Black Hall Club captures Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at Glastonbury Hills Country Club
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 26, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #6 was held on Wednesday at Glastonbury Hills Country Club. The team contest format for this event was a pro and three (3) senior amateurs, with one low gross and one low net score counting on each hole.
The team from the Black Hall Club, consisting of PGA Professional Adam Rainaud and amateurs Fred Caffarelli, Brice Craven and Jeff Scull, posted a combined score of 13-under par, 131, to win the team competition. Finishing in second place at 11-under par, 133, was the Pomperaug Golf Club team consisting of PGA Professional Dave Cook and amateurs, Bob Hill, James Schettino and William Witkowski.
Kevin Giancola of Golf Quest Family Sports Center posted a stellar six-under par, 66, to win low professional honors by one-stroke over Rainaud (67, -5). Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club finished in solo third (73, +1), followed by Tony Roberto of Agawam Municipal Golf Course (74, +2) in fourth place. Dave Giacondino of East Mountain Golf Course and Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club finished in a tie for fifth at 75 (+3).
A total of three golfers earned skins in the event: Dave Giacondino on Hole #2, Adam D’Amario on Hole #14, and Rainaud on Hole #15.
Thank you to Glastonbury Hills Country Club and PGA Professional Scott Knights for hosting the event.
Adam Rainaud wins the 2015 Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship
Captures his fifth title in playoff over Eric Smith
AVON, Conn. (August 25, 2015) – Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club emerged from a playoff over Eric Smith, also of the Black Hall Club, to defend his crown at the 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Assistant Championship at the Golf Club of Avon. The Championship is open to all PGA Registered Apprentices and Assistant Professionals in good standing, and serves as the qualifier for the 2015 National Car Rental Assistant Championship, to be held October 29 through November 1, 2015, on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.
"This one was pretty fun, pretty intense,'' Rainaud said. "That was one of the most exciting, most intense back nines I've played in a long time. The first two (Assistant Championships) I won when it was pretty close down the stretch with Brent Paladino, those first two were pretty intense, but the last two I had a good lead on the back nine. Today I went to the ninth hole down two needing to come back.”
Rainaud got off to a hot start in his morning round, carding birdies on holes #1, 3, 9 and 17, but closed with a bogey on 18 for a three-under par, 68. Smith’s round had a much different feel, opening with a one-over par 37 on the front-nine, then turning with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 for a two-under par, 69.
Their afternoon rounds would prove to be just as different, yet would lead them both to the top of the leaderboard. With a birdie on hole #8 and a bogey on hole #9, Rainaud maintained his position at three-under par, but was left chasing the hard-charging Smith, who carded an eagle and three birdies against two bogeys for a front-nine 33. Back-to-back bogeys on holes #10 and 11 for Smith dropped him to three-under par and a deadlock with Rainaud, as both golfers would play the final seven holes in one-under par to finish at four-under par, 138. After both golfers halved the par four first hole of the playoff, Rainaud claimed the title with a par on the par three second.View More
Durkin, Garvin, Chorches, Kalk and Hidalgo victorious at the Hop Meadow Junior Open
SIMSBURY, Conn. (August 24, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut PGA Junior Golf TOUR regular season wrapped on Monday at Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, Conn., attracting more than 100 top junior golfers from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
Thomas Durkin of Suffield, Conn. posted a three-over par 75 to narrowly edge Matthew Manjos of Monroe, Conn. and Philippe Morin of Canton, Conn. (76, +4) to win the Boys 16-18 division. Finishing in a tie for fourth place at 77 (+5) were Nick Knisel of Weatogue, Conn., Peter Gehris of South Windsor, Conn., Ricky Nappi Berlin, Conn., and Nick Sullivan of Simsbury, Conn. The Hop Meadow Junior Open is Durkin’s first win of the 2015 season
Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass. emerged victorious on the first playoff hole over Katherine Mullen of Burlington, Conn. to win the Girls 18-hole division after both golfers tied in regulation at 83 (+11). Finishing in solo third was Julia Migliorati of Wethersfield, Conn. with a score of 89 (+17). This marks Garvin’s eighth Junior TOUR victory of 2015.
