FAIRFIELD, Conn. --- UConn rising senior John Flaherty (Glastonbury, Conn.) shot a 4-under par 67 Wednesday in the third and final round of the Connecticut Open to finish in second place, just two shots behind winner Cody Paladino at The Patterson Club in Fairfield.
Flaherty, who finished as the low amateur of the tournament with a 5-under, 65-76-67=208, tied for the low round of the day on Wednesday. On Monday, Flaherty and UConn teammate Corey Birch (Ridgefield, Conn.) shared the tourney lead with matching first-round 65s, which proved to be the low round of the entire tournament. Paladino (67-69-70=206), a club professional, received the winner’s check for $12,500.
Flaherty, who plays out of the TPC River Highlands and who will serve as a UConn co-captain in 2015-16, led a group of six players with UConn ties who made the cut to reach the third round of the Connecticut Open.
Incoming UConn freshman Nick Harrington (Chaplin, Conn.) finished in a tie for 13th place with a 70-67-77=214. Last year’s UConn senior co-captains, Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, Conn.) and Mike Masso (Suffield, Conn.), finished as part of a tie for 34th place with a 75-70-73=218 and 71-73-74=218, respectively.
Rising junior Eric Dietrich (Cheshire, Conn.) and Birch tied for 39th place with scores of 69-75-76=220 and 65-77-78=220, respectively.
The tournament began on Monday with 152 qualifiers. After Tuesday’s second round, the field was cut to the low 40 players, plus ties.
Hervol wins Mass. Junior Amateur title
Incoming UConn freshman Jimmy Hervol (Hopkinton, Mass.) fired a second consecutive 69 on Wednesday to finish with a 4-under 71-69-69=209 to capture the 2015 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship on his home course at Hopkinton Country Club.
It is the first Massachusetts Golf Association championship for Hervol, who topped second-place Davis Chatfield by two strokes. Last year, Hervol led the same event after two rounds, only to finish in a sixth-place tie.
Hervol entered Wednesday’s final round trailing Chatfield by two strokes and fell four strokes back when Chatfield birdied the first two holes. But Hervol inched closer with back-to-back birdies on the 7th and 8th holes and by the finish of the 13th hole, they were even at the top.
On the par 5 14th hole, Hervol’s birdie gave him the two-stroke lead he needed to win the championship.