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.





Frank Leja and Mike Zaranek Team to Win Season Ending Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship

CROMWELL, Conn (November 13, 2017)  The Connecticut Section PGA’s season ending tournament, the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship, was held Monday, November 13th at the TPC River Highlands. Named in honor of Del Kinney, Sr., the 1949 Connecticut PGA Champion, the four ball team format has remained one of the premier Section events for more than 50 years. 

Frank Leja and Mike Zaranek of Crestview Country Club  carded six birdies against only two bogeys, good for a four-under par, 66, and a one-stroke victory.  Leja and Zaranek had an impressive finish, with four consecutive birdies on the last five holes.

Ian Marshall of the Watertown Golf Club and Jan Wivestead of Crestbrook Park Golf Club finished in second place at three-under par, 67. Three teams tied for third at two-under par, 68,  David Corrado and Kevin Telford of TPC River Highlands, Rick Fleury of Elmcrest Country Club and Kevin Piecuch of Greenfield Country Club, and Tony Kelley and Rick Leal of Wycoff Country Club.

Thank you to our sponsors Cutter & Buck and the PGA TOUR for supporting the Del Kinney Pro-Pro Championship, and to TPC River Highlands for hosting the event.


Paladino/Josephson Team Win 2017 Pro-Scratch

PGA Professional Brent Paladino of Connecticut State Golf Association and amateur partner Kevin Josephson posted rounds of 66-69 on the South and North Courses at Lake of Isles for a 36 hole total of nine-under par, 135, good for a two-stroke margin of victory in the 13th annual Lake of Isles PGA Pro-Scratch Invitational on October 23-24.

PGA Professional Kyle Bilodeau of Woodway Country Club and amateur partner John Sawka posted a 36-hole total of seven-under par, 137, to finish in a tie for second with PGA Professional Adam Rainaud of Winged Foot Golf Club and amateur partner Brian Zito .

Rob Labritz, PGA Professional of Glenarbor Country Club, and amateur partner TJ Trimboli posted a two-round total of 138 (-6) to finish tied for fourth place with PGA Professional Jantzen Vargas of  Lake of Isles and amateur partner Kevin Cole.

Thank you to Lake of Isles for sponsoring and hosting the Pro-Scratch Invitational. 


Brent Paladino Wins the Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship

Earns the 2017 OMEGA Section Player of the Year Title in doing so

MANCHESTER, Conn. (October 19, 2017) – A season of close finishes ended with a championship win for Brent Paladino, and the PGA Section Player of the Year title to go along with it. Paladino, the director of competitions and communications for the Connecticut State Golf Association, defeated Jantzen Vargas of Lake of Isles three up with one hole to play in the final match this afternoon at Manchester Country Club in the 27th Connecticut PGA Match Play Championship.

Paladino’s 2017 season in the Connecticut Section’s major championships included a third place finish in the Spring PGA Stroke Play and a runner up finish earlier this month at Race Brook Country Club in the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship.

But this week and today, Paladino was not to be denied.

It was in this morning’s decisive semi-final match versus Billy Downes of GREATHORSE where Paladino clinched the player of the year title. Going into the championship, Paladino, Downes, and William Street of Whitney Farms Golf Course were atop the OMEGA points standing and separated by less than one point. When Vargas defeated Street 2 and 1 in the quarter finals, it meant that the Paladino versus Downes match was not only to advance to the finals, but also to earn the Bob Shea Trophy as the section’s top player for the year.

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William Street Wins 2017 Connecticut PGA Professional Championship

Edges Runner up Brent Paladino by one stroke

By Bruce Berlet

ORANGE, Conn. (October 3, 2017) – William Street and Brent Paladino are the best of buddies. Until June, they lived together for five years and have been partners in the Connecticut Section PGA Professional Golf League for three years, winning the title in 2015.

So it’s not surprising that they gave each other two hearty hugs after Street sank a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and then made a par from the front fringe on No. 18 for a one-stroke victory over Paladino in the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship  at Race Brook Country Club on Tuesday.

“Brent and I are very close, talk about every day,” said Street, the second-year pro at Whitney Farms Golf Club in Monroe who closed with an even-par 71 for a 36-hole total of 141, the only sub-par number in the tournament. “Brent is going to be one of my best men in my wedding (on Sept. 8, 2018).”

Paladino, who is in his fifth year as the director of competitions and communications for the Connecticut State Golf Association, took a one-stroke lead when he made an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 14. He nearly doubled his advantage at the 16th hole, where he hit his drive into the right trees but made a brilliant 4-iron second shot under the limbs, his ball stopping 10 feet from the green. His 60-foot chip then rattled the flagstick and spun out.

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