May 20, 2021

Contact: Tom Hantke

Cedar Knob Golf Course Named 2021 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award Recipient

SOUTH GLASTONBURY, Conn. (May 20. 2021) – Cedar Knob Golf Course located in Somers, Conn. has been selected by the Connecticut Section PGA to receive the 2021 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award. This Geoffrey Cornish designed, 18-hole golf course opened in 1964 on a 144-acre farm. It is being recognized by the PGA for being a model public facility and for its efforts to provide accessibility and an enjoyable golfing experience.

The award will be presented at the annual Walter Lowell PGA Tournament on Tuesday, June 1, at The Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane in Woodbridge, Conn.

Cedar Knob is rooted in the future of golf and growing the game at the youth level. A well-established junior golf camp, hallmarked by free play for children when accompanied by an adult, underscores the knowledge and the importance of honesty and integrity in the game of golf.

“Cedar Knob is a very deserving facility,” said Howie Friday, President of the Connecticut Section PGA. “This recognition is a wonderful tribute to PGA Professional Jeff Swanson who served as the head professional for 25 years and is truly missed by all his friends.”

In addition to making the course accessible to juniors, Cedar Knob is always welcome to the public and is open year-round, weather permitting. It is typically one of the few courses in the area that is open in the off-season and frequented by out-of-staters looking for their out of season golf fix.

When asked about the award, Head Professional Stephen Sawka said, “It’s an honor. I am thankful that the outstanding efforts of Jeff Swanson and John Gale have been recognized. I am excited to accept the PGA Walter Lowell Award on behalf of the Cedar Knob Golf Course family and it increases my enthusiasm to carry on Jeff’s legacy and promote the game of golf.”

Since 2001, the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award has honored a public golf course in the Section, in recognition of their dedication to the promotion of the game of golf. The award was inaugurated in honor of the Canton Golf Course for the standards it set serving the community and providing playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.
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About the Connecticut Section PGA
The Connecticut Section, PGA of America is a non-for-profit organization chartered by The PGA of America in 1933 to promote golf and enhance the livelihood of its members. The Section is comprised of more than 330 men and women golf Professionals who are employed at over 200 golf facilities throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. They are dedicated and committed to growing the game of golf. More information about The Connecticut Section is available on the organization’s website, located at