Crumpin-Fox Club Wins PGA Pro-Officer
Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Announced
WATERBURY, Conn. – The Country Club of Waterbury was the perfect picturesque venue for the PGA Pro-Officer today. PGA Professional from across the Connecticut Section PGA played host to their facility Officers for a fun stableford event. Coming in first place was the team from Crumpin- Fox Club, Head PGA Professional, Mike Zaranek (18 points) and officer, Tim VanEpps (26 points) for a total of 44 points and the victory good for a total of $400. Host PGA Professional, Tom Gleeton (23 points) and Country Club of Waterbury President, Al Castaldi (20 points) finished just one point behind in second place with a total of 43 points. In third, was the team from Tashua Knolls comprised of Head PGA Professional, Bobby Brown (18 points) and officer, Ron Dray (22 points) for 40 points total. Full results can be found here.
The Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame Committee also announced the newest inductees for 2012. Each year, over 30 distinguished PGA Professionals of the Connecticut Section are considered for this great honor. The Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of PGA Professionals, Walter Lowell, Gary Reynolds, and Frank Selva, who, since the Hall of Fame’s inception in 2008, complete the research needed to honor these individuals. A total of 19 PGA Professionals have been inducted since 2008.
Rivard and Hawkes defeat Mother Nature for Victory in Wethersfield Junior Open
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (July 23, 2012) – As the sun set over Wethersfield Country Club, the Junior Golf TOUR was just coming to an end due to severe thunderstorms that swept into the area this morning causing a 2 hour 40 minute tournament delay. The junior golfers patiently waited for the storm to roll through so the tournament could roll on. In the boys’ overall division, Nathaniel Dong (2016) of Glastonbury, Conn. was an early bird today in the very first 7:30 AM tee time who’s round was interrupted by the inclement weather. Dong found himself three over par after seven holes but was able to birdie both 17 and 18 to fire a one-over-par, 72 to tie for the low 18-hole score.
Grenus & Sheary Card Best Rounds of Season for Fairview Farm Victory
HARWINTON, Conn – In the fifth Junior Golf TOUR event of the year, Evan Grenus (2014) of Glastonbury, Conn., solidifies his first win of the season with a one-under-par, 71 in the boys’ 18-hole division of the Fairview Farm Junior Classic. Just two weeks earlier in the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship, Grenus found himself in a five person playoff for the Championship. Following a bogey on the first playoff hole, Grenus was eliminated but was not discouraged by his performance as evidenced today. One stroke behind with an even par 72, Hunter Byram (2014) of Coventry, Conn. has his best finish of the season.
Quintana Wins in Playoff, Whaley Three for Three on JGT
Record High Temperature and Field Size Make for a Challenging Competition
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (July 18, 2012) – Over 190 members of the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association made their way up to Massachusetts today hoping to beat the heat that lingered in the Constitution State. No such relief was found as temperatures skyrocketed nearing 97 degrees for The Ranch Junior Open, the final Junior Golf TOUR (JGT) event hosted in Massachusetts for the 2012 season. In the boys’ competition, however, Brendan Quintana (2012) of West Simsbury, Conn. found a way to stay cool teeing off toward the heat of the day and eventually taking first place honors. Both Quintana and Richard Hanson (2013) of Plainville, Conn. fired one-under-par, 71, forcing a sudden death playoff. The first hole, a short 480-yard par 5, was birdied by both Quintana and Hanson their initial rounds, warranting a birdie in the playoff where Quintana was able to pull out the win with his seventh birdie of the day. David Szewczul (2013) of Farmington, Conn. finished in sole third place, two strokes behind the pair, with a one-over-par, 73 on the day.
Kamireddy, Whaley Take First Place Honors in PGA Pro-Junior Invitational
Marrello Fires Five-Under-Par 66 in Individual Pro Competition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (July 16, 2012) – For the second year, The Course at Yale proved to be a challenging and humbling test for many Junior Golf Association Members playing in the PGA Pro-Junior Invitational. However, one boy and one girl stood above the rest. Jenn Whaley (2012) of Farmington, Conn. wins her second straight event by shooting a three-over-par, 74. Coming in second place with five birdies on the day is Lisa Calcasola (2013) of Longmeadow, Mass. with a five-over-par, 76. Rounding out the top three is Alyssa Lyon (2014) of Easton, Conn. with a nine-over-par, 80, also good for first place in the girls 13-15 age division.
