Fletcher Babcock Ties the Gillette Ridge Course Record and Leads the Connecticut PGA Open by Two Strokes

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (August 16, 2021) – Fletcher Babcock of Danielson, Conn., birdied his first two holes, and proceeded to make six more before bogeying his last, the par 4 ninth today at Gillette Ridge Golf Club.

Babcock’s 7-under 65 tied the course record set by Patrick Reed in the 2012 Travelers Championship Open Qualifier, and put him two shots in front of Max Theodorakis of Danbury, Conn., heading into tomorrow’s final round of the inaugural Connecticut PGA Open.

Babcock hit 15 greens in regulation which gave him plenty of chances to make birdies. Nearly all were within 12 feet or less and included two 2-putt birdies on par 5s. He closed his front nine with a 20-foot birdie on the par 4, 18th (the Connecticut PGA reversed the nines for this tournament).

“That was nice,” he would say.

On his last hole of the day, Babcock chose his 7-wood off the tee and his shot bounced right into the fairway bunker. He wasn’t aware of the course record but was just trying to make another birdie. A 7-iron from 178-yards missed the green and despite a good chip, the par save was not to be.

Tomorrow, Babcock, who lost in a playoff earlier this year at the Manchester Open, will employ the same approach as today as he seeks to register his first significant win since turning professional in 2015.

“My mindset is to focus on each shot when it’s my turn to play,” he said. “In between shots my mind is everywhere and what happens doesn’t affect me.”

“Tomorrow, I’ll just try to birdie every hole like I tried to do today.”

Chasing Babcock will be Theodorakis (67) who had a clean card with 5 birdies and 13 pars; and Jim Becker (Bloomfield, Conn.) and Geno Giancola (Plantsville, Conn.) who each shot 68.

At 69, are Andrew Stock (Danbury, Conn.) and amateur Johnny Bush (Cranford, NJ).

Division leaders

In the Women’s division, professionals Andra Frappier (Cheshire, Conn.) and Marie Allo (Newington, Conn.) each shot 80 and hold a one-shot margin over Jordan Lintz (Milford, Conn.); and two shots over amateur Jo Rasmussen (Westport, Conn.).

In the Senior Men’s division, Becker holds a two-shot margin over professional Charlie Blanchard of Warwick, RI, who shot

The Connecticut PGA Open is supported and sponsored in part by the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour.

