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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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The Connecticut Section Nominates Suzy Whaley as a Candidate for the Office of Secretary of The PGA of America

The campaign is officially underway for Whaley and three others who have their sights on becoming President of the Association in 2018

ROCKY HILL, CONN. (January 5, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA Board of Directors has officially nominated PGA Professional Suzy Whaley as a candidate seeking the office of Secretary of The PGA of America. Whaley, who is coming off serving a three-year term as the District 1 Director on the Association Board of Directors, received the section’s endorsement at last month’s Board of Directors meeting. “Our section board and past presidents feel strongly that Suzy would be a passionate leader of our Association,” said Section President Mike O’Grady, the head golf professional at Lake Waramaug Country Club in New Preston, Conn. “We are proud to nominate her for this office and we welcome the challenge of helping her achieve this goal.”


Whaley now becomes only the third PGA Professional from the Connecticut Section in its 80-year history to seek the national office of Secretary, a position that inevitably leads to the position as President of The PGA of America after completing successive two-year terms as Secretary and then Vice President. Previously nominated were section Past Presidents Terry Crawford (now affiliated with the New Jersey Section) in 1995 and Ralph Salito, head professional at the Club at River Oaks in Sherman, Conn., in 2011.

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PGA National News

CBS Sports Presents 'The Road to the PGA Championship' This Sunday (July 27)

The special chronicles the journey of PGA Professional National Champion Michael Block (above) and four other PGA Professionals who are making their PGA Championship debut, along with PGA teaching professionals who have guided three of the game's current stars. View More

Defending Champion Jason Dufner, 2014 Major Champions Lead Elite List of Players Committed to 96th PGA Championship

The current field of 120 players who will compete in the 96th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, include: Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott. The final 156-player field will be determined on July 28. View More

PGA Championship Long Drive Competition Returns to Valhalla

During a practice round on Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be offered the opportunity to hit one tee shot from the No. 10 Tee. The ball will have to come to rest in the fairway to be eligible to win the Long Drive Competition. 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