MERIDEN — Les Zimmerman has done it again.
On the heels of his career-best 67 on Wednesday, the 70-year-old steadily plodded through Hunter Golf Club’s 18 holes with 15 pars and three bogeys to card a 74 and, more importantly, win his seventh career Meriden Senior City Championship.
Zimmerman opened the day two strokes ahead of second-place finisher Kevin Grobsky, the defending Meriden City Open champ. Both opened Thursday’s second and final round with a bogey on each of the first two holes.
Grobsky cut the deficit to one stroke with a birdie on No. 5. However, Grobsky made double bogey on the 6th hole and Zimmerman’s lead expanded to three. Grobsky would never get any closer.
Zimmerman held a four-stroke lead on Grobsky after the front nine and that proved to be the final margin.
Zimmerman finished the two-day event as gross champion with a 141 aggregate. On Thursday, Zimmerman avoided the big mistake and maintained his lead. He hit 16 of 18 fairways and converted all of the short putts.
“I didn’t have anything really close for birdies,” Zimmerman said. “I left one hanging on the lip on No. 3 and a few burning edges. But rarely two days in a row do you keep making birdies. I also found some peculiar places out there. I was steady. Par was the name of the game today.”
Zimmerman missed last year’s tournament with a neck injury.
“I was mediocre all season,” Zimmerman said. “I started to appreciate what I was able to do in the past. (The 67) happens on a rare occasion. I struggled during the season and I was beginning to think it was over. I was thinking, ‘How did I used to do this?’ Now I’m playing like I used to play.”
Grobsky was second with a 145 after shooting a 69 in the first round and a 76 on Thursday.
Two-time defending Meriden Senior champ Paul Bernier placed third at 154. He was followed by Jose Diaz (155), Larry Michaud (156), Bill Zanetto (157), Terry Slowther (159), Del Weston (161), Howard Benane (163) and Bob Smith (170), who rounded out the top 10.
Berube claimed the Low Net title with a 133 and Weston was Second Low Net with a 139.
Up next is the Meriden City Open will be held Aug. 17 and 18 at Hunter. The event is sponsored by Meriden Hyundai.
“This tournament was good two days” Hunter Golf Club Pro Bob Tiedemann said. “They all played really good golf and I’m happy to see Les come back. A 141 for two days is tremendous. I think him and Kevin are gearing towards the Open now. I think they would take their scores right now. If he could, I think Les would post the 141 now and tell everyone to beat it.”