Groton — Alan Sorensen is having fun with his summer time journey to southeastern Connecticut, an space that he and his spouse first visited final 12 months.
The couple from Bakersfield, California is staying in a pleasant Airbnb rental in Mystic close to the water. They usually’re consuming lobster every time they will.
Their journey included Sorensen competing within the fortieth Connecticut Senior Open this week at Shennecossett Golf Course.
On Tuesday, Sorensen lifted the championship trophy, ending the 36-hole, two-day event with a 3-under par 139 (66-73). He led by as many as 5 strokes in Tuesday’s closing spherical.
Sorensen carried a one-shot lead into the second spherical after taking pictures 5-under on Monday and beat runner-up Bobby Gage (Lake Value, Fla.) by two strokes. They had been the one two golfers to complete underneath par.
Dave Jones of Norwich received low newbie honors for the fourth time and tied for tenth total at 3-over 145 (71-74).
A powerful wind mixed with agency, quick greens challenged the opponents and elevated scores. Sorenson’s solely birdie Tuesday got here on the par 3, twelfth gap.
“It was actually robust,” Sorensen mentioned. “The method photographs had been the important thing as we speak, making an attempt to get it near the outlet or protecting it on the inexperienced in quite a lot of circumstances. … It was only a grind. I knew that even par was going to be rating as we speak. If I may hold it round there, I knew I might be high quality. I may see that everybody else was struggling on the market, too.
“For me, it was simply not making any large errors.”
In his first Connecticut Senior Open final 12 months, Sorensen positioned fourth. That efficiency made him resolve to return.
However the space is absolutely what received him over.
“My spouse and I had by no means been out to this a part of the nation, and we fell in love with it,” mentioned Sorensen, who runs a golf course administration firm. “So now we’re making it an annual journey to get on the market and play on this occasion as a result of it is an excellent occasion.
“I get to play slightly golf and she or he will get to perform a little buying, so it labored out completely.”
Sorensen plans to defend his title in 2023. His spouse is also trying ahead to returning to the realm.
Earlier than heading residence later this week, they plan to go to Vermont.
“We prefer to discover,” Sorensen mentioned. “We eat lobster each meal proper now. I had Lobster Benedict this morning. We do not get Lobster Benedict out in California. That is what we do, we come over right here and eat. We’re foodies.”
Whereas it was Sorensen’s first Connecticut Senior Open win, Jones is turning into an everyday within the newbie winner’s circle. He additionally received that division in 2020, 2015 and 2012.
“I used to be actually comfortable,” Jones mentioned. “We had follow spherical Sunday, and I have been taking part in properly this 12 months on the (Connecticut State Golf Affiliation) occasions. I felt good coming in right here.”
Jones is having a terrific season. He received his first CSGA Senior Match Play Championship in early June and captured a pair one-day tournaments.
He continued this high quality play on the Senior Open, which was held at Shennecossett for the twenty fifth time.
Sinking a four-foot par putt with six inches of left-to-right break on the sixteenth gap helped seal the newbie win. He additionally made a 70-foot birdie putt on No. 7.
“I hit the ball actually strong,” Jones mentioned. “Monday, I performed incredible. I had one triple bogey after which I used to be 3-under the remainder of the day — no bogeys and three birdies simply to get again to even. In the present day, I hit the ball very nice, too, however on the again 9 I three-putted three of the final 5 holes coming in. I simply obtained winded, and it obtained in my head slightly bit, to be trustworthy with you.”
Different native finishers included veteran Invoice Hermanson of East Lyme. He posted a two-round complete of 6-over 148 (72-76), tying for twenty ninth total.
“The standard Shennecossett efficiency,” Hermanson mentioned. “A variety of good tee photographs and quite a lot of good iron photographs and I made quite a lot of bogeys. I simply cannot determine this place out. I like it to demise. One in all these years, I am going to determine it out.”
Additionally, Nice Neck Nation Membership professional Kevin Shea, who’s from Waterford, tied for fifteenth at 4-over 146 (73-73) whereas Mark Toscano of Westerly (75-73) and Philip Krick of Groton (70-78) tied for twenty ninth. Tony Susi of Gales Ferry tied for 53rd at 151 (76-75).