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.
Player Development and Professional Resources Workshops
To Be Held February 26 and 28, 2014
The Connecticut Section PGA will be hosting two Player Development and Professional Resources Workshops at the South Glastonbury Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, Conn. Player development programs and resources will be discussed and demonstrated in a hands-on manner.
Visit 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.
Check out the full list of exhibitors and stay up-to-date on the latest developments by visiting CTGolfShow.com
Tickets: $12 Adult, $10 Seniors (60+), Kids 12 and under free!
Register for 2014 Player Development Programs
Grow Your Business with Golf 2.0
Golf 2.0 encourages you to increase the number of golfers and rounds played at your facility. Participate in all or some of the programs below to welcome golfers to your facility and keep them coming back to play golf.
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.
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.”View More
Financial Assistance For Junior Golf and Special Needs Golf Available
Applications due to the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation by February 1, 2014
ROCKY HILL, CONN. (January 10, 2014) - The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation is accepting applications for financial assistance for Youth Golf and Special Needs Golf through February 1, 2014. Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded over $750,000 in assistance to programs serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. To learn more apply Click Here.View More
Office Staffing Announcements and Changes for 2014
Joe Mentz Promoted and Gia Fanelli Hired
ROCKY HILL, CONN. (January 3, 2014) - As 2014 gets underway, the Connecticut Section PGA is pleased to announce staffing additions and changes that take effect immediately and will bolster the delivery and execution of both section and foundation programs and services. Joe Mentz has been promoted and his role has been expanded as Operations and Player Development Manager. Mentz is a United States Coast Guard veteran who served as a Player Development Program Specialist in the Southern California Section PGA one year before joining the Connecticut Section office team in April of last year. As an Operation Coordinator last season, Mentz was instrumental in supporting Tournament and Junior Golf programs and operations. He has since registered as an apprentice is the PGA PGM Program and is pursuing PGA Membership. In his new role, Mentz will be responsible for the coordination, planning, and execution of section Tournament Program and Player Development Program operations and will be the staff liaison for the Rules & Competitions, Tournament, and Player Development committees.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Gia Fanelli of West Palm Beach, Fla., as Communications and Professional Development Manager. Fanelli is both a PGA and LPGA member and a graduate of Penn State University where she competed on the NCAA Division 1 women’s team and earned a degree from that PGM University Program. She has recently attained her Master of Arts degree in Instructional Design Technology. She was employed for two years by The PGA of America in both the Section Administrative Services and Player Development departments, where she authored the PGA Sports Academy manual, among other works. She also has working experience with PGA’s Nemex, E-contact, and SMS systems and has both the technical and industry knowledge to be successful in this position's multi-faceted role. Fanelli will be the staff liaison for the Communications committees for both the section and foundation and for the Professional Development committee. She begins her employment on Monday, January 6.
With the promotion of Mentz and hiring of Fanelli, both Sue Bell and Sally Sohn take on new titles and slightly modified roles. Bell now becomes the section and foundation’s Business Manager and Membership Director. Bell will continue to work four days each week (off on Wednesday’s) and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of both businesses and continue to oversee membership matters and related programming. She will work closely with Executive Director Tom Hantke on Board of Director matters for both the section and the foundation. She will continue to serve as the staff liaison to the Membership and Special Awards committees as well as be the project manager for the annual PGA Foundation Charity Classic.
Furthermore, Sohn now becomes the Junior Golf and Financial Projects Director for the section and the foundation. In addition to overseeing and directing Junior Golf Association membership and programming, she will be in charge of both section and foundation site, event, and sponsorship contracts. Sohn will also be the project director for the development of the annual budgets for the section and foundation and for the fund raising projects as well as the financial grant application and award process of the foundation. Sohn will continue to support tournament and marketing/sponsors programming.View More
Springfield Country Club Team Win National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer
KENSINGTON, Conn. (July 22, 2014) – The National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer was held today at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. PGA Professionals from across the Connecticut Section PGA played host to their facility Officers for a fun stableford event. National’s “Go Like A Pro” mobile experience, a customized, golf-themed tour bus, was on site to provide additional activities for golfers and fans.
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.
2014 Hall of Fame Class Announced
SOUTH GLASTONBURY (July 22, 2014) - The Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame Committee also announced the newest inductees for 2014. The first member of the 2014 Hall of Fame class is PGA Professional, Tom Gleeton, head golf professional at the Country Club of Waterbury in Waterbury, Conn. Gleeton has several playing achievements during his career, including section Player of the Year in 1998, Connecticut PGA Champion, Connecticut PGA Professional Champion, and five-time Tournament of Champions winner. He was also named the section Golf Professional of the Year in 2001 and served as President in 2005-2006.