Golfers Fare Well on Fairways in Summer Amateur Tournaments
Three Sacred Heart University golfers have seen summer success on the links, playing well enough to qualify for their home-state amateur championships.
Junior Andrew Strom of Endwell, New York, shot a 5-over-par 77 to place 16th in June’s Albany Sectional at the Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park. He was one of 18 golfers to qualify for the NYSGA (New York State Golf Association) Men’s Amateur Championship, played July 14 to 16 at Ravenwood Golf Course in the town of Victor.
Strom scored even better at Ravenwood, posting a 76 in each of the first two rounds — totaling 22 pars and 5 birdies in 36 holes — but missed the cut by just one stroke. Only 42 of the event’s 139 participants made the cut.
In Connecticut, SHU junior David Renski of North Stonington and sophomore Martin Crane of Danbury qualified for the Connecticut Amateur Championship, held June 22 to 26 at Darien’s Woodway Country Club.
Renski qualified as the top scorer in his regional event at the Clinton Country Club, posting a 67 on the 72-par course. Crane earned his spot by shooting a 6-over-par 78 at the qualifying tournament at Fairfield’s H. Smith Richardson Golf Course.
At the Amateur, Renski scored an 83 and 75 to tie for 74th in the opening rounds of the 120-player field, and Crane scored 85 and 72 to tie for 64th. They finished 15 and 14 strokes off the lead, respectively. Only 32 players advanced to the match-play final rounds.
Renski also equaled the course scoring record while playing in a qualifying round of the club championship at Elmridge Country Club in Pawcatuck, CT in mid July. Despite starting the round with a double bogey on the first hole, Renski finished with a 67 on the par 71 course.
Strom, Renski and Crane play for the Pioneers’ NCAA Division I men’s golf team, winners of the last two Northeast Conference Championships.
“I am very proud of the hard work and dedication of our players during the summer months and how it has manifested itself in their many accomplishments and successes,” says Edward Connolly, SHU’s head coach of men’s golf. “Everyone on this team is very dedicated and committed to playing at their highest level. This truly reflects the focus of our team as we approach the upcoming season with our eyes set on repeating as NEC champions.”