WATERTOWN, CT (July 11, 2011) -- Nick Hedden from New London Country Club completed the stroke play qualifying round with a one over par round of 72 at the 70th Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship, held at Watertown Golf Club. This is the fifty sixth time Watertown has hosted the state’s top junior players and the thirty-first in a row. Hedden will begin his quest for his first CSGA major victory at 7:30 Tuesday morning.
Nick Hedden will be looking to be the third Hedden to have his name engraved on the Connecticut Junior Amateur trophy. Nick’s father Chris won this Championship in 1982 and his uncle Jeff, the reigning CSGA Player of the Year, won back to back titles in 1980 and 1981.
At the end of the round there were six players tied at 9 over par 81 for the final four match play qualifying positions. With only three players arriving for the playoff the final positions were awarded accordingly. Robert Pelletier from Crestbrook Park, John Abbott from eClub of New Haven and Eddie Hill from Crestbrook Park were awarded the twenty-ninth, thirtieth, and thirty-first positions respectively. The final qualifying position, which was randomly drawn, was awarded to Robbie Frierson from Silver Spring Country Club.
There are no past champions in this year’s field so the player who emerges from this week’s match play bracket will capture his first CSGA victory. Matches begin tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 7:30am with the final Round of 32 match beginning at 10:00am. Round of 16 matches will follow Tuesday afternoon with quarterfinal and semi-final matches schedule for Wednesday and the eighteen hole final on Thursday morning.
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