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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Greenwich's McElvoy rallies to win state Women's Amateur crown

NEWINGTON >> Catherine McEvoy sat in a golf cart at Indian Hill Country Club, still in shock just a handful of minutes after winning the State Women’s Amateur championship Thursday afternoon.

Among those coming up to congratulate the senior-to-be at Greenwich High School was Pat O’Sullivan Lucey, arguably the state’s best female amateur golfer ever. The member at Race Brook Country Club in Orange won the first three Women’s Amateur championships.

In celebrating the golden anniversary of the Amateur, Lucey was on hand to greet players coming in. Presenting McEvoy with the championship trophy was Lida Kinnicut Tingley, the winner of a record eight Amateur crowns. The tournament also honored Betty Boyko, a long-time member at Indian Hill CC, the first president of this championship and was elected into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in December. 

So McEvoy, 17, will forever be woven into the history of this tournament and arguably its most special year.
“I’m kind of in shock. It doesn’t feel like it actually happened,” McEvoy said. ”A couple of weeks ago, I was in a slump and not playing well. This week, I got my game back together.”

50th Connecticut Women’s Amateur
(at Indian Hill CC)
Final round
Catherine McEvoy (Riverside), 78-76-73-227; Jen Holland (Branford), 76-74-78-228; Kelly Whaley (Farmington), 76-76-77-229; Mackenzie Hawkes (Madison), 82-78-75-235; Natahlie Filler (Bloomfield), 78-80-77-235; Maisie Filler (Bloomfield), 83-74-81-238; Sarah Houle (Sandy Hook), 82-77-79-238; Gabrielle Martin (Madison), 82-79-81-242; ; Brooke Stepanek (Guilford), 86-81-76-243; Julia Kemmling (Berlin), 82-82-79-243; Autumn Serruta (Avon), 82-84-78-244; Nicole Elliott (Burlington), 80-84-84-248; Marissa Grillo (Avon), 81-83-84-248; Debbie Johnson (Stamford), 82-80-86-248.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hrostek wins Publinx in playoff

Chet Hrostek from the Golf Club at Oxford Greens birdied the seocnd hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Greg Horvath (Manchester CC) and win the 30th Connecticut Public Links Championship at Fairview Farm in Harwinton.

Both Hrostek and Horvath shot 5-under 139 for two rounds. Jacob Henry (Oak Hill GC) and Ben Hunter (Sterling Farms GC) finished at 4-under 140, one stroke out of the playoff.

1Hrostek, ChetGC at Oxford Greens-2F-56970139
2Horvath, GregManchester CC-2F-56970139
T3Henny, JacobOak Hills Park GC-3F-47169140
T3Hunter, BenSterling Farms GC-2F-47070140
5Dailey, JohnH. Smith Richardson GC-1F-37071141
6Flowers, ChrisH. Smith Richardson GC+1F+17273145
7Lawrence, BretCrestbrook Park GC-1F+27571146
T8Dimattei, RobertFairview Farm GC+1F+37473147
T8Salamon, KeithTunxis Plantation CC+2F+37374147
T8Johnson, ScottGreen Woods CC+2F+37374147
T8Boggini, GlenTwin Hills CC+3F+37275147
T8Cameron, JoshShennecossett GC+3F+37275147
T8Longo, JasonH. Smith Richardson GC+3F+37275147
T8Rizy, RandyTimberlin GC+5F+37077147


Holland leads CT Women's Amateur heading into final round

Jen Holland of Branford (above) shot a 1-over-par 74 Wednesday to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 50th Connecticut Women's Amateur Championship at Indian Hill Country Club.

Holland (two-round total of 4-over 150) leads Kelly Whaley, the defending champ, by two after Whaley, 18, shot her second straight 76. The two women will be paired together Wednesday at 9:52 a.m.

Catherine McEvoy of Riverside is third (154) and Maisie Filler of Bloomfield is fourth (11-over 157).


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Holland, Whaley share lead at Women’s Amateur

Jen Holland of Branford and defending champion Kelly Whaley of Farmington both shot 3-over-par 76 to tie for the lead after the opening round of the 50th Connecticut Women’s Amateur Monday at Indian Hills Country Club in Newington.

Holland is a former champion and Whaley, who will begin her freshman year for the University of North Carolina women’s golf team in a matter of weeks, is seeking her fourth title. Nathalie Filler of Bloomfield and Catherine McEvoy of Bloomfield of Riverside both are tied for third with 78 and Nicole Elliott (Burlington) and Jean Sennett (West Hartford) are tied for fifth after posting 80s.

Madison residents Mackenzie Hawkes, the two-time Connecticut Women’s Golf Association champion, and Gabby Martin, who will be a junior at Hand High, are tied for ninth with 82.


Hrostek, Carey share Publinx lead

Chet Hrostek (Oxford Greens GC) shot a 3-under-par 69 at Fairview Farm GC in Harwinton and Mike Carey (East Hartford GC) is 3-under through 17 holes in the rain-delayed 30th Connecticut Public Links Championship.

Rain delayed the start of the 36-hole event for 2 1/2 hours and a thunderstorm suspended play with 14 groups still left to finish. Play will resume today at 7 a.m., followed by the final round at 10.

Randy Rizy (Timberlin GC), Ben Hunter (Sterling Farms GC) and John Dailey (Smith Richardson GC) are tied for third at 70.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fairfield's J.J. Henry wins third PGA Tour event

Fairfield native J.J. Henry (above) eagled the second playoff hole to win the Barracuda Championship over Kyle Reifers Sunday night in Reno, Nevada.

Henry, 40, birdied the final hole of regulation to get into a playoff with Reifers. Both players birdied the par-5 18th hole, the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, then went back to the tee and played it again.

Reifers missed an eagle putt to tie Henry, who won his third PGA Tour event and second in Reno, the other coming in 2012. Henry also won the 2006 Buck Classic in Cromwell, now known as the Travelers Championship.

Henry sat at 150th place in the FedExCup standings coming into the week and needed at least a top-five finish either this week or in the Wyndham Championship to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs. The top 125 players in the standings compete beginning Aug. 27. Henry moves up to the 76th spot.

More importantly, Henry gets a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour through the 2016-17 season and earns a spot in this week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. He also gets into the Players Championship next May.

Henry goes off at 8:45 a.m. Thursday with Brian Harman and Adam Rainaud, an assistant pro at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, who qualified by finishing tied for 10th at the PGA Professional National Championship last month.