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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Szewczul defends title

Dave Szewczul from Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington shot an even-par 71 to win the 14th New England Senior Amateur Championship for the second straight year, this time by 1 shot at Race Brook CC in Orange.
Szewczul shot a two-round total of 1-under 141.
Andrew Congdon of Massachusetts, who led by 2 after the opening round, shot a 74 Wednesday to finish second.
Mark Fries (Race Brook CC) was the next-highest finisher from Connecticut, tying for sixth place at 4-over 146. Bill Lee from The Course at Yale tied for 14th (149).


The First Tee of Connecticut announced that First Niagara is the new presenting sponsor of The First Tee of Connecticut New Haven County Charity Classic with the goal of surpassing the more than $400,000 the tournament has raised since its inception in 2003. The tournament will be held Oct. 4 at the Country Club of Waterbury.
The First Tee of Connecticut is a youth development organization with a national reputation serving over 50,000 young people statewide annually in life skills development through various golf programs. New Haven is home to two of The First Tee's 13 in-state learning centers—Alling Memorial Golf Course and The Course at Yale—which serve youth golfers from throughout greater New Haven.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New England Seniors coming to Race Brook CC

The New England Golf Association (NEGA) will be holding its 14th N.E.G.A. Senior Amateur Championship at Race Brook Country Club (Orange) on Tuesday and Wednesday. Race Brook is one of the few clubs to host two major NEGA tournaments - the NEGA Amateur Championship in 2004 and the NEGA Senior Championship this year.

120 players from the six New England states will be playing.

Area players who will be playing include:
From Race Brook: Bob Crowley (12:27 p.m., 10th tee), Dave Czaplicki (12:09 p.m., 10th tee), Mark Fries (1:03 p.m.,10th tee), Deke Hotchkiss (12:36 p.m., 10th tee), Art Lebreck (12:18 p.m., 10th tee), Wayne Garrick (1:12 p.m., first tee) , Steve Lane (1:21 p.m., first tee) and Tom McQueeney (1:21 p.m., first tee).
Madison C.C. - Bob Ruby (8:27 a.m., 1oth tee)
C.C. of Woodbridge - Wynne Bohonnon (9:03, 10th tee), and Lou Stone (9:03 a.m., 1st tee)
The Course at Yale - Brian Cohen (1:12 p.m., first tee) and Bill Lee (9:12, 10th tee).
New Haven CC - John Walsh (12:09 p.m., 1st tee)

Dave Szewczul is the defending champion. He is in the same group as Stone on Tuesday.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ace at Laurel View CC - on a par-4!

Yes it can happen, an ace on a par-4 hole. I've written about a few of them over the years.

It happened this past week on the 10th hole at Laurel View Country Club in Hamden. It is a downhill, 330-yard hole dogleg right where if you cut the ball perfectly over the trees, you can get it on the green. Of course, you are not thinking you will hole it.

But Ed Strong did, using a driver. He was playing with Ian Williams and Tony Celone.

Two summers ago, I wrote about Dennis Dammling also making an ace on the 10th hole, also using a driver.

I've given it a rip myself in a couple of scrambles. I have cleared the trees, but have never reachd the green. Normally, I'm in the woods - somewhere I believe a lot of golfers often end up on this risk-reward hole.