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Hall of Fame Member Ralph DeNicolo Passes Away

Served as golf professional at Manchester Country Club for 40 years

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (July 28, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA and its membership mourns the passing of PGA Life Member Ralph DeNicolo, a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2008. DeNicolo, 70, passed away Friday evening with his family by his side.


DeNicolo served as golf professional at Manchester Country Club for 40 years. He was elected as a PGA Member in 1966 and in 1994 was named the Connecticut Section’s PGA Professional of the Year.


Hartford Courant obituary

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Sheary and Van Ness Take Titles at the 4th Annual Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Open

Champions Crowned at Stanley Golf Course

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (July 24, 2014) – A record field size of 130 boys and girls participated today in the 4th annual Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Open at Stanley Golf Course. Champions Mikayla Sheary (79-86-165) and Gabe Van Ness (70-74-144) were presented with their trophies in the girl’s and boy’s divisions respectively by Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame member Dennis Coscina. Angela Garvin (82-84-166) and Brian LeBlanc (70-75-145) were runners up. The Cas Coscina was the second of four 36-hole ranked tournaments on the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf TOUR.
Thank you to host professional, Kyle Hedstrom, and his staff at Stanley. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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2014 Hall of Fame Class Announced

SOUTH GLASTONBURY (July 22, 2014) - The Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame Committee also announced the newest inductees for 2014. The first member of the 2014 Hall of Fame class is PGA Professional, Tom Gleeton, head golf professional at the Country Club of Waterbury in Waterbury, Conn. Gleeton has several playing achievements during his career, including section Player of the Year in 1998, Connecticut PGA Champion, Connecticut PGA Professional Champion, and five-time Tournament of Champions winner. He was also named the section Golf Professional of the Year in 2001 and served as President in 2005-2006.
Our second member is Jack McConachie. McConachie has been serving over 35 years as golf professional at North Ridge Golf Club (formally Pine Valley) in Southington, Conn. He also has an impressive playing career, winning several premier golf championships, including: Connecticut PGA Championship, Connecticut Open, Connecticut Senior Championship, and Connecticut Senior Open. McConachie has been awarded with section Golf Professional of the Year in 2008 and Teacher of the year in 2012.
The final inductee of the 2014 Hall of Fame is PGA Life Member Century, Bill Fox. A golf professional trailblazer, Fox pursued membership at the age of 61. He actively volunteered and served in numerous section activities. Fox was the catalyst for the start of the Connecticut Senior Open in 1983. From 1997 he was the chairman of the championship, which continues today and bears his name on the champion’s trophy. Fox also earned section Golf Professional of Year in 2008.
Each year, over 30 distinguished PGA Professionals of the section are considered for this great honor. The Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of PGA Professionals, Walter Lowell, Gary Reynolds, and Frank Selva, who, since the Hall of Fame’s inception in 2008, complete the research needed to honor these individuals. A total of 21 PGA Professionals have been inducted since 2008.




Springfield Country Club Team Win National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer

KENSINGTON, Conn. (July 22, 2014) – The National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer was held today at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. PGA Professionals from across the Connecticut Section PGA played host to their facility Officers for a fun stableford event. National’s “Go Like A Pro” mobile experience, a customized, golf-themed tour bus, was on site to provide additional activities for golfers and fans.



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Courville Wins 32nd Connecticut Senior Open

Mercier Capture Low Professional Honors

GROTON, Conn. (July 15, 2014) – The final round of the Connecticut Senior Open, held at Shennecossett Golf Course, started with 15 players under-par. The players fought through poor weather conditions and a tough golf course setup. Jerry Courville of Stratford, Conn., and John Elliott of East Lyme, Conn., tied for the lead with a 36-hole total of six-under-par, 136. Courville pulled out the win on the second playoff hole to earn his second Senior Open title.
Playing consistent over 36-holes (68-68), he birdied his final hole to get into the playoff. “I feel very lucky,” Courville commented, on earning his win. “I made birdies on par-5’s and tried to par the rest.” As a past champion, Courville mentioned that the course was once again a great test.



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Liu and Garvin Capture 2014 Connecticut Section Junior PGA Championship

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July 3, 2014) - Jason Liu (2017) of Windsor, Conn., and Angela Garvin (2019) of Feeding Hills, Mass., won the 2014 Connecticut Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks today, Thursday, July 3, 2014, at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass. The field consisted of 160 of the area’s most talented junior golfers, making the competition a great test.
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Liu and Garvin qualified for the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Lui posted a final-round of one-under-par, 71, for a two-day total of an impressive, five-under-par, 136. Liu won the event with a solid four-stroke victory over Nicklaus Harrington (2015) of Chaplin, Conn.
Garvin and defending champion, Marissa Grillo (2014) of Avon, Conn., tied for first place in the girls overall division with a two-day total of eight-over-par, 152. Garvin fired a three-over-par, 75, in the final round to force a sudden death playoff. The pair started off strong by birding the first hole. They stayed consistent with each other until the fifth playoff hole where Garvin captured the victory with a birdie.




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Junior PGA Champions to Earn PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour Exemptions

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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


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