay, Redding +8 43 36 79
T75 Michael Troy, Burning Tree +8 40 39 79

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hamden's Lynch headed to NE championships

Hamden senior Pat Lynch is the only area high school golfer to participate in Monday's New England Championship. Read about his story, and other notes from my Sunday golf column, right here