PGA Junior Golf Association and Tour thriving in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts
Russ Held Sports – SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 22, 2015)
Play golf. Enjoy golf. Simple objectives, and a clear mission of the Connecticut Section PGA's Junior Golf Association and its Junior Golf Tour.
"It's really about enjoyment of the game,'' Section executive director Tom Hantke said. "We've had our junior golf tour now close to 20 years. We see golfers, former junior tour golfers now 30-plus years old, and they're playing golf.
"That's really the objective. If they're successful in golf, all the better. But we just want them playing golf.''
The Junior Golf Association and Tour are now grown up as they turn 18, and are financially underwritten by the Section's Golf Foundation. Membership is healthy at an annual average of 500.
"The last four or five years, we've made great strides,'' Hantke said. "We've diversified the type of events we run, with our tournaments, our Little Linksters program, the pro-junior invitational . . .View More
Tallwood Country Club Wins Mohegan Sun Pro-Am at Tumble Brook Country Club
Zac Stennett wins Individual Competition
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (May 19, 2015) – The Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series #1 was held on Tuesday at Tumble Brook Country Club. The team from Tallwood Country Club consisting of PGA Professional Zac Stennett and amateurs, Mike Byrne, Eric Briggs and Jim Bidwell took the crown by firing a 14-under par 130 to win by one shot. The team from Pomperaug Golf Club led by PGA Professional Dave Cook finished runner-up. The team contest format for this event was best gross and net scores combined.
Zac Stennett of Tallwood Country Club took home low professional honors carding an even-par 72 to win by a single shot over Jantzen Vargas of Hartford Golf Club, Adam D'Amario of Indian Hill Country Club, and Mike Martin of Tashua Knolls Golf Course.View More
Kyle Bilodeau unseats Adam Rainaud, wins Connecticut Section Spring PGA Stroke Play title
Russ Held Sports - SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (May 15, 2015)
Two out of three aint bad. Just ask Kyle Bilodeau of West Hartford, Conn.
The assistant golf professional at Ellington Ridge Country Club earned his second trip in three years to the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship. That exemption came courtesy of his win Friday at the Connecticut Section's Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship.
Bilodeau fashioned a pair of 1-under-par 71s to post a two-stroke victory over a 33-player field at Ledges Golf Course. He claimed a winner's share of $1,500.
"I'm excited, it's going to be a busy time for me at the end of June,'' Bilodeau said. "If I make the cut, that will be absolutely fantastic. If I miss the cut, I'm going to Philadelphia for the National Club Pro Championship.''
Adam Rainaud posted a pair of 72s to tie for second place with Brent Paladino (73-144) of the Connecticut State Golf Association.View More