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.View More
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.View More
Lusenhop Named 2013 Connecticut Section PGA Teacher of the Year
ROCKY HILL, Conn.—Connecticut Section PGA President, Mike O'Grady, on behalf of the Special Awards Committee, named Brad Lusenhop of Fox Hopyard Golf Club as the recipient of the 2013 Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year Award. The prestigious Teacher of the Year Award is the highest instructional recognition a PGA Professional can receive on the Section level.
Lusenhop was nominated for the award in March and was selected from a dozen finalists. He will receive his award alongside the other Special Award winners at the 2013 Special Awards Banquet at Lake of Isles on Sunday, November 17, 2013. A healthy contingent of Fox Hopyard members and students of Brad’s are expected to be onsite to see him receive his award.View More
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!
FREE PGA TOUR Junior Clinic at Stanley G.C.
Arrive by 3:45 PM!
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (June 19, 2013) - The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, Travelers Championship, and PGA TOUR, and have teamed up again this year to bring a PGA TOUR Player to Stanley Golf Course in New Britian, Conn. for a PGA TOUR Junior Clinic and autograph session! Make sure to arrive early to have a good seat and bring something for the player to sign!
Schedule & Address
4:00 - 4:30 PM: Junior Clinic
4:30 - 4:45 PM: Autograph Session
PGA TOUR Professional: Jay McLuen
245 Hartford Road
New Britain, CT 06053
Join Us TODAY for FREE 10-minute Golf Lessons
Part of Travelers Championship Fan & Family Day
CROMWELL, Conn. (June 18, 2013) - Join over 20 Connecticut PGA Professionals today at the Farmington Bank Fan & Family Day where you can try the latest equipment from top companies and most importantly, have a FREE 10-minute lesson with a Connecticut PGA Professional! Adult and junior lessons will be held on the TPC River Highlands range, right along side PGA TOUR players who are warming up for their practice rounds. Come out for the fun, sun, and food between 9 AM and 3:30 PM today. Then at 3:30 PM, a PGA TOUR player will be on hand to give a half-hour clinic. We hope to see you at TPC to kick off Travelers Championship week!
Lickliter, McLuen, Branshaw, Quinn Qualify for the Travelers Championship
First Alternate, Taylor Fires 63 Before Being Called Up
PUTNAM, Conn. (June 17, 2013) – Frank Lickliter of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jay McLuen of Forsyth, Ga., David Branshaw of Tampa, Fla., and Francis Quinn of Holden, Mass. all qualified for the Travelers Championship today following stellar play at Connecticut National Golf Club during in the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier. Lickliter and McLuen had a similar round both carding four birdies and just one bogey as co-medalists at three-under-par, 67. Tied for third at two-under-par and earning spots where Branshaw, who eagled the par-4, second hole, and Quinn, who carded a bogey-free round.
The most interesting round of the day, however, comes from Vaughn Taylor of Purcellville, Va. Taylor, the first alternate for the Travelers Championship itself, had an incredible seven-under-par round of 63 today with a total of six birdies and an eagle on the 583 yard, par 5, 18th to finish. He did, however, received word that he was being called up to play as the first alternate before turning in his scorecard and happily withdrew.
PGA Professional, Kyle Bilodeau previously earned the Connecticut Section PGA’s exemption in May by winning the Spring PGA Stroke Play at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst, Mass. with a two round total of 141, three-under-par.
Congratulations to these four qualifiers and our very own, Kyle Billodeau of Hop Meadow Country Club in the Travelers Championship this week.
Top 54 Advance to Monday's Travelers Championship Open Qualifier
Lots to Do During Travelers Championship Week - FEATURE
PUTNAM, Conn. (June 12, 2013) - The Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier held today at par-70, Connecticut National Golf Club earned the top 54 finishers a place in the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier on Monday, June 17. Scores in the qualifying group ranged from 65, five-under-par, to 78, eight-over-par, in very difficult and wet conditions which resulted in a 90-minute delay in tee times. The medalist of the day, Chris Scialo of New City, N.Y., stayed consistent carding six birdies and only one bogey on his way to medalist honors. Jeff Curl of Birmingham, Ala., and Michael Buttacavoli of Miami Beach, Fla. fired a par of three-under-par, 67’s to come in the runner up spot.
Ed Slattery, PGA of Candlewood Valley Country Club and Torrington, Conn. was the low CTPGA Pro on the day with a 71, one-over-par. Assistant PGA Professional at Tallwood Country Club, Zac Stennett, fired a two-over-par, 72, for second place Connecticut PGA Professional honors.View More
Geambazi Earns Highest Honor in Connecticut Section PGA
Our 2013 Golf Professional of the Year
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (June 11, 2013) – Bob Geambazi of Ridgewood Country Club has been named the 56th Golf Professional of the Year by the Board of Directors and the Special Awards Committee of the Connecticut Section PGA. The Golf Professional of the Year award is given for overall performance as a golf professional, leadership, service to his/her Section, the ability to inspire fellow professionals, and the promotion of the game of golf. Geambazi will lead the 2013 Special Awards Winners being honored Sunday, November 17, at the Special Awards Banquet at Lake of Isles, a Troon Golf Destination, presented by Club Car and supported by Kirk & Matz and Lake of Isles.
“I am very honored and very surprised,” says Geambazi. “I’d like to thank the section and the officers for everything they’ve done for me. It is an extreme honor to be the Golf Professional of the Year.”
Geambazi is a 25-year member of The PGA of America being elected to PGA Membership October 1, 1987. With a desire to be a professional golfer, Geambazi graduated from the University of Florida and played on the mini tours for a couple of years, just looking for a way to break through.View More
Wyckoff C.C. & Great Neck C.C. Co-Winners in Golf Max/Golf Pride Pro-Senior Am
Salito Reigns Supreme in Individual Professional Contest
WATERFORD, Conn. (June 3, 2013) - The Wyckoff Country Club Pro-Senior Amateur team led by Tony Kelley and host team, Great Neck Country Club, led by Kevin Shea tied for first in the Golf Max/Golf Pride Pro-Senior Amatuer with a team total of ten-under-par, 132. There was a three-way tie for third at eight-under-par, 134 by Brownson C.C. led by Paul Ryiz, Springfield C.C. led by Dave Dell, and Tallwood C.C. led by Zac Stennett.
In the individual professional competition, Ralph Salito of The Club at River Oaks, who represented the Connecticut PGA in the Senior PGA Championship last month, fired a three-under-par, 68 to beat out second place finishers Fran Marrello of Quaboag C.C. and Zac Stennett of Tallwood C.C. both at two-under-par, 68. Skins were awarded to Scott Knights of Glastonbury Hills C.C. (Hole #7), Tony Kelley (Hole #16), and Frank Leja of Campbell's Golf Center (Hole #13).