PGA Professionals of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Celebrate 80 Years as the Connecticut Section
Lake of Isles hosts the Annual Special Awards Banquet followed by the Annual Fall Meeting on November 17-18
NORTH STONINGTON, CONN. (November 14, 2013) – On November 17, the Connecticut Section of The PGA of America staged its 19th annual Special Awards Banquet as a prelude the organization’s 80th Annual Fall Meeting that took place the following day. Both events were held at Lake of Isles, the Troon Golf managed golf resort owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “The golf industry is forever evolving and The PGA of America and the Connecticut Section PGA are no different,” said Connecticut Section PGA President Mike O’Grady. “There is no better way to find out what is going on in our Association and section than attending one of our annual membership meetings.” The festivities began at 5:00 PM Sunday when the section honored all the 2013 Special Awards winners, and most notably Bob Geambazi, head golf professional from Ridgewood Country Club, this year’s Golf Professional of the Year. Also, the 2013 Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame Class: Ron Beck, Fran Marrello, and Vic Svenberg, were inducted.
Billy Street Wins 2013 Connecticut Section PGA Match Play Championship Sponsored by Golf Max
Street Earns Spot on Challenge Cup Team
NEWINGTON, CONN. (October 17, 2013) Billy Street, assistant golf professional at New Haven Country Club, won The Bob Kay Trophy at Indian Hill Country Club in the 2013 Match Play Championship. In his Semi-Final match, Street defeated the 2013 Senior Player of the Year, Tony Kelley. Street was met in the finals by the head golf professional at Wethersfield Country Club, Ron Dellostritto, who won his Semi-Finals match against Jordan Gosler 3&2.
Bilodeau and Kelley Win Player of the Year Honors
ROCKY HILL, CONN. (October 17, 2013) Kyle Bilodeau of West Hartford, Conn. has earned the 2013 Player of the Year honors. Bilodeau won the Connecticut Section Spring Stroke Play Championship, which earned him a spot in the Travelers Championship. He also won the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament and claimed his first Connecticut PGA Championship this year. Tony Kelley, head golf professional at Wyckoff Country Club is the 2013 Senior Player of the year. This is the second time Kelley has held the honor.
Next Week’s Connecticut Senior Open Field Features Titleholders of 29 State Major Golf Championships
The Who’s Who in Connecticut Golf
GROTON, CT – The 31st Connecticut Senior Open will be played next week, July 15 and 16, at Shennecossett Golf Course for the 16th straight year. Defending Champion Jim Becker is one of the 108 players from Connecticut in the 156-player field that among them own 29 Connecticut State Golf titles, including:
- Seven (7) Connecticut Amateur titles
- Ten (10) Connecticut Open titles
- Twelve (12) Connecticut PGA Championship titles
This championship field also owns five (5) PGA TOUR titles (Ken Green), a PGA of America Professional Championship title (John Gentile), and countless state club championship titles.
It even owns two (2) Wimbledon and three (3) U.S. Open tennis titles (Ivan Lendl).
And, that is not counting state mid-amateur, junior, or senior titles.
What about those 48 players from 12 other states that are entered? Well, they are titleholders in their own right from Massachusetts, New York, and beyond.
Stage is Set for 31st Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett
A Summer Classic Along the Shore
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (June 27, 2013) - Shennecossett Golf Course, run by the Town of Groton, hosted the Connecticut Senior Open for the first time in 1998. This was done to not only help the golf community rediscover Shennecossett, which is arguably the most historically important golf property in the State of Connecticut, but also to help celebrate the public-private partnership that the Town of Groton and Pfizer undertook to transform and renovate both of its respective properties.
Since that time, the Connecticut Section PGA has held the Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett. This year on Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16, is the 16th consecutive time Shennecossett has hosted. The Connecticut Senior Open continues to draw players from 14 different states, who enjoy this summer classic along the shore. This year, the field has been expanded from 144 players to 156 due to the high demand.
