Drive, Chip & Putt Local Qualifiers begin at the Travelers Championship
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 19, 2015) – Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifying begins for the Connecticut Section PGA on Tuesday, June 23 at The First Tee of Connecticut during the Travelers Championship. Tee times for the competition begin at 7:30 AM.
The top three qualifiers in each age and gender group will advance to the sub-regional qualifying event at The First Tee of Connecticut in Cromwell, Conn., held on July 19. From the sub-regional, the top two qualifiers in each age and gender group advance to the regional qualifying event at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. on September 13.
Local Qualifying registration is now open and thousands of participants have already signed up at DriveChipPutt.com for the third year of the event. There are four age groups for both boys and girls – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – and registration is first come, first served. If an age/gender division is full at one Local Qualifying site, the registrant can check the next closest site for availability.
Local Qualifying sites within Connecticut are:
For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, qualifying sites or to register, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
Top 52 Advance to the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier
Larson Claims Medalist Honors at Pre-Qualifier
AGAWAM, Mass. (June 18, 2015) – With a record size field, the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier was held today at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, Mass. The top 52 finishers are eligible to advance into the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier.
Jesse Larson of Mendon, VT claimed medalist honors for the Pre-Qualifier, firing a bogey-free seven-under-par, 65. Matt Smith of Thompson, CT finished runner-up with a six-under-par, 66. Four players tied for third place at three-under par, 69: Tim Beth of Chandler, AZ, Brent Dietz (a) of Enfield, CT, Andrew Giuliani (a) of New York, NY, and Jay McLuen of Forsyth, GA.
John Jackson of Hampden, MA shot a one-over-par, 73, to earn low Connecticut Section PGA Professional honors for the day. Jackson was trailed by Section Professionals E.J. Altobello of Westfield, MA, Bob Mucha of Southwick, MA, Jordan Gosler of Glastonbury, CT, and Jim Hanlon of Wolcott, CT, all finishing in a tie for second at three-over-par, 74.
The Travelers Championship Open Qualifier will be contested over 18-holes on Monday, June 22, 2015, also held at Crestview Country Club. The four low qualifiers will advance into the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 25-28, 2015.
Thank you to host PGA Professional, Rick Fleury, and his staff at Crestview Country Club.
Record Field Size at the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier
Top 40 and Ties Advance to Open Qualifier
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 17, 2015) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced today a record field size of 156 for the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier.
The competition will be held at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, Mass., on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The Pre-Qualifier will be contested over 18-holes, with the top 40 and ties advancing to the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier on Monday, June 22, 2015, also at Crestview Country Club. There, the advancing players will be joined by exempt players, including: 2015 PGA TOUR, Web.com, Champions Tour, and former PGA TOUR members from 2012-2015.
In the Open Qualifier, four spots will be earned to compete in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 25-28, 2015. This year’s Pre-Qualifier field consists of 49 amateurs and 107 professionals, ranging in age from 16-53. The diverse field represents a total of 18 states and Canada, including 52 players from Connecticut, 32 from New York, and 27 from Massachusetts.
Ron Dellostritto, Mike Martin, Bob Mucha and James Hazen have previously competed in the Travelers Championship. The section operates the Pre-Qualifier and Open Qualifier, on behalf of the PGA TOUR. The Pre-Qualifier was introduced in 2009. This year’s event marks the third consecutive year of record field size in Pre-Qualifier history; prior to 2015, the 140 entries received in 2014 and 80 in 2013 had been the largest field sizes previously recorded.
The Pre-Qualifier starting times will begin at 7:00 AM. Spectators are welcome to attend.
Tekoa Country Club Wins Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at The Orchards Golf Club
Slattery of Candlewood Valley CC claims individual honors
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (June 16, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #3 was held on Tuesday at The Orchards Golf Club. The team from Tekoa Country Club consisting of PGA Professional E.J. Altobello and amateurs Mark Vincellette, Scott Martin and Steve Mazza won the event by firing a 14-under par 128 to win by one-stroke. The team from Candlewood Valley Country Club led by PGA Professional Ed Slattery finished runner-up at 13-under par, 129. The team contest format for this event was a combined low gross and net score on each hole.
Slattery took home low professional honors carding a 2-under par 69 to edge a three-way tie for second between Altobello, Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club, and Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Six golfers won skins in the event: Frank Leja on Hole #4, Jeff Swanson on hole #7, E.J. Altobello on Hole #8, Dan DiRico on Hole #13, Ed Slattery on Hole #15 and Kyle Kressler on Hole #17.
Thank you to The Orchards Golf Club and PGA Professional Jon Banas for hosting the event.
Gleeton & McGregor Earn Top Honors in the TaylorMade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship
Gehan & Lamberti Finish First in Collegial Division
SIMSBURY, Conn. (June 9, 2015) – The TaylorMade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship took place Tuesday, June 9 at Hop Meadow Country Club. The event was played as a four-ball, stroke play competition and divided into two divisions, the Championship Division and the Collegial Division.
