FCIAC

Ballo, Birch finished tied for second at Connecticut Open Golf Championship

Michael Ballo, Jr., and Corey Birch finished tied in the runner-up spot as the 82nd Connecticut Open Golf Championship wrapped up Wednesday at Woodway Country Club in Darien.

Ballo and Birch were two of six former FCIAC stars to make the cut for the third and final round. Pete Ballo, Greg Reilly, Jr., Mak Theodorakis and Paul Pastore also qualified following their solid play in the first two rounds.

Michael Ballo made a strong move up the leaderboard on the final day, after coming in at 1-over par through the first two rounds.

The former Trinity Catholic Crusader, who plays out of Woodway CC, 12 pars and five birdies in the final round, with just one slip-up when he hit double bogey on the fourth hole. Ballo was 3-under par for the day.

Birch, a former Ridgefield Tiger who plays out of Silver Springs CC, was 5-under and in second place coming into Wednesday’s play. He was 3-over par with a 74 in the final round, finishing tied for second.

Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, won the championship with a 7-under par 206. He made up nine strokes on Wednesday and shot a course-record 65 to ice the victory.

Pete Ballo, another Trinity Catholic grad who plays out of Woodway, finished eighth with a 215, while New Canaan’s Greg Reilly, who plays out of the Country Club of Darien, was 15th with a 218.

Danbury’s Max Theodorakis, who plays out of Ridgewood Country Club, was 17th at 219, and Greenwich’s Paul Pastore, who plays for the Middlesex Eclub, was 27th at 222.

Here are the places and scores for the six former FCIAC golfers who made the cut for the third round.

2nd – Michael Ballo, Jr. 211 (71-72-68)

2nd – Corey Birch 211 (71-66-74)

8th – Pete Ballo 215 (72-69-74)

15th – Greg Reilly, Jr. 218 (69-72-77)

17th – Max Theodorakis 219 (73-73-73)

27th – Paul Pastore 222 (74-74-74)

Corey Birch tees off on a hole during the third round of Connecticut Open Wednesday at Woodway Country Club in Darien. — CSGA Links Photo