The CSGA Links Volume 4 Issue 6 October, 2016 - Page 19

left him far from the top of the leaderboard. “I didn’t get off to a great start today, but I just stuck with it and tried to play solid golf for the final fifteen holes,” said Szewczul. “I let the drive slip away on #7 and I was definitely disappointed to not give myself a decent chance at birdie there. But after that, I started hitting some quality shots and was able to get some momentum going.” Indeed, he did. With the back nine playing nearly three strokes harder than the front nine, Szewczul managed three birdies and no bogies on the inward stretch. The newly designed green complexes were no match for Szewczul’s nearperfect ball striking – in fact, he missed just one fairway and one green all day. “I just tried to go out and play well today,” said Szewczul. “I knew that I’ve been playing well and striking the ball well, so it was just a matter of making a few putts. I made a couple of great parsaving putts on the back nine that kept me going, and those are almost as good as making birdies.” But it wasn’t until the very end that Szewczul could lay claim on the Senior Amateur trophy, as six different players held a share of the lead throughout the day at even-par. As bogies began to pile up, it was Szewczul’s consistency that brought him to the top. His birdies on #10, #12 and #14 boosted him into sole possession of the lead with just six holes to play, and a string of two-putt par’s was all that was needed to secure the four-stroke victory. The six-time CSGA Senior Player of the Year has already written his place among the greats in Connecticut golf, but a string of close calls and near missed had left him on the outside looking in. Szewczul’s last CSGA win came in 2014 at the Senior Match Play Championship. The win marks his third Senior Amateur Championship and seventh CSGA senior title, and he becomes just the third player in CSGA history to win three or more Senior Amateur titles. Finishing runner-up was Randy Keleher of Sterling Farms Golf Course and Robert Murphy, Jr. of Brownson Country Club, both of whom finished at three overpar for the championship. Overnight leader and defending champion Bill Hermanson finished in fourth place after a closing round of 74. CSGA Links // October, 2016 | 19