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Bill Flood, PGA
Class A-14, Newtown Golf Lab
 
Vice President
Ian Marshall, PGA
Watertown Golf Club
 
Secretary
John Steffen, PGA
Twin Hills Country Club
 
Directors
Ciaran Carr, PGA
Wintonbury Hills Golf Course
 
Bob Clark, PGA
Hop Brook Golf Course
 
Ron Dellstritto, PGA
Wethersfield Country Club
 
Don Malen, PGA
Golf Club of Avon
 
Peter Pulaski, PGA
The Course at Yale
 
Bob Sparks, PGA
Fairview Farm Golf Course
 
Vice Presidents at Large
Ron Beck, PGA
Fox Hopyard Golf Club
 
Mike Martin, PGA
Tashua Knolls Golf Course
 
Ex-Officio
Walter Lowell, PGA
Honorary Life President
 
Tom Hantke, PGA
Executive Director
 

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The Western Massachusetts Golf Community Honors PGA Professional Rick Fleury

Fleury named the 70th Rollie Jacobs Western Mass Tee Party Honoree

AGAWAM, MASS. (April 28, 2016) - Last evening at Crestview Country Club, the Western Massachusetts golf community honored PGA Professional Rick Fleury as the 70th honoree of the Western Mass Tee Party.

 

"For over 25 years, Rick has distinguished himself as one the community's most outstanding golf professionals serving Hickory Ridge, Crestview, and now Elmcrest Country Club,” Connecticut Section PGA Executive Director Tom Hantke informed the 150 guests in attendance."We're proud that the golf community thinks as highly of Rick as our PGA Members do in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts."

 

The Western Mass Tee Party dates back to 1947 and serves as the unofficial season kick off in the Pioneer Valley, a community of 48 golf courses and over 90 PGA Professionals.

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Matches Announced for 45th Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches

Connecticut Section PGA Members Look to Retain the Cup

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Connecticut Section PGA and Connecticut State Golf Association Team Captains Dennis Coscina and Jack Bracken met and released their respective team lineups for the Julius Boros Challenge Cup, being played Thursday, May 5th at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut.

 

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the matches, which first began in 1972 at Tumble Brook Country Club. The matches are an annual gathering of the state’s top amateur and professional golfers, which showcases Connecticut PGA Section Professionals against amateurs from the Connecticut State Golf Association in a match play format. The Challenge Cup was founded in memory of Julius Boros, a bona-fide Connecticut resident and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Boros is perhaps the most successful player in the history of Connecticut golf, having won eighteen times on the PGA Tour including two United States Open Championships and a PGA Championship. The Connecticut Section PGA won the inaugural matches by a score of 33 ½ to 20 ½.

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Business of the Golf Profession

PGA Professionals share their perspectives on the industry's business practices

- April 4, 2016- Russ Held - Connecticut Section PGA publicist

 

The ongoing celebration of the PGA of America’s centennial anniversary has drawn headlines as its community takes a look back at its storied past.

But what’s next, as the next century takes shape?

Looking ahead, the future endeavors of its members will undoubtedly have a different look as the cookie-cutter business model of the traditional PGA member “becomes history.’’

The business of the golf profession – as it relates to many of the 354 PGA of America members in its Connecticut Section – is changing. And changing in a hurry.

“There are traditions of the game, a strong thread throughout history about what our members do,’’ Connecticut Section PGA executive director Tom Hantke said. “But they can also hold the golf profession down . . . if you’re not changing, evolving to different tactics.’’

“If you’re not applying the new tactics and strategies, you are falling behind.’’

PGA of America vice president Paul Levy addressed the topic after participating in the Section’s annual Spring Membership Meeting on March 29 at Golf Club of Avon.

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Golf Season Officially Underway

- March 30, 2016 - Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist

The weather is trying to say so, but the Connecticut Section PGA’s Spring Membership Meeting officially rang in the 2016 season.

An early start to spring has been interrupted some by inconsistent March weather, a break that enabled nearly 150 PGA members to attend the Section’s daylong meeting Tuesday at Golf Club of Avon.

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Connecticut PGA Foundation News

- March 17, 2016- Russ Held - Connecticut Section PGA publicist

The Foundation has its foundation.

The Connecticut Section PGA’s Golf Foundation has strong roots - those planted 21 years ago - that have helped the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization blossom into one of its most prized endeavors.

And while healthy, it again needs help in continuing to build on fund-raising efforts that have directed approximately $800,000 to the likes of junior golf, diversity golf and local programs aimed at helping those intellectually and physically challenged enjoy the game.

The Section’s Foundation, now led by seven PGA professionals on its 10-member board, met for its annual meeting Wednesday at Hartford Golf Club. If it was business as usual as the Foundation prepares for 2016, that was good news for a collective effort that targets the growth of the game.

The Foundation plans to underwrite the Section’s Junior Golf Association and Junior Golf Tour this season to the tune of $50,000, a relationship that was put into place in 2013. The support is made possible by the help of Section members who raise in the neighborhood of “$150,000 to $175,000,’’ according to its executive director Tom Hantke.

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Golf pro changes at Crestview, Elmcrest and Crumpin-Fox bring ripple effects in Western Massachusetts

- February 29, 2016 - Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist.

In one blockbuster swoop, the complexion of three Western Massachusetts golf courses underwent significant change over the weekend.

Rick Fleury is now at Elmcrest. 

Mike Zaranek will move to Crestview. 

And the head golf professional position is now open at Crumpin-Fox Club.

A chain of events - sparked by the recent purchase of Elmcrest Country Club by Crestview CC owners Dave Fleury and Greg Lindenmuth - has the local golf community buzzing after news officially broke late Sunday.

"This has all happened in a span of three weeks and we've had to quickly put pieces of the puzzle together,'' said Dave Fleury, also part of an ownership group at Crestview since 2012.

Dave Fleury will move head pro Rick Fleury (no relation) to a similar position at Elmcrest, an East Longmeadow club that expects to operate as a semiprivate club. The Somersville Road club was purchased at auction in late January and has a mid-March closing date.

"It's like I'm the owner of the Broncos and I also own Seattle,'' Dave Fleury said. "Manning's now in Seattle, but I replaced him with Tom Brady. If you're Denver . . . yeah, we love Manning and will miss him, but we just got Brady.''

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