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Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

The Connecticut Section PGA and our PGA Professionals in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts express our deepest condolences to the Newtown community. This is very difficult for any of us to understand. Our thoughts and prayers are with all that have lost friends or family in this tragedy.
The PGA of America and our section will work together to offer whatever assistance we can to those affected by this horrible tragedy. In the coming days, with your help, the help of our national leadership, and the help of our sections, we hope we can channel our energy and effort to provide assistance to the Newtown community and all who need it.
Mike O’Grady, PGA
Connecticut Section PGA

Mike O'Grady Elected 33rd President of the Connecticut Section PGA

Flood Elected Vice President & Marshall Elected Secretary


NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (December 3, 2012) -Mike O'Grady, Head PGA Professional of Lake Waramaug Country Club was elected the 33rd President of the Connecticut Section PGA during the Section's 79th Annual Fall Meeting at Lake of Isles. O'Grady succeeds John Korolyshun of Mill River Country Club who will serve on the Connecticut Section PGA Board of Directors as Honorary President. Succeeding O'Grady as Vice President is Bill Flood of Rock Ridge Country Club who served the past two years as Secretary. Ian Marshall of Watertown Golf Club was elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary.
There were 156 attendees at the meeting, including 149 PGA Professionals, 140 of whom were voting members. The voting delegates also elected and welcomed two new members to the section Board of Directors and recognized five newly elected members to The PGA of America.
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Travelers Championship Presents $33,700 to the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation

The Annual Travelers Championship Charity Celebration

CROMWELL, Conn. – The Travelers Championship Charity Celebration was held at The First Tee of Connecticut in the new Favid & Geri Epsein Learning Center located at TPC River Highlands. Tournament Director, Nathan Grube highlighted many of the fundraising and benefiting charities including the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation. The partnership between the Foundation and the Travelers Championship is invaluable to the funds the Foundation grants to deserving programs like Special Olympics, the Junior Golf Association, and The First Tee of Connecticut each year. This year, $33,700 was awarded to the Foundation through the Junior Golf Association’s (JGA) Birdies for Charity program including Bonus Bucks, and the Assistants’ Association and PGA Professional’s Chip in for Charity program. This was a 40% increase over last year due to the dedication of PGA Professionals, JGA Members, and of course, the Travelers Championship.

Zaranek/Goodhind Take Del Kinney Pro-Pro in Playoff

Western Massachusetts Professionals Earn Top Three Honors

FARMINGTON, Conn. – Threatening weather has done its best to cancel the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship presented by Cutter & Buck and Golf Buddy this year. Preparation for Hurricane Sandy and an early ‘winter wonderland’ postponed the Championship twice, but resilient PGA Professionals of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts still showed up to play over two weeks later and in conditions 20 degrees cooler.
PGA Members, Michael Zaranek and Jason Goodhind of Crumpin-Fox Club found themselves five-under-par at 66, following a round of ups and downs with an eagle on the par-5, 10th and a double bogey on the par-3, 18th. Ted Perez of East Mountain Country Club and Connecticut PGA Champion partner, Tony Kelley of Wykoff Country Club played equally well to force a playoff at the Country Club of Farmington.
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Co-Victors Declared in Lake of Isles Pro-Scratch

Five Playoff Holes Played at Two-Under-Par

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (October 23, 2012) – The Paladino Brothers, Brent of New Haven Country Club and Cody, battled it out against Jim St.Pierre of Redding Country Club (Met PGA) and T.J. Trimboli in extra holes following regular play in round two of the Lake of Isles Pro-Scratch. Both teams fired a two-day total of seven-under-par, 137 and proceeded to go two-under-par in the first five playoff holes before darkness settled in.


In round two, St.Pierre and Trimboli fired a six-under-par 66 with 6 birdies in 9 holes. "The course was in very good shape," says St.Pierre. "The wind was down so it played a little easier than normal."


Following their three-under-par round yesterday, B. Paladino and C. Paladino made four key birdies on their way to a 68 today.

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Proficient Paladinos Lead Lake of Isles Pro-Scratch

Nine Teams at Even Par or Better

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (October 22, 2012) – PGA Professional, Brent Paladino of New Haven Country Club and amateur partner, Cody Paladino skillfully made their way around the South Course today during the first round of the Lake of Isles Pro-Scratch Invitational. Finishing with five birdies on the day, the Paladino’s lead by two-strokes with a three under par 69. Four teams are tied for second at one-under-par 71 and are led by Billy Downes of Hampden C.C., PGA Professional, Jim St. Pierre, David Tiedemann of Shleter Harbor G.C., Dave Dell of Springfield C.C., and Tony Kelley of Wyckoff C.C.


