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Szewczul wins state Mid-Amateur title as Griffin fades in third round

Golf ballWEST HARTFORD, Oct. 4 — Dave Szewczul of Tunxis Plantation Country Club used an even par (72) in the final round to secure a two shot victory in the 29th Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championship, his second victory in as many weeks. Szewczul, who captured the Connecticut Senior Amateur last week, used seven birdies throughout the day to capture his second Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championship, and his first since 1996.

Szewczul began the final round just one stroke back of overnight co- leader Brent Dietz, of Cedar Knob Golf Course, after firing a 69 (-3) in round two on the 6,610 yard, par-72 layout. Szewczul wasted no time in the final round, carding two birdies in his first three holes to take the lead. His final round included a total of three birdies, offset by a bogey at the 11th, and a double bogey at the 18th.

Patrick Griffin of the Golf Club of Avon was second after the first day, one strike behind Dietz. Griffin shot another 71 with a pair of birdies on Tuesday in the second round and was one shot off the pace after the morning session.

But in the third round, Griffin stumbled down the stretch. He finished with a 77, hurt by a two-over-par 5 at the 16th hole and a three-over-par 7 on the 17th hole. Griffin did have three birdies in the second round on Tuesday.

David Giulietti, also of the Golf Club of Avon, finished tied for 11th with a 72, 73 and 76 in the three round event.

Szewczul said, “I drove it well, and my irons were as solid as they could be. I putted well and that is a good combination. I still had some business left the last hole, and I just wanted to take care of it.”

Despite securing his seventh Dick Siderowf Player of the Year honor in the past eight years, Szewczul has nursed a back injury throughout the season. “I have done a lot of therapy to take care of my back, it’s been a long summer, and I’m ready for some much needed time off. Despite how well I’ve played, it’s been a tough season physically,” he said.

Conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association, the Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition that was played at Wampanoag Country Club Monday and Tuesday. The championship is open to bona fide members of a CSGA club who are twenty-five years of age and over by the start of the tournament. 

The Connecticut Mid-Amateur marked the final CSGA major championship of 2016.

Rainaud wins third straight Connecticut PGA title

SOUTH KENT, Oct. 4 — Old Lyme’s Adam Rainaud shot a five-under-par 139 over two rounds to win his third straight Connecticut PGA Professional championship at the Bulls Bridge Golf Club in South Kent on Tuesday. Rainaud shot an opening round 69 and followed with a 70 on Tuesday.

Rainaud beat Watertown’s Ian Marshall (70-72, 142) by three strokes while New Haven’s William Street was third with a 143 (70-73). The top three qualified for the 50th annual PGA Championship next June in Oregon.

“I think this is the biggest tournament in the Section,” said Rainaud. “It’s just pretty cool to win anything three (times) in a row, but I think this is probably the biggest event in our Section because it is the qualifier for the PGA Professional Championship.”

Steve Madison of the Golf Club of Avon had a fine opening round of 70 on Monday. But he struggled on Tuesday with a 78 with just one birdie and seven bogeys. Madison had four birdies on Monday.

Content from the Connecticut State Golf Association and the Connecticut Section PGA was used to compile this report.

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