Originally published by the Connecticut State Golf Association (ctwomensopen.com) on June 2, 2016.
Jessica Carafiello of Stamford, Conn. and Innis Arden Golf Club birdied three of her final four holes to capture her first Connecticut Women’s Open title at Round Hill Club. Carafiello posted rounds of 69-71—140 for a two under par total, edging Elizabeth Breed of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania by two strokes.
Conducted by the Connecticut State Golf Association, the Connecticut Women’s Open is a 36-hole stroke play competition played at Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Connecticut on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31st and June 1st. The tournament is open to any amateur or professional female golfer regardless of residency, and annually attracts some of the top competitors from across the country. This year’s field was perhaps the strongest to date, attracting competitors from thirteen different states and three countries.
After an opening round of two under-par 69, Carafiello began the day with a three-stroke lead over a pair of professionals, Ashli Bunch of Morristown, Tennessee and 2008 Champion Lynn Valentine of East Lyme, Conn., both of whom shot rounds of one over-par 72. Carafiello extended her lead to as many as four midway through the front nine, but winning a championship of this caliber would not come easy. She suffered a trio of bogies on the 8th and 11th and 14th holes, and suddenly, her early cushion had evaporated.
“I missed a few iron shots, but I made a couple of good up and downs and mentally I stayed in the moment the whole time,” said Carafiello. “I was thinking if I could finish strongly I would have a pretty good chance to win.”