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Bilodeau, Marshall Lead the Pack in Spring PGA Stroke Play

Round One In The Books

AMHERST, Mass. (May 13, 2013) - Kyle Bilodeau of Hop Meadow C.C. fires a two-under-par, 70 in the first round of the Spring PGA Stroke Play at Hickory Ridge G.C. to lead the field. Defending Champion, Ian Marshall of Watertown G.C., sits in sole second place through round one and one-under-par, 71. Host PGA Professional, Bill Rosenblum along with Frank Leja of Campbell's Golf Center, Billy Downes of Hampden C.C., and John Cook of Manchester C.C., all came with even par, 72.

 

For round two tee times, click here, and for the full leaderboard, click here.

 

Bilodeau Captures Spring PGA Stroke Play Title & Earns Berth in 2013 Travelers Championship

No Doubt with a Three-Stroke Margin

AMHERST, Mass. (May 13, 2013) – “It hasn’t even sank in yet,” says Kyle Bilodeau of Hop Meadow Country Club, following a three-under-par, 141, to capture his first Spring PGA Stroke Play title and snag a spot in the 2013 Travelers Championship, June 20-23. “I shot 70 this morning and I putted well. I’ve been working with my Head PGA Pro, Jason [Waters] on my putting… and I got on some good greens today and it finally started clicking.”

 

Ironically enough, Bilodeau was paired with defending champion, Ian Marshall of Watertown Golf Club, and he expected a good match. “I had a blast out there playing with Ian,” says Bilodeau. “When we went out on the second 18, I birdied the first and Ian birdied the second. I’m thinking ‘Wow, we’re going to have a shootout here’ but I ended up pulling away in the end.”

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H. Smith Richardson Honored as Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Jim Alexander, Head PGA Professional, is Honored to Receive Award

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (May 10, 2013) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced that H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield, Conn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award, as the model public golf course serving the game of golf in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The award was inaugurated in 2001 in honor of Canton Public Golf Course for the standards it set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.

 

H. Smith Richardson Golf Course was opened for business in 1972. Located in Fairfield, Conn., it is the only public golf course in a town of 55,000 residents. In addition to servicing the residents of Fairfield, H. Smith Richardson has often been referred to as Fairfield County's public golf course as residents from all over southern Fairfield County call “Smith” home due to a lack of public facilities in the area. Playing an average of 45,000 rounds per year, H. Smith Richardson has served as a valuable recreational facility for the entire area. In addition to their 18-hole facility, the Town of Fairfield and PGA Professionals oversee and manage a Par 3 course, the Carl J. Dickman Par 3, located in southern Fairfield. This course plays and average of 25,000 rounds per year. 

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Western Mass Tee Party Held at Twin Hills C.C.

2013 Honoree, Paul Quinn Recognized

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (May 9, 2013) - Paul Quinn of Longmeadow C.C. was honored last night at Twin Hills C.C. during the 2013 Western Mass Tee Party. Quinn was recognized for his over 50 years of service to the game of golf and community in Western Massachusetts.

 

Pictured from left to right is Tim Quirk, Western Mass Tee Party Committee Chair, Paul Quinn, John Steffen, Host Head PGA Professional, and Tom Hantke, Executive Director of the Connecticut Section PGA.

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Leja Wins Individual Pro; Pomperaug Wins Team in Stuart Miller Golf Sales Pro-Am

Part of the Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (May 6, 2013) - The Stuart Miller Golf Sales Pro-Am was held Monday at Twin Hills Country Club where Frank Leja of Campbell's Golf Center won the individual profesisonal competition with a three-under-par 68 and the team of Pomeraug G.C., led by Dave Cook, won the combined gross-net team competion. A total of six skins survived on the day going to Joe Finnie, Patrick Aldrich, Ed Slattery, Ron Dellostritto, Dave Dell, and Frank Leja.

 

The Stuart Miller Golf Sales Pro-Am is presented by Stuart Miller Golf Sales and supported by E-Z-GO as a part of the Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series.

