OLD LYME, CT (May 2, 2016) - With a 36 hole score of
5-under par 137, Bill Hermanson of Black Hall Club and
Dave Szewczul of Tunxis Plantation Country Club
outplayed a field of fifty teams to win the 2016 Two
Team Championship presented by the Lincoln Motor
Company on Monday, May 2nd at Black Hall Club in Old
Lyme, Connecticut. The tournament tests the state’s
best amateur teams in a grueling, 36-hole team stroke
competition. The teams play a Four-Ball (better ball of
partners) format in the morning round, and Foursomes
(selected drive alternate shot) format in the afternoon
Longtime friends and partners in hundreds of
events over many years, Hermanson and Szewczul
successfully defended the CSGA Two Man
that they won in 2015.
“We’ve been playing as partners for 38 years,”
Szewczul, “so we know each others’ games really well.
We actually used quite a bit of strategy today,
in the afternoon alternate shot.”
“We didn’t necessarily use the longest drive every
time,” said Hermanson. “It was more about deciding
what was the most comfortable yardage for one of us.
Dave was putting really well, so I probably hit more of
the approach shots. Honestly, we both played solid golf
and it was a pretty stress-free day.”
After a 2-under par 69 in the morning Hermanson
and Szewczul found themselves in a tie for seventh
place, but only two shots behind the leaders. Chet
Hrostek (Oxford Greens) and Josh Cameron (Norwich)
held the lead with a flawless, four-birdie, fourteen-par
round of 4-under par 67 over the 6,666 yard, Black
layout. Hrostek and Cameron held the slimmest of
over five teams bunched at 68.
With a 72 in the afternoon, Hrostek and Cameron
finished in third place overall. A pair from New Haven
Country Club, Shep Stevens and Aaron Gross produced
a 1-under par 70 in the afternoon for a 68-70 138
one shot behind the winners.
Hermanson and Szewczul secured the one shot
victory with a birdie on the 18th hole. Using Szewczul’s
drive, Hermanson struck a 136-yard nine-iron to within
twenty-four inches of the hole. Szewczul tapped in the
two-footer to secure the victory.
Black Hall has been host to the Two Man
Championship since 2008, and is played in honor of Bill
Hermanson, a 2012 Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame
Inductee. Hermanson is a twenty-three-time club
champion at Black Hall whose run of titles includes
nineteen consecutive from 1981 through 1999.
Hermanson has also won the Black Hall Senior Club
Championship each of the past four years. A five-time
Connecticut Mid-Amateur Champion, Hermanson
the title of 2015 CSGA Senior Player of the Year after
capturing both the Connecticut Senior Amateur and
Senior Match Play championships during the 2015
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