Connection Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR Takes on The Ledges Golf Club
Weyman Wins in Playoff, Garvin Dominates
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (June 29, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR golfers hit the links today at The Ledges Junior Open. A field of 60 boys and girls between the ages of 10-18 participated in 9-hole and 18-hole events at The Ledges Golf Club, a course known for its challenging layout and spectacular views.
Benjamin Weyman of Newington, Conn. won the Boys 16-18 age division with a par on the first playoff hole, outlasting Alexander Dahlem of South Glastonbury, Conn., after both golfers tied in regulation at six-over par, 78. Cameron Hosack of Glastonbury, Conn. (75, +3) defeated Jonathan Elkins of South Deerfield, Mass. (76, +4) to win the Boys 13-15 age division.
Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass., the 2014 Player of the Year, returned to the field and dominated the Girls division with an impressive even par round of 72.
In the 9-hole divisions, Benjamin Kelley of Portland, Conn. shot a three-over par 39, edging out Cole Hahn of Avon, Conn. (40). Mia Hidalgo of Cheshire, Conn. earned her second title of the 2015 season with a six-stroke victory in the Girls division (46), defeating her younger sister Sydney Hidalgo (52).
Congratulations to our division winners Benjamin, Cameron, Angela, Benjamin and Mia. The next Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR event is the Junior PGA Championship, which will be held at Lyman Orchards Golf Club on July 1-2.
Connection Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR Continues at Ryan Lee Memorial Junior Open
Peterson Edges Out Simione, Lee Sets Tournament Record
BERLIN, Conn. (June 26, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR continued its 2015 season with the 5th annual Ryan Lee Memorial Junior Open on Thursday and Friday at Timberlin Golf Club. More than 100 boys and girls between the ages of 13-18 competed in the 36-hole event, which was started in memory of former junior golf tour member Ryan Lee.
“We’re excited to be able to collaborate with the PGA every year given the infrastructure they have in place,” said Dan Lee, Ryan’s father. “And this year, we have close to a full field. The fact that it’s a two day tournament makes it attractive to the top junior golfers in the area.”
Of those top golfers is Noah Peterson of East Longmeadow, Mass. who won the Boys Division with a cumulative score of four-over-par, 148 (74-74). Peterson edged out Christopher Simione of Cheshire, Conn. who shot five-over-par for the tournament (75-74-149).
“I hit a lot of greens,” said Peterson about his second round. “And I made some decent length putts down the stretch which always helps.”
Carrie-Ann Lee of Kent, Conn. dominated the Girls Division, shooting an impressive four-over-par (73-75-148) to win by 15-strokes over Sydney Stengel of Morris, Conn. (85-78-163). Lee now holds the tournament scoring record for the Ryan Lee Memorial Junior Open.
“The course conditions were really nice,” said Lee. “And the people were fun to play with. Plus, my putting was better than it usually is, so I’m happy about the whole tournament.”
Congratulations to our winners who will be invited to compete in the Jack Kelly PGA Tournament of Champions in early September. The next Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR event is The Ledges Junior Open, held at Ledges GC on June 29.
Jon Rahm conducts clinic for CT PGA Junior Golfers
Glastonbury Hills CC welcomes the world #1 amateur and Ben Hogan Award winner
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 24, 2015) - Jon Rahm, the #1 amateur in the world and Ben Hogan award winner as the top collegiate golfer, conducted a junior golf clinic Wednesday at Glastonbury Hills CC.
Junior golfers and their parents had the fortunate opportunity to interact in a Q&A segment with Jon, a rising senior at Arizona State University, as well as see him hit some shots on the first tee. The Connecticut Section was extremely fortunate to have an up-and-coming player of Jon's caliber at the event, who is best known for:
Thanks again to Jon and best of luck at the Travelers Championship, and many thanks to Scott Knights and the staff at Glastonbury Hills for hosting the event.View More
Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR Season Opener at Glastonbury Hills
Palazzo and Filler Emerge Victorious
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 24, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR kicked off its 2015 season Wednesday with the Glastonbury Hills Junior Invitational. More than 120 boys and girls between the ages of 10-18 competed in 9-hole and 18-hole events on the challenging and immaculately maintained Glastonbury Hills Country Club.