 

Bishop & Breed Support Newtown C.C. First Responders Outing

Golf Clinic and Tournament Held to Thank Sandy Hook First Responders

NEWTOWN, Conn. (May 5, 2013) – President of The PGA of America, Ted Bishop, and PGA Teacher of the Year, Michael Breed, were honored guests of the Newtown First Responders Outing at Newtown Country Club on Sunday. This was the first visit to the Connecticut Section for Bishop, the 38th President of the PGA. Over 60 members of seven first responder organizations involved with the December 14 tragedy, were in attendance for a day of golf thanking them for their service. 

 

Host PGA Professional, Paul Miller, wanted to do something for those that served his community at a time of extreme need and knew golf was a great way to do it. Organizations like JetBlue, Titleist, Golf Pride, and Kirk & Matz stepped up to the plate to donate vacations, hats, grips, and the trophy for the winning team. Lunch was donated by The One Eyed Pig and dinner was sponsored by Pratt & Whitney.

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Connecticut PGA Professionals Win Over CSGA Amateurs 35.5 - 27.5

42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Retained

HAMDEN, Conn. (May 3, 2013) - In the 42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches on Thursday, the Connecticut Section PGA Professional team beat out the CSGA Amateur team by a score of 35.5 to 27.5, a steep margin when only 31.5 points were needed by the Connecticut PGA team to retain the cup for the second year in a row. With this victory, the Connecticut PGA strengthens its hold on the overall record of 30-12. Congratulations to Captain, Dennis Coscina, Assistant Captain, Craig Kealey, and the players on a great victory.

 

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Matches Announced for 42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – The Connecticut State Golf Association and Connecticut Section PGA Team Captains Bob Ruby and Dennis Coscinamet and released their respective team lineups for the Julius Boros Challenge Cup, being played Thursday, May 2, at New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Connecticut.
 
This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the matches, which first began in 1972 at Tumble Brook Country Club. The matches are an annual gathering of the state’s top amateur and professional golfers, which showcases Connecticut PGA Section Professionals against amateurs from the Connecticut State Golf Association in a match play format. The Challenge Cup was founded in memory of Julius Boros, a bona-fide Connecticut resident and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. Boros is perhaps the most successful player in the history of Connecticut golf, having won eighteen times on the PGA Tour including two United States Open Championships and a PGA Championship. The Connecticut Section PGA won the inaugural matches by a score of 33 ½ to 20 ½.
 
Each team consists of fourteen players, who earned their way onto their respective teams through their accomplishments in the previous season. Each player will play an Individual Match Play competition worth three points, and will also participate in a Four Ball Match worth three points. A total of sixty-three points are available in the Matches, with the Connecticut Section PGA needing 31 ½ points to retain possession of the Cup, and the CSGA needing 32 points to regain possession of the Cup. Last year, the Connecticut Section PGA Professionals captured the Challenge Cup by a narrow margin of 32.5 to 30.5.
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The PGA Extends Partnership with Bouvier Insurance and Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Bouvier Insurance Continues to be a Valued Partner of the Connecticut Section PGA

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (April 19, 2013) - The PGA of America's PGA Preferred Golf Course Insurance Program has renewed its agreement with Bouvier Insurance and underwriting carrier Philadelphia Insurance Companies. This innovative partnership allows golf courses that employ PGA Professionals to utilize the risk management expertise of the companies' proprietary Peril Assessment Scoring System (PASS), in order to insure their facility and help prevent adverse claims from occurring.
 
Bouvier Insurance, which is headquartered in West Hartford, Conn., not only supports the PGA nationwide, but is a valued Connecticut Section Partner and a financial supporter of the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation Charity Classic.
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Connecticut Golf House Celebrates 25 Years

Between the Connecticut Section PGA and the Connecticut State Golf Association

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (March 30, 2013) - Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Connecticut Golf House Partnership between the Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) and the Connecticut Section PGA. In 1988, Russ Palmer and Terry Crawford penned their names to the contract that went along with the purchase of Suite 212 at Southway Executive Park. Today, the partnership owns outright both Suite 212 and 214 which was expanded in 1995-96. The CSGA and the section continue to work closely on many area golfing endeavors including the Golf Industry Day to be held this year at the Capitol Building on Wednesday, May 1. They also compete against eachother annually in the Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches.

 
 
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