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Williamstown, MA – The seven-person team from Connecticut recaptured the New England Junior Amateur Championship title in dominating fashion on Tuesday morning at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.

Connecticut – which has now won this prestigious title eight of the past 12 years – finished with a three-round total of 3-over par 1068 which was 29 strokes better than the second-place finisher.

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Entering the third and final round of play, Connecticut held a strong 16-stroke lead over Massachusetts, the 2011 winner of this event. However, the eventual champions made sure that there was no doubt as to the outcome on Tuesday as three out of the seven competitors posted under-par scores on Tuesday.

The team was led by the co-winners of the individual stroke play battle – Brian Carlson (Clinton CC) and Eddie Hill (Crestbrook Park GC) – who finished with scores of 2-over par 215. And on the final day it was Carlson and Eric Dietrich (Farms CC) who led the way with day-low scores of 3-under par 68. Evan Grenus (Glastonbury Hills CC) was just one stroke behind them with a score of 2-under par 69.

So dominant was the team from Connecticut that six out of the seven competitors finished in the top 10 of individual scoring. In addition to Carlson, Hill, Grenus and Dietrich, Jason Hogan (Watertown GC) and Brian Butler (Wampanoag GC) earned that impressive distinction of finishing in the overall top 10. Filling out the Connecticut team roster this week was Patrick Hallisey (Shuttle Meadow CC).

Massachusetts – which finished with a final score of 32-over par 1097 – was the only other team in the field to have two players post under-par scores on the final day. Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC) and James Park (Crumpin-Fox) carded scores of 2-under par 69 and 1-under par 70 on Tuesday, respectively.

Vermont finished third, while Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island followed in fourth, fifth and sixth place.

Connecticut will look to defend its title in 2013 on its home turf.

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