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Jim Becker wins 33rd Connecticut Senior Open

Farland, Guttman, and Jones Finish Tied for Second

GROTON, Conn. (July 14, 2015) – Jim Becker of Bloomfield, Conn. posted a final-round even-par 71 to capture his second Connecticut Senior Open today at Shennecossett Golf Course. Becker’s two-round total of 138 (-4) was good for a two-stroke victory over Greg Farland of Sturbridge, Mass., Mo Guttman of Sarasota, Fla., and amateur David Jones of Norwich, Conn., all tied at two-under par, 140.

 

Becker had previously won the Connecticut Senior Open in 2012, noting that “it is more special, always, to do it twice. The first one was really important because I won the Connecticut Open a couple times when I was a kid, and it was important for me to win this just to validate that I’ve been around for a long time.”

 

After carding a bogey five on the second hole, Becker found his rhythm with birdies on holes three, six, seven and fourteen to extend his lead to five-strokes. Although he faltered down the stretch with bogeys on fifteen, seventeen and eighteen, Becker’s lead proved to be insurmountable.

 

Teeing off well before the leaders, Farland carded seven birdies and an eagle in his round, including a five-under par finish over his final five holes, to card a 65, matching the competitive course record at Shennecossett. Guttman was the only other player to card a final round in red numbers, posting a 69 (140, -2).

 

Jones’ final round 73 (140, -2) capped off a three-stroke victory in the amateur division over Jim Romaniello of Stamford, Conn. This marks the second time Jones has captured low amateur honors in the Connecticut Senior Open, having previously earned that distinction in 2012, the same year Becker captured the overall title.

 

A total of eight golfers finished the event under-par, including Fran Marrello of Plymouth, Conn., Rick Vershure of Armonk, NY, and Paul Ryiz of Shelton, Conn. (141, -1).

 

Thank you to host professional, Todd Goodhue, and his staff at Shennecossett Golf Course. A special thank you to the PGA TOUR, National Car Rental, and Yuengling for supporting the Connecticut Senior Open.

 

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Ryiz, Becker, Jones and Green Share Lead at 33rd Connecticut Senior Open

Four Golfers Tied at One-Under Par

GROTON, Conn. (July 13, 2015) – The first round of the Connecticut Senior Open was held today at the historic Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn.

 

Paul Ryiz of Shelton, Conn., James Becker of Bloomfield, Conn., David Jones of Norwich, Conn., and Ken Green of New Fairfield, Conn. share the lead after scoring an impressive four-under par, 67. Ryiz grabbed the early clubhouse lead with the help of late-round fireworks, carding an albatross on the par 5 eighteenth hole, to go along with three birdies. Becker carded six birdies against two bogeys, including closing birdies on seventeen and eighteen to propel him into a tie for the lead. After standing on the fifth tee at one-over par, Jones reeled off birdies on holes five, seven, eight, ten and twelve, to finish at four-under par. Green strung together a consistent bogey-free round that included birdies on holes seven, eight, thirteen and seventeen.

 

A total of eight players in the field recorded a sub-par round for the day. Past champion Jerry Courville of Stratford, Conn. sits close behind at one-under par, 70, tied with Rick Vershure of Armonk, NY, John DeForest of Cottekill, NY, and Fran Marrello of Plymouth, Conn.

 

With the completion of the first round of the 36-hole tournament, age group winners in both amateur and professional divisions were determined and awarded their crystal trophies and prizes at a reception at the Par 4 Restaurant at Shennecossett. Top honors in the professional divisions went to Jim Becker, age 50-59; Paul Ryiz, age 60-69; and Carl Pedersen, age 70 and over. In the amateur divisions the winners were David Jones, age 50-59; Bruce Kraczkowsky age 60-69; and William Lee, age 70 and over.

 

The overall field was cut to the low 72 players and ties, who scored six-over par, 77, or better. The players that made the cut will continue play tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, with starting times beginning at 8:00 AM.