In round two, teams will play the North Course starting at 8:30 AM.


Salito Qualifies for 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid

Marrello, Salito, Perez Make the Connecticut Section Proud

ALDIE, Va. (October 19, 2012) – Following their outstanding play in the 61st Connecticut Senior PGA Professional Championship, Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member, Ralph Salito of The Club at River Oaks, and Ted Perez of East Mountain Country Club set out to Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. and River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va. for the 24th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA, October 11-14, 2012.
Connecticut Section Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year, Marrello (75-74) and Candidate for Secretary of The PGA of America, Salito (74-75) made it to the weekend tied for 32nd at five-over-par. Salito took to the races hitting 15 out of 18 greens on Sunday, more than anyone else in the field, and with an even-par final round of 72, finished at 10-over-par, 297 and tied for 19th to qualify for the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid, May 21-26, 2013.
“I felt like I had accomplished a lot going into the last round so it was really relatively comfortable playing on Sunday,” says Salito. “The 72 I shot on Sunday was the competitive round of my lifetime. This is the highlight of my golfing career.”
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Masterful Marrello Wins 22nd Match Play Championship

Record Eight Match Play Championships for Marrello

CLINTON, Conn. – PGA Life Member, Fran Marrello emerges victorious 2 & 1 in the Championship round against Tony Kelley of Wyckoff Country Club today to become the 22nd Match Play Champion. Marrello is now a record eight-time Champion of the Match Play with his first title coming in 1990.


In the Championship match, Kelley bogeyed two of the first eight holes to find himself two down against Marrello. In just three holes, as Kelley eagled the par 5, 11th, the match returned to all square. A Goliath and Goliath match raged on and ended with Marrello birdying the par 3, 17th at Clinton Country Club for a 2 & 1 win over Kelley.


The 22nd Match Play Championship is supported by Golf Max and PGA TOUR.

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2013 Challenge Cup Team Announced

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (October 16, 2012) - A close race in the 2012 Connecticut PGA Player of the Year points made every point count as The 22nd Match Play Championship raged on. Only a hand-full of PGA Professionals were left in the running for a spot on the 2013 Challenge Cup which was determined today following key match outcomes.


The 2012 Player of the Year, Fran Marrello will lead the following outstanding PGA Professionals against amateur players of the Connecticut State Golf Association in the 2013 Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches:


Fran Marrello, PGA Life Member                       Tony Kelley, Wyckoff Country Club

Mark Farrell, H. Smith Richardson Golf Course     Adam D'Amario, Indian Hill Country Club

Ed Slattery, Candlewood Valley Country Club      Ralph Salito, The Club at River Oaks

William Street, New Haven Country Club           Joe Mongillo, Dick's Sporting Goods

Ian Marshall, Watertown Golf Club                   *Bob Kay, Tumble Brook Country Club

*Ron Dellostritto , Wethersfield Country Club

*Denotes Senior Division

Three spots are still open for the Challenge Cup team including two Captain's picks and a spot for the host PGA Professional.

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Favorites Marrello, Kelley, Farrell Advance in 22nd Match Play Championship

Dark Horse Hedstrom to Face Player of the Year in Final Four

CLINTON, Conn. (October 17, 2012) - It is no surprise that PGA Life Member, Fran Marrello (#1 seed), Tony Kelley (#2 seed) of Wyckoff Country Club, and Mark Farrell (#3 seed) of H. Smith Richardson Golf Club all advance to the Final Four in The 22nd Match Play Championship. Kelley is set to face Farrell teeing off at 8:08 tomorrow morning. However, Kyle Hedstrom (#29 seed) of Stanley Golf Course may just give Marrello a run for his money and create a Cinderella story in the final two rounds of the tournament.


At this point, it is truly anyone's tournament to win. Just last year, Tom Gleeton (#41 seed) made it to the Championship match after defeating #9 seed, Ron Dellostritto, #8 seed, Frank Leja, and the #1 seed Paul Barnsley.


The Final Four round will tee off at 8:00 AM and 8:08 AM respectively with the Championship match to follow in the afternoon. The 22nd Match Play Championship is supported by Golf Max and PGA TOUR.