The 81st Connecticut PGA Championship Returns to Ellington Ridge
Eight Past Champions Lead an All Professional Field of 82
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (September 20, 2012) – The oldest Professional golf tournament in the state of Connecticut returns to its most tenured venue, Ellington Ridge Country Club, for the 81st Connecticut PGA Championship, Monday, September 24 through Wednesday, September 26. This year’s championship marks a momentous 50th Anniversary of Ellington’s first Connecticut PGA Championship held in 1962 where Champion, Roger Horton (73-72-71, 216) took home a first place prize of $500. The 81st Championship field of 82 PGA Professionals will have part in a $24,000 prize purse with a first place prize of $5,000 awarded to this year’s Champion.
“Ellington Ridge Country Club has always embraced outside events but especially those hosted by the Connecticut Section PGA,” explains Tony Rowe, host Head PGA Professional. “This is a great championship and good golf course that we don’t try to trick up. Bottom line is that the best player usually wins and we have had some great Champions here.”
Ludlow CC, Brownson CC Win at Watertown - Mohegan Sun Pro-Am #6
Host Pro, Marshall & D’Amario Two-Under in Individual Pro
WATERTOWN, Conn. – The team of Ludlow Country Club led by Head PGA Professional, Michael Bechard and host team of Brownson Country Club led by Paul Ryiz tied for first place with an eight-under-par, 134 in the combined gross and net team competition in the Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #6. Coming in third were teams led by host Director of Golf, Mike Carney and PGA Professional, Joshua Lebeau of Westover Golf Course with seven-under-par 135.
The final Ben Lewon Cup points have been awarded giving Great Neck C.C. (22 pts), Team D. Dirico (19 pts), Springfield C.C. (15.5 pts), Green Woods C.C. (14.5 pts), Wyckoff C.C. (14.5 pts), Indian Hill C.C. (13 pts), Brownson C.C. (11.5 pts), Team Marrello (11 pts), and Hawk's Landing C.C. (10.5 pts), inviations to the season-ending Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series Team Tournament of Champions on Thursday, October 11 at Mohegan Sun C.C.
Large Crowds Flock to Special Olympics of Connecticut Fall Sports Festival
Supported by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation
HAMDEN, Conn. (September 10, 2012) - Yesterday, Sleeping Giant Golf Course played host to the golf portion of 2012 Fall Sports Festival administered by the Special Olympics of Connecticut and supported by the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation. Many sports and activities where conducted on both Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, including softball, sailing, bocce, and croquet.
Three separate golf competitions were held for athletes of all abilities. A total of 109 Special Olympians began by participating in the Skill Competition which included putting, chipping, and full swing. The 9-hole alternate shot competition was the biggest of the three with 65 athletes and 65 partners participating. Also, eight athletes competed individually in the 9-hole event. Nearly 400 athletes, family members, coaches, volunteers, and staff were in attendance for the Golf Fall Sports Festival.
The Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation is proud to have awarded financial grants to the Special Olympics of Connecticut since 2001 totaling nearly $23,000.
Newly Elected PGA Member, Bilodeau, Captures 50th Assistant Championship
D'Amario & Buczak will Join Bilodeau in National Assistant Championship
SOUTH KENT, Conn. – Kyle Bilodeau, Assistant PGA Professional at Race Brook Country Club, fires an even-par 144 in the one-day 36-hole 50th National Car Rental Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship Presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF to capture his first Championship title. Bilodeau will be joined by second place finisher, Adam D’Amario of Indian Hill Country Club with a one-over-par 145 and playoff winner Timothy Buczak of Quarry Ridge Golf Course with a two-over-par 146 in the 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship Presented By COBRA PUMA GOLF, Nov. 1-4, 2012 at The PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its seventeenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.
Assistant Pros Geared Up for National Rental Car Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship Presented by COBRA PUMA Golf
D’Amario, Paladino, & Kay Favorites for the 36-hole Championship
(ROCKY HILL, Conn.) – Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Conn. is prepped and ready to welcome Connecticut Section PGA Assistant Professionals for the second year in a row to the 50th National Car Rental Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF this Tuesday, September 4. The top three finishers in the Championship will qualify for the 36th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF, Nov. 1-4, 2012 at The PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its seventeenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.
