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Today is July 22, 2014


Shuttle Meadow Country Club To Host National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer in Kensington, Conn.

July Tournament Will Showcase Talents of Area Amateur Golfers and Local PGA Professionals

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, CONN. – July 16, 2014 – Area amateur and PGA professional golfers are invited to tee off for the National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer. Shuttle Meadow Country Club will host the Pro-Officer on July 22, 2014, at their 18-hole private golf course located in Kensington, Conn.
Sponsored by National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of The PGA of America, the event is one of nearly 100 new and existing amateur tournaments across the 41 PGA of America Sections nationwide being linked together to form the ProAm Series. National created the tournaments to help further the PGA of America’s mission to grow interest and participation in the game of golf at local levels. The Series will run February through October 2014.


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Fox Hopyard Golf Club Hosts Drive, Chip & Putt Local Qualifier

EAST HADDAM, Conn. (July 17, 2014) – Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying concluded yesterday in the Connecticut Section PGA at Fox Hopyard Golf Club. Participants hit three attempts in each of the three skills: drive, chip & putt. Points were then recorded and totaled to determine the top three finishers in each age/gender divisions. These top three overall finishers in each division will move on to the sub-regional qualifier, which will be at The First Tee of Connecticut on July 30, 2014.


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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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Liu and Garvin Capture 2014 Connecticut Section Junior PGA Championship

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July 3, 2014) - Jason Liu (2017) of Windsor, Conn., and Angela Garvin (2019) of Feeding Hills, Mass., won the 2014 Connecticut Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks today, Thursday, July 3, 2014, at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass. The field consisted of 160 of the area’s most talented junior golfers, making the competition a great test.
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Liu and Garvin qualified for the 39th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, July 29-Aug. 1, 2014, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Lui posted a final-round of one-under-par, 71, for a two-day total of an impressive, five-under-par, 136. Liu won the event with a solid four-stroke victory over Nicklaus Harrington (2015) of Chaplin, Conn.
Garvin and defending champion, Marissa Grillo (2014) of Avon, Conn., tied for first place in the girls overall division with a two-day total of eight-over-par, 152. Garvin fired a three-over-par, 75, in the final round to force a sudden death playoff. The pair started off strong by birding the first hole. They stayed consistent with each other until the fifth playoff hole where Garvin captured the victory with a birdie.




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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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