Another Section Employee Hired by The PGA of America
Pitts to Join Business Development Department
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (June 25, 2013) - We are pleased to announce that Communications Director Lindsay Pitts has been offered and has accepted a position within the Business Development Department at The PGA of America. She joins a number of other former section staff members who have gone on to bigger and better things with The PGA. Dan Baker, Business Development, Michael Packard, Employment Services, and Mark Tschetschot, Member Championships are all former section employees.
Lindsay was hired by the Connecticut Section in late May 2011 for a newly created seasonal position. Since then, her accomplishments have been many, including election to PGA Membership. In January of 2012 Lindsay became the full time Communications Director and has worked to improve and expand the many communication vehicles utilized by the section.
Team Timberlin 14-Under-Par in COBRA PUMA GOLF Pro-AM
Slattery Cards Four Birdies for Low Pro Honors
HARWINTON, Conn. (June 24, 2013) - PGA Professional, Marc Bayram of Timberlin Golf Club led Team Timberlin comprised of Douglas Kirk, Jimmy Green, and Ronald Keith to victory firing a 14-under-par, 130 in the COBRA PUMA GOLF Pro-Am presented by Mohegan Sun at Fairview Farm G.C. today. In this combined gross & net event, Team Timberlin 'pared' only four holes and actually could have carded lower with an 8 combined score on the par-3, 7th hole. Following by one stroke was Team Crestbrook Park led by Ken Gemmell at 13-under-par, 131 and in sole third place was Team Tallwood at 12-under-par, 132 led by Zac Stennett.
In the individual professional competition, Ed Slattery of Candlewood Valley C.C. beat out all the rest with a three-under-par, 69 with four birdies on the day. Carding a two-under-par, 70, was John Vitale of Hawk's Landing Country Club for sole second place. Stennett again showed up with third place honors after his one-under-par, 71 finish.
LeBlanc & Lee/Sheary Take Torrington Rotary Junior By Storm
Modified Scoring Employed After Play Suspended
TORRINGTON, Conn. (June 24, 2013) - Torrington Country Club proved another challenging test this year in the kick-off event, Torrington Rotary Junior Classic. With near record high temperatures today, Junior Golf Association members were staying hydrated while trying to 'beat the heat' of the golf course. Play was suspended at 4:05 PM with 13 holes completed for many with inclement weather on the way. Brian LeBlanc (2014) of Newtown, Conn. stood above the rest in the boys' division finishing one-under-par, carding a consistent round with 12 pars and one birdie. Aaron Donnelli (2013) of Newington, Conn. was close behing in second place at even par with 5 birdies on the day.
In the girls' division, Mikayla Sheary (2015) of Simsbury, Conn. and Amanda Lee (2013) of Windsor, Conn. saw the teeth of the golf course firing nine-over-par to tie for first place. Angela Garvin (2019) of Feeding Hills, Mass. came in sole third place at ten-over-par, just one stroke behind the leaders.
Keep up with Kyle!
Follow Bilodeau Today, Teeing off at 2:00 PM
PGA Assistant Professional of Hop Meadow Country Club, Kyle Bilodeau, looks to improve on his first round today in the Travelers Championship.
"It's not bad nervous. It was good nervous," he said. "You've got to embrace something like that. Would I have liked my score to be a little lower? Yes. Did I hit a lot of putts that literally rolled over the edge? Yes. I didn't hit a lot of bad shots out there. But it's so amplified. Most of the tournaments I'm in, you can fire right at the flag. This is a completely different animal."
Keep up with Kyle today as he takes on the animal; TPC River Highlands with thousands of people cheering him on!
Lusenhop Named 2013 Connecticut Section PGA Teacher of the Year
ROCKY HILL, Conn.—Connecticut Section PGA President, Mike O'Grady, on behalf of the Special Awards Committee, named Brad Lusenhop of Fox Hopyard Golf Club as the recipient of the 2013 Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year Award. The prestigious Teacher of the Year Award is the highest instructional recognition a PGA Professional can receive on the Section level.
Lusenhop was nominated for the award in March and was selected from a dozen finalists. He will receive his award alongside the other Special Award winners at the 2013 Special Awards Banquet at Lake of Isles on Sunday, November 17, 2013. A healthy contingent of Fox Hopyard members and students of Brad’s are expected to be onsite to see him receive his award.