Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Registration Now Open
Connecticut Section PGA will host five local qualifiers
Drive, Chip and Putt Championship registration is now open for young golfers hoping to earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals.
This youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15 who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. In only its second year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will nearly triple the number of local qualifying spots, expanding to more than 50,000 playing opportunities at 256 host sites throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June and July. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5, the eve of the 2015 Masters.
The Connecticut Section PGA Drive, Chip and Putt schedule is as follows:
| Event Name
|Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #1
||Tuesday, June 17, 2014
||Travelers Championship at The First Tee of Connecticut
|Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #2
||Saturday, June 21, 2014
||Golf Center at Lyman Orchards
|Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #3
||Wednesday, July 2, 2014
||The Ranch Golf Club
|Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #4
||Wednesday July 9, 2014
||Goodwin Park Golf Course
|Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier #5
||Wednesday, July 16, 2014
||Fox Hopyard Golf Club
|Drive, Chip & Putt Sub-Regional Qualifier
||Wednesday, July 30, 2014
||The First Tee of Connecticut
70 Players Fighting for Four Spots in Travelers Championship
Open Qualifier to be Held on Monday, June 16, 2014
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 14, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced today a field size of 70 competitors for the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier. The competition will be contested over 18-holes, at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., on Monday, June 16, 2014. The four low qualifiers will advance into the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 19-22, 2014.
Stanley Golf Course Selected to Host Travelers Championship PGA TOUR Clinic
To Be Held on June 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM
NEW BRITAIN—Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Commission Chairman Matthew Cannata, and Vice Chairman Patrick Dorsey announced today that Stanley Golf Course has once again been chosen to host the Travelers Championship PGA Tour Clinic. This is the fifth year that the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, Travelers Championship, and PGA Tour have selected Stanley Golf Course as a location to host the Clinic.
The Clinic will take place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:00p.m. The golf clinic is free and no registration is required. The clinic will run for approximately a half an hour with a 15 minute autograph session afterwards.
Top 46 Advance to the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier
Etimos and Pastore Claim Medalist Honors at Pre-Qualifier
OLD LYME, Conn. (June 12, 2014) – With a record size field, the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier was held today at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn. The top 46 finishers are eligible to advance into the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier.
Amateurs, Greg Etimos of East Islip, N.Y. and David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., tied at two-under-par, 69, for the medalist honors for the Pre-Qualifier. Brandon Parker of Auburn, Mass., Daniel Balin of Rockville, M.D., and Billy Walthouse of Longmeadow, Mass., all tied for third place with a one-under-par, 70.
The Masters Tournament, USGA and PGA Announce Expansion of Drive, Chip & Putt Championship Into All 50 States
Local Qualifying Event to be Held at the Travelers Championship at The First Tee of Connecticut on June 17, 2014
Cromwell, Conn. (June 10, 2014) – After an incredibly successful inaugural year of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America have announced its expansion into all 50 states.
Approximately 17,000 youngsters had opportunities to qualify in the first year, which began with local qualifying at courses throughout the country and continued with regional qualifying. The winners from the boys and girls divisions in each of the four age divisions earned a trip to Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters Tournament.
Record Field Size at the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier
Top 40 Advance to Open Qualifier
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 9, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced today a record field size of 140 for the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier. The competition will be held at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, Conn., on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
The Pre-Qualifier will be contested over 18-holes, with the top 40 and ties advancing to the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier on Monday, June 16, 2014, also at Black Hall. There, the advancing players will be joined by exempt players, including: 2014 PGA TOUR, Web.com, Champions Tour, PGA TOUR Latin America, and PGA TOUR Canada, and former PGA TOUR members from 2010-2013. In the Open Qualifier, four spots will be earned to compete in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 19-22, 2014.
Dellostritto & Detmer Earn Top Honors in the TaylorMade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship
Gehan & Lamberti Finish First in Collegial Division
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (June 3, 2014) – The TaylorMade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship took place today at The Course at Yale. The event was played as a four-ball, stroke play competition and divided into two divisions, the Championship Division and the Collegial Division.
Ron Dellostritto and Josh Detmer of Wethersfield Country Club defeated Marc Bayram and Ryan Leahey of Timberlin Golf Course, in a playoff to earn top honors after both teams fired an impressive five-under-par, 65. Detmer claimed victory for his team after scoring a par on the par-4, first hole. In sole third place was the team from the Country Club of Waterbury, consisting of Tom Gleeton and Brad Colt, at two-under-par, 68.
Host Professional Wallis Wins Walter Lowell PGA Tournament
Division Winners Downes, Mahaffy, Shea, and Carney
HAMPDEN, Conn. (May 27, 2014) – William Wallis of New Haven Country Club fired a 2-under-par, 68, to earn 26 points to win the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament, a modified stableford event, at New Haven Country Club. Wallis’ first place finish earned him 40 Player of the Year points.
The field of PGA Members was divided into four divisions based upon years of PGA Membership, all named for golf’s four 2014 major championship sites: Valhalla, Royal Liverpool, Pinehurst, and Augusta National.
Billy Downes of Hampden Country Club led the Augusta National Division, comprised of PGA Members with the fewest years of membership, with 24 points. Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club finished in a close second place with 20 points.
Team Ellington Ridge Twelve-Under-Par in Golf Max/Golf Pride Pro-Am
Bilodeau Cards Four Birdies to Earn Low Professional
ELLINGTON, Conn. (May 19, 2014) – The Ellington Ridge Country Club team, consisting of John Sawka, KJ Camera, Dave Olender, and led by PGA Professional Kyle Bilodeau, won the Golf Max/Golf Pride Pro-Am with a twelve-under-par, 132. The Rockledge Golf Course team, led by PGA Professional Kevin Smith, came in second place with a five-under-par, 139.
Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club fired a one-under-par, 71 to win the individual professional competition. Kevin Smith of Rockledge Golf Course, Billy Downes of Hampden Country Club, and John Cook of Manchester Country Club all tied for second place with two-over-par, 74. Skins were awarded to Kevin Smith of Rockledge Golf Course (Hole #9), Paul Ryiz of Brownson Country Club (Hole #12), Billy Downs of Hampden Country Club (Hole # 4), Tony Rowe of Ellington Ridge Country Club (Hole # 1), John Cook of Manchester Country Club (Hole # 6), and E.J. Altobello of Tekoa Country Club (Hole # 16).
Thank you to host PGA Professional, Tony Rowe, and his staff at Ellington Ridge Country Club. The event would not have been possible without the title sponsor, Mohegan Sun and supporting sponsors Golf Max and Golf Pride.
Rainaud Captures Spring PGA Stroke Play & Earns Exemption in Travelers Championship
Mahaffy Finishes in Second Place with Consistent Play
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (May 14, 2014) – Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club captured his first Spring PGA Stroke Play title this afternoon at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Conn., by firing a one-under par, 143. Rainaud commented, “It is a pleasure to win today.”
“The greens were playing fantastic,” said Rainaud. “I wasn’t hitting it the best, so I had to rely on my short game quite a bit.”
Rainaud was the only player in the field to finish under par for the event and was just one shot clear of his nearest competitor, Kevin Mahaffy of Pequabuck Golf Club. Mahaffy came in second place with a score of even-par, 144. Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course was the overnight leader, but shot a final round of four-over-par, 76, to finish in third place.