Elliott Wins Connecticut Senior Open in playoff
By Bruce Berlet
GROTON, CONN. (July 18, 2017) – Billy Downes pulled a Jordan Spieth on Tuesday, but it still wasn’t good enough to win the Connecticut Senior Open at Shenecossett Golf Course.
Downes holed a 50-foot bunker shot for eagle 3 on the final hole of regulation for a 1-under-par 70, a 36-hole total of 5-under 137 and a tie with former PGA Tour player John Elliott, who grew up about 15 minutes away in Norwich.
As he did on the regulation finale, Downes pulled his second shot on the par-5 18th hole into the same bunker and blasted to 10 feet. Elliott hit a poor second shot with a 6-iron right of the green but made a brilliant 40-yard pitch that stopped 2 feet from the hole. After Downes missed his birdie try, Elliott converted for his third top-four finish in four tournament starts, including a playoff loss to Jerry Courville Jr. in 2014.
Country Club of Waterbury Team Wins Connecticut Section PGA Pro-Officer
2017 Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame Class Announced
WATERBURY, Conn. (July 11, 2017) – The Connecticut Section PGA Pro-Officer was held Tuesday at the Country Club of Waterbury. PGA Professionals from across the Connecticut Section PGA played host to their facility Officers for a fun, stableford event.
The Country Club of Waterbury team, comprised of PGA Professional Ralph Salito and Officer Steve Shaker took first place in the team contest with a score of 49 points (via match of cards). The second place team, also from Country Club of Waterbury with 49 points, was PGA Professional David McGregor and Officer Peter Baker.
Closest to the Pin winners included Steve Kirsche of Wethersfield Country Club on hole #3, Earl Brown of Tallwood Country Club on hole #7, Stu Ganslaw of Tumble Brook Country Club on hole #14, and Steve Shaker of Country Club of Waterbury on hole #16.
The Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame Committee also announced the newest inductees for 2017. The new class includes John Paesani and Ken Doyle, and being inducted posthumously, Ed Rubis and George Hunter.
Edgewood Golf Course Wins National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am at The Ranch Golf Club
Jim Hanlon of The Farms Country Club takes home low professional honors
Southwick, Mass. (June 29, 2017) – The National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am Series #1 was held on Thursday at The Ranch Golf Club.The team from Edgewood Golf Course consisting of PGA Professional Bob Mucha and amateurs Paul Couture, Mike Slyne and Anna Derosia took the crown by firing a 20-under par 124 to win by four strokes.
Jim Hanlon of The Farms Country Club took home low professional honors carding a two under 70 to win by two shots over Fran Marello of Canaan Country Club.
Angela Garvin and Austin Rupp Win Junior Connecticut PGA Championship Titles at Yale
The Champions Earn Spots to Play in the PGA of America Junior Championships and will be Joined by maisie Filler and Jonathon Elkins
By Bruce Berlet
New Haven, Conn – (June 28, 2017) Despite a four-stroke lead with nine holes to go in her bid for a record-tying fourth consecutive title, Angela Garvin stuck to her game plan in the Connecticut Section Junior PGA Championship at The Course at Yale on Wednesday.
“I wanted to stay aggressive because that’s the way I like to play,” Garvin said.
Garvin certainly accomplished that goal, carding three birdies and a bogey for an incoming 2-under-par 34 and 4-under 66, which bettered by one the competitive women’s course record that she tied in the final round last year. Her 1-under 139 total for 36 holes matched her winning score in 2106, and a nine-stroke victory over Pacharada Treekul was a tournament record. Her fourth consecutive win tied the record of Cara Andreoli of Wethersfield in 1977-80.
Garvin and Treekul earned spots in the PGA of America’s Girls Junior Championship on July 18-21 at St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo. but Treekul opted to take a scheduled trip to her native Thailand from July 7 to Aug. 20 rather than play in her first national championship. Treekul was replaced by Maisie Filler of Bloomfield, who closed with 80 for 155 and fourth place. She finished five behind Coco Chai, who shot a second 75 to grab third place but was ineligible to compete in the nationals because she lives in Monterey, Calif.
“I didn’t play that good yesterday (in an opening 73), but today my ball-striking was really good and I putted really well,” said Garvin, 16, of Feeding Hills, Mass. “I thought I was going to make every putt I looked at, and that’s always a good feeling.”
In the boys’ division, Jonathan Elkins shot a 4-under 30 on the front nine, including three successive birdies at Nos. 3-5, in a closing 68 that tied him for first place with Austin Rupp at 2-over 142. After each made a heroic par in the first four playoff holes, Rupp hit a wedge to 3 feet and sank his birdie putt on the fifth extra hole to win the trophy. But Rupp and Elkins both qualified for the PGA of America’s National Championship at St. Albans on July 31-Aug. 3.View More