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Adam Rainaud Wins Connecticut PGA Championship

Clinches Section Player of the Year Title

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (August 13, 2014) – Adam Rainaud, assistant professional at Black Hall Club, today took home the Hartford Times Trophy as the champion of the 83rd Connecticut PGA Championship . The third and final round of the championship at the Orchards Golf Club was officially cancelled at 1:15 PM due to unplayable conditions brought on by today’s heavy rains. PGA officials declared the championship’s first two rounds as the final results.

Rainaud was the 36-hole leader after yesterday’s 66 and 69 rounds. He stood at 7-under par, three shots clear of two time champion Fran Marrello (66-72-138), a PGA Life Member.

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Next Week’s Connecticut Senior Open Field Features Titleholders of 29 State Major Golf Championships

The Who’s Who in Connecticut Golf

GROTON, CT – The 31st Connecticut Senior Open will be played next week, July 15 and 16, at Shennecossett Golf Course for the 16th straight year. Defending Champion Jim Becker is one of the 108 players from Connecticut in the 156-player field that among them own 29 Connecticut State Golf titles, including:

  • Seven (7) Connecticut Amateur titles
  • Ten (10) Connecticut Open titles
  • Twelve (12) Connecticut PGA Championship titles

This championship field also owns five (5) PGA TOUR titles (Ken Green), a PGA of America Professional Championship title (John Gentile), and countless state club championship titles.

It even owns two (2) Wimbledon and three (3) U.S. Open tennis titles (Ivan Lendl).

And, that is not counting state mid-amateur, junior, or senior titles.

What about those 48 players from 12 other states that are entered? Well, they are titleholders in their own right from Massachusetts, New York, and beyond.


Stage is Set for 31st Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett

A Summer Classic Along the Shore

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (June 27, 2013) - Shennecossett Golf Course, run by the Town of Groton, hosted the Connecticut Senior Open for the first time in 1998. This was done to not only help the golf community rediscover Shennecossett, which is arguably the most historically important golf property in the State of Connecticut, but also to help celebrate the public-private partnership that the Town of Groton and Pfizer undertook to transform and renovate both of its respective properties.


Since that time, the Connecticut Section PGA has held the Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett. This year on Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16, is the 16th consecutive time Shennecossett has hosted. The Connecticut Senior Open continues to draw players from 14 different states, who enjoy this summer classic along the shore. This year, the field has been expanded from 144 players to 156 due to the high demand.

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Team Timberlin 14-Under-Par in COBRA PUMA GOLF Pro-AM

Slattery Cards Four Birdies for Low Pro Honors

HARWINTON, Conn. (June 24, 2013) - PGA Professional, Marc Bayram of Timberlin Golf Club led Team Timberlin comprised of Douglas Kirk, Jimmy Green, and Ronald Keith to victory firing a 14-under-par, 130 in the COBRA PUMA GOLF Pro-Am presented by Mohegan Sun at Fairview Farm G.C. today. In this combined gross & net event, Team Timberlin 'pared' only four holes and actually could have carded lower with an 8 combined score on the par-3, 7th hole. Following by one stroke was Team Crestbrook Park led by Ken Gemmell at 13-under-par, 131 and in sole third place was Team Tallwood at 12-under-par, 132 led by Zac Stennett.


In the individual professional competition, Ed Slattery of Candlewood Valley C.C. beat out all the rest with a three-under-par, 69 with four birdies on the day. Carding a two-under-par, 70, was John Vitale of Hawk's Landing Country Club for sole second place. Stennett again showed up with third place honors after his one-under-par, 71 finish.

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LeBlanc & Lee/Sheary Take Torrington Rotary Junior By Storm

Modified Scoring Employed After Play Suspended

TORRINGTON, Conn. (June 24, 2013) - Torrington Country Club proved another challenging test this year in the kick-off event, Torrington Rotary Junior Classic. With near record high temperatures today, Junior Golf Association members were staying hydrated while trying to 'beat the heat' of the golf course. Play was suspended at 4:05 PM with 13 holes completed for many with inclement weather on the way. Brian LeBlanc (2014) of Newtown, Conn. stood above the rest in the boys' division finishing one-under-par, carding a consistent round with 12 pars and one birdie. Aaron Donnelli (2013) of Newington, Conn. was close behing in second place at even par with 5 birdies on the day.