 

Thank you to host professional, Todd Goodhue, and his staff at Shennecossett Golf Course. A special thank you to the PGA TOUR, National Car Rental, and Yuengling for supporting the Connecticut Senior Open.
 

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Hedberg and Garvin Lead Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open

Szandrocha, Morris, Lee and Herzig Close Behind

TRUMBULL, Conn. (July 13, 2015) – The first round of the 36-hole Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open was held today at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, Conn.

 

Jake Hedberg of Newington, Conn. fired a one-under par 71 to lead the Boys Division after Round 1. Hedberg’s round contained three birdies against two bogeys, and is good for a one-stroke lead over Andrew Szandrocha of Southington, Conn. and Chandler Morris of Southbury, Conn. A total of eleven boys are within four strokes of the lead.

 

Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass. opened Round 1 with a one-over par 73, good for a three-stroke lead in the Girls Division over Carrie-Ann Lee of Kent, Conn., and Gabrielle Herzig of New York, NY (76, +4). Sarah Houle of Sandy Hook, Conn. and Vienne Winalski are tied for fourth at six-over par, 78. Garvin is seeking to capture her fourth consecutive Junior Golf TOUR title of the 2015 season with a victory at the Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open.

 

Round 2 tee times begin at 7:30 on Tuesday morning. For more tournament information, please visit:

 

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Dave Cook of Pomperaug Golf Club Wins National Car Rental Pro-Am at Shennecossett Golf Course

Air Force wins Military Team Contest

GROTON, Conn. (July 12, 2015) – National Car Rental Pro-Am at Shennecossett was held on Sunday at Shennecossett Golf Course. The team from Pomperaug Golf Club consisting of PGA Professional Dave Cook and amateurs Jim Schettino, Bob Hill, and Ray Sharkey won the event by firing a 14-under par 128 to win by five-strokes. The team contest for the event was combined low gross and net score on each hole.

 

Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course fired a two-under par 69 to win the individual competition by two-strokes over Robert Meheran of Tampa, Fla., Casey Roan of River Ridge Golf Course, and Jim Doing of Verona, Wis.

 

A total of six golfers won skins in the event: Joe Clark Jr. on Hole #7, Patrick Aldrich on Hole #8, Mike Martin on Hole #12, Dave Cook on Hole #13, Jim Doing on Hole #14, and Bob Kay on Hole #17.

 

In a unique portion of the event paying homage to our nation’s Military Branches, the Air Force team emerged victorious in the Military Team Contest, firing a team score of 153 (+11) to best the Army (+18), Coast Guard (+19), and Navy (+31) teams.

 

Thank you to Shennecossett Golf Course and PGA Professional Todd Goodhue for hosting the event and National Car Rental for their sponsorship.

 

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33rd CONNECTICUT SENIOR OPEN TO BE HELD AT SHENNECOSSETT GOLF COURSE

Courville Looks to Defend Title

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (July 9, 2015) – For the eighteenth consecutive year, the historic Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn., will host the Connecticut Senior Open on Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14.

 

The year’s Senior Open field is set at 73 professionals and 83 amateurs, including 7 former champions. The diverse field represents a total of 14 states and Canada, with 102 from Connecticut.

 

Defending champion and 2009 champion Jerry Courville of Stratford, Conn., is looking to defend his title. Last year, Courville fired a 36-hole total of six-under-par, 136 (68-68), to claim the win in a playoff over John Elliott of Westerly, RI. (67-69).

 

Age group winners in both amateur and professional divisions will be determined and awarded after Monday’s first round of the 36-hole tournament. The overall field will then be cut to the low 72 players and ties, who continue on to Tuesday’s final round to determine this year’s champion.

 

Professionals and amateurs are competing for total prize purse of $30,000. Starting times begin at 7:00 AM on Monday and spectators are welcome to attend.

 

Thank you to National Car Rental, Yuengling, and PGA TOUR for supporting the Connecticut Senior Open.

 

The Connecticut Section PGA operates the Connecticut Senior Open. The event is open to professionals and amateurs ages 50 and over.