Ben Palazzo of Farmington, Conn. won the Boys 16-18 age division on the first playoff hole over Mani Capece of Watertown, Conn., after both golfers tied in regulation at five-over par, 77. Noah Straub of Mystic, Conn. (75, +3) edged out Jonathan Farrell of Feeding Hills, Mass. (76, +4) to win the Boys 13-15 age division.
Maisie Filler of Bloomfield, Conn. dominated the Girls 18-hole division, shooting a twelve-over par, 84, to win by eight-strokes over Elizabeth Andrian of Glastonbury, Conn.
In the 9-hole divisions, Will Lodge of Darien, Conn. shot a six-over par, 42, to narrowly defeat Benjamin Kelley of Portland, Conn. (43). Mia Hidalgo of Cheshire, Conn. earned a two-stroke victory in the Girls division, as her score of 50 edged out Mia Scarpati of Ridgefield, Conn. (52).
Congratulations to our division winners Ben, Noah, Maisie, Will and Mia; the next Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR event is the Ryan Lee Memorial Junior Open, held at Timberlin GC on June 25-26.
Drive, Chip & Putt Local Qualifiers begin at the Travelers Championship
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 19, 2015) – Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifying begins for the Connecticut Section PGA on Tuesday, June 23 at The First Tee of Connecticut during the Travelers Championship. Tee times for the competition begin at 7:30 AM.
The top three qualifiers in each age and gender group will advance to the sub-regional qualifying event at The First Tee of Connecticut in Cromwell, Conn., held on July 19. From the sub-regional, the top two qualifiers in each age and gender group advance to the regional qualifying event at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. on September 13.
Local Qualifying registration is now open and thousands of participants have already signed up at DriveChipPutt.com for the third year of the event. There are four age groups for both boys and girls – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – and registration is first come, first served. If an age/gender division is full at one Local Qualifying site, the registrant can check the next closest site for availability.
Local Qualifying sites within Connecticut are:
For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, qualifying sites or to register, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
CORNELLIER, PASTORE, LEE, AND ADAMONIS QUALIFY FOR THE TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
AGAWAM, Mass. (June 22, 2015) – JeanPhilip Cornellier of Granby, Quebec, David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., JunHak Lee of Orlando, Fla., and Brad Adamonis of Coral Springs, Fla., all qualified for the Travelers Championship during the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier at Crestview Country Club today. Cornellier led the field after firing a four-under-par, 68, finishing with five birdies against one bogey.
David Pastore of Greenwich, Conn., Jeb Buchanan of Loudonville, N.Y., Brad Adamonis of Coral Springs, Fla., JunHak Lee of Orlando, Fla., Josh Teater of Lexington, K.Y., and Matt Smith of Thompson, Conn., all carded a three-under-par, 69, to force a six-way playoff for the remaining three spots into the Travelers Championship. Pastore, Lee, and Adamonis each birdied first playoff hole, the par-4 1st hole, to advance into the Travelers Championship.
PGA Professional Kyle Bilodeau previously earned the Connecticut Section PGA's exemption in May by winning the PGA Spring Stroke Play Championship. Bilodeau will be the only Connecticut Section PGA Member competing in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 25-28, 2015.
Thank you to host PGA Professional, Rick Fleury, and his staff at Crestview Country Club.
Top 52 Advance to the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier
Larson Claims Medalist Honors at Pre-Qualifier
AGAWAM, Mass. (June 18, 2015) – With a record size field, the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier was held today at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, Mass. The top 52 finishers are eligible to advance into the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier.
Jesse Larson of Mendon, VT claimed medalist honors for the Pre-Qualifier, firing a bogey-free seven-under-par, 65. Matt Smith of Thompson, CT finished runner-up with a six-under-par, 66. Four players tied for third place at three-under par, 69: Tim Beth of Chandler, AZ, Brent Dietz (a) of Enfield, CT, Andrew Giuliani (a) of New York, NY, and Jay McLuen of Forsyth, GA.
