The Western Massachusetts Golf Community Honors PGA Professional Rick Fleury
Fleury named the 70th Rollie Jacobs Western Mass Tee Party Honoree
AGAWAM, MASS. (April 28, 2016) - Last evening at Crestview Country Club, the Western Massachusetts golf community honored PGA Professional Rick Fleury as the 70th honoree of the Western Mass Tee Party.
"For over 25 years, Rick has distinguished himself as one the community's most outstanding golf professionals serving Hickory Ridge, Crestview, and now Elmcrest Country Club,” Connecticut Section PGA Executive Director Tom Hantke informed the 150 guests in attendance."We're proud that the golf community thinks as highly of Rick as our PGA Members do in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts."
The Western Mass Tee Party dates back to 1947 and serves as the unofficial season kick off in the Pioneer Valley, a community of 48 golf courses and over 90 PGA Professionals.View More
Matches Announced for 45th Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches
Connecticut Section PGA Members Look to Retain the Cup
ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Connecticut Section PGA and Connecticut State Golf Association Team Captains Dennis Coscina and Jack Bracken met and released their respective team lineups for the Julius Boros Challenge Cup, being played Thursday, May 5th at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the matches, which first began in 1972 at Tumble Brook Country Club. The matches are an annual gathering of the state’s top amateur and professional golfers, which showcases Connecticut PGA Section Professionals against amateurs from the Connecticut State Golf Association in a match play format. The Challenge Cup was founded in memory of Julius Boros, a bona-fide Connecticut resident and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Boros is perhaps the most successful player in the history of Connecticut golf, having won eighteen times on the PGA Tour including two United States Open Championships and a PGA Championship. The Connecticut Section PGA won the inaugural matches by a score of 33 ½ to 20 ½.View More
Western Mass. pair Billy Downes, Dave Dell eliminated in semifinals of Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 14, 2015) –Russ Held Sports– And then there were two.
Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club and Manchester CC's Jordan Gosler have reached the final of the 25th Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship. Each has won four matches this week at Goodwin Park Golf Course, host of an 18-hole final Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
The pair advanced through quarterfinal and semifinal round matches Wednesday, setting up the first trip to the final for each. Shea eliminated Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge CC with a 1-up decision in the quarters and closed out Dave Dell of Springfield CC 2 and 1 in the semifinals. Gosler took down two Western Massachusetts pros, posting a 3-and-2 victory over Tony Kelley of Wyckoff CC and a 5-and-4 decision against Billy Downes of GreatHorse. Both finalists made seven birdies in the afternoon semifinals on the 6,015-yard South course layout.
Gosler was simply too much for Downes, who never led. "I just ran into a buzz saw,'' Downes said. "It's never fun to lose, but he was 7 under in 14 holes. You hope you're 5 under or something like that instead.''View More
Championship Match set at the 25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship
Kevin Shea and Jordan Gosler advance to Finals
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 14, 2015) – Day two of the 25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship was filled with plenty of excitement as the upset theme continued, vaulting Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club and Jordan Gosler of Manchester Country Club into the championship match.
Shea (#7) defeated Kyle Bilodeau (#2) of Ellington Ridge Country Club 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, then advanced past Dave Dell (#14) of Springfield Country Club 3&1 in the afternoon semifinals. Dell had previously bested Eric Smith (#11) of Black Hall Club 5&4 in the morning quarterfinal round.
In his semifinal match, Shea trailed 1 down after Dell birdied the par-5 12th hole. However, Shea wouldn’t back down, as his birdies on thirteen, sixteen and seventeen, coupled with a Dell bogey on fifteen, resulted in a four hole swing in the favor of Shea.
In the other semifinal match, Gosler (#16) defeated Billy Downes (#5) of GreatHorse 5&4 to advance to Thursday’s finals. Gosler advanced past Tony Kelley (#8) of Wyckoff Country Club 3&2 in the morning quarterfinal round, while Downes was victorious over John Cook (#29) of Manchester Country Club 5&4.
The championship match will be played tomorrow morning beginning at 8:30 am. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.
Jordan Gosler, upsets headline opening rounds of Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 13, 2015) –Russ Held Sports– Top seed? No problem for Jordan Gosler.
The assistant golf professional at Manchester Country Club made the biggest noise Tuesday at the 25th Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship at Goodwin Park Golf Course. All Gosler did was upset No. 1 seed and defending champion Adam Rainaud 5-and-4 during second-round play at the municipal coure's 6,015-yard South layout.
