DARIEN, Conn. --- Four-year UConn men's golf team member Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) continued his outstanding play this summer with a second-place finish in the 82nd Connecticut Open, which played its final round Wednesday at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
Birch, who decided to turn professional just before the Connecticut Open began, shot a sizzling 5-under par 66 during the second round on Tuesday to remain in contention. His three-round total of a 2-under 211 (71-66-74=211), tied with Michael Ballo Jr., who was playing on his home course, for second place, five strokes behind champion Adam Rainaud.
Birch's runner-up finish follows the second-place finishes he earned in both the Connecticut State Amateur Championship and the Russell C. Palmer Cup. He plays out of Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield.
Last season's UConn's senior co-captains, John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Zach Zaback (Farmington, Conn.), who both play out of TPC River Highlands, finished as part of a five-way tie for eighth place with a 2-over par total of 215. Flaherty, who finished second in last year's Connecticut Open, was again the low amateur in the Open with a 71-73-71=215.
Zaback, who won the Palmer Cup and the State Amateur titles this summer before turning pro, shot a 76-66-73=215 for his eighth-place finish.
Also for the Huskies, rising sophomore Nick Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.) made the 42-player cut and earned a tie for 32nd place with a 6-over 76-73-77=226.amateurs ad
The Connecticut Open allows both amateurs and professionals to compete.