July 17, 2009
The Sacred Heart men's golf program will be sending six golfers with ties to the program to the 2009 Connecticut Open Championship later this month while another, Andrew Strom (Endwell, NY) won the Court Jester/Triple Cities Golf Association Amateur Championship last weekend.
Strom won the 54-hole tournament with a three-day total of 222 (+7). The tournament opened on Friday, July 17th at Chenango Valley State Park and move to The Links at Hiawatha Landing on Saturday. Strom closed out the tournament with a 74 (+3) on Sunday at Binghamton Country Club to win the tournament by four strokes.
The 75th Connecticut Open Championship will take place on July 27th through 29th at The Hartford Country Club with three current Pioneers playing in the field. David Renski (North Stonington, CT) carded six birdies on his way to a 73 (+2) at the New London Country Club to finish tied for seventh overall to make this year's field. In the Laurel View Qualfier at Laurel View Country Club, Martin Crane (Danbury, CT) and Taylor Griffin (Torrington, CT) each advanced on to the Open Championship via a second place and 16th place finish, respectively. Crane finished tied for second overall at the event by firing an even par 72 on the 6,881 yard course. Griffin tied for 16th overall, making the cut after shooting a 75 (+3).
A pair of former Pioneers in Kevin Lauretti (Newington, CT) and Ryan Leahey along with SHU Instructer Tom Rosati from Great River Golf Club in Milford will also be in the field. Lauretti and Rosati both qualified out of The Course at Yale. Rosati tied for second overal shooting an even par 70. Lauretti tied for 28th overall to make the cut with a 75 (+5).
The Connecticut Open will see all contestants play 18 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The players with the 40 lowest scores and ties will advance to 18 holes of stroke play on Wednesday, July 29th. In case of a tie for the Championship, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following the last stipulated round on Wednesday.