Pair of Blue Devils Advance to Final 8 of CSGA Amateur
Rising senior Monte Mullen and former CCSU standout Kevin Josephson advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 112th CSGA Amateur Championship on Wednesday afternoon, each winning a pair of matches on the day to move on to the final eight.
MEET THE FINAL EIGHT
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Monte Mullen, TPC River Highlands (#7 seed)
This year marks the first occasion that Mullen has advanced to the quarterfinals in the Connecticut Amateur. A rising senior on the Division I golf team at Central Connecticut State University, Mullen needed the full 18-holes for both of his victories. He defeated Chris Pavelic of Round Hill Club in his morning match, and John VanDerLaan of Heritage Village CC, the 2012 Connecticut Junior Amateur Champion in the afternoon. A past Connecticut Junior Amateur Champion himself (2010), Mullen is coming off a near-miss at the Russell C. Palmer Cup last month, where he narrowly lost in a three-man playoff after shooting rounds of 69-73-69—211.
Kevin Josephson, CC of Farmington (#16 seed)
Josephson knocked off the overall number one seed on his way to the quarterfinals, defeating Sean Gaudette of The Course at Yale by a margin of 2 and 1. This marks Josephson's first trip to the semifinals, having previously claimed medalist honors in 2009 and 2013 but failing to advance past the Round of 16 on both occasions. Josephson, Runner-Up in the 2013 Dick Tettelbach Player of the Year race, will be seeking to capture his first CSGA major championship.
Former Blue Devila and Hall of Famer Dave Szewczul advanced to the round of 16 before falling 4-and-3 to Zach Zaback.
Josephson will tee off at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday vs. Jeffrey Evanier. Mullen faces Zaback beginning at 8:20 a.m. Winners of Thursday mornings matches will play in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. The championship is being held at the Lake of Isles Country Club.