Local roundup: Elliott leads Connecticut Senior Open

Ex-NFA great John Elliott, a former PGA Tour player, shot a 4-under par 67 on Monday and is part of a three-way tie for first place after the opening round of the Connecticut Senior Open golf tourney in Groton. Elliott, who turned 50 this year, is making his debut in the tournament, which concludes today.
Ex-NFA great John Elliott, a former PGA Tour player, shot a 4-under par 67 on Monday and is part of a three-way tie for first place after the opening round of the Connecticut Senior Open golf tourney in Groton. Elliott, who turned 50 this year, is making his debut in the tournament, which concludes today. Sean D. Elliot/ The Day Buy Photo

Groton - John Elliott is making the best of his first appearance in the Connecticut Senior Open.

Through the first round of competition, Elliott, a 50-year-old from East Lyme, is in a three-way tie for the first place at 4-under 67. Rick Bronson of Mexico, N.Y., and amateur Michael Mercier of Rochester, N.Y., also share the top spot heading into today's final round at Shennecossett Golf Course.

Jerry Courville of Stratford, Jack McConachie of Plainfield and Ralph Salito of Trumbull, three former champions, all trail by one stroke. Fifteen players had sub-par rounds.

Elliott has deep local roots. A Bristol native, he graduated from Norwich Free Academy and attended Central Connecticut State University where he earned All-America honors.

His round included six birdies and two bogeys, as he fired a 35 on the front nine and 32 on the back.

Defending champion Kevin Foster of Simsbury missed making the cut by one stroke, shooting a 76.

Several other locals advanced to the final round, David Jones of Norwich, Bill Hermanson of East Lyme and William Ernst of Waterford all fired a 74 while Kipling Visintini of Uncasville and Mark Toscano of Westerly each had a 75.

Daniel Hendrickson of Charlotte, N.C., the 2013 Norwich Invitational champion, is in the hunt after shooting a 1-under 70.

Age group winners were determined after the first round, with Elliott taking top honors in the professional division, ages 50-59.

Little League softball

• Mystic's game against Seymour in the best-of-three championship series (ages 11-12) was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the second inning and will be resumed at 6 p.m. today at Stankye Field in Orange.

The teams are tied at one game each, with Seymour winning 1-0 Saturday and Mystic taking a 1-0 victory in extra innings Sunday. The winner of the deciding game will advance to the New England Regional later in the week in Bristol.

Seymour took a 2-0 lead in the first inning Monday, with Megan Condo leading off with a double and eventually scoring on a safety squeeze bunt by Kolby Sirowich for the first run. The next hitter, Sierra Cripps, homered on a line off the scoreboard to make it 2-0.

Mystic scored in the second on a leadoff double by Olivia Carney and an RBI single to the gap in right-center field by Aspen Ryan.

The game was suspended in Seymour's half of the second, with the first two batters reaching on walks by Ryan as it began to rain heavily.

• Three teams from District 10 will begin play in various Connecticut tournaments this week. Pawcatuck will play host to the Connecticut Section II 13-14 tournament and take on Colchester/Willimantic in the opening game of the three-team, double-elimination event on Wednesday. Waterford was scheduled to play its first game on Monday against Terryville/Plymouth in the four-team, double-elimination state championship 10-11 tournament, but that game was rained out and will be played today. Waterford will also represent District 10 in the Connecticut Division 3 9-10 tournament, a three-team, double-elimination event which begins Wednesday at Seamster Park in East Hampton with Waterford playing the District 7 champion.

Little League baseball

• Three representatives of District 10 will begin play in Connecticut Division 3 tournaments this week. East Lyme, the 11-12 champion, will host its three-team, double-elimination tournament and play on Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's game between Newington and Madison. East Lyme is also the 10-11 winner and will play Newington on Wednesday at Seamster Park in East Hampton.

Mystic, meanwhile, is the 9-10 champion and will Madison on Wednesday at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill.

Mystic advanced by defeating Waterford 10-5 in the deciding game of the District 10 tournament last week. Colin Anderson and Timmy Lynch combined on the mound with Anderson recording seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and Lynch getting the win in relief.

Nick Carney had a single and double, Jeffrey Lalima drove in three runs and Ryan O'Conner had a two-run double while Anderson, Lynch, Lalima, Cam McGugan and Jason Erb had two hits apiece.

NY-Penn League

• Austin Pritcher pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Josh Hedding as the Connecticut Tigers defeated the Brookyn Cyclones 2-0 in a game that was stopped after five innings due to rain at Dodd Stadium.

Mike Gerber had two hits for the Tigers (15-16), including an RBI single in the first, and later scored in the second run on the front end of a double steal with Joey Pankake.

Correction

• Waterford's Sam Alexander won the Charter Oak Sailfest 5K road race on Sunday in New London in 15:32. His time was listed incorrectly in a story that appeared in The Day on Monday along with second-place finisher Lee Cattanach, who finished in 15:59 and female winner Julia Lambert, who finished in 20:04.

East Lyme's Bill Hermanson, a member of Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, follows his tee shot on the fifth hole at Shennecosset Golf Course in Groton on Monday. Hermanson shot a 3-over par 74 to qualify for today's final round of the Connecticut Senior Open.
East Lyme's Bill Hermanson, a member of Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, follows his tee shot on the fifth hole at Shennecosset Golf Course in Groton on Monday. Hermanson shot a 3-over par 74 to qualify for today's final round of the Connecticut Senior Open. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo
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