Town Hall to Feature PGA of America CEO, Peter Bevacqua
To Be Held on Sunday, March 23, 2014
The Connecticut Section PGA will be hosting a Town Hall featuring guest speaker Peter Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, the largest working sports organization in the world, comprised of more than 27,000 dedicated men and women managing the business and the game of golf to everyone, everywhere. Bevacqua will be responding to attendees questions and covering a wide range of topics, including the Association's role in growing the game of golf and the state of the golf industry.
Public is welcome to attend the Town Hall, which will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM at 2 Hopewell Bistro in the main dining room area. The address is: 2 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury, CT 06073.
City of Hartford Golf Courses Properties
Connecticut Section PGA have agreed to enter into a Golf Course Consulting Agreement
We are pleased to announce that the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Section PGA have entered into a Golf Course Consulting agreement. For the next two years, the section will be a consultant for the operations of the City’s Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses.
Registration Now Open for the 2014 Spring PGA Membership Meeting
To Be Held Monday, March 24, 2014, at Twin Hills Country Club
Registration is now open for the 2014 Spring PGA Membership Meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, Mass. Peter Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, is the special guest presenter.
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Join Us at the Connecticut Golf Show
March 14-16, 2014 at the Connecticut Convention Center
The Connecticut Golf Show returns to Hartford's Connecticut Convention Center, March 14-16, 2014. Join over 8,000 fellow golfers in celebrating the official start of golf season in the Northeast, with incredible savings on golf clubs and equipment, tremendous giveaways, new product showcases, fun activities and more.
The Connecticut Section PGA will have a booth with giveaways, a putting contest and a rafffle for FREE golf lessons. PGA Professionals will be providing lessons in the PGA Free Lesson Area to help you hone your game and get you excited about the fast approaching 2014 golf season.
For more information visit CTGolfShow.com.
The PGA of America's Connecticut Section Office Moves to Glastonbury, Conn.
Move to Main Street Helps to Grow Golf in Community
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (January 13, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA, one of 41 sections of The PGA of America, has moved to Glastonbury, Conn. Having recently celebrated its 80th year anniversary, the PGA Section serves over 360 golf professionals in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The business of the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, Inc., which provides funding in the form of grants to initiatives and programs serving youth and special needs throughout the golf community will also be conducted from this location.
The PGA Section has partnered with the Connecticut State Golf Association to share office space in the Connecticut Golf House in Rocky Hill, Conn, for the past 25 years and today has sold its share of office space to the CSGA.
In discussing the move, PGA Section Executive Director Tom Hantke stated, “The leadership within the golf industry is collectively focusing on bringing the game more mainstream. With respect to that objective, having our office on Main Street is important to highlighting the player development initiatives and programs our PGA Professionals are delivering at their places of employment and promoting within their respective communities.”
The Connecticut Section Nominates Suzy Whaley as a Candidate for the Office of Secretary of The PGA of America
The campaign is officially underway for Whaley and three others who have their sights on becoming President of the Association in 2018
ROCKY HILL, CONN. (January 5, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA Board of Directors has officially nominated PGA Professional Suzy Whaley as a candidate seeking the office of Secretary of The PGA of America. Whaley, who is coming off serving a three-year term as the District 1 Director on the Association Board of Directors, received the section’s endorsement at last month’s Board of Directors meeting. “Our section board and past presidents feel strongly that Suzy would be a passionate leader of our Association,” said Section President Mike O’Grady, the head golf professional at Lake Waramaug Country Club in New Preston, Conn. “We are proud to nominate her for this office and we welcome the challenge of helping her achieve this goal.”
Whaley now becomes only the third PGA Professional from the Connecticut Section in its 80-year history to seek the national office of Secretary, a position that inevitably leads to the position as President of The PGA of America after completing successive two-year terms as Secretary and then Vice President. Previously nominated were section Past Presidents Terry Crawford (now affiliated with the New Jersey Section) in 1995 and Ralph Salito, head professional at the Club at River Oaks in Sherman, Conn., in 2011.
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.