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Today is April 16, 2014


Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Registration Now Open

Connecticut Section PGA will host five local qualifiers

Drive, Chip and Putt Championship registration is now open for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals.
This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15 who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its second year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will nearly triple the number of local qualifying spots, expanding to more than 50,000 playing opportunities at 256 host sites throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June and July. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2015 Masters.
The Connecticut Section PGA Drive, Chip and Putt schedule is as follows:

 Event Name Date Facility
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #1 Tuesday, June,17, 2014 Travelers Championship (First Tee)
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #2 Saturday, June 21, 2014 Golf Center at Lyman Orchards
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #3 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 The Ranch Golf Club
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #4 Wednesday July 9, 2014 Goodwin Park Golf Course
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #5 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Fox Hopyard Golf Club
Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier Wednesday, July 30, 2014 The First Tee of CT



Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association Alumni Tournament

Benefitting the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation

The inaugural Connecticut Junior Golf Association Alumni Tournament, benefitting the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Eligibility: Former JGA member, between the ages of 21 and 35. Former JGA members can invite a guest to participate as a partner, as long as they meet the age requirement.
Format: two-person, stableford
Registration: Registration is first come, first serve, for 120 entries.
Click here to register.
Cost: Individual player - $125; two-player team - $250
Entry Fee Includes: Golf (18 holes) with cart, lunch, gift, dinner, auction, and a raffle


2014 Spring PGA Meeting Held at Twin Hills Country Club

Dave DiRico, Golf Professional of the Year and Special Award Winners Announced

Longmeadow, Mass. (March 25, 2014) – The 2014 Connecticut Section PGA Spring Membership Meeting supported by Bouvier Insurance was held at Twin Hills Country Club with 178 attendees learning about the Association, section, and membership.
The meeting kicked off with a special announcement from Tom Baptist, Superintendent for the City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works, about the section and City of Hartford entering into a consulting agreement to operate both Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses. Patrick Aldrich, PGA, was hired to serve as the Golf Properties Consultant to serve the city as its Director of Operations. In addition, a PGA Golf Properties Advisory Committee was created to assist Aldrich. The Committee consists of PGA Professionals Bobby Brown, Tashua Knolls Golf Course; Andrew Ouellet, Taylormade Golf; John Verrengia, Simsbury Farms Golf Club; and Jon Wilson, Golf Center at Lyman Orchards.
The featured guest speaker, Peter Bevacqua, Chief Executive Officer of The PGA of America, provided the meeting attendees with an update and insight on the golf industry, PGA of America initiatives, and future plans of the Association. Bevacqua’s enthusiasm left the meeting attendees excited and hopeful for the upcoming golf season.

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Connecticut Section PGA and the City of Hartford have agreed to enter into a Golf Course Consulting Agreement

Restoration of Goodwin and Keney Park Golf Courses Fully Underway

We are pleased to announce that the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Section PGA have entered into a Golf Course Consulting agreement. For 2014, the section will be a consultant for the operations of the City’s Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses.

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Aldrich of Sharon, Conn., has been hired by the Connecticut Section PGA as Golf Properties Consultant to serve the City of Hartford as its Director of Operations as outlined in the scope of services in the Professional Services Contract between the City and the PGA. Patrick will be on property at Goodwin Park Golf Course, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 
The section's role will include, but is not limited to, counseling and advising the City on all aspects of opening and operating Goodwin Park Golf Course in 2014; and opening and operating Keney Park Golf Course in 2015 in addition to continuing to do same at Goodwin Park. The section will also provide a PGA Professional to serve as Consultant to assist City of Hartford in golf course operations. 
The Connecticut Section PGA is featured in the following articles in reference to the agreement with the City of Hartford to consult and manage Goodwin and Keney Park Golf Courses.
Click Here
to read the article on The Courant.
Click Here to read statements from the Mayor Segarra's (City of Hartford) announcement.

Click Here to read the article on the Hartford Business Journal.


GOODWIN PARK GOLF COURSE Tentative 2014 Calendar


Click Here to access the Goodwin Park Golf Course calendar


Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation Awards Over $30,000 in Financial Grants

New Directors Elected at Foundation Annual Meeting

Hartford, Conn. (March 11, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation announced the 2014 Financial Grant Recipients today during their Annual Meeting at The Hartford Country Club. The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation granted over $30,000 that will benefit 25 programs, events, and organizations.

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The PGA of America's Connecticut Section Office Moves to Glastonbury, Conn.

Move to Main Street Helps to Grow Golf in Community

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (January 13, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA, one of 41 sections of The PGA of America, has moved to Glastonbury, Conn. Having recently celebrated its 80th year anniversary, the PGA Section serves over 360 golf professionals in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The business of the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, Inc., which provides funding in the form of grants to initiatives and programs serving youth and special needs throughout the golf community will also be conducted from this location. 

The PGA Section has partnered with the Connecticut State Golf Association to share office space in the Connecticut Golf House in Rocky Hill, Conn, for the past 25 years and today has sold its share of office space to the CSGA.

In discussing the move, PGA Section Executive Director Tom Hantke stated, “The leadership within the golf industry is collectively focusing on bringing the game more mainstream. With respect to that objective, having our office on Main Street is important to highlighting the player development initiatives and programs our PGA Professionals are delivering at their places of employment and promoting within their respective communities.”
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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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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.

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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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