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53rd Connecticut Women's Amateur


Sazhin, Serruta Share Day One Lead at 52nd Women's Amateur

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Alexandra Sazhin of the Golf Performance Center and Autumn Serruta of the Golf Club of Avon both shot rounds of four over-par 76 to claim the overnight lead after day one of the 52nd Connecticut Women's Amateur Championship. The state’s most prestigious women’s amateur championship is being contested over 54-holes of stroke play at the 5,826 yard, par-72 layout at Manchester Country Club in Manchester, Conn.

Serruta held a commanding opening round lead early her in back nine, making two birdies and just one bogey to stand at one under-par through 12 holes. An unfortunate pair of double bogies on the 13th and 15th holes led to a closing nine of 40, but even with her stumble, Serruta still shares the lead at four over-par.

“I hit a lot of fairways and greens today which was the plan," said Serruta. "I stumbled on a few holes on the back nine, but I was able to come back strong. I'm going to try to keep the same mentality for the next two rounds to continue to hit fairways and greens and give myself chances.”

On the other hand, Sazhin played remarkably steady all day, recording two birdies and just six bogies on her round to grab an overnight share of the lead. The rising sophomore at Qunnipiac University was named MAAC Rookie of the Year and MAAC Player of the Year and is searching for her first Women's Amateur title.

“I hit my irons very well today, leaving myself short birdie chances," said Sazhin. "I didn’t make as many as I wanted to, but I gave myself opportunities and that was the key."

The second round begins at 7:30 a.m. off the #1 tee, with the leaders beginning play at 9:10 a.m. Nine-hole scoring for all groups will be available online at CTWomensAmateur.com.

Team Championship

Any Club represented by two or more players is automatically entered into the team competition for the Connecticut Women's Amateur Championship. The lowest two scores representing that Club each day is counted for the team total, and the Club with the best team total after 36 holes of competition will be crowned the Team Champion. After round one, Tashua Knolls Golf Course represented by Alexa Brown and Faith Garcia hold a one shot lead (167) over Timberlin Golf Club (168) and Wampanoag Country Club (169).

Division Leaders

Overall Division

Alexandra Sazhin, Golf Performance Center - 76 (+4)

Autumn Serruta, Golf Club of Avon - 76 (+4)

Junior Division (17 and Under)

Sarah Houle, Rock Ridge Country Club - 77 (+5)

Senior Division (50-59 years of age)

Jen Holland, Lyman Orchards Golf Club - 78 (+6)

Debbie Johnson, Oronoque Country Club - 78 (+6)

Super-Senior Division (60+ years of age)

Lynda Foster, Madison Country Club - 89 (+17)

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Allied Organizations

About the CSGA

The CSGA functions as an extension of the USGA and provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. Founded in 1899, it is the country’s oldest state golf association and conducts over 50 Championships, Qualifiers and One-Day Tournaments throughout the year, in addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members and 181 member clubs. As a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, The First Tee, the Connecticut PGA, and the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale.