Zimmerman triplets from Tolland shoot identical scores at Junior PGA event

ELLINGTON — The Zimmerman triplets from Tolland know Ellington Ridge pretty well, it’s their home course. But something strange happened when they gathered after competing in the Ellington Ridge Camera Memorial Junior PGA Tournament Monday afternoon.

“I was surprised,” A.J. said. “I want expecting us all to get the same score.”

The trio, playing in different foursomes, each shot an 82, good for a solid finish in the tournament. But more than their solid place on the leaderboard, it was just plain odd.

“We’re pretty competitive,” Chris said. “I thought I was going to be the best. They’re normally mid 80’s. I was happy for them but at the same time a little disappointed I wasn’t the leader. I thought it was pretty funny that all of us tied.”

Chris had the best nine-hole stretch between the three, shooting a 39 on the front.

“I felt like I played pretty well in the front nine,” Chris, a soon-to-be sophomore at Tolland, said. “I hit a lot of greens and was able to get up and down when I needed to. On the back nine I got into a little trouble but I saved myself bogey.”

The third brother, Mike, was the only one with a birdie in the round. He opened his back nine with a three on the par-four 10th hole.

“I was kind of surprised,” he said. “I thought I would be lower than them. It was also kind of weird. I was freaked out kind of, but I was happy with what I did. My putting was okay, I had a few one-putts. I thought my irons really carried my game today. I gave myself chances for birdies.”

The top area golfer was Enfield’s Ryan Zetterholm, who shot an even par 72, good for third place. Vernon’s Liam Donohue shot a two-over 74, as did Enfield’s Michael Sweeney.

Drew Bennan, from Ellington and Sean Benjamin, from Tolland each shot 76’s.

Many other locals posted solid rounds in the tournament behind champion and Manchester native Blake Kelley, who shot a three-under score of 69.

Ellington’s Jack Snyer also shot an 82, Tolland’s Thomas Leahy shot an 87, and South Windsor’s Benjamin Ockert shot an 89.

The area best performance in the girls division came from Glastonbury’s Marlene Tartaro, with a 96.

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