Hornblower Memorial: Hartford's Betts wins by 1
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (May 31, 2014) -- University of Hartford golfer William Betts shot rounds of 72-71 to win by a shot at the 2014 Hornblower Memorial at Plymouth Country Club.

Betts rallied from a two-shot deficit to edge Nick McLaughlin, a former Massachusetts prep star and current golfer at the University of Virginia.

McLaughlin's first-round 70 gave him the overnight lead but Betts' 71 on the par 69 Donald Ross design was enough to clinch him the title in the ever-improving event.

Notable Massachusetts mid-amateur Doug Clapp shot a final-round 69 to climb the leaderboard and take a tie for third place alongside Ben Spitz, Herbie Aikens and former champion Matt Parziale, a reinstated amateur.

The Hornblower Memorial is one of the New England region's top amateur events. The field features many of the area's top collegiate and mid-amateur stars and is hosting a senior event for the first time in event history this August.

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ABOUT THE Hornblower Memorial Invitational

Long running amateur invitational tournament named for Plymouth Country Club "Benefactor" Henry Hornblower who collaborated with the now defunct Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

To create a resort complex, the hotel ceded enough land for 3 holes, Hornblower contributed enough for 6 more holes and Plymouth Country Club's first 9 hole course came to life. A brilliant investment advisor (founded Hornblower & Weeks, a leading investment firm in Boston) he not only drove his firm and his country club through the expansion in the 1920s, but even guided both through the perils of the Great Depression that followed. (More history is available on the tournament website.)

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