Western Mass. pair Billy Downes, Dave Dell eliminated in semifinals of Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 14, 2015) –Russ Held Sports– And then there were two.
Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club and Manchester CC's Jordan Gosler have reached the final of the 25th Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship. Each has won four matches this week at Goodwin Park Golf Course, host of an 18-hole final Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
The pair advanced through quarterfinal and semifinal round matches Wednesday, setting up the first trip to the final for each. Shea eliminated Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge CC with a 1-up decision in the quarters and closed out Dave Dell of Springfield CC 2 and 1 in the semifinals. Gosler took down two Western Massachusetts pros, posting a 3-and-2 victory over Tony Kelley of Wyckoff CC and a 5-and-4 decision against Billy Downes of GreatHorse. Both finalists made seven birdies in the afternoon semifinals on the 6,015-yard South course layout.
Gosler was simply too much for Downes, who never led. "I just ran into a buzz saw,'' Downes said. "It's never fun to lose, but he was 7 under in 14 holes. You hope you're 5 under or something like that instead.''View More
Championship Match set at the 25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship
Kevin Shea and Jordan Gosler advance to Finals
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 14, 2015) – Day two of the 25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship was filled with plenty of excitement as the upset theme continued, vaulting Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club and Jordan Gosler of Manchester Country Club into the championship match.
Shea (#7) defeated Kyle Bilodeau (#2) of Ellington Ridge Country Club 1 up in the morning quarterfinals, then advanced past Dave Dell (#14) of Springfield Country Club 3&1 in the afternoon semifinals. Dell had previously bested Eric Smith (#11) of Black Hall Club 5&4 in the morning quarterfinal round.
In his semifinal match, Shea trailed 1 down after Dell birdied the par-5 12th hole. However, Shea wouldn’t back down, as his birdies on thirteen, sixteen and seventeen, coupled with a Dell bogey on fifteen, resulted in a four hole swing in the favor of Shea.
In the other semifinal match, Gosler (#16) defeated Billy Downes (#5) of GreatHorse 5&4 to advance to Thursday’s finals. Gosler advanced past Tony Kelley (#8) of Wyckoff Country Club 3&2 in the morning quarterfinal round, while Downes was victorious over John Cook (#29) of Manchester Country Club 5&4.
The championship match will be played tomorrow morning beginning at 8:30 am. Spectators are welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.
Jordan Gosler, upsets headline opening rounds of Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 13, 2015) –Russ Held Sports– Top seed? No problem for Jordan Gosler.
The assistant golf professional at Manchester Country Club made the biggest noise Tuesday at the 25th Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship at Goodwin Park Golf Course. All Gosler did was upset No. 1 seed and defending champion Adam Rainaud 5-and-4 during second-round play at the municipal coure's 6,015-yard South layout.
Gosler's second win of the day set up a quarterfinal round matchup with Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club Wednesday morning at 8. Another win could set up a semifinal showdown with Manchester CC head pro John Cook. Cook faces Billy Downes of GreatHorse in a quarterfinal at 8:08 a.m. on that side of the bracket. Other quarterfinals match Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge CC against Kevin Shea of Great Neck CC at 8:16 and Springfield CC's Dave Dell and Eric Smith of Black Hall Club follow at 8:24.
Winners meet in afternoon semifinal action, with an 18-hole final set for Thursday morning.
Gosler looked impressive in his second appearance at the championship, making birdies at three of the first four holes after the turn. The stretch turned an all-square match into a 3-up lead on the winner of the 2015 national PGA Match Play Championship.
"He smoked me,'' said Rainaud, an assistant pro at Black Hall Club. "I did not play badly, he played really well. He was making the putts, and I wasn't making all the ones I needed. He seemed to make everyone he had to inside 15 feet.''
Gosler, a Glastonbury native, made six birdies overall to eliminate the two-time reigning Connecticut Section PGA Player of the Year. "I felt good (at the turn), it's very tough to stay with a guy with the caliber of Adam Rainaud,'' Gosler, 32, said. "The big swing came at 10, when I made a 10 footer for birdie and he missed from 4 feet. (After 13), it was looking a lot better. I tried not to think about it, but I was doing that a little bit in between shots.''View More
25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship Day One Results
A first-time champion will be crowned in 2015
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 13, 2015) – Day one of the 25th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship saw cool and breezy conditions, but that did not deter low scores and entertaining first and second round matches at Goodwin Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn. A first-time champion is guaranteed to be crowned in 2015, and only two of the top-six seeded players remain after the first day.
Kyle Bilodeau (#2) of Ellington Ridge Country Club birdied both the 18th and first playoff hole to defeat three-time (1999, 2002 and 2006) champion Mike Martin (#15) of Tashua Knolls Golf Course 1 up (19 holes) in his second round match to advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinal round. Bilodeau won in the morning by a score of 4&2 over Ted Perez (#31) of East Mountain Country Club, while Martin defeated Kevin Mahaffy (#18) of Pequabuck Golf Club 2&1.
Bilodeau will square off against Kevin Shea (#7) of Great Neck Country Club in the quarterfinals. Shea defeated Jan Wivestad (#26) of Watertown Golf Club 3&2 in round one and Jeff DelRosso (#23) of Prospect Golf 4&2 in round two, after DelRosso defeated Ed Slattery (#10) of Candlewood Valley Country Club 1 up in the morning round.
Dave Dell (#14) of Springfield Country Club def. Kevin Cloud (#30) of Goodwin Park Golf Course 3&1 in the afternoon second round to move onto the quarterfinals. Dell initially advanced with a 4&3 victory over Frank Leja (#19) of Crumpin-Fox Golf Club, while Cloud upset Brent Paladino (#3) of the Connecticut State Golf Association 2 up in the morning round.View More
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.