AROUND THE HORN: Zimmermans take Hunter Member-Member; Spartans pace Fun Run field

MERIDEN — The father-son tandem of Les and Brett Zimmerman were back at it this weekend at Hunter Golf Course.

The Zimmermans combined on a 6-under 136 to capture this year’s Hunter Men’s Club Member-Member Tournament. One highlight was a 70-foot birdie putt from Brett Zimmerman on 18.

The event spanned two days, 36 holes and three formats — best ball, scramble and alternate shot.

The Zimmermans posted a 68 in Saturday’s 18 holes of best ball, then came back Sunday with a 32 in 9 holes of scramble and a 36 in 9 holes of alternate shot.

Runners-up Del Weston and Paul Bernier shot an even-par 142. They shot 74 best ball, 33 scramble and 35 alternate shot.

Jason Komerowski and Robert Papenguth, bolstered by a 71 in best ball, placed third at 1-over 175. They took the net title with a 16-under 126, three strokes ahead of Kevin Brennan and Mike Deegan.

Flight 2 was decided by a one-hole playoff after three teams tied at 8-over 150. Doug Linder and Howard Benane emerged on top over the teams of Craig Defrancesco-Thomas Pniewski and William McGinn-Abraham Vazquez.

Defrancesco and Pniewski took low net in Flight 2 at 18-under.

In Flight 3, Jason Bergeron and Alex Newton took both low gross and low net. They shot a gross 154 and net 126.

Andre Delachevrotiere and Michael Rusate were runners-up in both divisions at 159 and 130.

Fast approaching at Hunter Golf Course are the City Open and City Senior Open. The Senior Open plays Aug. 11-12. The Open is the weekend of Aug. 21-22.

Spartans pace Fun Run field

MERIDEN — With Reynaldo Torres and Xavier Zaler moving on to Central Connecticut State, who will be the next leading man of the Maloney cross country program?

It could be Tristyn Barnes.

The rising junior ran an 18:05 in the most recent Meriden Fun Run. He was second only to his coach, Derek Destefano, who won the three-mile race in 17:29.

Quinn Handler was third in 19:29.

The top female finisher, Cristina Sendra of Naugatuck, was fourth overall in 20:48.

There are three more races in this year’s Fun Run series. Races are held on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Platt track.

The course is flat, with most of it on the Meriden Linear Trail. There is also a ¾-mile kids race.

The event is free and open to runners of all abilities. There are no current COVID-19 restrictions, but runners must bring their own water.

For additional information, contact race director Fred Bucchieri at 203-235-5259.

Boys & Girls Club staging tourney

MERIDEN — The Boys and Girls Club of Meriden will hold its 31st Annual Westaff Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 2 at Hunter Golf Course.

Registration and breakfast are at 10 a.m., shotgun start at 11:30.

Lunch is on the course. Dinner follows at Violi's. Both are included in the golf fee.

Tournament proceeds support club programs for the youth of Meriden. They include the nightly meals and social program "Food For Thought," summer camps, sports leagues and the after-school homework help initiative “Project Learn."

Tournament sponsorships are available. The club is also looking for items for the post-golf raffle.

Call the Boys and Girls Club at 203-235-8185 or visit

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