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Brooke Baker Wins Hartford Women's Open In 3-Way Sudden Death Playoff

Angela Garvin claims low amateur for second consecutive year

(Story By Bruce Berlet)

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 18, 2017) – Brooke Baker has never lived in Connecticut, but she sure has a special attachment to the Nutmeg State.

Baker, who grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in Sanford, Fla., has 25 relatives in New Britain, Berlin and Southington, where she stayed during the second Hartford Women’s Open. That includes two great uncles aged 90 and 89 years old, who walked nine holes in the first round of the $12,000 tournament Saturday at Goodwin Park Golf Course.

The elder statesmen weren’t around for the second round Sunday at Keney Park Golf Course, but Baker was quick to relate some good news. She rallied from a bogey-double bogey finish on the front nine with four birdies in an eight-hole stretch on the back side, capped by an approach to 2 feet at No. 17 that gave her a second even-par 70 and a tie for first place with amateurs Stani Schiavone and first-round leader Angela Garvin.

 

 

 

James Giampaolo Wins Walter Lowell PGA Tournamnet

Division Winners Mucha, Aldrich, Mahaffy, Giampaolo

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (May 31, 2017) – James Giampaolo of Hawk’s Landing Country Club  earned 27 points to win the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament, a modified stableford event, at The Farms Country Club. Giampaolos’ first place finish earned him 40 Player of the Year points.

The field of PGA Members was divided into four divisions based upon years of PGA Membership, all named for golf’s four 2017 major championship sites: Quail Hollow, Royal Birkdale, Erin Hills, and Augusta National.

 

Tashua Knolls Golf Course Honored by the Connecticut Section PGA

(Story by Bruce Berlet)

 

It has been quite a 2017 for Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, and it isn’t even half over.

First, head pro David Bove was named the Connecticut Section PGA Teacher of the Year, his first award from the Section that includes most of the state and Western Massachusetts.

Then Tashua Knolls was selected to receive the 2017 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award by the Section’s Board of Directors and Special Awards Committee. Tashua Knolls director of golf Bobby Brown and Trumbull Golf Commission members Julie Jenkins, Bob Oleyar and Phil Pitocco will accept the award on behalf of the club at the Walter Lowell PGA Tournament at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Lake of Isles Team of Jantzen Vargas and James Jones Claim 2017 PGA Pro-Assistant Championship Title at Madison Country Club

Win in a Four-hole Sudden Death playoff over Frank Carta and Sean Sweitzer from the Home Club

MADISON, Conn. (May 24, 2017) – Lake of Isles Director of Golf Jantzen Vargas and Assistant Professional James Jones  dramatically captured the 2017 Connecticut Section PGA Pro-Assistant Championship title yesterday at Madison Country Club when Vargas holed a chip shot for birdie on the fourth extra hole in a sudden death playoff.  The duo teamed up to shoot a 4-under par 66, the same score posted by Frank Carta and Sean Sweitzer from the host club.

 

Championship division results

 

Collegial division results

 

Golf Professional of the Year Announced

Bill Flood Recieves PGA's Most Coveted Award

(Story by Russ Held)

The way Bill Flood sees it, you can’t make this stuff up. Not when it comes to his own life.

“I’ve had a great, great life … I just never thought it would be like this,’’ Flood said. “Once I started in golf, it took over my life …’’

And the sport has taken him to the highest of honors within the Connecticut Section PGA, as its 2017 Golf Professional of the Year. The teaching professional at Ridgewood Country Club will be honored at the Section’s Special Awards night June 10.

“This is pretty special to me, because when my dad (Bill Sr.) was alive we would talk about this, that ‘hopefully someday I’d get this award,’ ’’ Flood said. “He knew a lot of guys, he really followed the Section. And for me to be on the wall with all those guys before me? It’s the highest award in the Section and I really have to thank my dad.’’

Flood’s career path in golf has been anything but conventional.

 

 

 

 

 

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Billy Downes Earns Spot In Travelers Championship

Defeats Marc Bayram on the first playoff hole in the Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship

(Story by Hartford Courant's Tom Yantz

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (May 9, 2017)  After defeating Marc Bayram on the first playoff hole in the Spring PGA Stroke Play Championship Tuesday, Billy Downes bowed his head for a moment and paused.

"Excuse me, if I get little emotional," he said. "I have an 11-year-old son [Ryan], and he knows dad played golf for a living for a long time. And I played some [PGA] Tour events and the Nike Tour for four years. The first thing I thought of today was he can watch me play in the Travelers Championship."

Downes' victory at The Ledges Golf Club earned him an automatic berth in the $6.8 million tour event at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell June 22-25.

Downes, from GreatHorse in Hampden, Mass., "grinded it out," putted well and persevered.

 

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Same Old Story In Boros Cup: It's Connecticut Section PGA's Trophy

(Submitted Hartford Courant's Tom Yantz)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 4, 2017) - For the sixth year in a row, the Connecticut Section PGA had its name engraved on the Julius Boros Challenge Cup Trophy.

The 14-player professional team defeated the Connecticut State Golf Association team 37.5-25.5 at New Haven Country Club Thursday.

"The guys stepped up and played great," said Connecticut Section PGA captain Dennis Coscina, who improved his record to 6-1.

Powered by winning 26 of 42 points in the 14 individual matches, the pros extended their lead in the series in honor of Boros, a Connecticut native and winner of the 1952 and '63 U.S. Open and 1968 PGA Championship, to 34-12.

Each player competed in an individual match and teamed with a partner in a four-ball match on the 6,548-yard, par-70 course.

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Western Mass Tee Party Honors Bob Mucha

The 22-year PGA Member toasted by friends and peers at Tekoa Country Club

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (April 27, 2017) - Congratulations to Bob Mucha, PGA Professional from Edgewood Golf Course, who was honored this evening at Tekoa Country Club during the 71st Annual Western Mass Tee Party. Bob has been serving the Western Massachusetts golf community for 29 years and ranks tied for tenth on the Section’s all time individual championship records with six titles to his credit.

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PGA of America Vice President Suzy Whaley Headlines the 2017 Connecticut Section Spring Membership Meeting

Golf Professional of the Year William Flood Jr. and other Section Special Awards Winners Announced

DANBURY, Conn. (April 14, 2017) – The 2017 Connecticut Section PGA  Spring Membership Meeting was held last Tuesday at Ridgewood Country Club with 109 attendees learning about the Association, section, and membership.

 

 

The meeting was headlined by current PGA of America Vice President Suzy Whaley, and covered a wide range of topics including the state of the game and the upcoming 2017 season.

However, the underlying message throughout the meeting was to ‘Raise Your Game.’