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Connecticut Section PGA Travelers Championship hopefuls halfway to Cromwell

Fran Marrello leads with two-under par 70

Russ Held Sports - SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (May 14, 2015)


Halfway to Cromwell . . . via South Hadley.


Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club held a one-stroke lead at the Connecticut Section Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship entering Friday's final round.


Marrello fired a 2-under-par 70 to sit atop three golfers at 70 from the 33-player field at Ledges Golf Course.


"I entered on Monday, I have done this for so long I figured 'why not?' '' Marrello said. "And it didn't help that I haven't played well. It's hard to stay up, to keep your game at these (high) levels.''


Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington (Conn.) Ridge CC, Zac Stennett of Tallwood CC and Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association each shot 71.

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Little Linksters #1 - Event Results from Minnechaug Golf Course

Ethan Kalk, Owen Goldberg, and Ariana Petrovic emerge victorious

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 9, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut Section Junior Golf Association tournament season is officially underway, as junior golfers ranging from ages 5 – 12 gathered at Minnechaug Golf Course for the first Little Linksters event of the year.  The Little Linksters is a series of open tournaments for all boys & girls (regardless of JGA membership affiliation), with 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12 year-old age groups.


Ethan Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn. hung on for victory in the 10 – 12 age division. His bogey-free one-under par 34 was good for a narrow one-stroke victory over Matthew Doyle of Madison, Conn., who shot an even-par 35.


Owen Goldberg of West Hartford, Conn. distanced himself from the competition in the 8 – 9 age division. Highlighted by a birdie on the difficult 8th hole, an island green par 3, Owen’s three-over par 38 earned him a twelve-stroke victory.


Ariana Petrovic of Farmington, Conn. outlasted Zane Black of New Haven, Conn. in the 5 – 7 age division. After matching scores of 56 at the end of regulation, Ariana and Zane tied the first playoff hole, before Ariana emerged victorious on the second hole.


Congratulations to Ethan, Owen and Ariana on their victories at Minnechaug Golf Club. The next Little Linksters tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 at Portland West Golf Club.

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Connecticut Section PGA Captures 44th Julius Boros Challenge Cup

Back nine comeback leads to 34-29 victory

HAMDEN, Conn. (May 7, 2015) – The Connecticut Section PGA, led by Captain Dennis Coscina, captured the 44th Julius Boros Challenge Cup on Thursday after a strong back nine comeback, winning the Cup for the fourth straight year by a margin of 34 to 29.


The Challenge Cup was founded in memory of Julius Boros, a bona-fide Connecticut resident and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. This year marked the 44th anniversary of the matches, which first began in 1972 at Tumble Brook Country Club. The matches are an annual gathering of the state’s top amateur and professional golfers, which showcases Connecticut PGA Section Professionals against amateurs from the Connecticut State Golf Association in a match play format.


The Connecticut State Golf Association jumped out to an early 12-9 lead over the PGA Team after the front nine. After making the turn, the PGA Team closed the deficit and eventually pulled in front, spurred on by a ten-point differential in the final two matches.  

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Haddad and Rainaud capture 2015 Senior-Junior Blind Draw Pro-Pro

Eight under par 64 good for a four-stroke victory

N. STONINGTON, Conn. (May 5, 2015) - The season opening Senior-Junior Blind Draw Pro-Pro Championship of the Connecticut Section PGA was contested today at Lake of Isles. 


Dustin Haddad of Oronoque Country Club was paired with Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club and the team won the inaugural competition with an eight-under par 64.  Their better-ball score included eight birdies against no bogeys, good for a four-stroke victory.


Finishing in a tie for second at 68 (-4) were the teams of Ed Slattery of Candlewood Valley Country Club and Drew Anderson of Hartford Golf Club, and Tim Gavronski of Shuttle Meadow Country Club and Ryan Leahey of Glastonbury Hills Country Club.

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Connecticut Section PGA field chasing Adam Rainaud, Travelers Championship exemption at Spring Stroke Play Championship

36-hole championship takes place May 14-15 at The Ledges Golf Club

Russ Held Sports - S. GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 6, 2015)


Uncharted waters didn't seem to faze Adam Rainaud in 2014.


