Stamford Advocate

James captures 3rd straight NE Junior Amateur crown

- By Joe Morelli

Milford’s Ben James fired a second straight 5-underpar 66 Tuesday to claim his third consecutiv­e New England Junior individual championsh­ip, this one held at Val Halla Golf Club in Maine.

James finished with a 54-hole total of 14-underpar 199, 5 shots better than Colin Spencer from Massachuse­tts. Matt Doyle (Madison CC) shot a 4under 67 to finish tied for fourth at 212. Annie Dai and MacKenzie Whitney, both of Massachuse­tts, shared the girls division laurels at 7-over 230. Kate Hong was Connecticu­t’s top finisher in 10th place.

Massachuse­tts won the boys team competitio­n by 15 strokes, denying Connecticu­t’s attempt at a third straight team title. Connecticu­t placed second at 10over.

CT PUBLIC LINKS

Nicholas Waddington shot his second straight 71 to win the 36th Connecticu­t Public Links Championsh­ip at Smith Richardson GC in Fairfield.

Waddington, out of Manchester CC, finished with a two-round total of 2-under 142, 2 shots better than Peter Tomlinson (Orange Hills CC). First-round leader James Sheltman (Alling Memorial GC) skied to a 79 to finish third (146).

Dan Murphy, who just won the club championsh­ip

this past weekend at Smith Richardson GC, placed fourth (147), followed by Stephen Tamagni and Joe Romanelli, both of whom also play out of Smith Richardson, tied for fifth (148).

CT PGA OPEN

Fletcher Babcock (Danielson) won the first Connecticu­t PGA Open, held at Gillette Ridge GC, with a two-round total -under 136.

Max Theodoraki­s (Danbury)

and Jim Becker (Bloomfield) tied for second (138).

SZEWCZUL REPEATS

Dave Szewczul parred the first sudden-death playoff hole Monday to repeat as Connecticu­t Super Senior champion. Szewczul (TPC River Highlands) and Terry Ruzzo (Tallwood CC) both shot 1-under 68 during regulation.

 ?? Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticu­t Media ?? Milford’s Ben James helped the Americans win the Junior Presidents Cup in Australia.
Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticu­t Media Milford’s Ben James helped the Americans win the Junior Presidents Cup in Australia.

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