Adam Rainaud, Richter Park GC big winners at Connecticut Section's Walter Lowell PGA Tournament
Russ Held Sports - EAST HADDAM, Conn. (May 26, 2015) – It only seemed like Adam Rainaud won everything on the Connecticut Section PGA championship schedule last year.
And it didn't take him long to claim the one he missed – the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament.
The South Hadley native took care of that Tuesday when he earned a slim victory at the Section's modified Stableford event at Fox Hopyard Golf Club.
"It's so much fun to play a different format like this,'' said Rainaud, who made Connecticut Section history by winning all five major championships in 2014. "The worst score you can make is a bogey so you can play more aggressive.''
The assistant golf professional at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., posted an individual score of 27, largely on the strength of earning three points for each of his five birdies. He earned a one-point win over Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association.
The tournament, established in 2001, is named in honor of Walter Lowell, a PGA Hall of Famer and two-time Section president.View More
Richter Park Golf Course Wins 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 26, 2015) — Richter Park Golf Course of Danbury, Conn. has received the 2015 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Directors and the Special Awards Committee of the Connecticut Section PGA.
Since 2001, The Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award has honored a public golf course in the Section that employs a PGA Professional, in recognition of their dedication to the promotion of the game of golf. The award was inaugurated in honor of Canton Public Golf Course for the standards it set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.
Richter Park Golf Course has been recognized by Section PGA Professionals for the course’s unwavering efforts to make golf fun, accessible to all, and for advancement in the understanding of the game’s Rules of Golf and etiquette among its patrons.
“Brian Gehan has done a tremendous job at supporting, encouraging, and promoting Richter Park to the people of the Greater Danbury community,” said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. “He has been tireless at encouraging our young people to play golf and has been selfless in donating his time to the customers at Richter Park.”View More
PGA Junior Golf Association and Tour thriving in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
Russ Held Sports – SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 22, 2015)
Play golf. Enjoy golf. Simple objectives, and a clear mission of the Connecticut Section PGA's Junior Golf Association and its Junior Golf Tour.
"It's really about enjoyment of the game,'' Section executive director Tom Hantke said. "We've had our junior golf tour now close to 20 years. We see golfers, former junior tour golfers now 30-plus years old, and they're playing golf.
"That's really the objective. If they're successful in golf, all the better. But we just want them playing golf.''
The Junior Golf Association and Tour are now grown up as they turn 18, and are financially underwritten by the Section's Golf Foundation. Membership is healthy at an annual average of 500.
"The last four or five years, we've made great strides,'' Hantke said. "We've diversified the type of events we run, with our tournaments, our Little Linksters program, the pro-junior invitational . . .View More
Tallwood Country Club Wins Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at Tumble Brook Country Club
Zac Stennett wins Individual Competition
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (May 19, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #1 was held on Tuesday at Tumble Brook Country Club. The team from Tallwood Country Club consisting of PGA Professional Zac Stennett and amateurs, Mike Byrne, Eric Briggs and Jim Bidwell took the crown by firing a 14-under par 130 to win by one shot. The team from Pomperaug Golf Club led by PGA Professional Dave Cook finished runner-up. The team contest format for this event was best gross and net scores combined.
Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club took home low professional honors carding an even-par 72 to win by a single shot over Jantzen Vargas of Hartford Golf Club, Adam D'Amario of Indian Hill Country Club, and Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course.View More