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Elite Connecticut Section Junior Golfers Descend on Shennecossett for Jack Kelly PGA Junior Tournament of Champions

Defending Champion, Kelly Whaley, Looks to Three-peat; Three Boys, Two Girls Battling for Player of the Year Titles

(ROCKY HILL, Conn.) – Nestled by the shoreline with wind whipping over firm fast greens, Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn. has hosted two major Connecticut Section events already this year with the 29th Connecticut Senior Open in July and the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship held just last week. The third takes the form of the 17th Jack Kelly Connecticut Section PGA Junior Tournament of Champions this Sunday, August 31, featuring the best players from PGA Junior Golf TOUR and Junior Club Champions from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Overall, 16 of the top 20 boys, and 15 of the top 20 girls on the Junior Golf TOUR, are playing in this prestigious event along the coast this weekend. Five of those 31 players are still in the running to be the 2011 Player of the Year with two girls and three boys battling out for their respective titles.
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JGA Members Featured on Patch.com

DiVencentis, Lyon, and Steinberg Showcased in Local News

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (August 31, 2011) - Patch.com has quickly grown into the place to go for local and community news. Check out the profiles on our Junior Golf Association Members!

 

DiVincentis Aims to end Junior PGA Season on a High Note - Durham.Patch.com

 

Lyon roars up the CTPGA Junior Golf TOUR Standings - Weston-CT.Patch.com

 

Confident Steinberg Takes Aim at Top of Connecticut Junior PGA - WestHartford.Patch.com

 

POSTPONED

Due to the extreme weather predicted for Sunday, the Jack Kelly Junior Tournament of Champions has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 4 and will now be held at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn. All participants need to email Sally Sohn at SSohn@pgahq.com no later than noon on Monday, August 29 to let her know whether or not they will be able attend.
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Information on PGALinks for PGA Members Affected by Natural Disasters

We Hope that You and Your Families Remain Safe

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (August 27, 2011) - PGA Members can logo onto PGALinks for Assistance Programs that can help them prepare for an emergency. The Connecticut Section office will power down at 11 AM EST on Saturday, August 27 and will remain inactive until Monday morning at the earliest, providing the office has power. During the shutdown, no e-mail service will be available and staff will not be able to access the web or edit the section website.
 

$20,000 Raised in the Harry Nowobilski Memorial Celebrity Amateur

$17,500 Donated to Connecticut PGA Golf Foundation

HEBRON, Conn. (August 25, 2011) - The 9th Annual Harry Nowobilski Memorial Celebrity Amateur went off without a hitch today at Tallwood C.C. With bad weather imminent, amateurs and celebrities alike showed their charitable spirit for a good cause. $20,000 was raised during the event benefiting both the Connecticut PGA Golf Foundation and the First Tee of Connecticut. Participating celebrities included radio sports announcers, grammy & emmy winning composers & singers, former PGA TOUR players, hockey superstars and maybe the most notable celebrity, past President of the PGA of America, Jim Remy. View More
 

D'Amario Captures Connecticut PGA Professional Championship

D'Amario and Street Earn Berth in 45th PGA Professional National Championship

GROTON, Conn. (August 23, 2011) – Adam D’Amario of The Ranch G.C., winner of the 15th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship, August 22-23 at Shennecossett Golf Course, will lead runner-up, Billy Street of New Haven C.C. and the Connecticut Section Player of the Year to compete in the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, June 24-27, 2012, at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. D’Amario turned in a winning total of two-under-par 140 to capture the Championship title by two strokes. Street was runner-up winning a three hole sudden death playoff against Ed Slattery of Candlewood Valley C.C. after both firing an even 142. View More
 

Rainy Conditions Perfect for Bete and Yatsenick

First Time Boys Winner in Final TOUR Event

WATERBURY, Conn. (August 25, 2011) – Brandon Bete of Greenfield, Mass. and Nicole Yatsenick of Middlebury, Conn. make the most out of a dreary day at the Country Club of Waterbury for the final Junior Golf TOUR stop before the Jack Kelly Tournament of Champions. Bete captures his first win of the season firing a one-under-par 68 in the Pat Jackman Junior Classic today. With three top five wins this season, Bete was able to shoot his lowest tournament round of the season for the victory. Yatsenick, a consistent top 5 finisher this season, makes this win her fourth beating out Marissa Grillo of Avon, Conn. by one stroke with a six-over 78.
 

Adam D'Amario Leads by Two in the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship after Round One

Fires 3-under Par 68 at Shennecossett Golf Course; Former Champions Giancola and Kelley TwoStrokes Back

GROTON, Conn. (August 22, 2011) - Adam D'Amario, of The Ranch Golf Club, finds himself atop of the leaderboard in the 15th Annual Connecticut PGA Professional Championship after round one. D'Amario stood at 2-over par after only four holes, but had five birdies from there to post a 3-under par 68 at the famed Shennecossett Golf Course. Past champions, Kevin Giancola and Tony Kelley sit two strokes back at one-under-par. Fourteen PGA Professionals lerk within five strokes of D'Amario making this anyone's tournament to win. See the complete round one results here.

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Four in Top 12 Capture Team Invitational

Steinberg, Hedden, Prague Doyle, and Albanesi Get in the Team Spirit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 24, 2011) - The first annual Junior Golf TOUR Team Invitational, hosted by Wampanoag C.C., was held yesterday where the team of Mike Steinberg of West Hartford, Conn., Nick Hedden of Waterford, Conn., Nathan Prague Doyle of Columbia, Conn., and Patrick Albanesi of Avon, Conn., snagged the first place finish shooting a six-over-par 222 in the gross best-three-of-four event. All four players currently sit in the top 12 for boys Player of the Year points with only two more events to go. Albanesi also took the first place finish in the individual competition firing a two-under 70 with four birdies on the day. Lisa Calcasola of Longmeadow, Mass. won the girls individual competition shooting a five-over 78 with three birdies carded.

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First Time Junior Golf TOUR Winners in the McDermott Junior Invitational

Grenus and Hawkes lead the pack for the first time

HEBRON, Conn. (August 23, 2011) - Yesterday's McDermott Junior Invitational made first time winners of Evan Grenus of Glastonbury, Conn. and Mackenzie Hawkes of Madison, Conn. After six top-5 finishes this Junior Golf TOUR season, Grenus fired a one-under 71 to win by three strokes with a double bogey on the par 4, 17th. Frank Kringle Junior Championship winner, Eric Dietrich of Cheshire, Conn., finished in second with a two-over 74. Hawkes' first victory with a twelve-over 84, comes after two top-5 finishes. Hawkes was able to beat out runner up finisher, Amanda Lee, five-time 2011 TOUR winner, of Windsor, Conn. who shot a thirteen-over 85.

 
 
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