Old Lyme, Connecticut (April 26, 2021) – On a sunny but chilly late April day the team of Rick Dowling and Nick Taylor captured their third Two Man Championship in the last four years. The 2018 and 2019 champions offset a final hole bogey with two birdies in their final four holes to capture the title at the Black Hall Club by one-stroke over Cody Paladino (Wampanoag CC) and Kevin Josephson (Stanley GC).
The 36-hole day for Dowling (Golf Performance Center) and Taylor (Golf Performance Center) began on the 13th hole with a round of Four-Ball. Dowling, the 2020 Russell C. Palmer Cup winner, and Taylor combined for an opening round even-par 71 to solidify their spot near the top of the leaderboard heading into the afternoon Foursomes.
In Foursomes as the temperatures dropped Dowling and Taylor battled their way to a 1-over 72 tally that included four birdies and five bogeys to finish the day at 1-over.
A birdie on the par-3 9th hole brought Paladino and Josephson within one but their comeback attempt came up short when Josephson’s long birdie try on the par-4 10th hole, their final hole of the day missed. Paladino and Josephson ended up 2-over and one shot out of a playoff.
Matt Fuller (Great Neck CC)/Brett Shulick (Oronoque CC) and Ed Day (Wallingford CC)/Ben Day (CC of Waterbury) shared third at 3-over while Dan Murphy (H. Smith Richardson GC)/Jamie Sheltman (Alling Memorial GC), Jeffrey Clang (Connecticut National GC)/Jim West (Connecticut National GC), and Steve Gettings (Orange Hills CC)/David Giulietti (GC of Avon) shared fifth at 4-over.
About the Connecticut State Golf Association
The Two Man Championship is one of 19 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.