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.
Black Hall Club captures 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Ben Lewon Cup
The Black Hall Club of Old Lyme, Conn. has secured the 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Ben Lewon Cup. Named in remembrance of honorary Connecticut Section PGA member Ben Lewon, who served as Tournament Director for the Connecticut Section for 20 years, the Ben Lewon Cup is presented to the team accumulating the most performance-based points during the yearlong Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series.
Throughout the 2015 season, the Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series was contested at Tumble Brook Country Club, Farmington Woods Country Club, The Orchards Golf Club, Wampanoag Country Club, Ellington Ridge Country Club, Glastonbury Hills Country Club, and the Crumpin-Fox Club. Black Hall Club amassed a total of 27.00 points to emerge from a tight race with the Pomperaug Golf Course team, which finished in second place with 23.50 points. Rounding out the top-five are Longmeadow Country Club (16.00 points), Candlewood Valley Country Club (15.50 points), and Springfield Country Club (13.50 points).
Congratulations to the Black Hall Club staff members, PGA Head Professional Andrew Campbell and Assistant Professional Adam Rainaud, as well as amateur participants: Fred Caffarelli, Brice Craven, Tom Dolan, Jeff Dunphy, Jim Hamsher, Dante Laterra, Paul Millard, Phil Perry, Alex Romeo, Jeff Scull, Scott Shea and Brian Zito.
Fran Marrello captures 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Senior Player of the Year Honors
Fran Marrello, Head Golf Professional at Canaan Country Club, has secured 2015 Connecticut Section PGA OMEGA Senior Player of the Year honors. This is Marrello’s second consecutive Senior Player of the Year title and eighth overall, having previously earned the distinction in 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2005.
Marrello has accumulated a total of 401.3 points thus far during the 2015 season and posted a stroke-average of 72.2 in nine (9) events. He captured the 64th Senior Connecticut PGA Championship at Shuttle Meadow Country Club with a two-round score of even-par, 142, qualifying for the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Seaside, California, to be held on October 15-18, 2015.
Other notable results for Marrello on the 2015 season include finishing T-2 in the Wampanoag CC PGA Pro-Am, T-4 at the 33rd Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett Golf Course, T-4 at The Spring PGA Stroke Play at The Ledges Golf Club and T-4 at the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship at The Ranch Golf Club. Marrello also participated in the 2015 U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif., where he posted rounds of 76-82 for the championship.
In addition to his Senior Player of the Year titles, Marrello has also been the Section Player of the Year and Bob Shea Award recipient in 2012, 2007, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992. Marrello has accumulated the most Senior Player of the Year titles in Section history, and is one of only five individuals to win the award multiple times, including Jack McConachie (2004, 2002, 2001 and 2000), Tony Kelley (2013 and 2009), Dennis Coscina (1999 and 1998) and Charlie Moore (1997 and 1993).
Marrello will be honored as the Player of the Year 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.
Adam Rainaud Clinches Bob Shea Award as the 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Player of the Year
Adam Rainaud, assistant golf professional at the Black Hall Club, has secured his second consecutive Bob Shea Award as the Connecticut Section OMEGA Player of the Year.
Rainaud has amassed a total of 508.5 points thus far during the 2015 season and sealed the Player of the Year race with his victory at the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship at The Ranch Golf Club on September 22nd. Rainaud has compiled a 69.5 stroke average and claimed a total of six (6) victories on the year, including the CTPGA Senior/ Junior Pro-Pro at Lake of Isles, the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament, the Wampanoag CC PGA Pro-Am, the Assistant Connecticut PGA Championship, the Crumpin-Fox GC PGA Pro-Am and the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship. He also secured top-three finished at the Connecticut PGA Championship (2nd), the Glastonbury Hills PGA Pro-Sr. Am (2nd), the Spring PGA Stroke Play (T-2) and the Western Mass. Open (T-3). Rainaud notched his first career Major Championship appearance in 2015. By carding a top-10 finish in the PGA Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Rainaud qualified to participate in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, where he posted rounds of 74-77.
The Player of the Year award began in 1970 with Dick Stranahan winning the first two titles. In the 1980's, the Player of the Year award was named after Bob Shea, who served as the section Executive Director from 1980-1993. No golfer has won more section Player of the Year titles than Paul Ryiz who has won a record nine titles (1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1981 and 1980). Other multiple time winners of the award include Fran Marrello with seven (2012, 2007, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993 and 1992), Kevin Giancola with six (2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2004 and 2003), Dennis Coscina with six (1983, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976 and 1972), John Paesani with four (2001, 1997, 1991 and 1990), Tony Kelley with three (2009, 2000 and 1999), Dick Stranahan with three (1973, 1971 and 1970), and now Rainaud (2015 and 2014).
