Old Lyme, Connecticut (April 26, 2021) – For the third time in the last four years the duo of Rick Dowling and Nick Taylor captured the Two Man Championship hosted by the Black Hall Club. Dowling and Taylor battled windy and cold conditions to finish 1-over and one-stroke ahead of Cody Paladino and Kevin Josephson (+2).
“We were a little up and down in the afternoon,” Dowling said. “But we both share a gritty mindset and we knew we just had to grind it out.”
Dowling and Taylor began the 36-hole shotgun event on the 13th hole and opened with an even-par 71 in the morning Four-Ball. Beginning the final round two shots off the pace set by Ben and Ed Day the duo played a steady Foursomes round creating the separation they needed late in the day with birdies on Nos. 9 and 10.
On the par-3 9th Dowling stuffed his tee shot to inches setting up a tap in birdie. With momentum now on their side Taylor piped a drive on the 366 yard par-4 10th leaving Dowling with just 54 yards into the green. Playing aggressively Dowling skipped his approach shot to 12-feet setting Taylor up with a birdie try.
“Rick gave me a great read,” said Taylor. “That putt turned the tide. I wasn’t paying attention to the leaderboard because at the beginning of the day I knew it was going to be a grind so I didn’t want to look as much.”
The birdie on No. 10 moved Dowling and Taylor to even-par for the tournament with two holes remaining and it looked like they were in control after a par on the 11th hole. However, they slipped up with a bogey on their final hole, the 12th opening the door for Paladino and Josephson.
Needing a par on their final hole, the 10th, to force a playoff Paladino’s approach shot found the back portion of the severally sloping back to front green. Josephson’s long birdie try came up short leaving Paladino with a difficult downhill putt for par. Once that putt slid by it was Dowling and Taylor left standing once again.
“I think we hung in there pretty well,” Josephson said. “There was no way to have an A-game today so I think we did our best to avoid any major slip-ups and we kept ourselves right there. I think it was a good fight.”
First round leaders Ben and Ed Day finished in a tie for third with Matt Fuller and Brett Shulick at 3-over while a trio of teams including Jeffrey Clang and Jim West, Steve Gettings and David Giulietti, and last years co-champions Jamie Sheltman and Daniel Murphy shared fifth at 4-over.
About the Connecticut State Golf Association
The Two Man Team Championship is one of 19 championships conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association. 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 60 Championships, Qualifiers, and One Day Tournaments throughout the year. For more information, visit csgalinks.org.