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Ron Dellostritto Named 2016 Connecticut Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year

Special Award Recipients will be honored Saturday, July 9, at Wethersfield Country Club

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 13, 2016) — Ron Dellostritto of Wethersfield Country Club has been named the 59th Golf Professional of the Year by the Board of Directors and the Special Awards Committee of the Connecticut Section PGA. The Golf Professional of the Year award is given for overall performance as a golf professional, leadership, service to his/her Section, the ability to inspire fellow professionals, and the promotion of the game of golf. Dellostritto will headline the 2016 Special Awards winners being honored on July 9 at the Special Awards Dinner at Wethersfield Country Club, presented by Club Car and supported by Kirk & Matz. The Golf Professional of the Year and other Special Award winners were announced during the Connecticut Section PGA Spring Membership Meeting on March 29 at the Golf Club of Avon.

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McConachie and Rainaud Victorius at Lake of Isles

5-under par 67 good for 2 shot victory

N. STONINGTON, Conn. (May 3, 2016) - The season opening Senior-Junior Blind Draw Pro-Pro Championship of the Connecticut Section PGA was contested today at Lake of Isles. Jack McConachie of North Ridge Golf Club was paired with Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club and the team won the second annual competition with a five-under par 67.  Their better-ball score included six birdies against one bogey, good for a two-stroke victory. Finishing second at 69 (-3) were Mike Carney of Watertown Golf Club and Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club.

 

The teams were formed by a blind draw that took place just before the 1:00 shotgun start.  The field was divided into the senior and junior divisions by the median age of the field.  Names were hand drawn from each division to form the teams.

 

Thank you to our tournament sponsors, Lake of Isles, PGA TOUR and Stuart Miller Golf Sales, for their support of the Connecticut Section PGA.

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Jordan Gosler Wins 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship

Defeats Kevin Shea 3&2 in Final Match

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 15, 2015) – Jordan Gosler, Assistant Golf Professional at Manchester Country Club, defeated Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club by a margin of 3&2 to win the 25th Connecticut Section PGA OMEGA Match Play Championship and the Bob Kay Trophy. With his victory, Gosler also qualifies to represent the CT PGA team in the 2016 Challenge Cup versus the amateur team from the Connecticut State Golf Association.

 

Gosler got off to a quick start in the match with a birdie on the first hole to grab the early lead. Shea answered right back with a birdie on the second hole to square the match. The competitors traded birdies, Gosler on the fourth hole and Shea on the sixth, to keep the match at all square.

 

Momentum began to shift on the par-3 seventh hole, as Shea’s tee shot found the water short of the green, resulting in a bogey and a one-up lead for Gosler. A Shea three-putt bogey on the ninth hole pushed Gosler’s lead to two-up at the turn.

 

Both competitors played holes ten through twelve at one-under par, allowing Gosler to maintain his two-up advantage.  Shea cut into Gosler’s lead with a birdie on hole thirteen, but was unable to maintain his momentum on the following hole. Shea’s approach to a back pin on the fourteenth missed the green long and resulted in a double bogey, extending Gosler’s lead back to two-up. After matching pars on hole fifteen, Gosler closed out the match in style on the sixteenth, sinking a ten-foot birdie putt to win the match and his first Connecticut Section PGA major championship.

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Manchester CC's Jordan Gosler wins 25th Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship

HARTFORD, Conn. (October 15, 2015) –Russ Held Sports– The best golf professionals in the Connecticut Section PGA were no match for Jordan Gosler. Although a few gave him a pretty good run.

 

The assistant pro at Manchester Country Club showed that for one week – and forever on the Bob Kay Trophy – that he was worthy of winning the 25th Connecticut Section PGA Omega Match Play Championship. Gosler won five matches in three days, the last coming against Kevin Shea of Great Neck CC in New London in the final Thursday morning at Goodwin Park Golf Course.

