(May 30, 2023) – The titles at the Ellington Ridge Country Club One Day Tournament presented by Chris Cote’s Golf Shop went to Ben Day and Todd Schaller.
On a picture perfect day for golf, it was Ben Day who captured the Tettelbach Open Division with an even-par 72 to win by one shot over Mark Eells (+1). John Sawka playing on his home course, Stephen Tamagni, and Andrew Cavasino all tied for third at 2-over.
Day, a former Russell C. Palmer Cup and Connecticut Mid-Amateur winner, had an up-and-down round that saw him card only seven pars. After three birdies in the first eight holes Day sprinted out to a 3-under start. However, a bogey on No. 9 and a double-bogey on the 10th dropped him back to level par.
Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 would move the longtime CSGA standout into the red at 2-under but a pair of bogeys on the final two holes left Day at even-par for the round. Overall Day birdied six times, bogeyed four times, and recorded a double-bogey.
In the Siderowf Gross Division Todd Schaller posted a 1-under 71 and the only under-par round of the day as he claimed the title. During his round Schaller birdied five times and bogeyed four times. His best stretch of golf came on the back nine when he birdied Nos. 11, 14, and 15 to play the five-hole stretch in 3-under.
Last week’s winner at the Indian Hill Country Club One Day Mark Vasington finished second (E), Glenn Boggini and Eric Litke tied for third at 1-over while Bruce Kraczkowsky and Stuart Goldstein tied for fifth at 2-over.
Leading the way in the Tettelbach Net Division was Luis Saca (-5) followed by Michael Simes (-4) in second, Adam Pogorzelski (-3) in third, Sawka (-2) in fourth, and Aaron Crosson (-1) in fifth.
The Siderowf Net Division was claimed by Blase Sanzone (-5) who finished three shots in front of Schaller and Brian Divito both who finished 2-under in second place. Mike Pendleton (-1) was fourth and in fifth place it was Kraczkowsky at even-par.
Note: The CSGA would like to thank Ellington Ridge Country Club head professional Scott Vroman and his staff for a great day!
About the Connecticut State Golf Association
The Connecticut State Golf Association 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.