 

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Low scores lead the way at Fairview Farm Junior Classic

Stafford Wins in Playoff, Garvin Dominates

HARWINTON, Conn. (July 9, 2015) – The 2015 Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR continued today at the Fairview Farm Junior Classic. A field of nearly 125 boys and girls between the ages of 10-18 participated in 9-hole and 18-hole events at the pristine Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton, Conn.

 

Matthew Stafford of West Suffield, Conn. won the Boys 16-18 age division with a birdie three on the fourth playoff hole, outlasting Ben Palazzo of Farmington, Conn., after both golfers tied in regulation at one-under par, 71. Tommy Dallahan of Ellington, Conn. emerged victorious in the Boys 13-15 age division, shooting a one-under par 71, good for a two-stroke victory over Abir Singh of Newtown, Conn. (73).

 

Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass., shot an impressive one-under par 71 to win the Girls division by five strokes over Mia Grzywinski of Farmington, Conn. (76). This marks Garvin’s third consecutive Junior TOUR victory of the 2015 season, having previously won The Ledges Junior Open and Junior Connecticut PGA Championship.

 

In the 9-hole divisions, Matthew Doyle of Madison, Conn. shot an impressive two-under par 34, edging out Michael DeRienzo of Southbury, Conn. (36). Sydney Hidalgo of Cheshire, Conn. shot a 46 (+10) to earn a two-stroke victory in the Girls division over Sophia Sarrazin of Westport, Conn.

 

Congratulations to our division winners Matt, Tommy, Angela, Matthew and Sydney. Thank you to Head Golf Professional Bob Sparks and the staff at Fairview Farms for their hospitality. 

 

The next Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR event is the 36-hole Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open, which will be held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course on July 13-14.

 

Final Leaderboard – Boys 16-18

Final Leaderboard – Boys 13-15

Final Leaderboard – Girls 18-Holes

Final Leaderboard – Boys 9-Holes

Final Leaderboard – Girls 9-Holes

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Wampanoag Country Club Wins Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at Wampanoag Country Club

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (July 7, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #4 was held on Tuesday at Wampanoag Country Club. The home team from Wampanoag Country Club consisting of PGA Professional Jeffrey Mann and amateurs Shawn Hilario, Brian Ahern, and Doug Mantz won the event by firing a 20-under par 124 to win by five-strokes. The team from Glastonbury Hills Country Club led by PGA Professional Ryan Leahey finished runner-up at 15-under par, 129. The team contest format for this event was low gross and net score on each hole.

 

Mann, Hilario, Ahern and Mantz also won the gross-only competition at twelve-under par, 60. The team from Timberlin Golf Club consisting of PGA Professional Marc Bayram and amateurs Doug Kirk, John Annear, and Bill Ralph shot a fifteen-under par 57 and won in a playoff over the Lyman Orchards Golf Club team of PGA Professional Dan Valk and amateurs Tom Palmeri, Ken Stella, and Jim Heckman.

 

Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club fired a six-under par 66 to win the individual competition by four-strokes over Ryan Leahey of Glastonbury Hills Country Club (70, -2). A total of five golfers won skins in the event: Adam Rainaud on Holes #4 and #15, Paul Brown on Hole #2, Fran Marrello on Hole #5, Bob Clark on Hole #8, and Jeffrey Mann on Hole #18. 

 

Thank you to Wampanoag Country Club and PGA Professional Donny Kirkpatrick for hosting the event.

 

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Little Linksters Event Results from Willow Brook Golf Course

Doyle, Goldberg, and Wright emerge victorious

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (July 6, 2015) – The second Connecticut Section Junior Golf Association Little Linksters tournament was held Monday at Willow Brook Golf Course, attracting nearly forty junior golfers in the 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12 year-old age groups for the nine-hole event.

 

Matthew Doyle of Madison, Conn. posted an impressive round of 31 (+1) to win by three-strokes in the 10 – 12 age division. Matthew’s round included two birdies, which helped distance him from a three-way tie for second place at 34 (+4) between Ethan Kalk of South Glastonbury, Conn., Jack Hall of Avon, Conn., and Cole Hahn of Avon, Conn.

