Six former FCIAC golfers made the cut for the final round of the 82nd Connecticut Open Golf Championship at Woodway Country Club in Darien.
Corey Birch, Greg Reilly, Jr., Peter and Michael Ballo, Max Theodorakis and Paul Pastore are all in the hunt for the title, as the third round tees off Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock.
Birch, a former Ridgefield Tiger who plays out of Silver Springs Country Club, is just two strokes off the lead in second place. He shot an even-par 71 in the first round, and then had a great second round with a 5-under par 66. His day included six birdies, 11 pars and one bogey.
Birch is 5-under par overall with a 137, trailing only defending Open champion Cody Paladino, who sits at 7-under with a 135.
Birch and Palladino will be paired on Wednesday and will tee off at 9:30 a.m.
Reilly, a New Canaan graduate who plays out the Country Club of Darien, and Peter Ballo, a Trinity Catholic grad who plays at Woodway, are tied for seventh place with 1-under par 141s. Reilly shot 69 and 72, while Ballo reversed that with a 72 and 69.
They’ll be paired on Wednesday and will tee off at 9:03 a.m.
Michael Ballo, another Trinity grad who plays at Woodway, shot 1-over at 143, with 71 in the first round and 73 in the second. He’ll tee off at 8:27 a.m., Wednesday.
Theodorakis of Danbury plays out of Ridgewood Country Club and he is tied for 21st place with a 5-over par 146. He shot 73 in each round. Theodorakis will tee off at 8 a.m., Wednesday.
Greenwich’s Pastore, who plays for the Middlesex Eclub, is 27th with a 6-over par 148. He shot 74 in each round, and will tee off on Wednesday at 8:27 a.m.