So what can the South Hadley native do for an encore that starts on familiar ground?


Rainaud fashioned one of the most memorable seasons in Connecticut Section PGA history, notably winning five of its major championships.


And the assistant professional at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., begins defense of his first title – the Connecticut Section Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship – at Ledges Golf Course in South Hadley.


The 36-hole championship takes place May 14-15 and carries an exemption into next month's PGA Tour Travelers Championship for the lowest scoring PGA Class A member.

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Connecticut Section PGA, Western Mass. golf pros ready for Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches

44th Matches to be played May 7 at New Haven CC

Russ Held Sports - S. GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 1, 2015)


It's a challenge by name, but an opportunity by game.


The Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches are back for the 44th year, bringing about a most unique chance for both sides in the annual team competition set for Thursday, May 7 at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Conn.


On one side, a team of Connecticut Section PGA club professionals looks to protect its livelihood and reputation as the region's elite in the game.


"It's a day of camaraderie, but the guys who make this team want to win,'' Connecticut Section PGA team captain Dennis Coscina said. "They're so gung-ho about it and they've earned their place but, bottom line, they just want to win.''

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69th Rollie Jacobs Western Mass. Tee Party

Fenway Golf and Fisk Family Honored

Russ Held Sports - LUDLOW, Mass. (April 30, 2015)


How many businesses last five years, these days?


Especially in the golf business.


Fenway Golf Inc., owned and operated by the Fisk family, continues to thrive after 75 years of business on the corner of Allen and Porter in East Longmeadow.


And for its dedication, commitment and service to golf, the Fisk family was the guest of honor Thursday at the 69th Rollie Jacobs Western Mass. Tee Party.


"It's an honor, you never think coming into this that there's an award there,'' Bob Fisk, who father turned a dairy farm into a golf facility in 1939. "Every day, you just do your job. You take care of the customer, of what needs to be done.''

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2015 Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference

Michael Breed, Gale Peterson, Andrew Rice headline event

Russ Held Sports - WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (April 21, 2015)


The best teachers – your PGA golf professionals – are also students of the game.


It's an education that never ends and it continued in full-force Tuesday.


More than 70 PGA of America professionals in the Connecticut Section hit the classroom and lesson tee as participants in a two-day, Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference at Hartford Golf Club.


"I really like these, and when I come here I'm just like the student,'' said Jeff Swanson, head pro at Cedar Knob Golf Course in Somers. "I put the ball in their court. A lot of stuff you take away just re-confirms that you're teaching the same way, the right way. It can be a confidence boost.''


World-class instructors Michael Breed, Gale Peterson and Andrew Rice shared experiences and industry knowledge at the biennial workshop.

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2015 Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference

April 21 and 22

The Professional Development Chairman Ron Beck has announced the three presenters for the 2015 Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference, April 21-22, at Hartford Golf Club. Andrew Rice has served as the Director of Instruction at Berkeley Hall, in Bluffton, South Carolina, for thirteen years. He has been teaching golf for almost 25 years and uses cutting edge teaching technology to help golfers of all abilities improve.

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Mike Carney, Golf Professional of the Year and Special Award Winners Announced

LLONGMEADOW, Mass. (March 30, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Spring Membership Meeting, supported by Bouvier Insurance and CaddyX, was held at Twin Hills Country Club with 179 attendees learning about the Association, section, and membership.


The meeting opened with an update from Tom Baptist, Superintendent for the City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works, about the section and City of Hartford’s consulting agreement to operate both Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses. Patrick Aldrich, PGA, is serving as Golf Properties Consultant to aid the city as its Director of Operations. Mr. Aldrich is being assisted by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Properties Advisory Committee, which is chaired by Andrew Campbell, PGA, of the Black Hall Club. 


The featured guest speakers for the meeting were Derek Sprague, President of The PGA of America, and Suzy Whaley, Secretary of The PGA of America, who led a PGA of America Town Hall session. Their discussion provided updates and insight into the state of the golf industry, as well as an overview of the mission and strategic vision for the PGA of America. An open forum followed, offering PGA professionals the opportunity to ask questions and discuss initiatives undertaken at their respective clubs.

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