WATERTOWN, CT. (July 13, 2011) -- Brian Butler from Wampanoag Country Club and John Flaherty from Glastonbury Hills Country Club walked away victorious in their semi-final matches to earn a berth in the eighteen hole final of the 70th Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship at Watertown Golf Club.
Both players couldn’t have had a more different path to the finals in their second day of match play.
Butler, a student at Northwest Catholic in West Hartford, played extremely steady in his opening round. He would get to four up after back to back birdies on the ninth and tenth holes and never looked back. Butler finished with a four and three victory over Cameron Mackay from Redding Country Club. Butler’s afternoon match was not as easy. He jumped out to an early three up lead thru four holes on Paul Pastore from eClub of Fairfield County. Pastore, who defeated medalist Nick Hedden from New London Country Club with a chip in birdie on the seventeenth hole in the quarterfinals, would battle back until Butler finally secured his place in the finals with a two and one victory.
Flaherty had a more difficult round in his morning quarterfinal match against Matt Schimenti from Silver Spring Country Club. He extended his lead to three up thru twelve holes but that lead was quickly back to one after Schimenti won the thirteenth and fifteenth holes. Flaherty would hold on with a par on the last hole to set up his semifinal match against Jack Zierolf from Brooklawn Country Club. Flaherty, a student at Glastonbury High School, played exceptionally well thru nine holes and made the turn at two-under par and with a four hole advantage. Flaherty would punch his ticket to the finals by making a par on the fourteenth hole to win five and four.
The eighteen hole final match is schedule to begin tomorrow, Thursday, July 14th at 8:00am. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come out and watch the play.ng out even every day,” she said. “That made it a little bit easier (to keep pushing to play well).”
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