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Van Ness and Kemmling Win Don Miklus Memorial Junior Titles at Tashua Knolls Golf Course

Second 36-hole PGA Junior Golf TOUR wins for both players

TRUMBULL, Conn. (July 29, 2014) – Gabe Van Ness (72-70-142) claimed his second title in as many weeks winning 3th annual Don Miklus Memorial Junior Open at Tashua Knolls Golf Course today. Julia Kemmling (80-77-157) won the Girl's Division title. Both were presented with their trophies in the respective divisions Connecticut Section PGA Professionals Bobby Brown and Jon Janik. Sydney Stengel (80-85-165) finished second for the Girl's, while Brian LeBlanc (74-73-147) finished second to Van Ness for the second week in a row. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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Hall of Fame Member Ralph DeNicolo Passes Away

Served as golf professional at Manchester Country Club for 40 years

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (July 28, 2014) – The Connecticut Section PGA and its membership mourns the passing of PGA Life Member Ralph DeNicolo, a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class of 2008. DeNicolo, 70, passed away Friday evening with his family by his side.


DeNicolo served as golf professional at Manchester Country Club for 40 years. He was elected as a PGA Member in 1966 and in 1994 was named the Connecticut Section’s PGA Professional of the Year.


Hartford Courant obituary

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Hartford Golf Club Hosts Fifth Annual PGA Foundation Charity Classic

128 Tee It Up for Junior Golf, Special Olympics, and good causes

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (July 28, 2014) – When blind golfer John Casalo spoke after play concluded today at Hartford Golf Club, everyone was listening. “This feels like one of the largest turnouts we had,” said the representative from the Gaylord Hospital rehabilitation group that has played in all five of the PGA Foundation Charity Classic events that the club has hosted and sponsored. Casalo’s sense was spot on as he thanked the 128 who participated and stayed for the silent auction and speeches. “I just want to thank all of you who play and support this event,” Casalo said. “You know golf is for everyone and you here today make it possible for me and my friends here to enjoy the game just as much as you do.”


With a strong infusion from new presenting sponsors Carrier and Mohegan Sun, and a cache of returning presenting sponsors and participants, the charity’s co-chairs PGA Professionals Gary Reynolds and Joe Connerton had to be pleased with the results. “Our unofficial accounting says we raised $35,000 today,” announced Reynolds, who along with Hartford General Manager Brian Higgins, came up with the event concept in 2010.


In addition to the Gaylord representatives, the event was attended by The First Tee of Connecticut, PGA Junior Golf TOUR, and Special Olympics Golf representatives whose organizations benefit from the PGA Foundation fund raising.


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Sheary and Van Ness Take Titles at the 4th Annual Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Open

Champions Crowned at Stanley Golf Course

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (July 24, 2014) – A record field size of 130 boys and girls participated today in the 4th annual Cas Coscina Memorial Junior Open at Stanley Golf Course. Champions Mikayla Sheary (79-86-165) and Gabe Van Ness (70-74-144) were presented with their trophies in the girl’s and boy’s divisions respectively by Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame member Dennis Coscina. Angela Garvin (82-84-166) and Brian LeBlanc (70-75-145) were runners up. The Cas Coscina was the second of four 36-hole ranked tournaments on the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf TOUR.
Thank you to host professional, Kyle Hedstrom, and his staff at Stanley. A special thank you to sponsors, U.S.A. Hauling & Recycling, Inc. and Prize Possessions.

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2014 Hall of Fame Class Announced

SOUTH GLASTONBURY (July 22, 2014) - The Connecticut Section PGA Professional Hall of Fame Committee also announced the newest inductees for 2014. The first member of the 2014 Hall of Fame class is PGA Professional, Tom Gleeton, head golf professional at the Country Club of Waterbury in Waterbury, Conn. Gleeton has several playing achievements during his career, including section Player of the Year in 1998, Connecticut PGA Champion, Connecticut PGA Professional Champion, and five-time Tournament of Champions winner. He was also named the section Golf Professional of the Year in 2001 and served as President in 2005-2006.
Our second member is Jack McConachie. McConachie has been serving over 35 years as golf professional at North Ridge Golf Club (formally Pine Valley) in Southington, Conn. He also has an impressive playing career, winning several premier golf championships, including: Connecticut PGA Championship, Connecticut Open, Connecticut Senior Championship, and Connecticut Senior Open. McConachie has been awarded with section Golf Professional of the Year in 2008 and Teacher of the year in 2012.
The final inductee of the 2014 Hall of Fame is PGA Life Member Century, Bill Fox. A golf professional trailblazer, Fox pursued membership at the age of 61. He actively volunteered and served in numerous section activities. Fox was the catalyst for the start of the Connecticut Senior Open in 1983. From 1997 he was the chairman of the championship, which continues today and bears his name on the champion’s trophy. Fox also earned section Golf Professional of Year in 2008.
Each year, over 30 distinguished PGA Professionals of the 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 21 PGA Professionals have been inducted since 2008.




Springfield Country Club Team Win National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer

KENSINGTON, Conn. (July 22, 2014) – The National Car Rental PGA Pro-Officer was held today at Shuttle Meadow Country Club. PGA Professionals from across the Connecticut Section PGA played host to their facility Officers for a fun stableford event. National’s “Go Like A Pro” mobile experience, a customized, golf-themed tour bus, was on site to provide additional activities for golfers and fans.



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PGA National News

Golf Channel Re-Airs of 'The Road to the PGA Championship' Begin July 30

The special chronicles the journey of PGA Professional National Champion Michael Block (above) and four other PGA Professionals who are making their PGA Championship debut, along with PGA teaching professionals who have guided three of the game's current stars. View More

Defending Champion Jason Dufner, 2014 Major Champions Lead Elite List of Players Committed to 96th PGA Championship

The current field of 120 players who will compete in the 96th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, include: Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott. The final 156-player field will be determined on July 28. View More

PGA Championship Long Drive Competition Returns to Valhalla

During a practice round on Tuesday, Aug. 5, all players will be offered the opportunity to hit one tee shot from the No. 10 Tee. The ball will have to come to rest in the fairway to be eligible to win the Long Drive Competition. View More

'PGA Championship Pick The Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus Presented by Samsung' Returns with a New Swing at Valhalla's 16th Hole

Fans will be able to vote through Aug. 9 for final-round hole location on the par-4 16th hole. New this year, World Golf Tour will provide an interactive experience, which allows fans to "play" each of the hole locations on before entering their selection. View More

Junior PGA Champions to Earn PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour Exemptions

For the first time, the boys' and girls' division champions in both the 2014 and 2015 Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks will earn an exemption to compete at the 2015 Valero Texas Open and 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, respectively. View More

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Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents

Connecticut Club Managers' Association

Connecticut Womens Golf Association

Executive Womens Golf Association

Massachusetts Golf Association

Southern New England Womens Golf Association

The First Tee of Connecticut

The Travelers Championship


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