MERIDEN – On a cooler, but windy Sunday, Chuck Stupakevich won the Meriden City Open championship flight for the men and Katie (Grobsky) Pesko defended her crown for the women.
The top Meriden finishers for men and women were, Grobsky’s parents Lynne and Kevin.
Stupakevich, of Wallingford, who led the field by one stroke after Day 1, won with a 142.
Stupakevich built on his strong Saturday performance with a 69, the lowest round for any golf at Hunter Golf Club on Sunday.
During the front nine of his final round, he carded three birdies and two bogey. He parred the first eight holes of his back nine and capped his title with a birdie on the 18th hole.
Stupakevich said he was delighted on his performance and results.
“I hit the ball really well today, probably the best I hit it all year,” Stupakevich said. “Today is the day and I had to do it and I did it.”
Stupakevich said winning the Meriden City Open has sentimental value to him.
“Even though I am not a member here anymore, this is where I grew up,” Stupakevich said. “I left here about three years ago and this was my home. I still consider these guys my friends. They started to call this tournament the Open about three years ago when I left, so I never had a chance to actually be the Meriden City Open champion. To do this is very meaningful.”
On the women’s side, Pesko was able to collect a birdie on No. 6, but said overall she struggled on Sunday. But she did well enough to keep her one stroke ahead of runner-up Myra Reynolds, who carded a 90.
“I actually really struggled today,” Pesko said. “I was struggling to save par. It was a struggle but I was able to pull it through in the end which is very satisfying.”
Pesko is not unfamiliar with winning this tournament or the course as she grew up playing it with her parents, but she said the win still feels good to her.
“This is my ninth win,” Pesko said. “It is important to me, I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. To be able to play with my mom is great. The women here are wonderful. It is nice to come back.”
As for her mother, Lynne, she said she loves to see the women participate and wants to see growth in the future. She won the Meriden title with a 99.
“My score does not reflect my potential but still I am happy because we had nine women in it,” Lynne Grobsky said. “This is good for the city and for Hunter Golf.”
The Grobsky domination did not stop there. Meriden men’s winner, Kevin Grobsky, scored a 72 in the second round. He only bogeyed twice on the front nine, making par on the rest. On the back half he ended strong with a birdie on the 18th.
“I thought the conditions were tough with the wind and the rain but overall I was very happy with how I hit the ball,” Kevin Grobsky said. “For the most part I was very steady which I was happy with.”
Even though he did not win the whole tournament, Kevin Grobsky takes major pride in being the Meriden winner.
“Because I do a lot of history around the course and the players who played the course, it means a lot to me to be the resident winner,” Kevin Grobsky said. “I know Chuck played great but it feels good to be the Meriden winner.”
Kevin LaMay, of Meriden, won the third flight with a gross score of 163. Abraham Vasquez was the winner of the second flight, leading the way with a score of 152. Rich Pasinski was the tops for the first flight, grossing a score 153.
The Meriden Open is sponsored by Meriden Hyundai.
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