John Jackson of Hampden, MA shot a one-over-par, 73, to earn low Connecticut Section PGA Professional honors for the day. Jackson was trailed by Section Professionals E.J. Altobello of Westfield, MA, Bob Mucha of Southwick, MA, Jordan Gosler of Glastonbury, CT, and Jim Hanlon of Wolcott, CT, all finishing in a tie for second at three-over-par, 74.
The Travelers Championship Open Qualifier will be contested over 18-holes on Monday, June 22, 2015, also held at Crestview Country Club. The four low qualifiers will advance into the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 25-28, 2015.
Thank you to host PGA Professional, Rick Fleury, and his staff at Crestview Country Club.
Record Field Size at the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier
Top 40 and Ties Advance to Open Qualifier
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (June 17, 2015) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced today a record field size of 156 for the Travelers Championship Pre-Qualifier.
The competition will be held at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, Mass., on Thursday, June 18, 2015. 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 22, 2015, also at Crestview Country Club. There, the advancing players will be joined by exempt players, including: 2015 PGA TOUR, Web.com, Champions Tour, and former PGA TOUR members from 2012-2015.
In the Open Qualifier, four spots will be earned to compete in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on June 25-28, 2015. This year’s Pre-Qualifier field consists of 49 amateurs and 107 professionals, ranging in age from 16-53. The diverse field represents a total of 18 states and Canada, including 52 players from Connecticut, 32 from New York, and 27 from Massachusetts.
Ron Dellostritto, Mike Martin, Bob Mucha and James Hazen have previously competed in the Travelers Championship. The section operates the Pre-Qualifier and Open Qualifier, on behalf of the PGA TOUR. The Pre-Qualifier was introduced in 2009. This year’s event marks the third consecutive year of record field size in Pre-Qualifier history; prior to 2015, the 140 entries received in 2014 and 80 in 2013 had been the largest field sizes previously recorded.
The Pre-Qualifier starting times will begin at 7:00 AM. Spectators are welcome to attend.
Tekoa Country Club Wins Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at The Orchards Golf Club
Slattery of Candlewood Valley CC claims individual honors
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (June 16, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #3 was held on Tuesday at The Orchards Golf Club. The team from Tekoa Country Club consisting of PGA Professional E.J. Altobello and amateurs Mark Vincellette, Scott Martin and Steve Mazza won the event by firing a 14-under par 128 to win by one-stroke. The team from Candlewood Valley Country Club led by PGA Professional Ed Slattery finished runner-up at 13-under par, 129. The team contest format for this event was a combined low gross and net score on each hole.
Slattery took home low professional honors carding a 2-under par 69 to edge a three-way tie for second between Altobello, Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club, and Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Six golfers won skins in the event: Frank Leja on Hole #4, Jeff Swanson on hole #7, E.J. Altobello on Hole #8, Dan DiRico on Hole #13, Ed Slattery on Hole #15 and Kyle Kressler on Hole #17.
Thank you to The Orchards Golf Club and PGA Professional Jon Banas for hosting the event.
Gleeton & McGregor Earn Top Honors in the TaylorMade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship
Gehan & Lamberti Finish First in Collegial Division
SIMSBURY, Conn. (June 9, 2015) – The TaylorMade-adidas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship took place Tuesday, June 9 at Hop Meadow Country Club. The event was played as a four-ball, stroke play competition and divided into two divisions, the Championship Division and the Collegial Division.
Tom Gleeton and David McGregor of the Country Club of Waterbury defeated Jeff DelRosso and Tom DelRosso of Prospect Golf Driving Range and Doug Juhasz and Kyle Kressler of The Ledges Golf Club, in a playoff to earn top honors after all three teams tied at four-under-par, 68. McGregor claimed victory for his team after scoring a birdie on the par-4, first hole, the fifth hole of the playoff.
The Richter Park Golf Course team, consisting of Brian Gehan and Brian Lamberti, earned first place in the Collegial Division after scoring a five-under-par, 67. Dustin Haddad and Jordan Lintz, representing Oronoque Country Club, finished in second place with a two-under-par, 70.
Thank you to host PGA Professional, Joe Cordani, and his staff at Hop Meadow Country Club. The event would not have been possible without our title sponsor, TaylorMade-adidas and supporting sponsor, PGA TOUR.