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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Liu and Angela Garvin lead at Junior Connecticut PGA Championship
Both Looking to Repeat as Champions
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (July 1, 2015) – Reigning boys and girls champions Jason Liu and Angela Garvin didn’t allow a morning downpour to deter their quests to repeat at the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship. After morning thunderstorms caused a more than two-hour delay in play, the skies cleared on a beautiful day for more than 120 boys and girls at the Jones and Player Courses at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield.
Jason Liu of Windsor, Conn. opened with an even-par, 71, on the Gary Player Course. After opening his round with four-straight birdies, Liu faltered midway but closed strong with birdies on seventeen and eighteen.
Liu holds a narrow lead over a tightly bunched field. Playing the Robert Trent Jones Course, Christopher Fosdick of Middlefield, Conn. posted a 74 (+2). Also chasing are Joseph D'Andrea of Litchfield, Conn., Mitchel Nappi of Southington, Conn., Matthew Stafford of West Suffield, Conn., and Charlie Zane of Guilford, Conn., who all shot 74 (+3) on the Player Course.
In the Girls Division, Angela Garvin of Feeding Hills, Mass. opened with a 77 (+5) on the Jones Course, finishing strong with pars on her last seven holes. Close behind in a tie for second are Maisie Filler of Bloomfield, Conn., and Sydney Stengel of Morris, Conn. at eight-over, 80.
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LYMAN ORCHARDS GOLF CLUB HOSTS SECOND CONNECTICUT DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT LOCAL QUALIFIER
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (June 30, 2015) – Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying continued on Tuesday in the Connecticut Section PGA at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. 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 at The First Tee of Connecticut on July 19, 2015.
The top three finishers in each age/gender division include: Frank Bergin, Andrew Crayton, and Andrew Beauton in the Male 7-9 Division; Alexa Colombo, Grace Hall, and Kate Lane in the Female 7-9 Division; James Bergin, Jack Szabo, and Oliver Ramee in the Male 10-11 Division; Kylie Brown, Mia Coppola, and Monica Potkay in the Female 10-11 Division; Tyler Gutsfeld, Christian Luca, and Charlie Stuhr in the Male 12-13 Division; Olivia Wilson, Casey Halliday, and Tess Csejka in the Female 12-13 Division; Jason Brennan, Colin Luca, and Evan Kluge in the Male 14-15 Division; Angela Garvin, Taylor Brown, and Julia Raposo in the Female 14-15 Division.
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.