Rookie Year Victory for Hedberg on Junior Golf TOUR
Playoff Win Continues Hawkes’ Climb Toward Player of the Year Honors
HEBRON, Conn. (August 20, 2012) – First-year Junior Golf Association Member, Jake Hedberg (2015) of Newington, Conn. takes home the boys’ overall victory today in the McDermott Junior Invitational at Tallwood Country Club. Hedberg got off to a quick start today at four-under-par through just four holes. Shaky 11th and 12th holes were followed up by a consistent finish to fire a one-under-par, 71, winning by one stroke. Close behind, and tied for second, was current Boys’ Player of the Year points leader, Michael Thibodeau (2012) of Ellington, Conn. and Nicklaus Harrington (2015) of Chapin, Conn. at even par, 72.
Suffield Country Club’s Stan McLennan Named Connecticut PGA Golf Professional of the Year
Eight Other Special Award Winners Announced
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (August 17, 2012) – The Board of Directors of the Connecticut Section PGA, in conjunction with the Special Awards committee, announces this years’ Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a PGA of America member, as Stanley G. McLennan of Suffield Country Club in Suffield, Conn. Golf Professional of the Year is awarded 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. McLennan will lead the 2012 Special Awards Winners being honored Sunday, November 18, 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.
McLennan is the 55th recipient of the Golf Professional of the Year award since 1952 when the Section Special Awards Program began. He was previously honored in 2005 as the Private Merchandiser of the Year and has also served on Tournament Committee and the Connecticut PGA Board of Directors. He heads a list of eight other special award winners including, Jack McConachie, Pine Valley Golf Course, as Teacher of the Year; Jeff Beyer, Willow Brook Golf Course, as Junior Golf Leader; Bobby Brown, Tashua Knolls Golf Course, as Horton Smith Award recipient; Andrew Campbell, Black Hall Club, as Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient; Jodi Lauzier, Orchards Golf Club, as Assistant Professional of the Year; Marc Bayram, Timberlin Golf Club, as the Merchandiser of the Year - Public; Jason Waters, Hop Meadow Country Club, as the Merchandiser of the Year - Private; and Gary Rencurrell, Bristol, Conn., as the Golf Sales Representative of the Year.
Barnsley Takes 16th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship
Barnsley. Marrello Qualify for 2013 PGA Professional National Championship
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 14, 2012) – Paul Barnsley of Racebrook Country Club, winner of the 16th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship will lead runner-up, Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member and the Connecticut PGA Player of the Year to compete in the 46th PGA Professional National Championship (PGA PNC) presented by Club Car, Merecedes-Benz USA, and OMEGA, June 23-26, 2013, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The top 20 finishers in the PGA PNC will then travel to Oak Hill Country Club for the 95th PGA Championship to play in the strongest, all professional tournament field in golf. Today, Barnsley turned in a winning total of three-under-par 141 to capture the Championship title by just one stroke. Marrello was runner-up winning a one-hole sudden death playoff against Mark Farrell of H. Smith Richardson Golf Course after both firing a two-under-par 142.
Gramelis, Mongillo Lead 16th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship
One Round Stands Between Them & 2012 PGA PNC
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 13, 2012) – Both Mike Gramelis of Golf Galaxy and Joe Mongillo of Dick’s Sporting Goods fired a beautiful three-under-par 69 today at Wampanoag Country Club to make their way to the top of the 16th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship leaderboard. Gramelis played a more consistent game with just one bogey and four birdies on the day. Mongillo, however, lit up the middle 7 holes with an astounding five birdies on his way to three under.
“I hit it well today,” says Mongillo. “I don’t think I missed a fairway which was nice. I’ve had more time to practice and play so it’s really started to pay off in my rounds.” Not to sell himself short, Mongillo has already won three Connecticut PGA events this year, looking to make this his fourth, and second Championship win having won the 46th Assistant Championship in 2008.
D'Attilio & McAndrews Card TOUR Best for Vicotry in Camera Memorial
McAndrews Philosophy: Hole in One, Win By One
ELLINGTON, Conn. (August 13, 2012) – Gorgeous weather blanketed Ellington Ridge Country Club today for the Ellington Ridge Camera Memorial Junior Tournament. In the girls’ division, four-year Junior Golf Association Member, Ashley D’Attilio (2015) of Berlin, Conn. fired her best TOUR score at twelve-over-par 84, squeaking out victory over MacKenzie Hawkes (2015) of Madison, Conn. with a thirteen-over-par 85.
“I went into [today] thinking I was going to play well because I’ve been practicing and playing a lot,” says D’Attilio. Just yesterday, she competed in the Timberlin Golf Club Junior Championship shooting an 88. “I was hitting my drives down the middle and made a lot of greens in regulations today,” D’Attilio continued. “My putting was good and it all just paid off.”