Matthew Chorches of West Hartford, Conn. earned his first victory of the 2015 season in the Boys 13-15 division, carding a solid four-over par 76 for a one-stroke over Eddie Morin of East Longmeadow, Mass. (77, +5). Finishing in a three-way tie for third place at 79 (+7) were Michael Bechard of Longmeadow, Mass., Justin Mathew of Rocky Hill, Conn. and Jake Bennett of Madison, Conn.
In the 9-hole divisions, Ethan Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn. fired an impressive three-over par 39 to win the Boys division by three-strokes over Michael Hanratty of Avon, Conn. (42, +6). Jack Hall of Avon, Conn. finished in solo third place at 43 (+7). Mia Hidalgo of Cheshire, Conn. posted a solid score of 42 (+6) to win the Girls division by two-strokes over Sydney Hidalgo of Cheshire, Conn. (44, +8). Finishing in solo third place was Mia Scarpati of Ridgefield, Conn with a score of 46 (+10). This is Kalk’s seventh victory of the 2015 season, and the eighth for Hidalgo.
Congratulations to our winners Thomas Durkin, Angela Garvin, Matthew Chorches, Ethan Kalk and Mia Hidalgo, and thank you to PGA Professional Joe Cordani and his staff at Hop Meadow CC for hosting the event! The 2015 Junior TOUR season wraps on September 6th with the Jack Kelly Tournament of Champions at Shennecossett GC.
Adam Rainaud seeks record 3rd straight title, 5th overall at 53rd National Car Rental Connecticut PGA Assistants Championship
Russ Held Sports - S. GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 24, 2015)
Adam Rainaud is still finding opportunities to make history. And another comes Tuesday at the 53rd National Car Rental Connecticut PGA Assistants Championship.
Rainaud can become the first to win three straight titles and claim a record fifth victory at the 36-hole event at Golf Club of Avon. The assistant professional at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., will face tough challenges from 32 others, who are also vying for qualifying spots to the national championship in late October at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
"My focus is just to prove to myself that I get a little better every year,'' Rainaud said. "And this tournament has come a long way for me. It was really my first tournament in the Section (in 2010) and I just wanted to get off to a good start. I wanted to prove to the other pros in the Section that I was a decent player, to earn a little respect.
"And now I know most all of the guys, we all have a really good time out there.''
Rainaud, 29, has won the Assistants Championship all four times he has played it, missing only the 2012 event because of a scheduling conflict. The South Hadley native won by nine strokes last year, posting a 66 and 65 to finish at 11 under at CC of Woodbridge. Rainaud's resume includes winning all five Connecticut Section PGA major championships in 2014 and he competed at the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits earlier this month.
The field includes 2012 champion Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington (Conn.) Ridge CC, last year's runner-up David McGregor of CC of Waterbury and two-time runner-up Adam D'Amario (2009, '12) of Indian Hill CC. Bilodeau tied for third place last year and shared fourth in 2013. "I'm trying to win it, trying to make it back to the national championship,'' Bilodeau said. "It's always so tough to make it. Adam (Rainaud) is so tough, he's won this four times. I'm looking forward to it, I just love the golf course. I don't play it all that often, but it's a great golf course.''
Bilodeau qualified for the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in June, after outdueling Rainaud to win the Section's PGA Stroke Play Championship in May. "I had my struggles off the tee at TPC,'' Bilodeau said of the Travelers. "But I learned a lot, through that experience. And I took some good things out of it too. I've been working hard on that for the last four or five weeks.''
Assistants' Association Player of the Year points leader Jantzen Vargas of Hartford GC holds a slim lead on Zac Stennett of Tallwood CC. Both are entered, as are 14 of the top 15 in the rankings.