 

Gosler's 3-and-2 victory marked the first major Section championship for the 32-year-old native of Glastonbury. "This is it, this is tops on my list of what I've accomplished in golf,'' Gosler said. "I told myself I really wanted to win a major like this, especially against players of this caliber.''

 

The 16th seed among 32 turned back in succession: Adam D'Amario of Indian Hill CC; defending champion and top seed Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club; Wyckoff CC's Tony Kelley; Billy Downes of GreatHorse; and Shea. The last four opponents were seeded eighth or better. "Jordan made a lot of nice putts, a lot of clutch putts,'' Shea said. "He made the ones he had to. I had putted so well all week, before today . . . and that's why I was here (in the final).''

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Marrello and McGregor Win Del Kinney Pro-Pro Sponsored by Cutter & Buck, Golf Buddy and the PGA TOUR

Hantke and Stennett finish Second

WATERBURY, Conn. (October 26, 2015) – The Connecticut Section PGA’s season ending tournament, the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship, was held today at the Country Club of Waterbury. Named in honor of Del Kinney, Sr., the 1949 Connecticut PGA Champion, the four ball team format has remained one of the premier Section events for more than 50 years. 

 

Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club and David McGregor of the Country Club of Waterbury carded six birdies against only one bogey, good for a five-under par, 64, and a two-stroke victory.  Marrello and McGregor’s impressive front nine included five birdies and four consecutive on holes six through nine.

 

Tom Hantke of the Connecticut Section PGA and Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club finished in second place at three-under par, 66. Close behind in third at one-under par, 68, was the team of Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club and Scott Knights of Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Rounding out the top-five in a tie for fourth place at 68 (-1) were the teams of Jordan Gosler and Colin Kilpatrick, both of Manchester Country Club, and Christopher Tallman of Cold Spring Country Club and Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club.

 

Thank you to our sponsors Cutter & Buck, Golf Buddy, and the PGA TOUR for supporting the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship, and to the Country Club of Waterbury for hosting the event.

 

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Connecticut PGA Section and Its Work with City of Hartford Golf Courses to be Spotlighted Feb. 16 on Golf Channel in Celebration of the PGA of America's Centennial

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Connecticut PGA Section and its work helping the City of Hartford with restoring and revitalizing its two golf courses will be spotlighted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Tues., Feb. 16, in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial.

 

In 2014, the Connecticut PGA Section began consulting for the City of Hartford to revitalize its two golf courses: Goodwin Park Golf Course, which has stayed open during the process, and Keney Park Golf Course, which will re-open May 1, 2016. Connecticut PGA Section Executive Director Tom Hantke, PGA, and Section Golf Properties Consultant Patrick Aldrich, PGA, have spearheaded the Section's efforts to assist the City of Hartford in regaining operational ownership of the golf courses that had been privately managed for more than 25 years. The overhaul of these courses has also encompassed both the physical restoration of the facilities as well as enlisting PGA Professionals to make the game accessible to the entire community by implementing player use and player development strategies.

 

PGA Professionals Kevin Cloud and Peter Seaman are leading efforts to manage the business and grow the game of golf at these facilities. Cloud, head PGA Professional of Goodwin Park Golf Course, has hosted PGA Junior League Golf teams at his facility; piloted a PGA Junior Golf Camp last year; hosted a Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier and the Hartford Junior Amateur; as well as held women’s golf clinics and other programs to introduce beginners to the game. Peter Seaman, head PGA Professional of Keney Park Golf Course, will host adult and junior golf programming, in addition to focusing on affordable and accessible junior golf programs for the economically disadvantaged families in the nearby North Hartford “Promise Zone.” Seaman has also been instrumental in the development of operational budgets, marketing and promotional programs, and communications and social media strategies for Keney Park.

 

The Keney Park Golf Course Clubhouse was originally condemned and the course was closed by the city in 2013; the Connecticut PGA Section has consulted on a $5.8 million comprehensive restoration with continued improvements being made in the next three-to-four years. While Goodwin Park Golf Course remained open during its renovation, the course received a significant overhaul and investment in the maintenance department and more than $50,000 in on-course amenities. As a result of these improvements, both Goodwin Park and Keney Park will host the inaugural Hartford Women’s Open June 18-19, 2016.

