Four locals advance to match play at Connecticut Amateur golf championship

Sean Gaudette of The Course at Yale finished with a two-round total of even-par 144 (71-73) to earn medalist honors and claim the top seed in match play at the 112th Connecticut Amateur golf championship on the South Course at Lake of Isles in North Stonington.

The low 32 golfers qualified for match play.

Rick Hayes of Lake of Isles shot a 1-over 145 (73-72), finishing in a three-way tie for second with Patrick Albanesi of Hartford Golf Club and Dave Szewczul of Tunxis Plantation Country Club.

Nick Torrance of Lake of Isles also advanced to match play, shooting a 73 in Tuesday's second round to finish at 6-over 150. Kyle Buschmann of Fox Hopyard and Phil Perry of Black Hall Club made the cut, finishing at 149 (74-75) and 153 (78-75), respectively.

Hayes and Perry meet in the round of 32 today on the North Course while Torrance faces Evan DeLuca of The Course at Yale and Buschmann plays Richard Malafronte of Hunter Golf Course. Gaudette meets William Smittle of Great River Golf Course.

This morning's winners will play Round of 16 matches in the afternoon on the South Course.

Quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Thursday and a 36-hole final on Friday.

Among the locals who failed to advance were Lake of Isles' Steve Chevalier (82-72-154), Black Hall's Bill Hermanson (82-73-155), Stonington CC's Michael Hawley (81-80-161), Black Hall's Ron Soccoli Jr. (86-61-167) and Mohegan Sun CC's James Lawler (89-74-173).

- Dave Staff Reports

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