~Concert to Benefit the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation~
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 7:30
The Bushnell - Hartford, Conn.
Starring Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney
Featuring Geraldine Branagan &The Irish Pops Ensemble
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Connecticut PGA Section and Its Work with City of Hartford Golf Courses to be Spotlighted Feb. 16 on Golf Channel in Celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Connecticut PGA Section and its work helping the City of Hartford with restoring and revitalizing its two golf courses will be spotlighted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Tues., Feb. 16, in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial.
In 2014, the Connecticut PGA Section began consulting for the City of Hartford to revitalize its two golf courses: Goodwin Park Golf Course, which has stayed open during the process, and Keney Park Golf Course, which will re-open May 1, 2016. Connecticut PGA Section Executive Director Tom Hantke, PGA, and Section Golf Properties Consultant Patrick Aldrich, PGA, have spearheaded the Section's efforts to assist the City of Hartford in regaining operational ownership of the golf courses that had been privately managed for more than 25 years. The overhaul of these courses has also encompassed both the physical restoration of the facilities as well as enlisting PGA Professionals to make the game accessible to the entire community by implementing player use and player development strategies.
PGA Professionals Kevin Cloud and Peter Seaman are leading efforts to manage the business and grow the game of golf at these facilities. Cloud, head PGA Professional of Goodwin Park Golf Course, has hosted PGA Junior League Golf teams at his facility; piloted a PGA Junior Golf Camp last year; hosted a Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier and the Hartford Junior Amateur; as well as held women’s golf clinics and other programs to introduce beginners to the game. Peter Seaman, head PGA Professional of Keney Park Golf Course, will host adult and junior golf programming, in addition to focusing on affordable and accessible junior golf programs for the economically disadvantaged families in the nearby North Hartford “Promise Zone.” Seaman has also been instrumental in the development of operational budgets, marketing and promotional programs, and communications and social media strategies for Keney Park.
The Keney Park Golf Course Clubhouse was originally condemned and the course was closed by the city in 2013; the Connecticut PGA Section has consulted on a $5.8 million comprehensive restoration with continued improvements being made in the next three-to-four years. While Goodwin Park Golf Course remained open during its renovation, the course received a significant overhaul and investment in the maintenance department and more than $50,000 in on-course amenities. As a result of these improvements, both Goodwin Park and Keney Park will host the inaugural Hartford Women’s Open June 18-19, 2016.
In celebration of its Centennial, the PGA of America has partnered with Golf Channel to shine a spotlight on all 41 PGA Sections, and their featured programs and initiatives nationwide, led by PGA Professionals. The PGA Section Spotlights are scheduled to air on Golf Channel from Jan. 27–May 4, spanning 100 days in honor of the Centennial.
“In celebrating our Centennial, we want to honor our 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals in all PGA Sections across the country,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “Each day, they’re growing the game and using golf to better lives in their communities, as evidenced by efforts like those of the Connecticut PGA Section. We’re very proud of these PGA Professionals and look forward to highlighting their efforts this year.”
The spotlights will run in conjunction with the #ThxPGAPro Centennial celebration social media campaign, where golfers everywhere can post videos, photos and messages in support of their favorite PGA Professionals on ThxPGAPro.com or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Section Spotlights also will be featured prominently on ThxPGAPro.com.
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No. 1 Seed Rainaud Earns Bye in 53rd PGA Match Play Championship
CRAIG DOLCH - Special to PGA of America
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2016) – Defending champion Adam Rainaud of South Hadley, Mass., has a first-round bye in the 53rd PGA Match Play Championship that starts Tuesday at the Dye Course at PGA Golf Club.
Rainaud advances through the Round of 64 because Andy Hardiman of Stuart was disqualified from Monday’s qualifier on the Ryder Course after he signed an incorrect scorecard. That left the field at 63 players.
Jeff Sorensen, Kirk Stauffer and Jonathan Mansfield shot 4-under 68s Monday to share medalist honors in the qualifier. Sorenson, the No. 2 seed, plays Jeff Wibben; Stauffer (No. 3) plays David Reasoner; and No. 4 Mansfield plays Gary Trivisonno.
The Match Play Championship is the final event of the PGA Winter Championship season sponsored by Premier Golf and Golf Advisor.
