Zach Zaback of TPC River Highlands put on a storied performance en-route to defeating Corey Birch of Silver Spring CC by a score of 9 & 7 in the finals of the 114th Connecticut Amateur presented by Kota Solutions.
The final match of the 114th Connecticut Amateur Championship between Corey Birch and Zach Zabck is under way at Wethersfield Country Club. Follow the action with live hole-by-hole scoring throughout the day.
Corey Birch of Silver Spring CC (right) and Zach Zaback of TPC River Highlands (left) each won their semifinal match Thursday afternoon to advance to the 36-hole final of the 114th Connecticut Amateur presented by Kota Solutions.
After day three of the 114th Connecticut Amateur presented by Kota Solutions, only eight players remain with a chance to have their name etched on the state’s most prestigious amateur title.
History of the Connecticut Amateur Championship
The Connecticut Amateur Championship is the oldest event conducted by the CSGA and is one of the nation's oldest state amateur golf championships. The challenging format tests the state's best amateur golfers over two rounds of stroke play to determine the low thirty-two match play qualifiers. Two rounds of match play each day culminate in a thirty-six hole final to crown the top amateur player in Connecticut.
The first winner of the Connecticut Amateur was Thomas L. Cheney. Since Cheney's innaugural victory, past champions have included Robert M. Grant, whom the medalist honor is named, and current PGA tour player, J.J. Henry. In 2015, Evan Grenus of TPC River Highlands defeated Greg Reilly of the Country Club of Darien by a score of 5 and 4 to win the 113th Connecticut Amateur at Black Hall Club.
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The 2016 Connecticut Amateur will mark the fifth time that the state's top amateurs have come to Wethersfield Country Club to crown a champion. The club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, has also previously hosted four Connecticut Open Championships, one Connecticut Women's Open Championship, one Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championships, and three Connecticut Senior Amateur Championships.
Course Set-Up: Wethersfield Country Club will be set up to play at a total of 6,573 yards and a par of 35-36--71.
Architect: Wethersfield Country Club was designed by Robert D. Pryde, who became the first Executive Director of the CSGA and was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. In addition to designing Wethersfield Country Club, he also designed the original course at New Haven Country Club, Indian Hill Country Club and Race Brook Country Club.
Milestone Year: Established in 1916, the club will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. As part of the celebration, Wethersfield Country Club will play host to the 114th Connecticut Amateur Championship. The club famously hosted the Insurance City Open (now the Travelers Championship) from 1952 to 1983.