Bob Mucha Jr., now head pro at Edgewood GC in Southwick, shares the tournament's all-time victory lead with Rainaud. Mucha won in 1989, '91, '93 and '95 and had a pair of runners-up finishes during that stretch.
First-round tee times run from 7 to 8:30 a.m., with an afternoon shotgun set for 1:45. Winner's share of the $4.450 purse is $1,000.
ASSISTANTS NOTES: Rick Leal of Wyckoff CC in Holyoke was the last to have a chance to win three straight. He followed up titles in 2006 and '07 with a tie for third in 2008. Leal had finished second in 2004 and '05. Ken Doyle (1969, '70) and Al Fuchs (1965, '66) are others to win successive titles . . . John Sutter won the first Assistants Championship, contested in 1952 at GC of Avon . . . GC of Avon is hosting for the first time since 1986, when Stan McLennan won it.
Little Linksters #4 - Event Results from Copper Hill Golf Club
EAST GRANBY, Conn. (August 21, 2015) – The final Little Linksters tournament of the Connecticut Section PGA was held on Friday, attracting junior golfers ranging from ages 5 – 12 to Copper Hill Golf Club in East Granby, Conn. The Little Linksters is a series of open tournaments for all boys & girls (regardless of JGA membership affiliation), with 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12 year-old age groups.
Ethan Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn. posted an impressive two-over par 38 to capture the 10-12 age division by four-strokes over Sean Dowd of North Granby, Conn. (42, +6). Matthew Doyle of Madison, Conn. finished in solo third place with a score of 45 (+9). This marks Kalk’s second Little Linksters victory of the 2015 season, having previously won at Minnechaug Golf Club.
Luke Stennett of Colchester, Conn. carded a solid round of 48 (+12) to win the 8-9 age division by two-strokes over Cole Banning of Tolland, Conn. (50, +14). Owen Goldberg of Hampden, Mass. (55, +19) finished in third place. This is Stennett’s first victory of the 2015 Summer Season. In the 5-7 division, Vincenza "Vinny" Papa of Foster, RI emerged from a tight race over Mia Laudato of Agawam, Mass.
Congratulations to our winners Ethan Kalk, Luke Stennett, and Vinny Papa, and thank you to PGA Professional Paul Brown and the staff at Copper Hill Golf Club for hosting the event.
Kevin Giancola wins the 84th Connecticut PGA Championship
Captures his fifth CT PGA Championship since 2003
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (August 19, 2015) – Kevin Giancola of Golf Quest Family Sports Center entered the final round with a one-stroke lead and withstood a duel against Adam Rainaud to capture the 84th Connecticut PGA Championship at Wethersfield Country Club.
“It’s just really, really special,” said Giancola. “Winning our Section championship is a big win overall, but to do it a fifth time, I can’t believe it. I can’t tell you what it means, at this point it’s indescribable. I’ve never cared much about records or trophies, they just happen because of good play, so I never thought about them I just focused on playing well. But to have won this event again means a lot, especially against this group in the field today.”
Giancola, the 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Connecticut PGA Champion, started Wednesday’s final round in a tight race with his playing partners, the 2014 champion Rainaud of Black Hall Club and 2013 champion Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club. After getting off to a hot start with opening birdies on holes one and two, Giancola quickly gave back the momentum with bogeys on the third and fourth holes.
Turning to the back-nine following an up-and-down even-par 35 on the front side, Giancola sputtered with bogeys on holes 10 and 13 to fall to two-under par and relinquish his lead to Rainaud. An even-par front-nine, coupled with six consecutive back-nine pars and a birdie on hole 16, helped vault Rainaud to four-under par, good for a two-stroke cushion over Giancola.