 

In celebration of its Centennial, the PGA of America has partnered with Golf Channel to shine a spotlight on all 41 PGA Sections, and their featured programs and initiatives nationwide, led by PGA Professionals. The PGA Section Spotlights are scheduled to air on Golf Channel from Jan. 27–May 4, spanning 100 days in honor of the Centennial.

 

“In celebrating our Centennial, we want to honor our 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals in all PGA Sections across the country,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “Each day, they’re growing the game and using golf to better lives in their communities, as evidenced by efforts like those of the Connecticut PGA Section. We’re very proud of these PGA Professionals and look forward to highlighting their efforts this year.”

 

The spotlights will run in conjunction with the #ThxPGAPro Centennial celebration social media campaign, where golfers everywhere can post videos, photos and messages in support of their favorite PGA Professionals on ThxPGAPro.com or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Section Spotlights also will be featured prominently on ThxPGAPro.com.

 

About the PGA of America

Celebrating its Centennial, the PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

 

Media Contacts:

Hayley Wilson, Alday Communications, Inc., hayley@aldaycommunications.com, 615-791-1535 x28

Jamie Carbone, PGA of America, jcarbone@pgahq.com, 561-624-8446

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The Western Massachusetts Golf Community Honors PGA Professional Rick Fleury

Fleury named the 70th Rollie Jacobs Western Mass Tee Party Honoree

AGAWAM, MASS. (April 28, 2016) - Last evening at Crestview Country Club, the Western Massachusetts golf community honored PGA Professional Rick Fleury as the 70th honoree of the Western Mass Tee Party.

 

"For over 25 years, Rick has distinguished himself as one the community's most outstanding golf professionals serving Hickory Ridge, Crestview, and now Elmcrest Country Club,” Connecticut Section PGA Executive Director Tom Hantke informed the 150 guests in attendance."We're proud that the golf community thinks as highly of Rick as our PGA Members do in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts."

 

The Western Mass Tee Party dates back to 1947 and serves as the unofficial season kick off in the Pioneer Valley, a community of 48 golf courses and over 90 PGA Professionals.

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Matches Announced for 45th Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches

Connecticut Section PGA Members Look to Retain the Cup

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Connecticut Section PGA and Connecticut State Golf Association Team Captains Dennis Coscina and Jack Bracken met and released their respective team lineups for the Julius Boros Challenge Cup, being played Thursday, May 5th at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut.

 

This year marks the 45th 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.

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Business of the Golf Profession

PGA Professionals share their perspectives on the industry's business practices

- April 4, 2016- Russ Held - Connecticut Section PGA publicist

 

The ongoing celebration of the PGA of America’s centennial anniversary has drawn headlines as its community takes a look back at its storied past.

But what’s next, as the next century takes shape?

Looking ahead, the future endeavors of its members will undoubtedly have a different look as the cookie-cutter business model of the traditional PGA member “becomes history.’’

The business of the golf profession – as it relates to many of the 354 PGA of America members in its Connecticut Section – is changing. And changing in a hurry.

“There are traditions of the game, a strong thread throughout history about what our members do,’’ Connecticut Section PGA executive director Tom Hantke said. “But they can also hold the golf profession down . . . if you’re not changing, evolving to different tactics.’’

“If you’re not applying the new tactics and strategies, you are falling behind.’’

PGA of America vice president Paul Levy addressed the topic after participating in the Section’s annual Spring Membership Meeting on March 29 at Golf Club of Avon.

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Golf Season Officially Underway

- March 30, 2016 - Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist

The weather is trying to say so, but the Connecticut Section PGA’s Spring Membership Meeting officially rang in the 2016 season.

An early start to spring has been interrupted some by inconsistent March weather, a break that enabled nearly 150 PGA members to attend the Section’s daylong meeting Tuesday at Golf Club of Avon.

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