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Salito Qualifies for 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid

Marrello, Salito, Perez Make the Connecticut Section Proud

ALDIE, Va. (October 19, 2012) – Following their outstanding play in the 61st Connecticut Senior PGA Professional Championship, Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member, Ralph Salito of The Club at River Oaks, and Ted Perez of East Mountain Country Club set out to Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va. for the 24th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, October 11-14, 2012.
Connecticut Section Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year, Marrello (75-74) and Candidate for Secretary of The PGA of America, Salito (74-75) made it to the weekend tied for 32nd at five-over-par. Salito took to the races hitting 15 out of 18 greens on Sunday, more than anyone else in the field, and with an even-par final round of 72, finished at 10-over-par, 297 and tied for 19th to qualify for the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid, May 21-26, 2013.
“I felt like I had accomplished a lot going into the last round so it was really relatively comfortable playing on Sunday,” says Salito. “The 72 I shot on Sunday was the competitive round of my lifetime. This is the highlight of my golfing career.”
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Masterful Marrello Wins 22nd Match Play Championship

Record Eight Match Play Championships for Marrello

CLINTON, Conn. – PGA Life Member, Fran Marrello emerges victorious 2 & 1 in the Championship round against Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club today to become the 22nd Match Play Champion. Marrello is now a record eight-time Champion of the Match Play with his first title coming in 1990.


In the Championship match, Kelley bogeyed two of the first eight holes to find himself two down against Marrello. In just three holes, as Kelley eagled the par 5, 11th, the match returned to all square. A Goliath and Goliath match raged on and ended with Marrello birdying the par 3, 17th at Clinton Country Club for a 2 & 1 win over Kelley.


The 22nd Match Play Championship is supported by Golf Max and PGA TOUR.

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2013 Challenge Cup Team Announced

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (October 16, 2012) - A close race in the 2012 Connecticut PGA Player of the Year points made every point count as The 22nd Match Play Championship raged on. Only a hand-full of PGA Professionals were left in the running for a spot on the 2013 Challenge Cup which was determined today following key match outcomes.


The 2012 Player of the Year, Fran Marrello will lead the following outstanding PGA Professionals against amateur players of the Connecticut State Golf Association in the 2013 Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches:


Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member                       Tony Kelley, Wyckoff Country Club

Mark Farrell, H. Smith Richardson Golf Course     Adam D'Amario, Indian Hill Country Club

Ed Slattery, Candlewood Valley Country Club      Ralph Salito, The Club at River Oaks

William Street, New Haven Country Club           Joe Mongillo, Dick's Sporting Goods

Ian Marshall, Watertown Golf Club                   *Bob Kay, Tumble Brook Country Club

*Ron Dellostritto , Wethersfield Country Club

*Denotes Senior Division

Three spots are still open for the Challenge Cup team including two Captain's picks and a spot for the host PGA Professional.

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Favorites Marrello, Kelley, Farrell Advance in 22nd Match Play Championship

Dark Horse Hedstrom to Face Player of the Year in Final Four

CLINTON, Conn. (October 17, 2012) - It is no surprise that PGA Life Member, Fran Marrello (#1 seed), Tony Kelley (#2 seed) of Wyckoff Country Club, and Mark Farrell (#3 seed) of H. Smith Richardson Golf Club all advance to the Final Four in The 22nd Match Play Championship. Kelley is set to face Farrell teeing off at 8:08 tomorrow morning. However, Kyle Hedstrom (#29 seed) of Stanley Golf Course may just give Marrello a run for his money and create a Cinderella story in the final two rounds of the tournament.


At this point, it is truly anyone's tournament to win. Just last year, Tom Gleeton (#41 seed) made it to the Championship match after defeating #9 seed, Ron Dellostritto, #8 seed, Frank Leja, and the #1 seed Paul Barnsley.


The Final Four round will tee off at 8:00 AM and 8:08 AM respectively with the Championship match to follow in the afternoon. The 22nd Match Play Championship is supported by Golf Max and PGA TOUR.

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Anybody's Game in The 22nd Match Play Championship

Travelers Champ Qualifier, Connecticut PGA Professional Champion, Connecticut PGA Champion, and Section/Senior Player of the Year All Advance

CLINTON, Conn. (October 15, 2012) - As the first two rounds of The 22nd Match Play Championship come to a close at Clinton Country Club, the action and nerves are high. As one could have imagined PGA Life Member, Section Player of the Year, as well as Senior Player of the Year, Fran Marrello (1 seed) advances on to the Sweet Sixteen, set to face Greg Farland (16) of Quaboag Country Club following his one up victory today.


Also alive in the Match Play is five-time Connecticut PGA Champion, Tony Kelley (2) of Wyckoff Country Club who will battle Tim Gavronski (18) of Shuttle Meadow Country Club whose Round of 32 was won in an extra hole. Ian Marshall (8) of Watertown Golf Club barely squeaked out the victory over Marc Bayram (25) of Timberlin Golf Club who put up quite the fight against The Spring Stroke Play Champion and 2012 Travelers Championship Qualifier.

