MERIDEN, CT (Oct. 5, 2011) -- Dave Szewczul’s win at the Connecticut Senior Amateur Championship last week was thought to have capped off an amazing seven days of tournament golf for the defending CSGA Senior Player of the Year. However, a win at the Connecticut Public Links Championship would put himself in a position few other have been.
When Szewczul, a member of Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington, sank a two foot birdie putt on the eighteen hole at Hunter Memorial Golf Course in Meriden he was victorious for the third straight week. He becomes the first player in the modern era to win three consecutive major tournaments (New England Senior Amateur, Connecticut Senior Amateur, & Connecticut Public Links) on the CSGA schedule in consecutive weeks.
Szewczul began the day three strokes behind Ryan Leahey (Orange Hills Country Club) after Leahey’s opening round five-under par sixty-five (65). Neither player would make many mistakes throughout the first nine holes in the final round and with nine holes remaining Leahey held a two stroke advantage. However, the back nine would belong to Szewczul, a three time Public Links Champion (1992, 1993, 1995). When Leahey made back to back bogey’s on the twelfth and thirteenth hole the two were tied for the lead. Szewczul followed a bogey on the fourteenth with a birdie on the fifteenth and once again the two were tied for the lead. Szewczul played the final three holes at even par while Leahey would make three consecutive bogeys to finish the Championship.
After the round Szewczul stated, “It’s been a great stretch of golf for me. I feel so fortunate to be able to come out and compete with everyone.” With the win Szewczul also becomes the first four time champion of the Public Links and secured his place as the top senior player in the state of Connecticut.
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