Former University of Connecticut golfers Brian Ahern (`98) and Greg Stebbins ('00) are enjoying plenty of success at the Mid-Amateur level.
Ahern captured the Connecticut State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship for the second time in three years by sinking a dramatic 30-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole against Dave Szewczul at Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury.
Ahern, who plays out of Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford, nearly sunk a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for the win, but still deadlocked Szewczul, who plays out of Tunxis Plantation Country Club, with a 54-hole total of 219. The winning putt on the second playoff hole came from off the fringe.
Ahern, who also won the 1999 CSGA Amateur at Waterbury Country Club in addition to the 2010 Connecticut Mid-Amateur title at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, will team with Matt Smith and Ray Floyd Jr. to represent Connecticut at the USGA Men's State Team Championship to be held Sept. 19-21 at Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.
Stebbins, a former Husky captain from Hoboken, N.J., shot a sizzling 4-under 67 early last month to medal at the Sectional Qualifying Round for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, held at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, N.Y.
The performance earned Stebbins a berth in the 32nd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, scheduled for Sept. 8-13 at Conway Farms Golf Club and Knollwood Club in Lake Forest, Ill., just outside Chicago.
The Mid-Amateur level is for golfers over 25.