Darien golfer Calvin Smith advances to CT Junior Am quarterfinals
Darien’s Calvin Smith was double trouble on Tuesday as he scored a pair of match wins and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 78th Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship Tuesday at the Watertown Golf Club.
Smith defeated Jacob Lindsay 7 and 6 during the Round of 32 in the morning, and then topped New Canaan’s Ben Loomis 3 and 2 in the Round of 16 during the afternoon.
Smith will square off against Michael Hanratty of Farmington in the quarterfinals on Wednesday morning.
Smith, a rising senior at Darien High School, shot a 3-over par 74 during stroke play on Monday, finishing tied for 11th overall and earning a spot in the match play.
In the morning session, Smith won four of the first five holes, led 5-up after the front nine and went on for the dominating victory against Lindsay.
Smith and Loomis started the Round of 16 match all square through five, but Smith birdied the sixth for a 1-up lead and held the advantage the rest of the way. He was 2-up after the front nine and 3-up after 12 en route to the win.
Smith’s round included five birdles and seven pars, while Loomis had two birdies and eight pars.
Darien’s Alex Gu and Ben Carpenter also qualified for match play.
Carpenter, a rising junior at Brunswick School, shot a 1-under 70 to finish third on Monday, with Gu, a rising senior at Darien High School, shooting an even-par 71 and finishing in a four-way tie for fourth place.
Thomas Ostberg, a rising junior at DHS, shot an 8-over par 79 and did not make the cut.
Both Carpenter and Gu lost tough 1-up matches in the Round of 32.
Carpenter had a back-and-forth match with Kevin Lynch of TPC River Highlands. Lynch was 3-up after 10 holes, but Carpenter roared back to tie the score after the 17th. They remained tied at 18 and went to a 19th hole, with Lynch shooting a birdie 4 to Carpenter’s 5 for the win.
Gu’s match with Kyle St. Pierre of Newtown was close throughout, with Gu leading 1-up after 14 holes. St. Pierre birdied the par-3 15th to tie the score and then won the 17th to take the lead for good.