Decorated PGA Member and Hall of Famer Announces Retirement
John Nowobilski, Tallwood Country Club Head Professional for 38 Years, Will Retire in December
By Bruce Berlet
One of the most decorated and respected members in the history of the Connecticut Section PGA is retiring – sort of.
John Nowobilski, a member of the PGA of America for 38 years and head pro at Tallwood Country Club in Hebron since 1982, announced his retirement effective at the end of the year at the dinner for the annual Tallwood Member-Guest on June 17. He will continue to teach on a part-time basis at one of Connecticut’s top public golf courses, one of the strengths of his litany of abilities.
“It was just time,” Nowobilski said.View More
Austin Rupp and Alexandra Fox Take Home First Place at Ryan Lee Memorial Junior Golf Open
BERLIN, Conn. (June 23, 2017) – The 2017 Ryan Lee Memorial Junior Golf Open concluded on Friday evening, as Austin Rupp from Suffield, Conn., finished as the Boys 16-18 champion, and Alexandra Fox of Ellington, Conn. earned the Girls Division overall title. More than 90 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 competed in the two-day event that began in memory of former junior golf TOUR member, Ryan Lee.
In the Boys 16-18 division, day one leader Luke Carroll was forced to withdraw after an unfortunate wrist injury on the front nine of his second round. Carroll entered the day one under par.
Last year’s Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award Winner, Austin Rupp, shot 75-72-147 (+3) to secure the victory. Rupp finished the round with a birdie on the 18th hole to add to his already three on the day.
“I’ve come to like this course,” said Rupp, who won the State Championship at Timberlin in early June. “I didn’t get off to a great start today. I knew I would have to score better than I did yesterday if I was going to have a chance, but knew I had to stay within myself”.
In second place was Noah Straub of Mystic, Conn., who played both rounds at three-over par (75) to finish the tournament at a combined for a two day total of 150. Straub played a stellar back front nine on Friday, shooting 2-under par over that span.View More
Brooke Baker Wins Hartford Women's Open In 3-Way Sudden Death Playoff
Angela Garvin claims low amateur for second consecutive year
(Story By Bruce Berlet)
HARTFORD, Conn. (June 18, 2017) – Brooke Baker has never lived in Connecticut, but she sure has a special attachment to the Nutmeg State.
Baker, who grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in Sanford, Fla., has 25 relatives in New Britain, Berlin and Southington, where she stayed during the second Hartford Women’s Open. That includes two great uncles aged 90 and 89 years old, who walked nine holes in the first round of the $12,000 tournament Saturday at Goodwin Park Golf Course.
The elder statesmen weren’t around for the second round Sunday at Keney Park Golf Course, but Baker was quick to relate some good news. She rallied from a bogey-double bogey finish on the front nine with four birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back side, capped by an approach to 2 feet at No. 17 that gave her a second even-par 70 and a tie for first place with amateurs Stani Schiavone and first-round leader Angela Garvin.
Tashua Knolls Golf Course Honored by the Connecticut Section PGA
(Story by Bruce Berlet)
It has been quite a 2017 for Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, and it isn’t even half over.
First, head pro David Bove was named the Connecticut Section PGA Teacher of the Year, his first award from the Section that includes most of the state and Western Massachusetts.
Then Tashua Knolls was selected to receive the 2017 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award by the Section’s Board of Directors and Special Awards Committee. Tashua Knolls director of golf Bobby Brown and Trumbull Golf Commission members Julie Jenkins, Bob Oleyar and Phil Pitocco will accept the award on behalf of the club at the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford on Tuesday.
Golf Professional of the Year Announced
Bill Flood Recieves PGA's Most Coveted Award
(Story by Russ Held)
The way Bill Flood sees it, you can’t make this stuff up. Not when it comes to his own life.
“I’ve had a great, great life … I just never thought it would be like this,’’ Flood said. “Once I started in golf, it took over my life …’’
And the sport has taken him to the highest of honors within the Connecticut Section PGA, as its 2017 Golf Professional of the Year. The teaching professional at Ridgewood Country Club will be honored at the Section’s Special Awards night June 10.
“This is pretty special to me, because when my dad (Bill Sr.) was alive we would talk about this, that ‘hopefully someday I’d get this award,’ ’’ Flood said. “He knew a lot of guys, he really followed the Section. And for me to be on the wall with all those guys before me? It’s the highest award in the Section and I really have to thank my dad.’’
Flood’s career path in golf has been anything but conventional.