Aylsworth, Carta, Friday, Irvin Win Sales Representative-Professional Invitational Tournament
A True Summer Weather Day at Tumble Brook C.C.
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (May 16, 2013) - The team of John Aylsworth of COBRA PUMA GOLF, Ray Irvin of PGA Preferred Golf Course Insurance/Bouvier Insurance, Frank Carta of Madision C.C., and host PGA Professional, Howie Friday, fired a 12-under-par, 132, to win the Sales Representative-Professional Invitational Tournament (S.P.I.T.) at Tumble Brook Country Club today. Warm weather made for an enjoyable day that was all topped of with a spectacular reception and dinner under the direction of Executive Chef, Rob Vastano, and his staff. A big thank you also to head superintendent, Cindy Johnson, for immaculate course conditions.
Two teams tied for second place at 11-under-par, 133. The first included Patrick Aldrich, Kevin Lynch, Chris Thomas, and Jeff Palmer. The second was comprized of Bob Kay, Marty Burke, Mike O'Grady, Brendan Dlouhy.
The S.P.I.T. would not be possible without the dedication of our sales representatives serving PGA Professionals of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts as well as the Connecticut Section PGA Professionals themselves.
Stanley Golf Course Selected to Host Travelers Championship PGA TOUR Junior Clinic
Supported by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (May 14, 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 on Wednesday, June 19, at 4:00 PM. Stanley G.C. was selected by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation to host this FREE clinic and Head PGA Professional, Kyle Hedstrom, is looking forward to the day.
“This is now our fourth year hosting a PGA TOUR Junior Clinic,” says Hedstrom. “We were one of the original facilities to host and we’ve been lucky enough to be chosen each year among other great clubs. It’s an honor to be a part of this great program that is supported by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation.”
Bilodeau Captures Spring PGA Stroke Play Title & Earns Berth in 2013 Travelers Championship
No Doubt with a Three-Stroke Margin
AMHERST, Mass. (May 13, 2013) – “It hasn’t even sank in yet,” says Kyle Bilodeau of Hop Meadow Country Club, following a three-under-par, 141, to capture his first Spring PGA Stroke Play title and snag a spot in the 2013 Travelers Championship, June 20-23. “I shot 70 this morning and I putted well. I’ve been working with my Head PGA Pro, Jason [Waters] on my putting… and I got on some good greens today and it finally started clicking.”
Ironically enough, Bilodeau was paired with defending champion, Ian Marshall of Watertown Golf Club, and he expected a good match. “I had a blast out there playing with Ian,” says Bilodeau. “When we went out on the second 18, I birdied the first and Ian birdied the second. I’m thinking ‘Wow, we’re going to have a shootout here’ but I ended up pulling away in the end.”
Bilodeau, Marshall Lead the Pack in Spring PGA Stroke Play
Round One In The Books
AMHERST, Mass. (May 13, 2013) - Kyle Bilodeau of Hop Meadow C.C. fires a two-under-par, 70 in the first round of the Spring PGA Stroke Play at Hickory Ridge G.C. to lead the field. Defending Champion, Ian Marshall of Watertown G.C., sits in sole second place through round one and one-under-par, 71. Host PGA Professional, Bill Rosenblum along with Frank Leja of Campbell's Golf Center, Billy Downes of Hampden C.C., and John Cook of Manchester C.C., all came with even par, 72.
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H. Smith Richardson Honored as Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Jim Alexander, Head PGA Professional, is Honored to Receive Award
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (May 10, 2013) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced that H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield, Conn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award, as the model public golf course serving the game of golf in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The award was inaugurated in 2001 in honor of Canton Public Golf Course for the standards it set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course was opened for business in 1972. Located in Fairfield, Conn., it is the only public golf course in a town of 55,000 residents. In addition to servicing the residents of Fairfield, H. Smith Richardson has often been referred to as Fairfield County's public golf course as residents from all over southern Fairfield County call “Smith” home due to a lack of public facilities in the area. Playing an average of 45,000 rounds per year, H. Smith Richardson has served as a valuable recreational facility for the entire area. In addition to their 18-hole facility, the Town of Fairfield and PGA Professionals oversee and manage a Par 3 course, the Carl J. Dickman Par 3, located in southern Fairfield. This course plays and average of 25,000 rounds per year.
Western Mass Tee Party Held at Twin Hills C.C.
2013 Honoree, Paul Quinn Recognized
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (May 9, 2013) - Paul Quinn of Longmeadow C.C. was honored last night at Twin Hills C.C. during the 2013 Western Mass Tee Party. Quinn was recognized for his over 50 years of service to the game of golf and community in Western Massachusetts.
Pictured from left to right is Tim Quirk, Western Mass Tee Party Committee Chair, Paul Quinn, John Steffen, Host Head PGA Professional, and Tom Hantke, Executive Director of the Connecticut Section PGA.
Bishop & Breed Support Newtown C.C. First Responders Outing
Golf Clinic and Tournament Held to Thank Sandy Hook First Responders
NEWTOWN, Conn. (May 5, 2013) – President of The PGA of America, Ted Bishop, and PGA Teacher of the Year, Michael Breed, were honored guests of the Newtown First Responders Outing at Newtown Country Club on Sunday. This was the first visit to the Connecticut Section for Bishop, the 38th President of the PGA. Over 60 members of seven first responder organizations involved with the December 14 tragedy, were in attendance for a day of golf thanking them for their service.
Host PGA Professional, Paul Miller, wanted to do something for those that served his community at a time of extreme need and knew golf was a great way to do it. Organizations like JetBlue, Titleist, Golf Pride, and Kirk & Matz stepped up to the plate to donate vacations, hats, grips, and the trophy for the winning team. Lunch was donated by The One Eyed Pig and dinner was sponsored by Pratt & Whitney.
Connecticut PGA Professionals Win Over CSGA Amateurs 35.5 - 27.5
42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Retained
HAMDEN, Conn. (May 3, 2013) - In the 42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches on Thursday, the Connecticut Section PGA Professional team beat out the CSGA Amateur team by a score of 35.5 to 27.5, a steep margin when only 31.5 points were needed by the Connecticut PGA team to retain the cup for the second year in a row. With this victory, the Connecticut PGA strengthens its hold on the overall record of 30-12. Congratulations to Captain, Dennis Coscina, Assistant Captain, Craig Kealey, and the players on a great victory.
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Matches Announced for 42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup
This year marks the 42nd 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.
Each team consists of fourteen players, who earned their way onto their respective teams through their accomplishments in the previous season. Each player will play an Individual Match Play competition worth three points, and will also participate in a Four Ball Match worth three points. A total of sixty-three points are available in the Matches, with the Connecticut Section PGA needing 31 ½ points to retain possession of the Cup, and the CSGA needing 32 points to regain possession of the Cup. Last year, the Connecticut Section PGA Professionals captured the Challenge Cup by a narrow margin of 32.5 to 30.5.