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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.