Chase Seiffert Shoots Course Record 63 at Ellington Ridge Country Club
Earns one of the Four Final Spots to Play in This Weekends Travelers Championship
ELLINGTON, Conn. (June 18, 2018) – It’s not surprising Chase Seiffert calls Ellington Ridge Country Club one of his favorite golf courses. The Panama City Beach, Fla., professional not only set the competitive course record today in the Travelers Championship Open Qualifier, but he also earns one of the four spots for the second consecutive year.
“It looks good to my eye,” he said afterwards. “I’ve shot 7-under, 5-under, 6-under, and now 9-under every round I’ve played here.
Seiffert recorded eight birdies and one eagle with one bogey en route to a competitive course record 63. In doing so he gains a spot into this week’s Travelers Championship.
“I like the slopey greens,” he said.
Joining Seiffert are professionals James Driscoll (jupiiter, Fla.), Andrew Svoboda (Roslyn Harbor, NY), and Rick Lamb (St. Simons Island, GA), all of whom shot 66.
Peter Ballo of Stamford, Conn., also shot 66, but was eliminated on the second hole of sudden death playoff by making bogey.
In all 61 players completed their rounds.
The Travelers Championship gets underway Thursday at TPC River Highlands. Seiffert, Discoll, Svoboda, and Lamb will be there.
Final Four Spots to Play in Next Weeks Travelers Championship Will be Earned Monday at Ellington Ridge Country Club
ELLINGTON, Conn. (June 15, 2018) – The odds may be long, but that’s not stopping many from traveling far and wide to take their shot. Earning one of the four coveted spots is no easy task.
Each PGA TOUR tournament, like next week’s Travelers Championship, holds qualifiers for four spots for non-exempt players to complete the 156-player starting field. Hundreds of golf competitors from across the country are joined by local accomplished players, all of whom don’t hold the PGA TOUR membership status like stars Jordan Spieth, Rory McILroy, and Justin Thomas.
The journey for 206 Travelers Championship hopefuls – 134 professionals and 72 amateurs – began yesterday at Ellington Ridge Country Club, where 31 of them shot 2-under par, 70, or better in strong winds in the “Pre-qualifier” to be among the top 25 and ties to advance to Monday’s “Open Qualifier,” also to be held at Ellington Ridge. There were 20 states and Canada represented.
Kelly Whaley Fires Course Record 5-under Par 65 at Keney Park Golf Course and Captures the Hartford Women's Open Title
By Bruce Berlet
HARTFORD, Conn. (June 10, 2018) – The First Family of Connecticut Golf struck again in emphatic fashion on Sunday.
Kelly Whaley, the youngest of two daughters in the well-known clan, shot the first bogey-free round of her career, a women’s course-record, 5-under-par 65 at Keney Park Golf Course, for a 36-hole total of 133 and a five-stroke victory in the Hartford Women's Open over fellow amateur Linda Wang.
Whaley, 21, began the day with a one-stroke lead over pro Jordan Lintz and wasn’t happy with the way she started the final round with her father, Bill, caddying for her again.
“I wasn’t hitting it well going into the event and didn’t hit that good the first five holes (Sunday),” said Whaley, who opened with a 2-under 68 at Goodwin Park Golf Course on Saturday. “Then on the sixth tee, I told myself to start really hitting it, and I felt more confident from then on.”
More confident indeed. Whaley hit a 9-iron on the par-3 sixth hole to 4 feet and made the birdie putt, then knocked wedge approaches on Nos. 8 and 9 to a foot to turn in 32 and take most of the suspense out of the tournament.
Whaley made two birdies, including a 25-foot putt at No. 16, and was never in danger of making a bogey in a 33 on the back nine played alongside Wang and Lintz, who earned the $3,000 first-place check Sunday by shooting 70 to finish third at 139.
“I was really steady and hitting each individual shot was my priority,” said Whaley, making her tournament debut in the 3-year-old event. “My first goal was trying to think birdies, and if I didn’t make one, I just thought about the next hole.
“Not getting ahead of myself was important, and I managed to stay patient.”
It was the second major victory this year for Whaley, who shot a school-record 12-under in winning the Briars Cliff Invitational in her junior season at the University of North Carolina, her mother Suzy’s alma mater before she played on the LPGA Tour in 1990 and 1993. Kelly, who won the Connecticut State Women’s Amateur Championship three times, also would like to play on the LPGA Tour and has seen several key improvements in her game the last few years.
“My putting is better, but most importantly, I’m a lot stronger mentally,” said Whaley, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. “We work on that a lot at UNC, and now I’m able to handle harder situations better.”
Bill Whaley played on the Australian and Asian Tours and is now the Senior Regional Director of Operations at the PGA Tour after being the general manager and Director of Golf at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, home of the Travelers Championship, which is June 21-24. He also has seen more mental toughness in his daughter.
“Kelly has always been a good ball-striker, but now there’s a lot less highs and lows,” Bill said. “She’s trying to stay within herself, live in 45 seconds and don’t get rattled. She is still competitive and hard-charging, but she doesn’t get frustrated as much as she used to.”
Kelly has worked mainly on her game with Bill and her mother, who has a litany of achievements on and off the course, most notably winning the 2002 Connecticut Section PGA Championship to qualify for the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, the first woman to accomplish that feat since Babe Zaharias in the 1945 Los Angeles Open. She also became the first female elected an officer in the PGA of America in 2014, and on Nov. 9, she will become the first female elected president of the national organization and then host its annual meeting in Hartford in 2020.
PGA of America to Hold 2020 PGA Annual Meeting in Hartford
Connecticut PGA Section to Serve as Host PGA Section, Connecticut Convention Center as Host Venue
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (April 10, 2018) – The historic state capital city of Hartford, Connecticut, will play host to the 104th PGA Annual Meeting at the Connecticut Convention Center, Oct. 25-30, 2020.
The 2020 PGA Annual Meeting will focus on the PGA Member and growing the game of golf. Delegates will gather at the Convention Center to plan the path for the Association’s future and conduct a scheduled election for the offices of PGA President, Vice President, Secretary and Honorary President. Approximately, 750-800 PGA of America officers, board members, delegates, staff and special guests are expected to attend.
Current PGA Vice President and Connecticut PGA Section Member Suzy Whaley, of Cromwell, is in line to preside over the 2020 PGA Annual Meeting. She is the first woman and first Connecticut PGA Section Member to ever serve as an Officer of the PGA of America.
“It is exciting to see a city growing in its revitalization like Hartford host the PGA Annual Meeting in 2020,” said Whaley. “We look forward to our PGA Membership enjoying everything Hartford has to offer.”