 

Owen Goldberg of West Hartford, Conn. narrowly emerged from the 8 – 9 age division with a 32 (+2). Three-straight birdies on holes seven, eight and nine helped Owen edge Luke Stennett (33, +3) who finished in second. This is Owen’s second Little Linksters victory of the season, his first having come at Minnechaug Golf Club.

 

Frederick Wright of West Hartford, Conn. won the 5 – 7 age division with a round of 42 (+12) that included three pars.

 

Congratulations to Matthew, Owen and Frederick on their victories at Willow Brook Golf Course. The next Little Linksters tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 at Copper Hill Golf Club.

 

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WILLOW BROOK GOLF COURSE HOSTS FINAL CONNECTICUT DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT LOCAL QUALIFIER

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (July 6, 2015) – Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying wrapped on Monday in the Connecticut Section PGA at Willow Brook Golf Course. Participants hit three attempts in each of the three skills: drive, chip & putt. Points were then recorded and totaled to determine the top three finishers in each age/gender divisions. These top three finishers will move on to the sub-regional qualifier, which will be held at The First Tee of Connecticut on July 19, 2015.

 

The top three finishers in each age/gender division include: Jackson Stiles, Ryan Willey, and Tyler O’Connor in the Male 7-9 Division; Bailey Downes, Victoria Guerrero, and Catherine Chadwell in the Female 7-9 Division; David Cho, Cole Banning, and Luke Stennett in the Male 10-11 Division; Meghan Jeroszko, Annie Dai, and Olivia Pace in the Female 10-11 Division; Connor Quinn, Mikey Corduff, and Kyle St. Pierre in the Male 12-13 Division; Meghan Mazumdar, Alexandra Fox, and Connie Dai in the Female 12-13 Division; Melek Israel, Tommy Dallahan, and Jack Hogan in the Male 14-15 Division; Ashley Edwards, Haley Mentz, and Raegan Olson in the Female 14-15 Division.

 

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Jason Liu and Angela Garvin repeat as Junior Connecticut PGA Champions

Duo First to Accomplish Feat Since 1977-1978

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (July 2, 2015) –Jason Liu and Angela Garvin dominated the field at Lyman Orchards Golf Club to repeat as champions of the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship, becoming the first duo to successfully defend their respective titles since Cara Andreoli and Ron Mac in 1977 and 1978.

 

Liu of Windsor, Conn. ran away with the Boys Division title with stellar rounds of 71-69 (140, -3) on the Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones Courses. After opening his second round with an even-par front nine, Liu closed in style with a bogey-free back nine that included three birdies. Over his two rounds, Liu amassed an impressive eleven birdies over thirty-six holes.

 

In a tight race for second, Tim Rotermund of Madison, Conn. carded rounds of 76-73 to finish at six-over, 149, narrowly edging Aaron Montgomery of Lakeville, Conn. (79-72, 151, +8) and Rasmey Kong of North Haven, Conn. (78-73, 151, +8).

 

Garvin (Feeding Hills, Mass.) displayed precise golf throughout the championship to distance herself in the Girls Division. With rounds of 77-74 on the Jones and Player Courses, Garvin finished seven strokes clear of the field at 151, +8. Her consistent play proved to be critical, as over the thirty-six holes Garvin did not card a score worse than bogey on any hole for the championship.

 

Sydney Stengel of Morris, Conn. posted rounds of 80-78 (158, +15) to edge Maisie Filler of Bloomfield, Conn. (80-79, 159, +16) for second place in the Girls Division. Stengel closed strong with pars on her final five holes at the Player Course to narrowly edge Filler.

 

Garvin continues her impressive run of golf this week, adding the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship to her title at The Ledges Junior Open. Both Garvin, class of 2019, and Liu, class of 2017, will have opportunities to three-peat at next year’s 41st Junior Connecticut PGA Championship.

 

Thank you to General Manager Jason Beffert, Head Golf Professional Dan Valk, Superintendent Darren Wondolowski and the staff at Lyman Orchards for their first-rate hospitality.

 

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