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Miccoli and Garvin Dominate Busy Week on Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf TOUR

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 15, 2014) – The Crestview Junior Invitational was held on Monday, where David Miccoli of Ludlow, Mass., shot an even-par 72 to win the overall boys' division by one stroke. First time winner Vienna Winalski of West Hartford, Conn., took top honors in the girls' division after posting a score of 81. The TOUR continued on Tuesday at Indian Hill Country Club, Newington, Conn., for the John D. Wardlaw Memorial tournament. Tim Welles of Newington, Conn., fired a 2-under 70 to win the boys' division by two strokes. Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass., shot an 82 and birdied the first playoff hole to take home the trophy. Both Garvin and Miccoli earned their second victory of the week after winning the Frank Kringle Junior Tournament at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield, Mass., on Thursday. Miccoli dominated the field by turning in a round of 1-under, 70, to win by four strokes. Garvin posted a score of 82 to earn her 8th victory of the season. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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Rainaud Leads Connecticut PGA Championship at Orchards Golf Club

Takes 3-shot lead into final round

(SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.) – Black Hall Club Assistant Professional Adam Rainaud is playing in his first Connecticut PGA Championship and is wasting no time making his presence felt. Rainaud has taken a commanding three shot lead after two rounds at the Orchards Golf Club. Rainaud fired rounds of 66 and 69 and stands at 7-under par 135 which is three better than two time champion Fran Marrello (66-72), a PGA Life Member and championship veteran. Last year’s runner up Billy Downes (71-69-140) of Hampden Country Club and Brent Paladino (67-73-140) of the Connecticut State Golf Association are tied in third place.


Defending champion Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club had rounds of 74 and 74 and currently is in 16th place at 148.


There are 36 players who made the 36-hole cut at 154 or better. Play begins at 7:30 AM tomorrow for the final round which has been moved up one half hour.


The oldest professional golf tournament in the State of Connecticut is being staged in Massachusetts for the fifth time in its 83-year history. It is the second time the Orchards Golf Club is hosting, the last being in 1968.


There is a total prize purse of $18,000 with $2,000 slotted for the Champion. The 83rd Connecticut PGA Championship presenting sponsor is Mohegan Sun; and supporting sponsors are Jani-King, Club Car, and the PGA TOUR.

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83rd Connecticut PGA Championship to be Held at Orchards Golf Club

Oldest Professional Tournament Comes to Massachusetts on August 12 and 13

(SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn.) – The Connecticut PGA Championship, the oldest professional golf tournament in the State of Connecticut, is coming to Massachusetts. For the fifth time in its 83-year history, the Bay State will play host to the championship that began in 1929 under the auspices of the now defunct Connecticut Professional Organization (CPO). This year, the famed Orchards Golf Club of South Hadley plays host for the second time, the last being in 1968.


Historically, this has been the championship for golf professionals from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. “This championship has a heritage that resonates strongly with golf professionals throughout our section’s two states,” says Tom Hantke, executive director of the Connecticut Section PGA which took the operation of the championship over in 1933. “The Hartford Times Trophy bears the names of many of the section’s prominent figures.”


A total of 59 PGA Professionals, 56 men and 3 women, will tee it up on Tuesday, August 12, for the first two rounds of the 54-hole competition. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 36 and ties for the final round on Wednesday. Kyle Bilodeau, assistant professional at Ellington Ridge Country Club, is defending champion. After losing in a playoff in 2012 at Ellington Ridge, Bilodeau rebounded in 2013, posting rounds of 68 and 74 at Mohegan Sun Golf Club last year and notching a 2-stroke margin of victory.

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First PGA Junior Golf TOUR Victories for Filler and LeBlanc at Ralph DeNicolo Memorial Junior Open at Manchester Country Club

LeBlanc pars first sudden death playoff hole

MANCHESTER, Conn. (August 7, 2014) - Maise Filler (37-39-76) and Brian LeBlanc (35-36-71) each captured their first wins of the season at Manchester Country Club in the Ralph DeNicolo Memorial Junior Open. LeBlanc parred the first sudden death playoff hole to defeat Alex Manner for the title after both carded one-under par rounds of 71. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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Noah Peterson and Amanda Barone Take PGA Pro-Junior Titles at Hartford Golf Club

Rockledge Golf Club Wins Team Contest

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 6, 2014) – On a spectacular summer afternoon, the Hartford Golf Club yesterday hosted 78 Junior Golf Association members and 26 PGA Professionals in the uniquely formatted PGA Pro-Junior Invitational. Noah Peterson (44 points) and Amanda Barone (33 points) captured individual titles (Barrone won by match of cards with Ashley D'Atillio) in the Stableford format that awarded points for bogeys or better. Bob Kay was tops among the PGA Professionals, recording 45 points. The Rockledge Golf Club team that were all dressed in green, and led by PGA Professional Kevin Smith, won the team contest that combined all points in the foursome which consisted of one professional and three junior golfers.  A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation.

