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Bracken, Elliott win 83rd Mixed Team Championship

Gia Fanelli (pictured) and husband Mark Drenga finished tied for third.

Bristol (September 1, 2020) - The tandem of Jack Bracken and Nicole Elliott captured the 83rd Mixed Team Championship at Chippanee Country Club.

Beginning the day on No. 17, Bracken and Elliott started slow before finding their stride. 3-over after three holes, the duo settled in, playing the final 15-holes in 3-over par to finish with a 6-over 76 to claim the title by one-stroke over Jace Rosenbluth and Andrea Rosenfield (+7).

“We made a couple of early mistakes and missed a couple of short little putts and then settled into a nice little rhythm and played pretty solidly,” said Bracken. “[The Chapman format] is a tough format and it is certainly hard because you don’t want to leave your partner with a four or five footer that you wouldn’t worry about if it was your ball.”

In the Chapman format, both players on a team tee off, then play each other’s ball for the second shot. One of the second shots is then selected to continue play and the ball is played alternatively until holed. On par-3’s, the players must select the ball to be played following their first shot and play alternately until the ball is holed. 

Bracken and Elliott, who teamed together a year ago, carded one birdie on the day, and that proved to be the difference. Elliott cut the corner with her drive on the par-4 6th, leaving Bracken a wedge into the green. After Bracken knocked his approach shot to 10-feet, Elliott rolled in the birdie putt.

“[We are] really excited to get this win,” said Elliott, a caddie at Bracken's home course Hartford Golf Club. “We played in this event in the past so it is great to get the victory.”

Mark Drenga and Gia Fanelli, Jack Ayers and Alyssa Scheyd shared third at 8-over while four others teams were 11-over in a tie for fifth.

“It [was] a great time, it is great to always meet new people too,” said the husband-wife team of Mark Drenga and Gia Fanelli. “We were paired with some great folks from another club and it was a great time.”

In the Net Division Larry and Joyce Tomasetti captured the title with a 3-under finish. James Manganello and Barbara Hetzer, Debra and Terry Palmer, Terence and Bette Slowther shared second at even-par.

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Founded in 1899, the CSGA is the country's oldest state golf association and, as an Allied Golf Association of the USGA, provides stewardship for amateur golf in Connecticut. In addition to administering handicaps for over 40,000 members at 181 member clubs, the CSGA conducts more than 85 days of competition throughout the year for golfers of all ages, genders, and skill levels. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the CSGA supports a variety of golf organizations within Connecticut, including the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, Connecticut Section PGA, Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of Widdy Neale, LPGA-Amateur Golf Association, Southern New England Women’s Golf Association, and The First Tee of Connecticut.