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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Decko unleashes El Cabon on the golf world

Art Decko has spent most of his life promoting the game of golf, once as the head pro at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield and as a tournament director for charity events, most recently for the Housing for Heroes Classic.

His most recent venture is a little bit of self-promotion, as well as doing something good for the game. Every Friday, his new alter ego, El Cabon, appears on with a brief episode of him in a Zorro-like costume providing a golf lesson.

“The character is recreated in terms of doing these episodes,” Decko said. “We are providing humor through golf, and in the case of the El Cabon character, through the rules of golf.”

Decko admits getting the idea from an old cartoon character he saw when he was younger, El Kabong. Also, Decko said he studied television production while attending the University of Houston in the early 1960s.

Find out about about Decko's partner in this new venture.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Filler wins 59th NEWGA championship

Natahlie Filler from the Hartford Golf Club shot a three-round total of 6-under-par 216 to win the 59th New England Women's Golf Association (NEWGA) Championship at the Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Massachisetts, by one stroke over Jacquelyn Eleey.

Other winners from Connecticut were Mim Schreck (Oronoque CC) in the Legends flight and Julia Kemmling (Timberlin GC) in the Juniors flight.

Sciarretta wins 74th State Junior Amateur

WATERTOWN >> Andrew Sciarretta birdied holes 14 and 16 and was conceded another on 17 to help him rally to win the 74th Connecticut Junior Amateur championship Thursday over Connor O'Brien at Watertoen Golf Club.

Sciarretta, a senior-to-be at Fairfield Prep, defeated O'Brien, who just graduated from McMahon, 2 and 1. Sciarretta, a Register All-Area selection this past spring for golf, trailed virtually the entire front nine against O'Brien, who won this event in 2013.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sciarretta, O’Brien reach Junior Amateur final

Andrew Sciarretta birdied the 18th hole to defeat Michael Vanderlaan 2-up in the semifinals of the 74th Connecticut Junior Amateur Wednesday at Watertown Golf Club.

Sciarretta, a Register All-Area selection for golf this spring and a senior-to-be at Fairfield Prep, trailed Vanderlaan 3-down through 10 holes. Then Sciarretta won four of the next five holes with par to go 1-up through 15. The next two holes were halved with par before Sciarretta’s birdie on 18.

Sciarretta, who plays out of Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, will face Connor O’Brien (Oak Hills Park GC) in Thursday’s final at 8 a.m. O’Brien advanced by beating John Aitken (Connecticut National GC) 7 and 6 in the semis. Aitken defeated Tim Rotermund from Madison CC in Wednesday’s morning quarterfinal round.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Rotermund advances to State Junior Amateur quarterfinals

Tim Rotermund from Madison Country Club won his first two matches convincingly to advance to the quarterfinals of the 74th Connecticut Junior Amateur golf tournament Tuesday at Watertown Golf Club.

Rotermund defeated B.K. Browne (Rolling Hills CC) 7 and 6 and Justin Clark (Rolling Hills CC) 5 and 4. Rotermund will face John Aitken (Connecticut National GC) in Wednesday’s quarterfinal.

Chandler Morris (CC of Waterbury) eliminated medalist Jason Liu (Wintonbury Hills GC) 1-up and will face Connor O’Brien (Oak Hills Park) in the quarterfinals. Michael Vanderlaan (eclub of New Haven) will face Eric Ganshaw (Tamarack CC) in another quarterfinal.

In a matchup of Register All-Area high school golf selections from this past spring season, Andrew Sciarretta from Fairfield Prep beat Abir Singh from The Hopkins School 5 and 4 to advance to play Max Theodorakis (Ridgewood CC), a finalist in this event last year, Wednesday.