MERIDEN – Les Zimmerman said didn’t play his best on Thursday’s final round, but it was just good enough for his ninth Meriden Senior Golf Championship at Hunter Golf Club.
Zimmerman’s lone birdie on the back nine on No. 13 was the difference as he held off Paul Reynolds by one stroke and defending senior champ Rich Pasinski by two strokes.
Zimmerman shot a combined 76 and 77 for a 153. Reynolds carded a 78 and 76 for a 154 and Pasinski shot a 77 and a 78 for a 155 gross.
Zimmerman led by two strokes after the first round. Reynolds totaled a couple of birdies to tie the match heading into the back nine on a perfect August day at Hunter Golf Club.
“Father Time is winning. Tee to green I was not great. There were a lot of mistakes,” Zimmerman said. “I was with the perfect group today with there perfect gentlemen. I am happy for Paul. He did a great job. I was concentrating more on Richie at first and I was keeping Paul’s score. Larry Michaud (5th place, 161) also played well. It was a great group today.”
Zimmerman made par on 16, 17 and 18 to seal it.
“Hunter is one of my homes away from home. It’s been my life,” Zimmerman said. “All of my experience helped me down the stretch a little bit. I was calm and I have nothing else to prove. But I still love competing and I’m pretty at ease right now.”
Pasinski was second gross with a 155. Reynolds won low net with a 134 and Tom Clukey was second net with a 138.
Del Weston was fourth gross with a 159 with a 77 on Thursday
“This was a really exciting thing for me,” Reynolds said. “We respect each other and we respect the game. We were all playing well and we all were within a few strokes of each other.”
“I was playing well and I was just focused,” he added. “It was a championship and we all kept fighting. Losing to Les by one stroke is a badge of honor around here.”
Reynolds and Michaud both had chip-in birdies on No. 7 for two of the best shots of the day.
Reynolds is a Southington resident and said he hopes more will come out next year to play. He shot a course best 76 on Thursday.
“It was just a fun tournament,” Reynolds said. “I was honored to play with the guys I was with.”
In the Super Senior division, Howard Benade won the low net (165) and Dan Schipritt won low net (145).
“We had a bigger and more competitive field this year,” Hunter Golf Pro Bob Tiedemann said. “It was great to see guys come out that hadn’t play before. We also haven’t had the Super Senior division in a few years and it was great to have those guys out there again.”
“It was a good two days and a lot of good golf,” Tiedemann said.
This is the leading up to the Meriden Open on April 20 and 21. The women’s title will also be crowned that weekend. In May, Maloney junior Dylan Miller won the Meriden Junior City Golf Championship.
All of the tournaments are sponsored by Meriden Hyundai.
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