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Suzy Whaley and Ben Polland Finish Third at PGA Senior-Junior Team Championship

Suzy Whaley, Vice President of the PGA of America, teamed with Ben Polland to finish alone in third at 17-under after a 66 left them two behind. Polland birdied the first four holes and they shot a 30 on the front nine.

“It’s extremely exciting to finish third,” Whaley said. “I love to play the game and I think it’s our responsibility as PGA Professionals to play the game and keep our games at a high level. I had a super partner in Ben – he’s so steady I can make pars so he can make birdies – but I contributed here and there.”

Polland said it was a recommendation from Kestner who helped arrange for Polland to team with Whaley. “We were a good team,” Polland said. “We played really well on the front, but we didn’t hit it close enough on the back.”


Fran Marrello Wins PGA Quarter Century Championship

Special to PGA of America

PORT ST. LUCIE – Fran Marrello of Plymouth, Ct., won the biggest golf tournament of his career Friday, shooting a 3-under 69 to claim the 50-64 age group title in the Quarter Century Championship at PGA Golf Club.

Marrello had three birdies and eagled the 13th hole on the Wanamaker Course to build a comfortable lead. Two late bogeys didn’t prevent Marrello from winning by four shots over Lon Nielsen and Bill Breen at 3-under 141.

“It’s funny, I hit the ball better yesterday but putted very poorly. Today I didn’t feel quite as comfortable over the ball,” said Marrello, a PGA Professional at Canaan Country Club in Canaan, Ct. “I was proud I was able to hang in there.”

Marrello, 63, played in 12 majors, but never felt his game matched up at the highest level. Not Friday in the first event of the PGA Winter Championships.

“It’s a thrill to win a national championship,” Marrello said. “When I played in the majors, I always felt my game got a little exposed.”


Connecticut Section PGA holds 84th Annual Fall Meeting

New Directors Elected, Members Honored, Hall of Fame Class Inducted, and PGA Team Captain name

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (November 20, 2017) – The Connecticut Section PGA held its 84th Annual Fall Meeting on Monday at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Conn. There were a total of 138 attendees, including 133 PGA Professionals, 110 of whom were voting members. Voting delegates elected and welcomed two new members to the Section Board of Directors, Sean Busca, Clinton Country Club; and Mark Moriarty, The First Tee of Connecticut.