The CSGA Links Volume 4 Issue 6 October, 2016 - Page 32

TEAM COMPETITIONS Massachusetts Wins, Connecticut Third at Tri-State Matches E ntering the final day of the 83rd Tri-State Matches, held this year at Rhode Island Country Club, Team Massachusetts knew it would need a full 12-member effort to continue their recent success in the annual tournament. Trailing by double-digit points after the first day of play, the Bay State squad came out firing on day two to capture a record 13th straight Tri-State Matches title over Connecticut and Rhode Island. The victory marked the 34th championship overall for Team Massachusetts dating back to the tournament’s inaugural year in 1928. Competing in singles matches on Wednesday, the team’s 12 members added 42½ points to their day-one 14-point score to finish the two-day tournament with 56½ points, ahead of Rhode Island’s 54½ points and Connecticut’s 51. “Thirteen straight Tri-State titles is impressive,” said Jesse Menachem, the MGA’s executive director. “We had a lot of returning players, which is nice, but to mix in some new faces onto the team, both seniors and mid-amateurs, was special. I think that it shows the quality and depth of play that we have, which enabled us to rebound from a round-one deficit.” Connecticut, who last won the Tri-State Matches in 2003 at the Kittansett Club, charged up the leaderboard on Wednesday and nearly stole the trophy. 2016 Connecticut Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur Dave Szewczul led the way for Connecticut, earning 5.5 out of a possible 6 points in singles play. John Flaherty and Geoff Vartelas earned the most total points for the team at 9 points a piece. 32 | CSGA Links // October, 2016