SOUTHWICK, Mass. (September 20, 2021) – On a beautiful day for most any outdoor activity, Bob Mucha strolled around the Ranch Golf Club hitting 15 greens in regulation on his way to posting a one-under par 71, and taking a one-stroke lead in the 25th playing of the Connecticut PGA Professional Championship.

Mucha, the head professional at nearby Edgewood Golf Course and the winner of this championship in 2000, got hot on the back nine after turning the front nine in one over par 37 that included a birdie on hole 3, and back to back 3-putt bogeys on holes 8 and 9.

A good shot with a hybrid to 8 feet on hole 10, set up the first of four birdies Mucha made coming home. After birdies on holes 12, 15, and 16, he closed with his third and final bogey on hole 18, again by 3-putting.

“I played well,” Mucha said. “I only missed three greens and got up and down on all of them. My only bogeys were the 3-putts.”

There’s not much separation between Mucha and 12 other PGA Professionals who are stacked up behind him, all whom are within four shots heading into tomorrow’s final round of the 36-hole championship.

The closest contenders are Donny Kirkpatrick (Wampanaog CC), Mike Martin (Tashua Knolls GC), and Billy Street (Whitney Farms GC) who all shot even par 72.

Defending and two-time champion Chris Tallman (Orchards GC) is alone in fifth place at 73.

Kirkpatrick, who lost in a playoff in 2019, had three birdies and an eagle two on the par 4 second hole.

Street, the 2017 champion, said his round was saved by his putting. A turning point for him was making a 60-foot birdie putt on hole 11 after almost hitting it out of bounds.

Martin was runner up to Tallman in 2018 and said he also putted well, sinking four birdie putts all under 10 feet. He said his only mistake was short-siding himself on hole 11 that led to a double bogey.

Tomorrow’s winner earns $4,000 and 100 Player of the Year points, and the top three finishers get berths in the 55th PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas on April 17-20, 2022. The Section Player of the Year also earns an exemption to the national event, but if he finishes in the top three, the first alternate goes to Austin.

The tournament is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex. Supporting sponsors are Titleist/FootJoy, NIKE and TaylorMade. Presenting partners are Golf Channel and the PGA Tour. The 41 section championships and the national tournament offer a combined purse of more than $1.5 million.

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Round one results

1   Bob Mucha           Edgewood GC                       37-34--71 -1  
 T2  Donny Kirkpatrick   Wampanoag CC                      33-39--72 E   
 T2  Mike Martin         Tashua Knolls GC                  35-37--72 E   
 T2  William Street      Whitney Farms GC                  37-35--72 E   
 5   Christopher Tallman Orchards GC                       37-36--73 +1  
 T6  Alexander Bardani   The GC at Oxford Greens           38-36--74 +2  
 T6  Jordan Gosler       Manchester CC                     36-38--74 +2  
 T6  Brian Keiser        Longmeadow CC                     34-40--74 +2  
 T6  C.J. Konkowski      Hartford GC                       37-37--74 +2  
 T10 Joe Cordani         Hop Meadow CC                     37-38--75 +3  
 T10 Jason Gobleck       Golf Center at Lyman Orc          40-35--75 +3  
 T10 Kevin Mahaffy       Pequabuck GC                      37-38--75 +3  
 T10 Sean Sweitzer       Madison CC                        38-37--75 +3  
 T14 Marc Bayram         Timberlin GC                      33-43--76 +4  
 T14 Michael Jezierski   Raceway GC                        39-37--76 +4  
 T14 Bart McCarthy       Oak Ridge GC                      37-39--76 +4  
 T17 Ronnie Pfaefflin    Norfolk CC                        37-40--77 +5  
 T17 Milton Torres       Crestview                         38-39--77 +5  
 T19 Adam D'Amario       Indian Hill CC                    38-40--78 +6  
 T19 William Wallis      New Haven CC                      40-38--78 +6  
 21  Fran Marrello       PGA Life Member                   39-40--79 +7  
 T22 Jim Hanlon          The Farms CC                      40-40--80 +8  
 T22 Brad Lusenhop       CC of Waterbury                   41-39--80 +8  
 T22 Nicholas Tamburini  The Ranch GC                      39-41--80 +8  
 T22 Jan Wivestad        Crestbrook Park GC                38-42--80 +8  
 26  Ron Dellostritto    Fairways Golf Range and Pro Shop  39-42--81 +9  
 T27 Jeff DelRosso       Prospect Golf                     40-42--82 +10 
 T27 Joe Mentz           Mohegan Sun GC                    40-42--82 +10 
 29  Tom Halsted         Sharon CC                         41-42--83 +11 
 T30 Robert Bigonette    H. Smith Richardson GC            43-41--84 +12 
 T30 Rick Fleury         The Ledges GC                     42-42--84 +12 
 T32 Dave Cook           Pomperaug GC                      43-42--85 +13 
 T32 Bryan Truszkowski   Candlewood LC                     39-46--85 +13 
 T34 E.J. Altobello      Springfield CC                    46-42--88 +16 
 T34 Ted Perez           East Mountain CC                  42-46--88 +16 
 36  Bobby Powell        First Tee of CT                   43-47--90 +18 
WD  Zac Stennett        Twin Hills CC                                   
 DQ  Matt Stein          GreatHorse                        34-37--71 -1  
 NC  Philip Krick        Mohegan Sun GC                    43-0--43 +7