Gerard Connelly Captures the Richardson Memorial
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath and winner Gerard Connolly; Senior champ Jay Sessa<br>(LIGA Photo)
LIGA Tournament Director John McGrath and winner Gerard Connolly; Senior champ Jay Sessa
(LIGA Photo)

HEWLETT, NY (October 14, 2017) - Down early and for much of the match Gerard Connelly rallied late to seemingly come out of nowhere and win the Richardson Memorial Invitational hosted by The Seawane Club.

Connelly, the nine-seed, was 1 down in the title match through 12 holes against three-seed Brett Cooper before winning holes 13-16 in succession to claim the match 3&2. After squaring the match on the 13th Connelly took his first lead on the ensuing hole when he hit his six-iron to four-feet on the over 200 yard par-3 setting up a birdie. On the following hole, the par-5 15th Connelly took control of the match hitting his third shot to eight-feet and setting up another birdie that pushed his lead to 2 up.

With momentum all on Connelly's side he closed the match out one hole later.

For much of the day it looked as if the win was going to belong to Cooper as he came out of the gates strong with an opening hole birdie that saw him take a quick 1 up advantage. Cooper would win the 4th hole to push his lead to 2 up but Connelly would never let himself fall too far behind.

Connelly reached the title match with a 4&3 win in the semifinals over No. 5 Jason Monroe while Cooper advanced after a grueling 20 hole victory over No. 10 Jay Card III.

Connelly also bested top-seed Kevin Talty 2&1 during his run to the championship.

In the Senior Masters Division, Jay Sessa defeated Rene Bosne in 20 holes to win the championship.

Sessa was two up with four to go but saw Bosne birdie the 15th and par the 18th to send the match to extra holes. After the 19th hole was halved with pars, Bosne could not par the 20th, and the match was over.

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Event honors William Richardson, legendary New York Times golf writer. Regional field plays on a Devereaux Emmet golf course that has been restored to his original vision. 18 hole qualifier establishes match play brackets.

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