Gosler's second win of the day set up a quarterfinal round matchup with Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club Wednesday morning at 8. Another win could set up a semifinal showdown with Manchester CC head pro John Cook. Cook faces Billy Downes of GreatHorse in a quarterfinal at 8:08 a.m. on that side of the bracket. Other quarterfinals match Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge CC against Kevin Shea of Great Neck CC at 8:16 and Springfield CC's Dave Dell and Eric Smith of Black Hall Club follow at 8:24.
Winners meet in afternoon semifinal action, with an 18-hole final set for Thursday morning.
Gosler looked impressive in his second appearance at the championship, making birdies at three of the first four holes after the turn. The stretch turned an all-square match into a 3-up lead on the winner of the 2015 national PGA Match Play Championship.
"He smoked me,'' said Rainaud, an assistant pro at Black Hall Club. "I did not play badly, he played really well. He was making the putts, and I wasn't making all the ones I needed. He seemed to make everyone he had to inside 15 feet.''
Gosler, a Glastonbury native, made six birdies overall to eliminate the two-time reigning Connecticut Section PGA Player of the Year. "I felt good (at the turn), it's very tough to stay with a guy with the caliber of Adam Rainaud,'' Gosler, 32, said. "The big swing came at 10, when I made a 10 footer for birdie and he missed from 4 feet. (After 13), it was looking a lot better. I tried not to think about it, but I was doing that a little bit in between shots.''View More
25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship Day One Results
A first-time champion will be crowned in 2015
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 13, 2015) – Day one of the 25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship saw cool and breezy conditions, but that did not deter low scores and entertaining first and second round matches at Goodwin Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn. A first-time champion is guaranteed to be crowned in 2015, and only two of the top-six seeded players remain after the first day.
Kyle Bilodeau (#2) of Ellington Ridge Country Club birdied both the 18th and first playoff hole to defeat three-time (1999, 2002 and 2006) champion Mike Martin (#15) of Tashua Knolls Golf Course 1 up (19 holes) in his second round match to advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinal round. Bilodeau won in the morning by a score of 4&2 over Ted Perez (#31) of East Mountain Country Club, while Martin defeated Kevin Mahaffy (#18) of Pequabuck Golf Club 2&1.
Bilodeau will square off against Kevin Shea (#7) of Great Neck Country Club in the quarterfinals. Shea defeated Jan Wivestad (#26) of Watertown Golf Club 3&2 in round one and Jeff DelRosso (#23) of Prospect Golf 4&2 in round two, after DelRosso defeated Ed Slattery (#10) of Candlewood Valley Country Club 1 up in the morning round.
Dave Dell (#14) of Springfield Country Club def. Kevin Cloud (#30) of Goodwin Park Golf Course 3&1 in the afternoon second round to move onto the quarterfinals. Dell initially advanced with a 4&3 victory over Frank Leja (#19) of Crumpin-Fox Golf Club, while Cloud upset Brent Paladino (#3) of the Connecticut State Golf Association 2 up in the morning round.View More
Field Set for the 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship
Rejuvenated Goodwin Park Golf Course to host elite Section PGA Professionals
From October 13th – 15th, defending champion Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club and 31 of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts’ most talented PGA Professionals will head to Goodwin Park Golf Club in Hartford, Conn. for the 25th playing of the Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship, sponsored by OMEGA.
Rainaud won the 24th Match Play Championship at New Haven Country Club in 2014, defeating 2013 champion Billy Street of New Haven Country Club by a margin of 4&3. Rainaud will be joined in this year’s field by three past champions, Street (2013), Kevin Giancola of Golf Quest Family Sports Center (2011, 2007, 2004 and 2003) and Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course (2006, 2002 and 1999). Fran Marrello, Head Professional at Canaan Country Club, has won this championship a record eight (8) times since 1990 when the contest began.
The schedule of event will begin on Tuesday, October 13th with the Round of 32 Matches and Round of 16 Matches, followed by Quarterfinal and Semifinal Matches on Wednesday, October 14th. The 18-hole Championship Match is scheduled for Thursday, October 15th.
CaddyX and Connecticut Section PGA Announce LugFree4Life Winner
Linda Petrozzi of Florence, Mass. to receive Free Golf Club Transportation for Life!
The Connecticut Section PGA and CaddyX are excited to announce the winner of the LugFree4Life Program, Linda Petrozzi of Florence, Mass. Petrozzi, who plays out of Hickory Ridge Golf Club, will receive one (1) complimentary round trip CaddyX economy golf club transport per calendar year for the rest of her life!