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Team Kay/Marshall Sweep PGA Professional Golf League

Cleveland Golf/Srixon Big Contributors & Announce "Kids Need Golf" Agreement

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (October 11, 2012) - Host PGA Professional, Bob Kay and Ian Marshall of Watertown Golf Club fired one-under-par at Tumble Brook Country Club to win the season-long PGA Professional Golf League. Kay and Marshall earned a whopping 30 points in division play and tied for first in the Championship to earn 35.50 points and beat out second place finishers John Vitale of Hawkes Landing G.C. and Joe Mongillo of Dick's Sporting Goods by 3.50 points overall.

Final Standings can be found here.


A new agreement was also announced during the PGA Professional Golf League Championship entered into by the Connecticut Section PGA and Cleveland Golf/Srixon. The new program is called "Kids Need Golf" (KNG) and their primary focus is developing junior golf by supporting the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association and Junior Golf TOUR. Cleveland Golf/Srixon will be allocating a percentage of all product pre-booked for Spring and Fall of 2013. Based on 2012 numbers, this could mean $5,000 for a TOUR in which keeping costs down for participants is a must. When you meet with territory manager, Brittany Roberts or sales leader, Mike Kelly, they will be happy to share this program with you in full detail.


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Aldrich/Smith Defeat Carney/Judson in Playoff for PGA Pro-Am Championship

Two-Under-Par Start & Finish for Aldrich/Smith

OLD LYME, Conn (October 1, 2012) - PGA Professional, Patrick Aldrich of Sharon Country Club and amateur partner, Cameron Smith defeated Mike Carney, PGA of Watertown Country Club and amateur partner, Frank Judson, in a playoff for the Mohegan Sun PGA Pro-Am Championship today at Black Hall Club after both teams fired two-under-par 69. Aldrich and Smith claimed victory on the par 4, 10th with a par. In sole third place was Kevin Mahaffy of Pequabuck Golf Club and partner Ryan Phillipp at one-under-par, 70.


Supporting sponsor representatives, Brian Murphy (Titleist) and Larry Bellorado (Footjoy) sponsored closest to the pin prizes on par 3's and awarded them as follows: #7 Titleist Backpack - Tim Quirk 5'1", #9 FootJoy Shirt - KJ Camera 4', #13 Titleist Briefcase - Ed Slattery 6'3", and #17 FootJoy Shirt - Ray Martino 4'11".

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Kelley Captures Fifth Connecticut PGA Championship in Playoff

Kelley’s Fourth Championship at Ellington Ridge Country Club

ELLINGTON, Conn. – Four-time Champion, Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club admitted he was not sure if he could in fact win the Connecticut PGA Championship for a fifth. However, after fantastic play in the first two rounds of the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship presented by E-Z-GO and Mohegan Sun at Ellington Ridge Country Club on Monday and Tuesday, Kelley found himself in second place, at even par, just two strokes behind 2012 Assistant Champion, Kyle Bilodeau of Race Brook Country Club.

In the final round, Bilodeau finished with a 70-72-72 and Kelley finished with 70-74-70, taking the longest running professional golf tournament in Connecticut into extra holes. After just bogeying the par 4, 18th, Kelley knew he had to regroup for the win. Earlier, Bilodeau scrambled for an incredible par from the right trees and was looking to improve.
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Bilodeau looks to add the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship to his Resume

The 2012 Assistant Champion leads by Two Strokes

ELLINGTON, Conn. – With the wind up in the second round of the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship presented by E-Z-GO and Mohegan Sun only a select few PGA Members were able to ‘fly under the radar’ and climb up the leaderboard. Kyle Bilodeau of Race Brook Country Club continued his outstanding play firing an even-par 72, only one of two competitors to due so today. Shooting 70, 72 for a total of 142, Bilodeau leads the longest running professional golf tournament in Connecticut by two strokes.

Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club trails by two strokes at even par, 70, 74 for a total of 144. Tied for third at two-over-par 146 is Ed Slattery of Candlewood Valley Country Club and Jordan Gosler of Mancehster Country Club.
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Gramelis Leads 81st Connecticut PGA Championship at Three Under

Eleven PGA Pros Within Two Strokes of the Lead

ELLINGTON, Conn. (September 24, 2012) – The first round of the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship presented by E-Z-GO and Mohegan Sun afforded a sole leader today at Ellington Ridge Country Club. Mike Gramelis of Golf Galaxy fired a three-under-par 69 tying his low Connecticut PGA tournament round this year under sunny skies and incredible course conditions.

“The course is in absolutely perfect condition,” says Connecticut PGA Rules & Competitions Director, John Klug, “The rough is challenging as it should be and the greens are fast. It is truly in Championship caliber condition.”

Three PGA Professionals, Jordan Gosler of Manchester Country Club, Kyle Bilodeau of Race Brook Country Club, and Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club, sit just one stroke back of Gramelis at two-under-par, 70. In sole fifth place at even par is PGA Life Member, 2012 Senior Player of the Year, and 2012 Senior PGA Champion, Fran Marrello.
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