Westport, Connecticut (August 28, 2023) – On a gorgeous late summer day along the shore Dave Szewczul fired a 2-under 67 to win the 27th Connecticut Super Senior Championship.
Beginning his round on the par-3 15th hole at Longshore Golf Course Szewczul got off to a nondescript start and after his first eight holes was 1-over.
For Szewczul, a three-time Super Senior Championship winner, the momentum began to change on the 304-yard par-4 fifth. Still, in search of his first birdie of the day, Szewczul converted his birdie putt on what was his ninth hole of the round to return to even par. On the ensuing 417-yard par-4 Szewczul went flag hunting with his second shot stuffing his approach from 165 yards to two feet setting up a second consecutive birdie.
“I was just hitting shots pretty close, I was driving it well and I was getting my irons more dialed in and I was giving myself some short putts,” 2022 Connecticut Senior Amateur winner Dave Szewczul said. “(After I reached) 1-under (with the birdie on No. 6) I felt a little momentum and I started to settle down as far as shot-making goes.”
Birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 moved Szewczul to 3-under before he gave a shot back with a bogey on No. 11. With just three holes remaining Szewczul parred his way to the house and into the winners circle once again.
“There are a number of wonderful players out here and anytime you can win against the fellows you have been playing with for years and years you are fortunate,” said Szewczul. “I am just fortunate to play and after what I have been through to keep plugging along and to feel like I still have some game left makes me want to keep at it.”
Rick Lawrence (Ridgewood CC) on the strength of four birdies was the only other player to finish in the red signing for a 1-under 68 to finish second, two-time Connecticut Senior Amateur winner Richard Stevens (EClub of Connecticut) finished third at even-par, Jim Romaniello (Shorehaven GC) was 1-over in fourth while Bruce Kraczkowsky (Rockledge CC) and Tom Yellin (The Stanwich Club) finished tied for fifth at 2-over.
In the Net Division Jon Ahlquist (Indian Hill CC) finished 5-under to capture the title, Bill Wininger (Tallwood CC) was second at 4-under while Charles Miller (Wheeler Park GC) and Lawrence shared third at 3-under.
About the Connecticut State Golf Association
The Connecticut Super Senior Championship is one of 20 championships conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association. The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 60 Championships, Qualifiers, and One Day Tournaments throughout the year.