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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 . . .

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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.

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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.

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Billy Downes Set to Defend his Connecticut PGA Professional Championship Section Title at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course

The Road to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits begins September 22 for 48 PGA Professionals of the Connecticut Section

BLOOMFIELD, CONN. (September 18, 2014) – Familiar territory awaits Hampden Country Club Golf Professional Billy Downes, the 2013 Connecticut PGA Professional champion. Downes and 47 other PGA Professionals take aim and have their sights trained on the 2014 Connecticut PGA Professional Championship title and two of the coveted spots that will advance to the 48th PGA Professional National Championship next June in Philadelphia. The road to the Philadelphia Cricket Club for Downes and his Connecticut Section peers begins Monday, September 22, at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, which is hosting the 36-hole championship for the third time.

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Courville Wins 32nd Connecticut Senior Open

Mercier Capture Low Professional Honors

GROTON, Conn. (July 15, 2014) – The final round of the Connecticut Senior Open, held at Shennecossett Golf Course, started with 15 players under-par. The players fought through poor weather conditions and a tough golf course setup. Jerry Courville of Stratford, Conn., and John Elliott of East Lyme, Conn., tied for the lead with a 36-hole total of six-under-par, 136. Courville pulled out the win on the second playoff hole to earn his second Senior Open title.
Playing consistent over 36-holes (68-68), he birdied his final hole to get into the playoff. “I feel very lucky,” Courville commented, on earning his win. “I made birdies on par-5’s and tried to par the rest.” As a past champion, Courville mentioned that the course was once again a great test.




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Celebrities Help Raise $20,000 for the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association and The First Tee of Connecticut

Kevin Ollie and Joe LaCava headline the celebrity roster at the 12th Annual Harry Nowobilski Memorial Celebrity Amateur Tournament at Tallwood Country Club

HEBRON, Conn. (August 28, 2014) – A host of celebrities, including Joe LaCava, Tiger Wood’s caddie, and Kevin Ollie, University of Connecticut Men’s Basketball national championship coach, were part of the 170 participants at Tallwood Country Club which hosted the 12th Annual Harry Nowobilski Memorial Celebrity Amateur Tournament. Jim Remy, Past President of the PGA of America, also played in the event which he now considers a yearly tradition, helping to benefit the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation and The First Tee of Connecticut.

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Tony Kelley Lands His First Senior Connecticut Section Title at Mill River Country Club

Edges Mike Gramelis by 2 strokes; three PGA Professionals qualify to advance to November's Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Florida

STRATFORD, CONN. (August 27, 2014) – Wyckoff Country Club Head Golf Professional Tony Kelley fired an even par 71 today at Mill River Country Club, en route to a 36-hole total, 3-over par 144 and a two-shot margin of victory over Mike Gramelis of Golf Galaxy- Milford (71-75-146). This Senior Connecticut PGA Championship win marks the first time Kelley’s name will be engraved on the Raymond Harper Trophy for the championship that dates back to 1952.

Kelley’s charge came on the back nine when he birdied two of the final three holes. He also collects first prize money of $750.

There was a contest within the championship for the 18 of the 27 who were entered into the qualifier for the Senior PGA Professional National Championship. Kelley, Gramelis and Dave Dell (Springfield Country Club) were the top three finishers in that contest and they advance to the national championship that will be played on November 13-16, 2014, at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker and Ryder Courses, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


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Elite Connecticut Section Junior Golfers Descend on Shennecossett for Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions, the Junior Golf TOUR Championship

Defending Champion Angela Garvin Looking to Repeat; Three Boys Battling for Player of the Year Title

(GROTON, Conn.) – Nestled by the Long Island Sound and Thames River shorelines, Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn., will be hosting the Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions for fourth consecutive year on Sunday, August 31, closing out the 2014 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR season.

The championship field of 57, including 36 boys and 21 girls, which feature prominent PGA Junior Golf TOUR and Junior Club Champions players from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, will encounter firm, fast greens, and most likely wind, at one of the most unique and historically important golf courses in Connecticut.



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Gramelis Leads After Round 1 of the 63rd Senior Connecticut PGA Championship

Dell Fires one-over par, 72, to trail by 1

STRATFORD, CONN. (August 26, 2014) – The 2008 Connecticut Section PGA Senior Champion, Mike Gramelis, Golf Galaxy- Milford, shot a marvelous even- par 71 at Mill River Country Club, to lead other past champions Mike Carney, Watertown Golf Club; Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member; Ralph Salito, The Club at River Oaks and defending champion, Jack McConachie, North Ridge Golf Course. Gramelis leads by 1 shot over Dave Dell of Springfield Country Club.


Mike Martin, Tashua Knolls and Tony Kelley, Wyckoff Country Club, played well and carded a 2-over par, 73. Marrello; Bob Kay, Tumble Brook Country Club; and Salito round out the top-5 all shooting 3-over par 74’s.

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Miccoli and Garvin Earn Victories at the 2nd Annual SANDRI Junior Invitational

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 21, 2014) - The SANDRI Junior Invitational concluded yesterday as David Miccoli (72-76-148) of Ludlow, Mass., and Angela Garvin (80-74-154) of Feeding Hills, Mass., took top honors. Round one of this unique 36-hole event took place in Bernardston, Mass., at Crumpin Fox Golf Club – one of the most challenging courses on TOUR. Miccoli ended up firing an even-par 72 while many of his competitors struggled, with only eight others managing to break 80. As the defending champion, Garvin turned in a round of 80, giving her a three shot lead heading into the final round. The second 18 was held in East Haddam, Conn., at Fox Hopyard Golf Club.

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