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Willow Brook Golf Course, the Golf Center at Lyman Orchards, and The First Tee of Connecticut to Host Local Qualifiers for 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
Registration Opens for Children Age 7-15 on January 26
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (January 12, 2016) – The United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America officially launched the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the qualifying schedule for the upcoming year. Willow Brook Golf Course, the Golf Center at Lyman Orchards, and The First Tee of Connecticut are set to host local qualifiers in Connecticut, providing junior golfers the opportunity to advance and earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The qualifying schedule is available on the event’s website, and online registration will also be available at www.DriveChipandPutt.com, starting Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Willow Brook Golf Course, located in South Windsor, Conn., will host the first local qualifier in Connecticut on Monday, July 11. The deadline for entries for the Willow Brook G.C. qualifier is Wednesday, July 6.
The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards, located in Middlefield, Conn., will host the second local qualifier in Connecticut on Friday, July 22. The deadline for entries for the Lyman Orchards qualifier is Sunday, July 17.
The First Tee of Connecticut, located in Cromwell, Conn., will host the final local qualifier in Connecticut on Tuesday, August 2. The deadline for entries for the First Tee of Connecticut qualifier is Thursday, July 28. The First Tee of Connecticut will also host the sub-regional qualifier on Sunday, August 14th.
City of Hartford Golf Courses to Host Inaugural Hartford Women’s Open and 85th Connecticut PGA Championship
Connecticut Section PGA to Operate Championships at Goodwin Park GC and Keney Park GC
SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (January 11, 2016) – The City of Hartford and Connecticut Section PGA are pleased to announce that in 2016 the City of Hartford Golf Courses, Goodwin Park Golf Course and Keney Park Golf Course, will host the Hartford Women’s Open and the 85th edition of the Connecticut PGA Championship.
The inaugural 36-hole Hartford Women’s Open will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, with round one held at Goodwin Park and round two contested at Keney Park. The event will be open to both professional and amateur female golfers with no age or handicap limit.
Whereas Keney Park Golf Course will exclusively host the playing of the Connecticut PGA Championship; this 36-hole event is the oldest professional golf tournament in the State of Connecticut, and will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23-24.
“The City is thrilled to host these important tournaments,” said Tom Baptist, Superintendent of the Department of Public Works for the City of Hartford. “Thanks to the Connecticut Section PGA and the City’s golf operators, golf is back in Hartford and these exciting events bring a new revenue stream to the benefit of Hartford’s residents and businesses.”View More
2015 Connecticut Section PGA Fall Meeting
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (December 1, 2015) – Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist.
And that’s a wrap. The Connecticut Section PGA put an official close to its 2015 season Tuesday after holding its annual Fall Meeting at Lake of Isles.
An agenda of year-end reports, new business, elections and encouragement for more membership involvement ran smoothly for the nearly 100 Section members in attendance. The 82nd Fall Meeting took place a day after the Section held its 2015 Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute there.
The day was capped by the election of Ron Dellostritto of Wethersfield Country Club’s and Bob Sparks of Fairview Farm Golf Club to three-year terms on the Board of Directors. The duo was chosen from a list of candidates that included Tom Miller of CC of Woodbridge, Clubs to Go/Tashua Knolls GC’s Mike Martin and PGA Life Member Art Decko.View More
Connecticut Section PGA rolls out Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (November 30, 2015) – Russ Held, Connecticut Section PGA Publicist.
One look back . . . and two steps forward. The Connecticut Section PGA took time to honor past accomplishments of its members and highlight its future, during its 2015 Hall of Fame Induction and Champions Tribute at Lake of Isles Monday night.
"We're very proud of our champions, our players of the year and our junior golfers,'' Connecticut Section PGA executive director Tom Hantke said. "And it's a great (setting) to blend the generations of golf.''
A full house of 200 people helped celebrate the main event – the induction of Tony Kelley, Tim Gavronski and Jim Orsi as its eighth class in its Hall of Fame. "I think this is one of our most special nights,'' Section president Bill Flood said. "We have three of our best professionals going into our Hall of Fame . . . and the best of our young juniors are here to see it all, to see where golf and their accomplishments have taken them.''
The headliners were joined by Frank Selva Presidents' Award honoree Andrew Campbell and four winners of the Section's top junior awards. Junior Golf Association Players of the Year Angela Garvin and Noah Peterson were recognized along with Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award winners Sophia Qui and Matthew Stafford.
"We had 200 people here and probably 25 to 40 professionals,'' Flood said. "It's nice to see the support for those who have accomplished so much in our Section.''