Fran Marrello Captures the 66th Senior Connecticut PGA Championship
Marrello, Mucha and Downes advance to the Senior PGA Professional Championship
SUFFIELD, Conn. (August 16, 2017) – Fran Marrello, Head Professional of Canaan Country Club, captured his sixth Senior Connecticut PGA Championship today at Suffield Country Club, carding a 8-under par, 136, for a 36 hole total.
With his victory, Marrello’s now passes Dawn Hoenig, who has five titles. Marrello wins $1500 with this victory.
In second place was Bob Mucha of Edgewood Country Club (67-73-140) and Kevin Gioncola of Golf Quest (69-72-141) finished in third place.
Marrello and Mucha will be joined by Billy Downes of Greathorse who advanced to The Senior PGA Professional Championship played at Desert Mountain, September 28-October 1st in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Thank you to our host PGA professional Stan McLennan, the staff and volunteers of Suffield Country Club, and to our Championship sponsors PGA Tour and Mercedes Benz.
Mucha and Marrello Lead Senior Connecticut PGA Championship
Dennis Coscina takes Legends Division
SUFFIELD, Conn (August 15, 2017) Bob Mucha of Edgewood Golf Course and Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club are leading the Senior Connecticut PGA Championship after Round One. Both shot 5-under par 67, while Kevin Gioncola of Golf Quest Family Sports finished two shot behind at 3-under par.
Tomorrows final round gets under way at 8:30am at Suffield Country Club, with the leaders teeing up at 9:51am.
Class of 2017 Connecticut PGA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
By Bruce Berlet
For nearly half a century, Ken Doyle has started each day lighting a candle, putting a yoga mat on the floor in his home, reading a few passages from the Bible, and doing some exercises before heading to work at the golf course, which has been Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury for the past 40 years. “I wake up feeling like I’m 90 and leave the office feeling like I’m 30,” Doyle said with a smile. “It’s my boost for the day, a daily reinforcement everyone can use. It’s amazing that once you’ve started doing something like that, how calm you remain in difficult times. It makes you realize how things that seemed that important, really aren’t that important.”
Such sentiments are part of the reason that Doyle will be among the four newest members of the Connecticut Section PGA Hall of Fame. Doyle, John Paesani, and the late Ed Rubis and George Hunter will be inducted on Nov. 19 at the organization’s annual “Hall of Fame and Champions Tribute” at the Lake of Isles clubhouse in North Stonington.
Wampanoag Country Club Wins National Car Rental Pro-Am at Indian Hill Country Club
Mucha and Stennett tie for low professional honors
NEWINGTON, CT. (August 8, 2017) – The National Car Rental Pro-Am Series #2 was held on Tuesday at Indian Hill Country Club. The team from Wampanoag Country Club consisting of PGA Professional Donny Kirkpatrick and amateurs Jerry Collins , Steve Bacon , and Keith Duboff won the event by firing a 15-under par 129 to win by two-strokes. The team from Springfield Country Club led by PGA Professional Dave Dell finished runner-up at 13-under par, 131. The team contest format for this event was a combined low gross and net score on each hole.
Bob Mucha and Zac Stennet tied for low professional honors, each carding a 1-under par 71. There was a two-way tie for third between Fran Marrello of Canaan Country Club, and Frank Leja of Crestview Country Club.
Three golfers won skins in the event: Marrello on Hole #4, Stennett on hole #13, and Andy Bucklin of Bull’s Bridge Golf Club on Hole #16.
Thank you to Indian Hill Country Club and PGA Professional Wayne Smith for hosting the event.
Foundation Charity Classic a Huge Success
Thank you to all who participated and donated
We hope you enjoyed this year's event. Hartford Golf Club is an outstanding facility and plays a great host for us each year. Everyone agreed that the course was in pristine condition.
Those who had a chance to interact with some of the golfers who benefit from the Foundation’s grant programs, must have felt proud of where their investment was going. Those who spoke at dinner from The First Tee of Connecticut, Golfers In Motion, and the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association all expressed how golf, and the Foundation, has truly made an impact on their lives.
Without the support of the sponsors and golfers, this event would not be possible. Through their generosity,the Foundation was able to raise $23,000 through the Silent Auction, Raffle, and Max Moola contest alone. These funds will enable us to continue to financially support not only the programs whose benefactors spoke at dinner, but many others.
On behalf of the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation, we want thank this year's sponsors and participants for making the event a huge success. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event.
Gary Reynolds, PGA
Joe Connerton, PGA
Frank Selva, PGA
Connecticut Section PGA