All that changed for Rainaud on the 200 yard par three 17th hole, where he tugged his tee shot left of the green and down an embankment under a tree. “I was just trying to hit it in the middle of the green,” said Rainaud, “so I figured it was playing at least 210 or 215, and I just tried to hit a four-iron in the middle and I pulled it. It just landed on a hill on hardpan and kicked way down under a tree into the fescue. I thought that if I could chip it out from under the tree and then get up and down for bogey, that’s what my goal was. But in my backswing I kind of snagged the tree and I should have stopped, but I still kept going and I whiffed it.”View More
Kevin Giancola leads entering final round of the 84th Connecticut PGA Championship
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (August 18, 2015) – Kevin Giancola of Golf Quest Family Sports Center posted a 36-hole total of 138 to capture the overnight lead heading into the final round of the 84th Connecticut PGA Championship, being contested at the historic Wethersfield Country Club. Giancola holds a one-stroke lead over both Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club and Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club.
After opening the first round with an up-and-down front nine containing three birdies against three bogeys, Giancola eagled the par-4 10th hole to move to two-under par, and would remain in red numbers for the morning, posting a 70 in Round 1.
Yet Giancola and the rest of the field found themselves looking up the leaderboard at an early duel between Bilodeau and Rainaud. Bilodeau got off to a quick start with birdies on holes two, four and seven, then reeled off four consecutive birdies on holes 11-14, posting an opening round 64. Rainaud, fresh off an appearance in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and a Monday red-eye flight back to Connecticut, was up for the challenge, posting seven birdies against one bogey for a first round 65.
The afternoon round saw gusty winds shake up the leaderboard, as Rainaud (74) and Bilodeau (75) both faltered to finish at 139. “This afternoon I just didn’t make any putts, and I made two big mistakes where I made double,” said Rainaud, who carded double bogey six on both the 11th and 18th holes. “Everything was just a little off, I kept missing putts by an inch or I was just missing my iron shots by a couple yards and hitting it into a bunker, missing fairways by two yards so I’m hitting out of the rough and can’t really control what the ball is doing…I was getting a little upset out there.”
Bilodeau also ran into an eventful afternoon round, carding three birdies against four bogeys, before a closing seven on the par four 18th hole. “I played great this morning, putted really well both rounds and hit my irons well. I didn’t hit the ball very well off the tee all day, but in the morning round I missed in the right spots and got lucky a couple of times. But this afternoon hitting one O.B. on 18 definitely didn’t help.”View More
Swanson and Grzywinski Finish Strong and Emerge Victorious at Sandri Junior Invitational
EAST HADDAM, Conn. (August 19, 2015) – The second round of the 36-hole Sandri Junior Invitational was held Wednesday at Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam, Conn., with an elite field of 60 boys and girls ages 12-18 participating in the two-day event.
In the Boys Division, Carter Swanson of Hebron, Conn. shot an impressive four-under par total of 139 (69-70) to win by seven-strokes over Rasmey Kong of North Haven, Conn. (74-72, 146). Spencer Olson of Bethel, Conn. placed third with a score of five-over par 148 (76-72). This is Swanson’s second tournament win of the season, having previously won the Crestview Junior Invitational.
Mia Grzywinski of Farmington, Conn. displayed consistency and skill throughout the two-day event, dominating the Girls Division with a score of 159 (79-80). This marks Grzywinski’s first Junior TOUR win of the 2015 Season, having already notched multiple runner-up finishes, and qualifies her for the Jack Kelly Tournament of Champions. Julia Migliorati of Wethersfield, Conn. fired a career low 79 on day two of the event to clinch second place (88-79, 167), and was closely followed by Emma McCloskey of Palmer, Mass. at 168 (84-84), finishing in solo third place.
Congratulations to our winners Carter Swanson and Mia Grzywinski, and thank you Mike Zaranek, Ron Beck, and the staff at Crumpin Fox and Fox Hopyard for their hospitality. The next Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR event is the Hop Meadow Junior Open, which will be held at Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, Conn on August 24.
