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Aspetuck sees 20 qualify for Ike


WESTON, CONN. (Jun 1, 2015) – Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston, Conn., hosted a Sectional Qualifying Round for the 60th Ike Championship on Monday. A total of 20 players qualified from a starting field of 143, led by Darin Goldstein of Bayonne.
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Goldstein carded a 1-under 70 to take home medalist honors and earn a spot in the championship at Friar’s Head.
Just one shot back, Hamish Gardner of Fairview finished with an even 71. Gardner, originally from Moorpark, CA, now competes for the Pirates at Ventura College.
At  1-over 72, Armando Olivieri of Griff Harris Men’s Club carded a 1-over 72, thanks to a 33 on the back 9. 
Coming in two strokes over par, Max Christiana of Westchester, Paul Pastore of MGA eClub – Westchester/Fairfield, and Evan Grenus of Sterling Farms all earned a spot in the final field as well.
A strong showing from Cornell’s golf team only culminated in a single qualifying spot as Luke Graboyes of Twin Brooks bested his Big Red teammate Alex Bauman and edged out his brother Michael to qualify with a 3-over 74.  
Also at a 3-over 74 was John Crowley of Round Hill.  Crowley made moves at the end of his round, making birdies on four of his final five holes.
Tied at 4-over 75 was Martin Maguire of Nyackers, John VanDerLaan of Centennial, Matt Kraus of Essex Fells, and Timothy Connors III of Winged Foot.
Rounding out the players that will compete at Friar’s Head are as follows: Bobby Diforio Jr. of Westchester Hills (76), Michael Savitt of Century (76), Chris Connolly of Scarsdale (76), Devin Solar of Haverstraw (76), Gerard Connolly of Nassau Players (76), Ross Kronberg of Sterling Farms (76), Max Adler of Winged Foot (76), Evan DeLuca of MGA eClub – Westchester/Fairfield (74). 
Aspetuck Valley played to a par 71 at 6,479 yards in rainy and wet conditions today. Play was briefly interrupted due to heavy rainfall during the afternoon round.
The Ike Championship will play at Friar’s Head for the first time in its tournaments history in Riverhead, N.Y. This will be the MGA’s first major tournament of the year, which will play a 54-hole, three-round tournament over the course of two days on June 29-30.