Smith falls in CT Junior Am quarterfinals
Calvin Smith’s run in the 78th Connecticut Junior Amateur Golf Championship ended in the quarterfinal round, as he fell to Michael Hanratty 6 and 4 last Wednesday, July 10.
Smith, a rising senior at Darien High School, fell behind by four over the first five holes and, although he was able to close the gap to three twice, he was unable to challenge for the lead the rest of the way.
Hanratty of the Farmington Woods Country Club won the 11th, 13th and 14th hole to clinch the win.
Up untill that match, it had been an exceptional week for Smith, who plays at Wee Burn Country Club.
He tied for 11th place with a 3-over par 74 during stroke play last Monday, and then won two matches on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Smith first defeated Jacob Lindsay of Shuttle Meadow Country Club 7 and 6 during the Round of 32 in the morning. The Blue Wave standout was dominating winning four of the first five holes and building a 5-up lead on the front nine before sealing the victory.
In the Round of 16 that afternoon, Smith topped New Canaan’s Ben Loomis 3 and 2.
Smith and Loomis were 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 senior at Brunswick School, shot a 1-under 70 to finish third in stroke play, with Gu, a rising senior at Darien High School, shooting an even-par 71 and finishing in a four-way tie for fourth place.
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 Country Club 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.