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Van Ness and Kemmling Win Don Miklus Memorial Junior Titles at Tashua Knolls Golf Course

Second 36-hole PGA Junior Golf TOUR wins for both players

TRUMBULL, Conn. (July 29, 2014) – Gabe Van Ness (72-70-142) claimed his second title in as many weeks winning 3th annual Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open at Tashua Knolls Golf Course today. Julia Kemmling (80-77-157) won the Girl's Division title. Both were presented with their trophies in the respective divisions Connecticut Section PGA Professionals Bobby Brown and Jon Janik. Sydney Stengel (80-85-165) finished second for the Girl's, while Brian LeBlanc (74-73-147) finished second to Van Ness for the second week in a row. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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Hall of Fame Member Ralph DeNicolo Passes Away

Served as golf professional at Manchester Country Club for 40 years

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (July 28, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA and its membership mourns the passing of PGA Life Member Ralph DeNicolo, a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2008. DeNicolo, 70, passed away Friday evening with his family by his side.


DeNicolo served as golf professional at Manchester Country Club for 40 years. He was elected as a PGA Member in 1966 and in 1994 was named the Connecticut Section’s PGA Professional of the Year.


Hartford Courant obituary


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Hartford Golf Club Hosts Fifth Annual PGA Foundation Charity Classic

128 Tee It Up for Junior Golf, Special Olympics, and good causes

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (July 28, 2014) – When blind golfer John Casalo spoke after play concluded today at Hartford Golf Club, everyone was listening. “This feels like one of the largest turnouts we had,” said the representative from the Gaylord Hospital rehabilitation group that has played in all five of the PGA Foundation Charity Classic events that the club has hosted and sponsored. Casalo’s sense was spot on as he thanked the 128 who participated and stayed for the silent auction and speeches. “I just want to thank all of you who play and support this event,” Casalo said. “You know golf is for everyone and you here today make it possible for me and my friends here to enjoy the game just as much as you do.”


With a strong infusion from new presenting sponsors Carrier and Mohegan Sun, and a cache of returning presenting sponsors and participants, the charity’s co-chairs PGA Professionals Gary Reynolds and Joe Connerton had to be pleased with the results. “Our unofficial accounting says we raised $35,000 today,” announced Reynolds, who along with Hartford General Manager Brian Higgins, came up with the event concept in 2010.


In addition to the Gaylord representatives, the event was attended by The First Tee of Connecticut, PGA Junior Golf TOUR, and Special Olympics Golf representatives whose organizations benefit from the PGA Foundation fund raising.


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Sheary and Van Ness Take Titles at the 4th Annual Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Open

Champions Crowned at Stanley Golf Course

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (July 24, 2014) – A record field size of 130 boys and girls participated today in the 4th annual Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Open at Stanley Golf Course. Champions Mikayla Sheary (79-86-165) and Gabe Van Ness (70-74-144) were presented with their trophies in the girl’s and boy’s divisions respectively by Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame member Dennis Coscina. Angela Garvin (82-84-166) and Brian LeBlanc (70-75-145) were runners up. The Cas Coscina was the second of four 36-hole ranked tournaments on the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf TOUR.
Thank you to host professional, Kyle Hedstrom, and his staff at Stanley. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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Shuttle Meadow Country Club To Host National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer in Kensington, Conn.

July Tournament Will Showcase Talents of Area Amateur Golfers and Local PGA Professionals

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, CONN. – July 16, 2014 – Area amateur and PGA professional golfers are invited to tee off for the National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer. Shuttle Meadow Country Club will host the Pro-Officer on July 22, 2014, at their 18-hole private golf course located in Kensington, Conn.
Sponsored by National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of The PGA of America, the event is one of nearly 100 new and existing amateur tournaments across the 41 PGA of America Sections nationwide being linked together to form the ProAm Series. National created the tournaments to help further the PGA of America’s mission to grow interest and participation in the game of golf at local levels. The Series will run February through October 2014.



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