Kelley Captures Fifth Connecticut PGA Championship in Playoff
Kelley’s Fourth Championship at Ellington Ridge Country ClubELLINGTON, 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.
Bilodeau looks to add the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship to his Resume
The 2012 Assistant Champion leads by Two StrokesELLINGTON, 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. View More
Gramelis Leads 81st Connecticut PGA Championship at Three Under
Eleven PGA Pros Within Two Strokes of the LeadELLINGTON, 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. View More
The 81st Connecticut PGA Championship Returns to Ellington Ridge
Eight Past Champions Lead an All Professional Field of 82
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (September 20, 2012) – The oldest Professional golf tournament in the state of Connecticut returns to its most tenured venue, Ellington Ridge Country Club, for the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship, Monday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 26. This year’s championship marks a momentous 50th Anniversary of Ellington’s first Connecticut PGA Championship held in 1962 where Champion, Roger Horton (73-72-71, 216) took home a first place prize of $500. The 81st Championship field of 82 PGA Professionals will have part in a $24,000 prize purse with a first place prize of $5,000 awarded to this year’s Champion.
“Ellington Ridge Country Club has always embraced outside events but especially those hosted by the Connecticut Section PGA,” explains Tony Rowe, host Head PGA Professional. “This is a great championship and good golf course that we don’t try to trick up. Bottom line is that the best player usually wins and we have had some great Champions here.”View More
Ludlow CC, Brownson CC Win at Watertown - Mohegan Sun Pro-Am #6
Host Pro, Marshall & D’Amario Two-Under in Individual Pro
WATERTOWN, Conn. – The team of Ludlow Country Club led by Head PGA Professional, Michael Bechard and host team of Brownson Country Club led by Paul Ryiz tied for first place with an eight-under-par, 134 in the combined gross and net team competition in the Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #6. Coming in third were teams led by host Director of Golf, Mike Carney and PGA Professional, Joshua Lebeau of Westover Golf Course with seven-under-par 135.
The final Ben Lewon Cup points have been awarded giving Great Neck C.C. (22 pts), Team D. Dirico (19 pts), Springfield C.C. (15.5 pts), Green Woods C.C. (14.5 pts), Wyckoff C.C. (14.5 pts), Indian Hill C.C. (13 pts), Brownson C.C. (11.5 pts), Team Marrello (11 pts), and Hawk's Landing C.C. (10.5 pts), inviations to the season-ending Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series Team Tournament of Champions on Thursday, October 11 at Mohegan Sun C.C.View More
Large Crowds Flock to Special Olympics of Connecticut Fall Sports Festival
Supported by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf FoundationHAMDEN, Conn. (September 10, 2012) - Yesterday, Sleeping Giant Golf Course played host to the golf portion of 2012 Fall Sports Festival administered by the Special Olympics of Connecticut and supported by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation. Many sports and activities where conducted on both Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, including softball, sailing, bocce, and croquet.
Three separate golf competitions were held for athletes of all abilities. A total of 109 Special Olympians began by participating in the Skill Competition which included putting, chipping, and full swing. The 9-hole alternate shot competition was the biggest of the three with 65 athletes and 65 partners participating. Also, eight athletes competed individually in the 9-hole event. Nearly 400 athletes, family members, coaches, volunteers, and staff were in attendance for the Golf Fall Sports Festival.
The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation is proud to have awarded financial grants to the Special Olympics of Connecticut since 2001 totaling nearly $23,000.View More
Newly Elected PGA Member, Bilodeau, Captures 50th Assistant Championship
D'Amario & Buczak will Join Bilodeau in National Assistant ChampionshipSOUTH KENT, Conn. – Kyle Bilodeau, Assistant PGA Professional at Race Brook Country Club, fires an even-par 144 in the one-day 36-hole 50th National Car Rental Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship Presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF to capture his first Championship title. Bilodeau will be joined by second place finisher, Adam D’Amario of Indian Hill Country Club with a one-over-par 145 and playoff winner Timothy Buczak of Quarry Ridge Golf Course with a two-over-par 146 in the 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship Presented By COBRA PUMA GOLF, Nov. 1-4, 2012 at The PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its seventeenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship. View More
Assistant Pros Geared Up for National Rental Car Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship Presented by COBRA PUMA Golf
D’Amario, Paladino, & Kay Favorites for the 36-hole Championship(ROCKY HILL, Conn.) – Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn. is prepped and ready to welcome Connecticut Section PGA Assistant Professionals for the second year in a row to the 50th National Car Rental Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF this Tuesday, September 4. The top three finishers in the Championship will qualify for the 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF, Nov. 1-4, 2012 at The PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its seventeenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship. View More
Marrello Three-Peats in 61st Senior Connecticut PGA Championship
Salito & Perez to join Marrello in Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-BenzSHERMAN, Conn. – Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member, of Plymouth, Conn. put on quite the show today at The Club at River Oaks in Sherman, Conn. following heavy morning rain, delaying the start of the 61st Senior Connecticut PGA Championship & Qualifier. Marrello, 58, fired a two-under-par 68 to claim victory for the third year in a row, fourth overall, by three strokes over second place finishers Bob Kay, 52, of Tumble Brook Country Club and Host PGA Professional, Ralph Salito, 58, of The Club at River Oaks who both shot one-over-par, 71. View More
2011 Boys' Player of the Year Wins Season Ending Glastonbury Junior
Hawkes Passes Whaley in Girls’ POY Points with Sixth TOUR Victory
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 21, 2012) – Patrick Albanesi (2014) of Avon, Conn. fires a two-under-par, 70 in the Glastonbury Hills Junior Open today for his first win on the Junior Golf TOUR this season. Albanesi, the 2011 Junior Boys’ Player of the Year, played in the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship in July and finished tied for second with 72-73 for a total of 145. Five players tied for second today after a three-over-par, 75: Robert Libiszewski (2015) of Ludlow, Mass., Jacob Ecke (2014) of Cheshire, Conn., Jack Murphy (2014) of Wethersfield, Conn., Aaron Donnelli (2013) of Newington, Conn., and Eric Austin (2014) of Northford, Conn.