Zack Zaback Opens with 69 at Connecticut State Amateur
Zack Zaback Opens with 69 (UConn Athletics)
Zack Zaback Opens with 69 (UConn Athletics)

OLD LYME, CONN. (June 15, 2015) -- The 113th Connecticut State Amateur is underway at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn. The 6,666 yard, par 71 Black Hall is designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and will serve to be a tough test of golf for the 121 contestants. Defending champion Zach Zaback from Farmington Conn. got off to a great start in rainy first round weather with an opening round 69, the only under-par round posted thus far. The rising senior at the University of Connecticut made 5 birdies to go along with 3 bogeys, an impressive round given the conditions.

“Today was a little different condition-wise; it was pretty tough out there. I just try to keep a positive attitude because I know it gets tough with the rain but all-in-all a good day.”

Zaback has a 2-shot lead over Kyle Roberts of Wethersfield Country Club whose 71 came by virtue of 14 pars and a pair of birdies and bogeys. Both players are good position to grab the top two seeds in match play as the field will cut to the low 32 players after tomorrow’s second round. Once the match play bracket is set, contestants will play 36 holes of match play a day leading up to the 36-hole championship match.

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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