June 6, 2012 – Ridgefield, Conn. – Dave Szewczul from Tunxis Plantation Country Club relied on his short game for most of the week en route to becoming the first two time winner of the Senior Match Play Championship in only the sixth year of the event.
“My swing wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be this week,” said Szewczul, the three-time defending CSGA Senior Player of the Year. “I had a great feel for the greens so my short game was able to get me out of some trouble.”
Szewczul did not get off to the start he wanted in his semi-final match in the morning. After three holes he found himself two down to Ray Underwood from Torrington Country Club but after a birdie on the par four fourth hole he quickly turned the match in his favor. Szewczul would go on to win four of the next six holes to take a two up lead at the turn. He would close out Underwood on the fifteenth hole to secure the 5&3 victory and earn his spot in the finals.
The other semi-final match featured Larry Bolduc from Long Hill Country Club and David Zeid from New Haven Country Club. Bolduc would jump out to an early lead going four up through the first nine holes. David Zeid would do all he could to claw back winning the tenth and eleventh hole but the early deficit was too much and Bolduc would go on to win the match 3&1.
Szewcul avoided the slow start he had in his semi-final match by birdying two of the first four holes in the final match to go two up through four holes. He never took his foot off the gas and was five up after the first nine holes. He wouldn’t let Bolduc get any closer and would eventually go on to win the match by a 6&5 margin.
“The members and staff at Silver Spring Country Club were so accommodating and we were lucky to have been the guests of such a wonderful facility,” said CSGA Executive Director Mike Moraghan.