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Martin Grabs Early Lead In PGA Stoke Play

Three PGA Professionals Complete First Round Under-Par

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (May 13, 2014) – Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course, fired a two-under-par, 70 to lead the field in the first round of the Spring PGA Stroke Play at The Farms Country Club. Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club and Adam D’Amario of Indian Hill Country Club are tied for second place after scoring one-under-par, 71. Defending Champion, Kyle Bilodeau of Ellington Ridge Country Club, is tied for eleventh place with a two-over-par, 74.
The final round commences tomorrow. The Connecticut Section PGA Professional that has the lowest score not only is awarded as the Spring PGA Stoke Play Champion, but will also earn an exemption to play in the Travelers Championship on June 19-22, 2014, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Thank you to the host facility, The Farms Country Club, and supporting sponsors, PGA TOUR and Jim Mayo Golf Sales, for supporting the Spring PGA Stroke Play.

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Travelers Championship Exemption to be Awarded to Spring PGA Stroke Play Champion

Bilodeau Looks to Defend Title

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 9, 2014) – The Spring PGA Stroke Play returns to The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Conn., for the third time in the Championship’s five-year history. The Championship will be contested on Tuesday, May 13 – Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Connecticut Section PGA Professional that has the lowest score not only is awarded as the Spring PGA Stoke Play Champion, but will also earn an exemption to play in the Travelers Championship on June 19-22, 2014, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

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Willow Brook Golf Course Named the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award Winner

Award Presentation to be Held at the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 6, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced that Willow Brook Golf Course in South Windsor, Conn., has been named the 2014 recipient of the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award, as the model public golf course serving the game of golf in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The award was inaugurated in 2001 in honor of Canton Public Golf Course for the standards it set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.
The PGA Special Awards Committee made the selection of Willow Brook as the model public golf facility. All public golf courses are nominated and welcomed to submit applications to be considered. “Walter Lowell set a great standard for golf professionals,” stated Willow Brook Golf Course PGA Head Golf Professional, Jeff Beyer. “We are excited to share this honor with our customers at Willow Brook.”

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DiRico Earns Highest Honor in the Connecticut Section PGA

PGA Golf Professional of the Year and Special Awards Dinner Date Announced

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 5, 2014) – Dave DiRico of Dave DiRico’s Golf and Racquet has been named the 57th Golf Professional of the Year by the Board of Directors and the Special Awards Committee of the Connecticut Section PGA. The Golf Professional of the Year award is given 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.

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Junior Golf Season Kicks Off with the Little Linksters

Event held at Willow Brook Golf Course

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (May 3, 2014) – The junior golf season began today with the Little Linksters (12 & Under) at Willow Brook Golf Course, the 2014 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award Winner. The youngest in the field at just five years old, Frederick Wright of West Hartford, Conn., captured the first place award in the 5-7 age division. In the 8-9 age division, William Depault of Stafford Springs, Conn., won his first event of the season with an 8-over-par 38. James Ballato of Pawcatuck, Conn., fired an even-par 30 to earn top honors in the 10-12 age division.
Congratulations to all players, parents, volunteers, Willow Brook Golf Course and sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions. 
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Connecticut PGA Professionals Retain Julius Boros Challenge Cup for Three Years in a Row

Final Point Totals: 39.5 to 23.5

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 1, 2014) - The 43rd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches were held on Thursday at New Haven Country Club. The Connecticut Section PGA Professional team led the CSGA Amateur team with a score of 39.5 to 23.5. With this victory, the Connecticut PGA strengthens its hold on the overall record of 31-12. Congratulations to Captain, Dennis Coscina, Assistant Captain, Ralph Salito, and the players on a great victory.

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Martinez and Gosler Capture Assistant Spring Pro-Pro

Assistant�s Association Spring Meeting, Sponsored by PING, Held at The Country Club of Waterbury

WATERBURY, Conn. (April 24, 2014) - The Assistant’s Association Spring Meeting and Pro-Pro took place at The Country Club of Waterbury. Over 30 Assistant Professionals and guests were in attendance to discuss the golf industry and the issues it faces, as well as the business of the Assistant’s Association and the Section. Michael Corgan presented on effective clubfitting with PING equipment. PGA Professionals, Sean Busca and Ryan Hall were panalists for the education seminar on merchandising.

Following the morning meeting, the Assistants played the Pro-Pro Tournament. Chris Martinez, PGA Active Member, and Jordan Gosler of Manchester C.C. took top honors with a combined best round with a one-under-par 69. 

Thank you to the meeting sponsor, PING for their continued commitment to the Connecticut Section PGA and to our Assistants' Association.




Matches Announced for 43rd Julius Boros Challenge Cup

PGA Professionals versus amateurs from the CSGA

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Connecticut Section PGA and Connecticut State Golf Association Team Captains Dennis Coscina and Bob Ruby met and released their respective team lineups for the Julius Boros Challenge Cup, being played Thursday, May 1st at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut.
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the matches, which first began in 1972 at Tumble Brook Country Club. The matches are an annual gathering of the state’s top amateur and professional golfers, which showcases Connecticut PGA Section Professionals against amateurs from the Connecticut State Golf Association in a match play format. The Challenge Cup was founded in memory of Julius Boros, a bona-fide Connecticut resident and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Boros is perhaps the most successful player in the history of Connecticut golf, having won eighteen times on the PGA Tour including two United States Open Championships and a PGA Championship. The Connecticut Section PGA won the inaugural matches by a score of 33 ½ to 20 ½.

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Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association Alumni Tournament

Benefitting the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation

The inaugural Connecticut Junior Golf Association Alumni Tournament, benefitting the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Ellington Ridge Country Club.
Eligibility: Former JGA member, between the ages of 21 and 35. Former JGA members can invite a guest to participate as a partner, as long as they meet the age requirement.
Format: two-person, stableford
Registration: Registration is first come, first serve, for 120 entries.
Click here to register.
Cost: Individual player - $125; two-player team - $250
Entry Fee Includes: Golf (18 holes) with cart, lunch, gift, dinner, auction, and a raffle


2014 Spring PGA Meeting Held at Twin Hills Country Club

Dave DiRico, Golf Professional of the Year and Special Award Winners Announced

Longmeadow, Mass. (March 25, 2014) – The 2014 Connecticut Section PGA Spring Membership Meeting supported by Bouvier Insurance was held at Twin Hills Country Club with 178 attendees learning about the Association, section, and membership.
The meeting kicked off with a special announcement from Tom Baptist, Superintendent for the City of Hartford’s Department of Public Works, about the section and City of Hartford entering into a consulting agreement to operate both Goodwin Park and Keney Park Golf Courses. Patrick Aldrich, PGA, was hired to serve as the Golf Properties Consultant to serve the city as its Director of Operations. In addition, a PGA Golf Properties Advisory Committee was created to assist Aldrich. The Committee consists of PGA Professionals Bobby Brown, Tashua Knolls Golf Course; Andrew Ouellet, Taylormade Golf; John Verrengia, Simsbury Farms Golf Club; and Jon Wilson, Golf Center at Lyman Orchards.

The featured guest speaker, Peter Bevacqua, Chief Executive Officer of The PGA of America, provided the meeting attendees with an update and insight on the golf industry, PGA of America initiatives, and future plans of the Association. Bevacqua’s enthusiasm left the meeting attendees excited and hopeful for the upcoming golf season.

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