Connecticut State Amateur: UConn's Zaback tops Josephson
20 Jun 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Connecticut Amateur Championship, Country Club Of Waterbury

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (June 20, 2014) -- Zach Zaback toppled Kevin Josephson 1-up in Friday's 36-hole championship match to win the 2014 Connecticut Amateur Championship.

In the 112th playing of the event, Zaback, who plays out of TPC River Highlands, took a 1-up lead into the closing nine and didn't relinquish that lead, claiming the state's biggest amateur title at the 6,879-yard, par-72 South Course at Lake of Isles.

It's the first Connecticut State Championship for Zaback, who plays college golf at the University of Connecticut.

The turning point of the match came at the difficult par-4 7th. All square through 25 holes, both Josephson and Zaback drove it into the thick brush lining the fairway. Both players struggled to advance it, with Zaback forced to take an unplayable lie penalty and Josephson unable to pitch out after a pair of swings. With both players lying four in the fairway, Zaback hit a laser-like approach to the back-left hole location and drained a 10-foot downhill slider to take the 1-up lead with just eleven holes to play.

“We both kind of shot ourselves in the foot there, so to speak. I was able to get up-and-down for six and win the hole, which was a huge momentum boost for me.”

--Information from the CSGA was used in this report

ABOUT THE Connecticut Amateur

The Connecticut Amateur Championship is one of the nation’s oldest state amateur golf championships and is one of 19 championship tournaments conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association. The challenging format tests the state's best amateur golfers over two rounds of stroke play to determine the low thirty-two match play qualifiers. Two rounds of match play each day culminate in a thirty-six hole final to crown the top amateur player in Connecticut.

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