Hop Brook tourney heating up

NAUGATUCK — Play got under way last week in the Hop Brook Men’s Championship golf tournament. Judging by some of the first round results, things are heating up along with the weather.

“We did have a few exciting finishes,” Hop Brook golf pro Bob Clark said. “Chris Sokolowski pulled off a major upset defeating the No. 4 seed David LeRoy, and Craig Behun defeated Jerry Russo on the 18th hole.”

Clark added, “We even had a little bit of a family rivalry going on when Steve Slekis beat his son-in-law Mike Morley.”

Two first round matches in the Championship Flight haven’t been played yet due to scheduling conflicts: the much-anticipated match between tournament-favorite Mike Erickson and Nate Deller, along with the matchup between Pat Corbett and Glen Petelle.

The action continued this week with championship weekend set for next week.

Results of the first round are as follows:

Championship Flight

Chris Sokolowski defeated David LeRoy; Craig Behun defeated Jerry Russo; Tom Kaminski defeated Nick Konecky; Rich Brenia defeated Rich Gill; Todd Gronau defeated Matt McClain; Pat Granahan defeated Joe Meagher.

First Flight

Gary Stabile received a bye; Manny Tribanas defeated Brandon Sweet; Cory Leonard defeated Bill Testone; Sam Molnar defeated Jim Corbett; Tom Gronau defeated Mike Lynch; George Lockwood defeated Tom Gaffney; Steve Kloc defeated Jay Fidalgo; Mike Fox defeated Bill Graham.

Second Flight

John Cerreta and Larry Testone received byes; Ron Wallace defeated Tony Sapata; Steve Slekis defeated Mike Morley; Steve Nester defeated Matt McClain Jr.; Jim Russo defeated Paul Padilla; Bill Brown defeated Ron Swierbitowicz; Steve Rager defeated Bill Klisus.