Tom Gleeton and David McGregor of the Country Club of Waterbury defeated Jeff DelRosso and Tom DelRosso of Prospect Golf Driving Range and Doug Juhasz and Kyle Kressler of The Ledges Golf Club, in a playoff to earn top honors after all three teams tied at four-under-par, 68. McGregor claimed victory for his team after scoring a birdie on the par-4, first hole, the fifth hole of the playoff.
The Richter Park Golf Course team, consisting of Brian Gehan and Brian Lamberti, earned first place in the Collegial Division after scoring a five-under-par, 67. Dustin Haddad and Jordan Lintz, representing Oronoque Country Club, finished in second place with a two-under-par, 70.
Thank you to host PGA Professional, Joe Cordani, and his staff at Hop Meadow Country Club. The event would not have been possible without our title sponsor, TaylorMade-adidas and supporting sponsor, PGA TOUR.
Richter Park Golf Course Wins 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 26, 2015) — Richter Park Golf Course of Danbury, Conn. has received the 2015 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Directors and the Special Awards Committee of the Connecticut Section PGA.
Since 2001, The Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award has honored a public golf course in the Section that employs a PGA Professional, in recognition of their dedication to the promotion of the game of golf. The award was inaugurated in honor of Canton Public Golf Course for the standards it set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.
Richter Park Golf Course has been recognized by Section PGA Professionals for the course’s unwavering efforts to make golf fun, accessible to all, and for advancement in the understanding of the game’s Rules of Golf and etiquette among its patrons.
“Brian Gehan has done a tremendous job at supporting, encouraging, and promoting Richter Park to the people of the Greater Danbury community,” said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. “He has been tireless at encouraging our young people to play golf and has been selfless in donating his time to the customers at Richter Park.”View More
PGA Junior Golf Association and Tour thriving in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
Russ Held Sports – SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 22, 2015)
Play golf. Enjoy golf. Simple objectives, and a clear mission of the Connecticut Section PGA's Junior Golf Association and its Junior Golf Tour.
"It's really about enjoyment of the game,'' Section executive director Tom Hantke said. "We've had our junior golf tour now close to 20 years. We see golfers, former junior tour golfers now 30-plus years old, and they're playing golf.
"That's really the objective. If they're successful in golf, all the better. But we just want them playing golf.''
The Junior Golf Association and Tour are now grown up as they turn 18, and are financially underwritten by the Section's Golf Foundation. Membership is healthy at an annual average of 500.
"The last four or five years, we've made great strides,'' Hantke said. "We've diversified the type of events we run, with our tournaments, our Little Linksters program, the pro-junior invitational . . .View More
Tallwood Country Club Wins Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at Tumble Brook Country Club
Zac Stennett wins Individual Competition
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (May 19, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #1 was held on Tuesday at Tumble Brook Country Club. The team from Tallwood Country Club consisting of PGA Professional Zac Stennett and amateurs, Mike Byrne, Eric Briggs and Jim Bidwell took the crown by firing a 14-under par 130 to win by one shot. The team from Pomperaug Golf Club led by PGA Professional Dave Cook finished runner-up. The team contest format for this event was best gross and net scores combined.
Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club took home low professional honors carding an even-par 72 to win by a single shot over Jantzen Vargas of Hartford Golf Club, Adam D'Amario of Indian Hill Country Club, and Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course.View More
Kyle Bilodeau unseats Adam Rainaud, wins Connecticut Section Spring PGA Stroke Play title
Russ Held Sports - SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (May 15, 2015)
Two out of three aint bad. Just ask Kyle Bilodeau of West Hartford, Conn.
The assistant golf professional at Ellington Ridge Country Club earned his second trip in three years to the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship. That exemption came courtesy of his win Friday at the Connecticut Section's Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship.
Bilodeau fashioned a pair of 1-under-par 71s to post a two-stroke victory over a 33-player field at Ledges Golf Course. He claimed a winner's share of $1,500.
"I'm excited, it's going to be a busy time for me at the end of June,'' Bilodeau said. "If I make the cut, that will be absolutely fantastic. If I miss the cut, I'm going to Philadelphia for the National Club Pro Championship.''
Adam Rainaud posted a pair of 72s to tie for second place with Brent Paladino (73-144) of the Connecticut State Golf Association.View More
Connecticut Section PGA Travelers Championship hopefuls halfway to Cromwell
Fran Marrello leads with two-under par 70
Russ Held Sports - SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (May 14, 2015)
Halfway to Cromwell . . . via South Hadley.
Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club held a one-stroke lead at the Connecticut Section Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship entering Friday's final round.
Marrello fired a 2-under-par 70 to sit atop three golfers at 70 from the 33-player field at Ledges Golf Course.
"I entered on Monday, I have done this for so long I figured 'why not?' '' Marrello said. "And it didn't help that I haven't played well. It's hard to stay up, to keep your game at these (high) levels.''
Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington (Conn.) Ridge CC, Zac Stennett of Tallwood CC and Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association each shot 71.View More