ORANGE, Conn. (June 26, 2012) -- June 26, 2012, Orange, Conn. – Tough weather conditions throughout Monday led to long a day for several players in the 110th Connecticut Amateur Championship many of whom had to complete more than twenty-seven holes on Tuesday.
Brendan Lemp from Wampanoag Country Club completed the two rounds of stroke play at Race Brook Country Club at 6-under par 136. Lemp earns the Robert M. Grant medal, awarded in honor of Connecticut Hall of Fame member and three time Connecticut Amateur winner of the same name. He will begin his quest for his first CSGA major victory at 7:30 Wednesday morning against Andy Mai from eClub New Haven who earned the thirty-second qualifying spot with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Defending champion, Tommy McDonagh from Shorehavn Golf Club is not in this year’s field but 2011 runner-up Matt Smith, a recent graduate of the University of Hartford and member of Quinnatissett Country Club, has his sights set on another deep run in the Connecticut Amateur. Smith finished with a one under par two round total of 141 earning himself the third seed. He will square off against Davon O’Rourke from Country Club of Darien at 9:18 am Wednesday morning in the Round of 32.
The match play field features two past Connecticut Amateur champions, Dave Szewczul from Tunxis Plantation Country Club and Brian Ahern from Wampanoag Country Club. Other notables to make match play are 2011 Connecticut Junior Amateur Champion John Flaherty from TPC River Highlands and two Russell C. Palmer Cup champions in Branden Chicorka from eClub River Valley and Phil Perry from the Black Hall Club.
Great River Golf Club walked away victorious in the Amateur Team Championship. Clubs qualify for the Team Championship by having three or more players participate in the Amateur Championship. Great River narrowly edged out a victory over Stanley Golf Club with a team total of 446.
The Round of 32 will begin Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30am with the round of 16 matches to follow in the afternoon.