2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Profile - Jim Orsi
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (November 25, 2015) - Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist
Jim Orsi never dreamed of the Hall of Fame. And for good reason. When the longtime golf professional at New London Country Club retired in 1988, the Connecticut Section PGA had not yet established a shrine to recognize its best.
“It wasn’t something I could look forward to . . . they didn’t have one,’’ Orsi said. “Since they told me, I’ve been able to think about it a little at a time. I get very emotional about it, in a good way. I had no idea I’d ever be elected. When I retired, they didn’t have it.
“You can’t go any higher than this.’’
Orsi is part of a Hall of Fame class that includes fellow pros Tim Gavronski of Shuttle Meadow CC and Tony Kelley of Wyckoff CC. The Section will induct its eighth class at its Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute on Nov. 30 at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn. The program also includes recognition of the 2015 PGA Member Championship winners, Player of the Year awards and the winner of the President’s Award.
Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame committee member Gary Reynolds said Orsi’s willingness to volunteer his services, knowledge and experience helped build a stronger association. “He stepped up and continued to step up at times when others did not want to,’’ Reynolds said. “That really helped build a bridge for the future, with his sacrifices. He has been a steadfast supporter of the Section and of the business of the Section.’’View More
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Profile - Tony Kelley
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (November 24, 2015) - Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist
Soft-spoken and humble, Tony Kelley has let his resume do the talking. And it just screams of the Hall of Fame.
The head golf professional at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Mass., has etched his place as one of the best golfers in the Connecticut Section PGA since its establishment in 1933. So it’s no surprise that Kelley has found his way to the Section’s Hall of Fame, joining two fellow club professionals as members of its Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
“It was a shock to me,” Kelley said of the news. “I’m very humbled, it’s quite an honor. I knew guys like Franny (Marrello) and others my age were in it. So maybe I thought I was somewhere (in consideration).’’
The Section will induct its eighth class at its Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute on Nov. 30 at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn. “You look at the other Hall of Famers and they are the cream of crop,’’ Kelley said. “Somebody must have thought I’ve done OK over the years.’’
Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame committee member Gary Reynolds said Kelley is a multi-dimensional golf professional. “Tony is such a dedicated and competitive golfer,’’ Reynolds said. “He has an outstanding, consistent record over the decades. And at the same time, he has been a rock solid pro at his club. His service to the association and the way he plays the game . . . he’s been outstanding.’’View More
2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Profile - Tim Gavronski
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (November 23, 2015) - Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist
Give it up for Tim Gavronski. Because he’s done it for you.
The head golf professional at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Berlin has already left his mark as one of the most influential professionals and contributors to the Connecticut Section PGA during its 82-year history. And for his efforts, Gavronski will be enshrined into the Section’s Hall of Fame.
Gavronski will be joined by retired golf professional James Orsi and current Wyckoff CC pro Tony Kelley when the Hall of Fame’s eighth class is inducted on Nov. 30 at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn. The enshrinement highlights a Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute, a program that includes recognition of the 2015 PGA Member Championship winners, Player of the Year awards and the winner of the President’s Award.
“It’s the pinnacle of my career,’’ Gavronski said. “It was a very nice surprise. Just the words ‘Hall of Fame’ . . . I knew I probably fit some of the criteria, that I might have a shot (someday). But I was surprised because it happened now.’’View More
2015 President's Award Winner - Andrew Campbell
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (November 20, 2015) Russ Held - Connecticut Section PGA Publicist
Learn by example. Lead by example.
Just ask Andrew Campbell, a longtime model for fund-raising efforts that have contributed to the growth of the Connecticut Section PGA’s Golf Foundation. “I think part of it comes from my (late) father (Ken), he was a golf pro and I remember him doing all he could for junior golf during his career,’’ Campbell said. “I’ve been around golf since a very early age and I understand its importance.’’
The head golf professional at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme will be honored with the Section’s 2015 Frank Selva President’s Award, which recognizes an individual who has been instrumental in fund-raising efforts for the Section and its Golf Foundation. “The whole recognition thing? That’s a little funny for me . . . I like to stay under the radar a little bit,’’ Campbell said.
Too late for that.
Campbell will take center stage Nov. 30 when he is recognized at the Section’s Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn. The program will also recognize the 2015 PGA Member Championship winners, Player of the Year awards and the winner of the President's Award.
Marrello and McGregor Win Del Kinney Pro-Pro Sponsored by Cutter & Buck, Golf Buddy and the PGA TOUR
Hantke and Stennett finish Second
WATERBURY, Conn. (October 26, 2015) – The Connecticut Section PGA’s season ending tournament, the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship, was held today at the Country Club of Waterbury. Named in honor of Del Kinney, Sr., the 1949 Connecticut PGA Champion, the four ball team format has remained one of the premier Section events for more than 50 years.
Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club and David McGregor of the Country Club of Waterbury carded six birdies against only one bogey, good for a five-under par, 64, and a two-stroke victory. Marrello and McGregor’s impressive front nine included five birdies and four consecutive on holes six through nine.
Tom Hantke of the Connecticut Section PGA and Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club finished in second place at three-under par, 66. Close behind in third at one-under par, 68, was the team of Kevin Shea of Great Neck Country Club and Scott Knights of Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Rounding out the top-five in a tie for fourth place at 68 (-1) were the teams of Jordan Gosler and Colin Kilpatrick, both of Manchester Country Club, and Christopher Tallman of Cold Spring Country Club and Adam Rainaud of Black Hall Club.
Thank you to our sponsors Cutter & Buck, Golf Buddy, and the PGA TOUR for supporting the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship, and to the Country Club of Waterbury for hosting the event.
Rob Labritz and Ross Kronberg win Lake of Isles PGA Pro-Scratch Invitational
Stennett and Briggs, Ballo and Trimboli tie for Second
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (October 20, 2015) – PGA Professional Rob Labritz of GlenArbor Golf Club and amateur partner Ross Kronberg shot a three-under par 69 today on the public North Course for a 36 hole total of nine-under par, 135, good for a two-stroke margin of victory in the 11th annual Lake of Isles PGA Pro-Scratch Invitational. PGA Professional Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club and amateur partner Eric Briggs posted a 36-hole total of seven-under par, 137, to finish in a tie for second with PGA Professional Peter Ballo and amateur partner T.J. Trimboli of Shorehaven Golf Club.
Dave Dell, PGA Professional of Springfield Country Club, and amateur partner Bob Loguidice posted a two-round total of 139 (-5) to finish in solo fourth place. Defending Champions PGA Professional Kyle Bilodeau and amateur partner K.J. Camera of Ellington Ridge Country Club finished in a tie for fifth place at 140 (-4) with PGA Professional Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club and amateur partner Scott Farrell.
Thank you to Lake of Isles for sponsoring and hosting the Pro-Scratch Invitational.