Swanson and Grzywinski Lead After Day One of SANDRI Junior Invitational
Phillips, Peterson, Stafford, and Fosdick Close Behind
BERNARDSTON, Mass. (August 18, 2015) – The first round of the 36-hole SANDRI Junior Invitational was held today at Crumpin-Fox Golf Club in Bernardston, Mass.
Carter Swanson of Hebron, Conn. fired a remarkable three-under par 69 to lead the Boys Division after Round 1. Swanson’s round contained four birdies and one eagle against three bogeys, and is good for a two-stroke lead over Connor Phillips of Longmeadow, Mass. (71, -1). Noah Peterson of East Longmeadow, Mass., Matthew Stafford of West Suffield, Conn., and Christopher Fosdick of Middlefield, Conn. each shot even-par 72 to remain close behind the lead.
Mia Grzywinski of Farmington, Conn. opened Round 1 with a solid seven-over par 79, good for a five-stroke lead in the Girls Division over Emma McCloskey of Palmer, Mass. (84, +12). Taylor Rogers of Plainville, Conn. is in solo third place after shooting a thirteen-over par 85.
Round 2 tee times begin at 9:00 AM on Wednesday at Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam, Conn.
Piersall, Jylkka, Mathew, Kalk and Fox victorious at the McDermott Junior Invitational
HEBRON, Conn. (August 17, 2015) – With the 2015 Connecticut PGA Junior Golf TOUR season nearing the finish line and invitations to the Jack Kelly Tournament of Champions a precious commodity, Nick Piersall and Katelyn Jylkka made the most of their chance at the McDermott Junior Invitational at Tallwood Country Club.
Piersall of Portland, Conn. fired an impressive one-under par 71 to win the Boys 16-18 division by two-strokes over Noah Peterson of East Longmeadow, Mass. and Carter Swanson of Hebron, Conn. (73, +1). This is Piersall’s first victory of the season, previously having finished second at the Ralph DeNicolo Memorial Junior Open at Manchester Country Club.
Jylkka of Portland, Conn. posted an outstanding round of four-over par 76 to win the Girls 18-hole division by seven-strokes over Elizabeth Andrian of Glastonbury, Conn. (83, +11). Finishing in solo third was Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass. (86, +14). This is Jylkka’s second victory of the 2015 TOUR season, having previously won the John D. Wardlaw Memorial.
In the Boys 13-15 Division, Justin Mathew of Rocky Hill, Conn. carded a stellar round of even-par 72 to win by six-strokes over Kevin Lynch of Glastonbury, Conn. and Cameron Hosack of Glastonbury, Conn. (78, +6). Finishing in a tie for fourth at 79 (+7) were Tyler Wilson of South Glastonbury, Conn. and Joshua Hassan of Prospect, Conn. This is Mathew’s second victory of the 2015 summer.
In the 9-hole divisions, Ethan Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn. fired an impressive one-under par 36, including two birdies against only one bogey, to win the Boys division by one-stroke over Michael Hanratty of Avon, Conn. (37, even-par). Finishing in third place was Michael DeRienzo of Southbury, Conn. (42, +5). The McDermott Junior Invitational is Kalk’s fifth victory of the summer and second in a row, having won last week’s The Ranch Junior Open.
In the Girls 9-hole division, Alexandra Fox of Ellington, Conn. posted a solid nine-over par 46 to narrowly edge Sophia Sarrazin of Westport, Conn. (47, +10). Leslie Li of West Hartford, Conn. posted 60 (+23) to finish in third place. This is Alexandra’s second victory of the 2015 TOUR season.
Congratulations to our winners Nick Piersall, Justin Mathew, Katelyn Jylkka, Ethan Kalk and Alexandra Fox! And a special congratulations to Tyler Wilson of South Glastonbury, Conn. for making his first career hole in one! Wilson’s ace came with a four iron on the 176 yard third hole, congrats Tyler!