The Connecticut PGA Professional Championship: Road to the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill
Defending Champion, D’Amario Prepared for the Challenge
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (August 9, 2012) – As round one of the 94th PGA Championship continues today at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Connecticut Section PGA prepares for the Monday, August 13 – Tuesday, August 14, 16th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship, held this year at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford, Conn. This Championship is the road for PGA Professionals to compete in the 95th PGA Championship to be held August 8-11, 2013, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. on the East Course.
Four past champions, including defending Champion, Adam D’Amario of Indian Hill Country Club will compete in the field of 51 vying for the Championship title. D’Amario who won the 15th Connecticut PGA Professional Championship last year at Shennecossett looks to go two for two, a feat that no PGA Professional has been able to achieve.
Longmeadow Takes Top Honors in Taylormade-adidas PGA-Pro Assistant Championship
All Three TPC Teams Finish Strong
MADISON, Conn. (August 7, 2012) - Head PGA Professional, Tim Quirk and Assistant Professional, Steve Alminas of Longmeadow Country Club fire a six-under-par, 64 to win the Taylormade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship at Madison Country Club. Three TPC River Highlands teams consisting of Bill Whaley, Ryan Harbour, Larry Antinozzi, and John Richeson also sprinkle the leadboard finishing tied for sixth at three-under-par or better.
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First for Dong, Second for Grillo
Lee Improves by 18 Strokes for Third Place
TRUMBULL, Conn. – Nathaniel Dong (2016) of Glastonbury, Conn. did not originally have winning on his mind when he began the Don Miklus Memorial Junior Championship yesterday. However, after carding a two-under-par round of 70, good enough for a share of the lead, he quickly shifted his focus. Not even a freshman in high school, Dong has tried to have fun the last two days and not necessarily focus on his score. That is a tactic that has served him well firing an astounding four-under-par, 68 today for a total of six-under-par, 138 and his first Junior Golf TOUR victory, a Championship none-the-less. Holding a share of the lead to start the day was Jacob Henny (2013) of Norwalk, Conn. who finished with a two-over-par second round and an even par total of 144. In a close third place with a one-over-par 145 total was Walker Lohrey of West Simsbury, Conn. and Nick Hedden (2012) of Waterford, Conn.
Defending Champions Sit Atop Leaderboard in Miklus Junior Championship
TRUMBULL, Conn. (August 6, 2012) – 2011 Champions, Jacob Henny (2014) of Norwalk, Conn. and Marissa Grillo (2014) of Avon, Conn. lead the 36-hole Don Miklus Memorial Junior Championship after round one today at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, Conn. Henny was looking forward to this year’s event after winning last year and was uneasy about his game due to an injury early in the season. He started off slow but was able to birdie hole 7, 8, and 9 to finish with a two-under-par, 70 tied for the lead. With six birdies on the day, Nathaniel Dong (2016) of Glastonbury, Conn. shares the two-under- par lead with Henny. “That’s how many birdies I mike in about 10 rounds,” jokes Dong. Henny, happy with his round today, is looking forward to round two.
In the girls’ overall division, Grillo fires an eight-over-par 80 after two double-bogeys on the day a looks to improve in round two. She is followed by Barbara Wilson (2012) of East Lyme, Conn. who is just three strokes back from the lead.
The Don Miklus Memorial Junior Championship is presented by U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and supported by Prize Possession and PING.
Whaley & Dietrich Dominate Delayed Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Championship
Lucky Number Six-Stroke Victories in both Girls' and Boys' Divisions
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (August 1, 2012) – Yet again, we’re talking about Jenn Whaley (2012) of Farmington, Conn. and Eric Dietrich (2013) of Cheshire, Conn.; today’s Champions in the Cas Coscina Memorial Junior at Stanley Golf Course. Recently, both Whaley & Dietrich have "stepped up their (golf) game" in Junior Golf TOUR events including the Torrington Rotary Junior Classic, which they both won on Monday. Whaley, who will begin her freshman year Quinnipiac University in just over three weeks, wins her fifth event of the season out of just seven entered. Mind you, in the two events she did not win, she finished in sole second place.
Whaley fired a very impressive two-over-par, 75 today for a 79-75-154 total of eight-over-par in the two-day Championship. Whaley, who was five-over-par after just six holes thanks to two bogeys and a triple-bogey on the par-four sixth, took relief in a loud train-like weather alarm suspending play this afternoon. It seemed as though she was able to regroup, returning to the golf course to finish the final twelve holes three-under-par and clinch the Championship title. In the final group with her today was Gabrielle Martin (2017) of Madison, Conn. (78-82-160) and Nikki Liucci (2012) of Canton, Conn. (80-82-162) who finished in second and third places respectively.