Marrello Three-Peats in 61st Senior Connecticut PGA Championship
Salito & Perez to join Marrello in Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz
SHERMAN, Conn. – Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member, of Plymouth, Conn. put on quite the show today at The Club at River Oaks in Sherman, Conn. following heavy morning rain, delaying the start of the 61st Senior Connecticut PGA Championship & Qualifier. Marrello, 58, fired a two-under-par 68 to claim victory for the third year in a row, fourth overall, by three strokes over second place finishers Bob Kay, 52, of Tumble Brook Country Club and Host PGA Professional, Ralph Salito, 58, of The Club at River Oaks who both shot one-over-par, 71.
2011 Boys' Player of the Year Wins Season Ending Glastonbury Junior
Hawkes Passes Whaley in Girls’ POY Points with Sixth TOUR Victory
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (August 21, 2012) – Patrick Albanesi (2014) of Avon, Conn. fires a two-under-par, 70 in the Glastonbury Hills Junior Open today for his first win on the Junior Golf TOUR this season. Albanesi, the 2011 Junior Boys’ Player of the Year, played in the Junior Connecticut PGA Championship in July and finished tied for second with 72-73 for a total of 145. Five players tied for second today after a three-over-par, 75: Robert Libiszewski (2015) of Ludlow, Mass., Jacob Ecke (2014) of Cheshire, Conn., Jack Murphy (2014) of Wethersfield, Conn., Aaron Donnelli (2013) of Newington, Conn., and Eric Austin (2014) of Northford, Conn.
Team DiRico Sweeps Team Competition in Antigua Pro-Am
Springfield C.C. Second in Both Gross & Net Events
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (August 20, 2012) – PGA Professional, Dan DiRico of East Longmeadow, Mass., leads his team of Chris Demers, Scott Murdock, and Bruce Morgan, to victory in both the gross and net divisions today at the Antigua Pro—Am Series #5 held at Wethersfield Country Club. Team DiRico fired a nine-under-par, 62 in the gross division and a fourteen-under-par, 57 in the net division for victory by one stroke in both.
Rookie Year Victory for Hedberg on Junior Golf TOUR
Playoff Win Continues Hawkes’ Climb Toward Player of the Year Honors
HEBRON, Conn. (August 20, 2012) – First-year Junior Golf Association Member, Jake Hedberg (2015) of Newington, Conn. takes home the boys’ overall victory today in the McDermott Junior Invitational at Tallwood Country Club. Hedberg got off to a quick start today at four-under-par through just four holes. Shaky 11th and 12th holes were followed up by a consistent finish to fire a one-under-par, 71, winning by one stroke. Close behind, and tied for second, was current Boys’ Player of the Year points leader, Michael Thibodeau (2012) of Ellington, Conn. and Nicklaus Harrington (2015) of Chapin, Conn. at even par, 72.
Suffield Country Club’s Stan McLennan Named Connecticut PGA Golf Professional of the Year
Eight Other Special Award Winners Announced
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (August 17, 2012) – The Board of Directors of the Connecticut Section PGA, in conjunction with the Special Awards committee, announces this years’ Golf Professional of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a PGA of America member, as Stanley G. McLennan of Suffield Country Club in Suffield, Conn. Golf Professional of the Year is awarded 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. McLennan will lead the 2012 Special Awards Winners being honored Sunday, November 18, at the Special Awards Banquet at Lake of Isles, a Troon Golf Destination, presented by Club Car and supported by Kirk & Matz and Lake of Isles.
McLennan is the 55th recipient of the Golf Professional of the Year award since 1952 when the Section Special Awards Program began. He was previously honored in 2005 as the Private Merchandiser of the Year and has also served on Tournament Committee and the Connecticut PGA Board of Directors. He heads a list of eight other special award winners including, Jack McConachie, Pine Valley Golf Course, as Teacher of the Year; Jeff Beyer, Willow Brook Golf Course, as Junior Golf Leader; Bobby Brown, Tashua Knolls Golf Course, as Horton Smith Award recipient; Andrew Campbell, Black Hall Club, as Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient; Jodi Lauzier, Orchards Golf Club, as Assistant Professional of the Year; Marc Bayram, Timberlin Golf Club, as the Merchandiser of the Year - Public; Jason Waters, Hop Meadow Country Club, as the Merchandiser of the Year - Private; and Gary Rencurrell, Bristol, Conn., as the Golf Sales Representative of the Year.