Stamford City Amateur Championship set to tee off as courses celebrate historic anniversaries

Grounds crews work on the bunkers at the ninth green at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Connecticut on April 30, 2020, as the city municipal course prepares to reopen to the public. Mayor David Martin, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and concerns about social distancing, closed the city's municipal courses in early April.

Grounds crews work on the bunkers at the ninth green at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Connecticut on April 30, 2020, as the city municipal course prepares to reopen to the public. Mayor David Martin, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and concerns about social distancing, closed the city's municipal courses in early April.

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Stamford’s two public golf courses are both hitting milestone years of operation this summer and are ready for all to come celebrate when they host the 2022 Stamford City Amateur Championship this weekend.

Having been opened 50 years, Sterling Farms Golf Course will host round one of the tournament Saturday. Opened in 1922, E. Gaynor Brennan Municipal Golf Course is 100 years old and will be hosting the finals Sunday.

The City Amateur Championship is organized by Sterling Farms Director of Golf Angela Aulenti and her staff and is one of the cites most honored sports traditions.

Aulenti said this year is special for a myriad reasons.

“The anniversaries make it different but also, this is one of the bigger fields we have had in recent years,” Aulenti said. “We have Calloway Golf as a sponsor and we have a lot of really good players with low handicaps signed up to play.”

The city championship has always had the feel of a larger tournament with players getting their names announced at the first tee box.

In 2021, Jason Jaworoski won the men’s flight and Jeanette Chagaris won the women’s flight.

“People really love this tournament in Stamford. We really try to make it feel like a big tournament. For the people playing, it’s like their own U.S. Open,” Aulenti said. “Jason Jaworoski won the main championship last year but the person who won the D Flight was just as excited. This event builds a lot of camaraderie among golfers in the city. The way we run it makes people feel special.”

Jaworoski has won the men’s title seven times and will be teeing off at 8:10 a.m. Saturday.

Chagaris will tee off at 10:30 a.m. in a group which includes 2019 women’s champion Sydney Bardsley.

Golfers will be teeing off for 36 holes of golf beginning Saturday in hopes of being crowned city champion in nine flights, including Men’s, Women’s and the Ben Hogan Senior Division as well as flights for different handicaps.

Having two public golf courses sets Stamford apart from neighboring towns which have either all private golf clubs or just one public course.

“It’s a huge perk for the people in the city. There aren’t many cites that have one golf course, let alone two,” Aulenti said. “We are lucky that the boards of both places want to host this event and want it to be the best it can be. To be able to host this at both courses is very special.”

E. Gaynor Brennan Municipal Golf Course is a public 18 hole golf course near downtown. It was originally opened as a private golf course opening in the 1920’s as Hubbard Heights. Many local golfers still refer to it as “The Heights”. It was opened for public play to Stamford residents on April 1, 1949.

Sterling Farms is an 18 hole public golf course spread out over 144 acres of a once active dairy farm.

Originally designed by Architect Geoffrey Cornish in 1969 and renovated by Architect Robert McNeil in 2005, the par 72 course opened in the spring of 1972.

Since the pandemic, both courses have seen an influx of golfers on the links with over 100,000 rounds of golf played on the two courses in both 2020 and 2021.

Across the board this year, there are 20-30 more golfers in the field than last year.

“There has been more interest in playing golf in Stamford the last two years,” Aulenti said. “Stamford is a transient city so we have a real mix of people new to the city and people who have lived here their entire lives. We have lot more younger players this year with really good handicaps. One goal I have is to have a junior championship but we do not have that as of now. We do have some good high school golfers in the men’s division and a few in the other flights.”

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Saturday tee times

at Sterling Farms Golf Course

7:30 a.m. Wandro, Scott; Vagnone, Dennis; Yates, Tom

7:40 a.m. MacDonald, Mike; Whetsell, Robert; Singh, Harry

7:50 a.m. Bumpus, Griffin; Smith, Taylor; Manaise, Angad

8:00 a.m. Corbo, Michael; Aalto, Jan; D'andrea, Craig

8:10 a.m. Sluga, Robbie; Jaworoski, Jason; Weissman, Bart

8:20 a.m. McCabe, Declan; Tedesco, Tony; Colucci, Robert

8:30 a.m. MCMonagle, Cahal; Blackinton, Ted; Hillenmeyer, Ted

8:40 a.m. Adams, Glenn; Lambrinakos, Steven; Morehead, Matthew

8:50 a.m. Russo, Jamie; Caggainello, Scott; McCarthy, Michael

9:00 a.m. Vitti, Ralph; Pezeshkian, Keyvan; McHugh, Joseph

9:10 a.m. Rubino, Frank; Somody, Brian; Civitano , Dominic

9:20 a.m. Batton, George; Stietzel, Andrew; Sieh, Andre; Ferraro, Jonathan

9:30 a.m. Freccia, Maxwell; King, Martin; Ksiazek, Alan; Mazzola, Alex

9:50 a.m. McGroarty, Jack; Quintong, Joel; Molina, Paul

10:00 a.m. Mazer, Seizo; Labbadia, Joe; Sanfilippo, John

10:10 a.m. Murphy, Jason; Duggan, Ian; Lyons, Timothy; Boland, Ryan

10:20 a.m. Wilf, Mike; Neilis, Dan; Vitale, Josh; Canora, Lenny

10:30 a.m. Rattana, Ciara; Bardsley, Sydney; Chagaris, Jeanette

10:40 a.m. Frattaroli, Carol; Kaplan Jennifer; Romano, Dona

10:50 a.m. Wiedenhaefer, Sara; White, Gina; Johnson, Jackie

11:00 a.m. Clark, Sharon; Kabat, Cindy; Morano, Laura; Goldaper, Taylor

11:10 a.m. Acampora, Anne; King, Melanie; Lindvall, Holly

11:30 a.m. Frattaroli, Richard; Cook, Jim; Takahashi, Yoshifumi; Giaimo, Anthony

11:40 a.m. Jamieson, Douglas; Allen, Kyle; Ciglar, John

11:50 a.m. McNamara, Noel; Striffler, Steven; Koester, Jacob

12:00 PM Schepps, Mitchell; Brown, Scott; Miller, Evan

12:10 PM Kaplowitz, David; Dillon, Patrick; Terai, Yasuo

12:20 PM Durkin, Sean; Vaccaro, Paul; Yerinides, Tom

12:30 PM Stunkel, Brian; Flynn, Dermot; Imbrogno, Rico

12:40 PM Modi, Kenan; Birkett, Tom; Rollins, Markham; Lau, Dennis

12:50 PM Paladino, Joseph; Morano, Bill; Collins, Gregory

1:00 PM Shaikh, Junaid; Klashman , Fred; Murray, John

1:10 PM Tedesco, Jared; Silver, Peter; Chilenskas, David

1:20 PM Snyder, Andrew; Williams, Tom; Moavero, Jim; Matrullo, Eric

1:30 PM Saltarelli, Guido; O'Connor, Chris; Gordon, Dylan

1:40 PM Dampf, Richard; McDonough, Stephen; McDonough, Connor