Nicholas Kamireddy (2013) of Preston, Conn. began his round on hole 18 today, arriving at his last hole, the par 4, 17th sitting at two-under-par. After being taken out of position on the hole, Kamireddy finished with a double bogey, 6 thinking he may have just lost the tournament. However, his astounding play earlier in the day gave him the score he needed to win his first ever Junior Golf TOUR event by a margin of two with an even par, 71. AJ Cooney (2013) of Northford, Conn. took second place honors with his two-over-par 73, his best score of the year.
Veteran Members, Leigh & Whaley Take Frank Kringle Junior Tourney
Garvin Wins Fourth 9-Hole Event of the Year
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Boys and girls of the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association (JGA) traveled to the northern most event of this year’s summer Junior Golf TOUR for the Frank Kringle Junior Tournament at East Mountain Country Club today. Long time JGA Member, Jason Leigh (2012) of Northfield, Conn. snagged his first 18-hole overall boys victory by firing his best score ever on the TOUR a one-under-par, 70. Leigh will attend Cedarville University in the fall and looks to improve as he has the last three years on the TOUR. In 2010, Leigh’s average 18-hole score was 89 strokes moving to an average of 83 in 2011. Finishing three-strokes behind Leigh in second place was Brendan Quintana (2012) of West Simsbury, Conn. carding his best round of the season, a two-over-par, 73.
Becker Stays Consistent to Win 30th Connecticut Senior Open
PGA Members, Kelley & Marrello Tie for Second
GROTON, Conn. (July 10, 2012) – James “Jim” Becker traveled a short distance to the 30th Connecticut Senior Open after finishing sixth and third the last two years and has always been able to score well since he began playing in the Open at age 50. Becker’s numbers seemed to finally come in this year, after firing a four-under-par total of 138 (68, 70) for the win.
“I actually played phenomenal in the first round,” says Becker. “To be honest, I just didn’t play as good today. But I hung in there and I kept telling my wife that’s what we had to do. I hit a couple good shots in a row on 12 and 13, and as it turned out, it put me in the lead. I just played decent from then on in.”
Defending Champion Lloyd Fisher Leads Fourteen Former Champions Entered in 30th Connecticut Senior Open
Historic Anniversaries for Shennecossett G.C. and the Connecticut Senior Open
GROTON, Conn. (July 5, 2012) – The 30th edition of the Connecticut Senior Open will be held Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, July 10, at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton, Conn. This is their 15th consecutive year hosting the tournament having first hosted in 1998 to celebrate Shennecossett’s Centennial when the Connecticut Senior Open was also expanded from 18-holes to 36-holes.
Defending champion, Lloyd Fisher of Grand Rapids, Mich. heads the 14 former champions who are among the 144 players; 76 amateurs and 68 professionals, ranging in age from 50 to 80, participating in the Open. Of those 14 former champions participating, four at Connecticut Section PGA Professionals; Ralph Salito of The Club at River Oaks, Mike Grigely of Edgewood G.C., Craig Kealey of Farmingbury Hills G.C., and Jack McConachie of Pine Valley G.C.
Bob Ross of Washington, N.J., former caddie at Shennecossett G.C., is the oldest participant at 80 years old. The oldest amateur is Joel Sokolov of Vernon, Conn. at 75 who has played in every Connecticut Senior Open at Shennecossett G.C. Eleven states are represented in the field, with Connecticut being the largest: 103 players from 73 different towns.
Winner, Winner: Walthouse and Whaley Capture Junior Connecticut PGA Championship
Exciting Finishes in Both Boys’ and Girls’ Championships
WATERTOWN, Conn. (July 3, 2012) – The final round of the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship came to an end with Billy Walthouse (2013) of Longmeadow, Mass. and defending champion, Kelly Whaley (2015) of Farmington, Conn. taking first place honors. Walthouse and K. Whaley are used to standing in the winners’ circle together after winning the season ending, Jack Kelly Junior Tournament of Champions together last September. Now, they will both travel to Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., July 31-August 3, 2012, for The PGA of America’s flagship junior event, the Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group.
Crowded at the Top in the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship
Thibodeau, Hill, Grenus atop Boys’ Leaderboard; Whaley Sisters Dominate Girls’ Leaderboard
WATERTOWN, Conn. (July 2, 2012) – Many of the state’s most talented junior golfers descended on the Country Club of Waterbury (WB) and Watertown Golf Club (WT) today for round one of the 37th Junior Connecticut PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Heritage Food Service Group. With the first round of play in the books, Michael Thibodeau (WT), 2012 of Ellington, Conn. fired a one-over-par 72 to hold sole first place in the Championship. Thibodeau is the only junior who played Watertown Golf Club today that is in the top-six on the boys’ leaderboard.