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