In the girls' division, Mikayla Sheary (2015) of Simsbury, Conn. and Amanda Lee (2013) of Windsor, Conn. saw the teeth of the golf course firing nine-over-par to tie for first place. Angela Garvin (2019) of Feeding Hills, Mass. came in sole third place at ten-over-par, just one stroke behind the leaders.

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Keep up with Kyle!

Follow Bilodeau Today, Teeing off at 2:00 PM

PGA Assistant Professional of Hop Meadow Country Club, Kyle Bilodeau, looks to improve on his first round today in the Travelers Championship.


"It's not bad nervous. It was good nervous," he said. "You've got to embrace something like that. Would I have liked my score to be a little lower? Yes. Did I hit a lot of putts that literally rolled over the edge? Yes. I didn't hit a lot of bad shots out there. But it's so amplified. Most of the tournaments I'm in, you can fire right at the flag. This is a completely different animal."


Keep up with Kyle today as he takes on the animal; TPC River Highlands with thousands of people cheering him on!


Lusenhop Named 2013 Connecticut Section PGA Teacher of the Year

ROCKY HILL, Conn.—Connecticut Section PGA President, Mike O'Grady, on behalf of the Special Awards Committee, named Brad Lusenhop of Fox Hopyard Golf Club as the recipient of the 2013 Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year Award. The prestigious Teacher of the Year Award is the highest instructional recognition a PGA Professional can receive on the Section level.
Lusenhop was nominated for the award in March and was selected from a dozen finalists. He will receive his award alongside the other Special Award winners at the 2013 Special Awards Banquet at Lake of Isles on Sunday, November 17, 2013. A healthy contingent of Fox Hopyard members and students of Brad’s are expected to be onsite to see him receive his award.
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FREE PGA TOUR Junior Clinic at Stanley G.C.

Arrive by 3:45 PM!

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (June 19, 2013) - The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, Travelers Championship, and PGA TOUR, and have teamed up again this year to bring a PGA TOUR Player to Stanley Golf Course in New Britian, Conn. for a PGA TOUR Junior Clinic and autograph session! Make sure to arrive early to have a good seat and bring something for the player to sign!

Schedule & Address


4:00 - 4:30 PM: Junior Clinic

4:30 - 4:45 PM: Autograph Session


PGA TOUR Professional: Jay McLuen

Stanley Golf Course

245 Hartford Road

New Britain, CT 06053


Join Us TODAY for FREE 10-minute Golf Lessons

Part of Travelers Championship Fan & Family Day

CROMWELL, Conn. (June 18, 2013) - Join over 20 Connecticut PGA Professionals today at the Farmington Bank Fan & Family Day where you can try the latest equipment from top companies and most importantly, have a FREE 10-minute lesson with a Connecticut PGA Professional! Adult and junior lessons will be held on the TPC River Highlands range, right along side PGA TOUR players who are warming up for their practice rounds. Come out for the fun, sun, and food between 9 AM and 3:30 PM today. Then at 3:30 PM, a PGA TOUR player will be on hand to  give a half-hour clinic. We hope to see you at TPC to kick off Travelers Championship week!


Lickliter, McLuen, Branshaw, Quinn Qualify for the Travelers Championship

First Alternate, Taylor Fires 63 Before Being Called Up

PUTNAM, Conn. (June 17, 2013) – Frank Lickliter of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jay McLuen of Forsyth, Ga., David Branshaw of Tampa, Fla., and Francis Quinn of Holden, Mass. all qualified for the Travelers Championship today following stellar play at Connecticut National Golf Club during in the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier. Lickliter and McLuen had a similar round both carding four birdies and just one bogey as co-medalists at three-under-par, 67. Tied for third at two-under-par and earning spots where Branshaw, who eagled the par-4, second hole, and Quinn, who carded a bogey-free round.


The most interesting round of the day, however, comes from Vaughn Taylor of Purcellville, Va. Taylor, the first alternate for the Travelers Championship itself, had an incredible seven-under-par round of 63 today with a total of six birdies and an eagle on the 583 yard, par 5, 18th to finish. He did, however, received word that he was being called up to play as the first alternate before turning in his scorecard and happily withdrew.


PGA Professional, Kyle Bilodeau previously earned the Connecticut Section PGA’s exemption in May by winning the Spring PGA Stroke Play at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst, Mass. with a two round total of 141, three-under-par.


Congratulations to these four qualifiers and our very own, Kyle Billodeau of Hop Meadow Country Club in the Travelers Championship this week.