Rainaud will be honored as the Player of the Year 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.
Adam Rainaud edges Billy Downes in playoff at Connecticut PGA Professional Championship
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (September 22, 2015) – Russ Held Sports – Adam Rainaud's goals for the 2015 golf season were pretty lofty. The South Hadley native sought to qualify for the PGA Championship and win the Connecticut Section PGA's Player of the Year honors. Rainaud made it 2 for 2, after clinching the latter Tuesday afternoon.
The assistant professional at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., made a birdie at the first extra hole to successfully defend his title at the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship at The Ranch Golf Club. The finish secured him the section's season-long points rankings crown for the second straight year.
"In the overall picture, winning that means you've had some pretty good tournaments during the season,'' Rainaud said. "And I have.''
That finishing touch came together late Tuesday, when Rainaud (72) made par at the 18th hole to catch Downes (71) and force a playoff. Both golfers finished at 4-under-par 140. "The finishing holes are really tough, and it felt good on 18 to do that under a little pressure,'' said Rainaud, who won $3,000.
Rainaud then drained a seven-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole, the 447-yard par-4 10th hole. Downes had missed his attempt from 20 feet moments earlier. "I was in a perfect spot, right next to the divot I made from the (regular) round,'' Rainaud said. "I had a pitching wedge from 117 yards this time and just made sure I hit it softer.''
If any consolation, Downes qualified with three others for the 2016 PGA Professional National Championship. Jim Hanlon of The Farms CC, Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association and Canaan CC's Fran Marrello also advanced. "That's a great thing, that I know will feel good later,'' Downes said of the championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y., next June. "It's just not fun when you three putt and go to a playoff and lose.''
The 2013 champion took a one-stroke lead to 18, after Rainaud made bogey from a difficult spot behind the green. "I have to make that putt at 17,'' Downes said of an uphill, eight-foot birdie putt that would have given him a two-stroke cushion.View More
ADAM RAINAUD CAPTURES CONNECTICUT PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
EARNS BERTH IN 49th PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (September 22, 2015) – Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club, winner of the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship on September 21-22 at The Ranch Golf Club, will lead 5 Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 49th PGA Professional Championship, June 26-29, 2016, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.
Rainaud turned in a winning total of four-under-par 140 to capture the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship title on the first playoff hole over Billy Downes of GreatHorse. They are joined by Jim Hanlon of The Farms Country Club (141, -3), Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club (145, +1) and Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association (145, +1).
The PGA Professional Championship will mark its second visit to Turning Stone Resort and first since 2006. The Championship brings together a field of 312 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.
In 2016, the Championship field will compete at Turning Stone Resort, home to three of the country’s premier public/resort courses. The Championship will be contested on the Atunyote Golf Club and the Shenendoah Golf Club.View More
Adam Rainaud Leads Connecticut PGA Professional Championship By One Stroke
Seeking Second Straight CT PGA Professional Championship
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (September 21, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut PGA Professional Championship got underway today at The Ranch Golf Club with sunny and breezy conditions accompanying rave reviews of the golf course by competitors.
Adam Rainaud, Assistant Professional at the Black Hall Club, fired an opening-round of four-under par, 68, to lead the field of 45 PGA professionals. Rainaud got off to a hot start on his round, opening with a bogey-free front-nine of 33, and posted two more birdies against just one bogey on the back-nine.
Trailing Rainaud by one-stroke is Billy Downes of GreatHorse, who carded five birdies against two bogeys for an opening round of three-under par, 69. Dave Dell of Springfield Country Club sits in solo third place at two-under par, 70. Rounding out the top-five are Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association and Kevin Mahaffy of Pequabuck Golf Club, both tied at one-under par, 71.
Ron Dellostritto of Wethersfield Country Club recorded the shot of the day, carding a hole-in-one on the 170 yard eighth hole.
The Connecticut PGA Professional Championship serves as the qualifier for the 49th PGA Professional Championship, to be held June 26-29, 2016 at Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote and Shenendoah Courses. Three exemptions are up for grabs on Tuesday, paving the way to Turning Stone and New York for next year’s championship, where PGA Professionals from all 41 sections will be vying for the 20 berths into the 98th PGA Championship, July 25-31, 2016, at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.
Both the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship and the PGA Professional Championship are presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz, and OMEGA. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade Golf and the PGA TOUR. This year’s section championship has a $16,000 purse and a $3,000 first place prize. The final round of the 36-hole championship takes place tomorrow with starting times beginning at 8:00 AM with leaders going off last.View More