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Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Registration Now Open

Connecticut Section PGA will host five local qualifiers

Drive, Chip and Putt Championship registration is now open for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals.
This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15 who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its second year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will nearly triple the number of local qualifying spots, expanding to more than 50,000 playing opportunities at 256 host sites throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June and July. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2015 Masters.
The Connecticut Section PGA Drive, Chip and Putt schedule is as follows:

 Event Name Date Facility
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #1 Tuesday, June,17, 2014 Travelers Championship (First Tee)
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #2 Saturday, June 21, 2014 Golf Center at Lyman Orchards
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #3 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 The Ranch Golf Club
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #4 Wednesday July 9, 2014 Goodwin Park Golf Course
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #5 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Fox Hopyard Golf Club
Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier Wednesday, July 30, 2014 The First Tee of CT



Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association Alumni Tournament

Benefitting the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation

The inaugural Connecticut Junior Golf Association Alumni Tournament, benefitting the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Eligibility: Former JGA member, between the ages of 21 and 35. Former JGA members can invite a guest to participate as a partner, as long as they meet the age requirement.
Format: two-person, stableford
Registration: Registration is first come, first serve, for 120 entries.
Click here to register.
Cost: Individual player - $125; two-player team - $250
Entry Fee Includes: Golf (18 holes) with cart, lunch, gift, dinner, auction, and a raffle


2014 Spring PGA Meeting Held at Twin Hills Country Club

Dave DiRico, Golf Professional of the Year and Special Award Winners Announced

Longmeadow, Mass. (March 25, 2014) – The 2014 Connecticut Section PGA Spring Membership Meeting supported by Bouvier Insurance was held at Twin Hills Country Club with 178 attendees learning about the Association, section, and membership.
The meeting kicked off with a special announcement from Tom Baptist, Superintendent for the City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works, about the section and City of Hartford entering into a consulting agreement to operate both Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses. Patrick Aldrich, PGA, was hired to serve as the Golf Properties Consultant to serve the city as its Director of Operations. In addition, a PGA Golf Properties Advisory Committee was created to assist Aldrich. The Committee consists of PGA Professionals Bobby Brown, Tashua Knolls Golf Course; Andrew Ouellet, Taylormade Golf; John Verrengia, Simsbury Farms Golf Club; and Jon Wilson, Golf Center at Lyman Orchards.
The featured guest speaker, Peter Bevacqua, Chief Executive Officer of The PGA of America, provided the meeting attendees with an update and insight on the golf industry, PGA of America initiatives, and future plans of the Association. Bevacqua’s enthusiasm left the meeting attendees excited and hopeful for the upcoming golf season.

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Connecticut Section PGA and the City of Hartford have agreed to enter into a Golf Course Consulting Agreement

Restoration of Goodwin and Keney Park Golf Courses Fully Underway

We are pleased to announce that the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Section PGA have entered into a Golf Course Consulting agreement. For 2014, the section will be a consultant for the operations of the City’s Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses.

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Aldrich of Sharon, Conn., has been hired by the Connecticut Section PGA as Golf Properties Consultant to serve the City of Hartford as its Director of Operations as outlined in the scope of services in the Professional Services Contract between the City and the PGA. Patrick will be on property at Goodwin Park Golf Course, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 
The section's role will include, but is not limited to, counseling and advising the City on all aspects of opening and operating Goodwin Park Golf Course in 2014; and opening and operating Keney Park Golf Course in 2015 in addition to continuing to do same at Goodwin Park. The section will also provide a PGA Professional to serve as Consultant to assist City of Hartford in golf course operations. 
The Connecticut Section PGA is featured in the following articles in reference to the agreement with the City of Hartford to consult and manage Goodwin and Keney Park Golf Courses.
Click Here
to read the article on The Courant.
Click Here to read statements from the Mayor Segarra's (City of Hartford) announcement.

Click Here to read the article on the Hartford Business Journal.


GOODWIN PARK GOLF COURSE Tentative 2014 Calendar


Click Here to access the Goodwin Park Golf Course calendar


Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation Awards Over $30,000 in Financial Grants

New Directors Elected at Foundation Annual Meeting

Hartford, Conn. (March 11, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation announced the 2014 Financial Grant Recipients today during their Annual Meeting at The Hartford Country Club. The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation granted over $30,000 that will benefit 25 programs, events, and organizations.

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The PGA of America's Connecticut Section Office Moves to Glastonbury, Conn.

Move to Main Street Helps to Grow Golf in Community

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (January 13, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA, one of 41 sections of The PGA of America, has moved to Glastonbury, Conn. Having recently celebrated its 80th year anniversary, the PGA Section serves over 360 golf professionals in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The business of the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, Inc., which provides funding in the form of grants to initiatives and programs serving youth and special needs throughout the golf community will also be conducted from this location. 

The PGA Section has partnered with the Connecticut State Golf Association to share office space in the Connecticut Golf House in Rocky Hill, Conn, for the past 25 years and today has sold its share of office space to the CSGA.

In discussing the move, PGA Section Executive Director Tom Hantke stated, “The leadership within the golf industry is collectively focusing on bringing the game more mainstream. With respect to that objective, having our office on Main Street is important to highlighting the player development initiatives and programs our PGA Professionals are delivering at their places of employment and promoting within their respective communities.”
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PGA National News

Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship Underway

The 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA is underway in Port St. Lucie. Jim Woodward of Oklahoma City will finally get to defend his title, something he was unable to do when inclement weather prevented play last October. First and second round scores will be available at the conclusion of each round. Live scoring will be available Thursday and Friday. Visit for complete coverage. View More

Allied Associations

Connecticut State Golf Association



Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents

Connecticut Club Managers' Association

Connecticut Womens Golf Association

Executive Womens Golf Association

Massachusetts Golf Association

Southern New England Womens Golf Association

The First Tee of Connecticut

The Travelers Championship


The PGA of America