Beginning in 2015, CaddyX partnered with the Connecticut Section PGA to be the Exclusive Sponsor of the Club Champion program, which honored all 2015 men’s and women’s club champions at participating PGA golf courses within the Section (Connecticut excluding lower Fairfield County and Western Massachusetts) with one (1) complementary round trip golf club transport from CaddyX.
All reported and qualifying CaddyX Club Champions were then entered into a year-end drawing for the LugFree4Life Program, with the winner receiving one (1) complimentary round trip CaddyX economy transport per calendar year for the rest of their life! Petrozzi was selected from more than 30 Club Champions in a random drawing at the Connecticut Section PGA Pro-Am Championship at Mohegan Sun Country Club.
Headquartered in Kansas City’s renowned tech community, CaddyX empowers every golfer to effortlessly book on-demand touch-free golf bag transports from the front steps of their home or golf club to the first tee of their travel destination, awarding golfers the Ultimate Lug-Free Experience. CaddyX is the world’s most convenient, reliable and secure way to transport golf bags, and the only way for golfers to travel 100% hassle-free, lug-free and risk-free worldwide, from doorway to fairway and back.
For more information on the CaddyX Club Champion Program, please visit www.ctpga.com/caddyx-club-champion or www.caddyx.com/ctpga. Golfers wishing to travel lug-free can visit www.CaddyX.com to create a profile to book on-demand touch-free golf bag transports.
Black Hall Club's Rainaud and Farrell Win the Mohegan Sun PGA Pro-Am Championship at Mohegan Sun Golf Club
Candlewood Valley CC and Tallwood CC tie for second
The challenging Mohegan Sun Golf Club was the host for today’s Mohegan Sun PGA Pro-Am Championship, which concluded in a dramatic three-team playoff.
The Black Hall Club team, consisting of PGA Professional Adam Rainaud and amateur Scott Farrell, posted a 7-under par 65, to finish in a tie with the Candlewood Valley Country Club team of PGA Professional Ed Slattery and amateur Todd Schaller, and the Tallwood Country Club team of PGA Professional Zac Stennett and amateur Mike Byrne. Rainaud calmly drained a fifteen-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to secure the title for the Black Hall team.
The team from Tekoa Country Club, consisting of PGA Professional E.J. Altobello and amateur partner Michael Altobello, posted a five-under par, 67, to finish in a tie for fourth place with the Wethersfield Country Club team of PGA Professional Ron Dellostritto and amateur Jon Klein.
The PGA Pro-Am Championship dates back to 1952, and is the oldest team championship of the section. Longmeadow Country Club and the team of Dick Stranahan and Allen Doyle have won this championship a record five (5) times. Wampanoag Country Club ranks second with four wins, led each time by PGA Professional Bob Kay.
Both Rainaud and Farrell will be honored for their victory at the second-annual Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute, to be held on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Lake of Isles. This awards format will recognize the winners of the 2015 PGA Member Championship events, Players of the Year, winner of the President’s Award, and the induction of a new class into the Hall of Fame. For more information on the Hall of Fame and Champions Tribute, please visit the CT PGA website.
Brent Paladino and Billy Street capture 2015 Nike Golf PGA Professional Golf League
Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association and Billy Street of New Haven Country Club have won the season-long Nike Golf PGA Professional Golf League. The Nike Golf PGA Professional Golf League is a yearlong golf league for PGA Members within the Connecticut Section, and culminated with the League Championship round at Watertown Golf Club on Thursday. On the season, Paladino and Street accumulated a total of 60.0 point to earn the League Championship title.
Ron Dellostritto of Wethersfield Country Club and Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club posted a nine-under par, 62, to win the League Championship round at Watertown G.C. by three-strokes over Paladino and Street (65). Dellostritto and Rainaud earned 42.0 points for their Championship Round victory, and combined with their 12.0 Division points, was good for a third-place overall finish with 54.0 points for the season.
Paladino and Street earned 39.0 points for their second-place finish in the Championship round, which, added to their 21.0 Division points, was good for 60.0 overall points. Those 39.0 Championship Round points earned by Paladino and Street allowed them to catch Dave Dell of Springfield Country Club and Ed Slattery of Candlewood Valley Country Club. Dell and Slattery entered the League Championship round in first place with 27.0 Division points, and earned 33.0 Championship Round points for their fourth-place finish, good for 60.0 points for the season. However, Paladino and Street emerged as overall champions after a back-nine match-of-cards.
The Nike Golf PGA Professional Golf League was sponsored by the Nike Golf and supported by the Prize Possessions, Club Car, and the PGA TOUR.