Paesaniís Spectacular Finish Leads to Connecticut Open Crown

John Paesaniís improbable eagle three on his 54th and final hole propelled him to his first Connecticut Open title. Paesani was fortunate to be playing in the 36-hole finale at the Golf Club of Avon as tournament officials originally ruled that his opening round 74 didnít make the cut. Officials raised the cut line to 74, so Paesani was given a second life that he pounced upon.

The golf pro from Norwich Golf Course fired a solid 69 in his first round, then followed with a course-record 64. His latter round included a Tom Watson-like chip-in on the final hole from over 45 feet. The ball rolled down a sloped green with a six-foot break and dropped into the cup. Paesaniís 64 was also highlighted by a sensational five-birdie 31 on the back nine.

Paesani earned $5,500 for his one-shot victory over Florida Southern University sensation Steve Sokol, who plays out of the Country Club of Waterbury.