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Round 2 Starting Times

Round 1 Results

 1    Fletcher Babcock       Danielson, CT          31-34–65 -7

 2    Max Theodorakis        Danbury, CT            33-34–67 -5

 T3   Jim Becker             Bloomfield, CT         34-34–68 -4

 T3   Geno Giancola          Plantsville, CT        32-36–68 -4

 T5   Johnny Bush (a)        Cranford, NJ           31-38–69 -3

 T5   Andrew Stock           Danbury, CT            33-36–69 -3

 T7   Charlie Blanchard      Warwick, RI            36-34–70 -2

 T7   Ian Thimble            Hyde Park, MA          36-34–70 -2

 T9   Jay Card               Shelter island, NY     34-37–71 -1

 T9   Nicholas Dilio         Poughkeepsie, NY       37-34–71 -1

 T9   Josh Goldenberg        Scarsdale, NY          38-33–71 -1

 T12  Timothy Hegarty        Briarcliff Manor, NY   35-37–72 E

 T12  Paul Pastore           Stamford, CT           34-38–72 E

 T12  Clancy Waugh           North Palm Beach, FL   36-36–72 E

 T15  Austin Cilley (a)      Westerly, RI           34-39–73 +1

 T15  Fran Marrello          Plymouth, CT           36-37–73 +1

 T15  William Street         Shelton, CT            35-38–73 +1

 T15  Christopher Tallman    Holyoke, MA            34-39–73 +1

 T15  William Thornton       Lake Worth, FL         38-35–73 +1

 T20  Kyle Gallo             Berlin, CT             38-36–74 +2

 T20  Mike Gillette          Plainville, CT         36-38–74 +2

 T20  Timmy Rosenhouse       Dix Hills, NY          39-35–74 +2

 T23  Steven DiLisio         Swampscott, MA         37-38–75 +3

 T23  Mike Gramelis          West Haven, CT         38-37–75 +3

 T23  Edward Hilario         Willimantic, CT        36-39–75 +3

 T23  Adam Rainaud           Chester, CT            36-39–75 +3

 T23  Uttdom Sowinkong (a)   Newington, CT          40-35–75 +3

 T23  Ian Wivestad (a)       Watertown, CT          36-39–75 +3

 T29  Andrew Deforest        Cottekill, NY          40-36–76 +4

 T29  Jason Gobleck          Madison, CT            37-39–76 +4

 T29  Noah Pilipski (a)      New York, NY           39-37–76 +4

 T32  C.J. Konkowski         West Chesterfield, NH  40-37–77 +5

 T32  Alexander Phibbs       Avon, CT               37-40–77 +5

 T32  Bryan Truszkowski      Manalapan, NJ          38-39–77 +5

 T35  Dave Cook              Middlefield, CT        37-41–78 +6

 T35  Ron Dellostritto       Branford, CT           37-41–78 +6

 T35  Eric Egloff            Arnold, MD             38-40–78 +6

 T35  Alec Martinez          Orland Park, IL        40-38–78 +6

 T35  Bart McCarthy          Ludlow, MA             37-41–78 +6

 T35  Bobby Powell           Hartford, CT           41-37–78 +6

 T41  Philip Krick           Groton, CT             39-40–79 +7

 T41  Shamus Landers         Marlborough, MA        39-40–79 +7

 T41  Kyle Leeds             Riverside, CT          42-37–79 +7

 T41  Ronnie Pfaefflin       Winsted, CT            40-39–79 +7

 T41  Dan Simons             West Cornwall, CT      37-42–79 +7

 T41  Ian Wilson             Poughkeepise, NY       36-43–79 +7

 T47  Marie Allo             Newington, CT          40-40–80 +8

 T47  Kevin Ausserlechner    West Harrison, NY      36-44–80 +8

 T47  John-Paul Avenoso (a)  Newington, CT          42-38–80 +8

 T47  Conor Deasy (a)        Hartford, CT           40-40–80 +8

 T47  Andra Frappier         Cheshire, CT           37-43–80 +8

 T47  Jae Kwon               Little Ferry, NJ       37-43–80 +8

 T47  James MacKenzie        Newton, MA             39-41–80 +8

 T47  Jan Wivestad           Watertown, CT          41-39–80 +8

 T55  Jordan Lintz           Milford, CT            41-40–81 +9

 T55  Brad Lusenhop          Waterbury, CT          39-42–81 +9

 T55  Joe Mentz              Hartford, CT           37-44–81 +9

 T58  John Herbert (a)       New York, NY           40-42–82 +10

 T58  Jo Rasmussen (a)       Westport, CT           40-42–82 +10

 T58  Matt Stein             Hampden, MA            41-41–82 +10

 T58  Dan Woodbury           Upton, MA              43-39–82 +10

 T58  Arnold Wright (a)      Redding, CT            40-42–82 +10

 T63  Michael Allo (a)       Newington, CT          39-44–83 +11

 T63  Adam D’Amario          West Hartford, CT      41-42–83 +11

 T63  Kerry Johnston         Indio, CA              41-42–83 +11

 T63  Brian Keiser           Longmeadow, MA         38-45–83 +11

 T63  Mike McCarthy (a)      Berlin, CT             41-42–83 +11

 T63  Jonathan Pannone       Warwick, RI            43-40–83 +11

 T63  William Wallis         New Haven, CT          42-41–83 +11

 T70  Donny Kirkpatrick      West Hartford, CT      40-44–84 +12

 T70  Ellie Large (a)        West Hartford, CT      42-42–84 +12

 T70  Kevin Mahaffy          Southington, CT        42-42–84 +12

 T73  E.J. Altobello         Westfield, MA          46-39–85 +13

 T73  Marty Burns (a)        Terryville, CT         43-42–85 +13

 T73  Joseph Carlone         Bristol, CT            41-44–85 +13

 76   David Wright           Belchertown, MA        43-43–86 +14

 77   Sathscia Sowinkong (a) Newington, CT          49-39–88 +16

 78   Sadie Martinez (a)     Hartford               43-46–89 +17

 T79  Riley Carey (a)        Glastonbury, CT        43-47–90 +18

 T79  Glen Kallinich (a)     Madison, CT            46-44–90 +18

 T79  Matthew Smith          Hamden, CT             49-41–90 +18

 82   Michael Patrizzi       Norwalk, CT            47-44–91 +19

 T83  Frank Lonardo          Kings Park, NY         48-44–92 +20

 T83  Charles Vigilante (a)  New York, NY           43-49–92 +20

 T83  Randy Zingo            Fairfield, CT          45-47–92 +20

 86   David James            Hanover, MA            50-48–98 +26

 WD   Zac Stennett           Colchester, CT         +5

 WD   John Nowobilski        Manchester, CT         +12

 WD   Jordan Gosler          Manchester, CT         +13

 WD   Cameron Kratovil (a)   Monson, MA             +17

 WD   Tyler Florio           Killingworth, CT       +25

 WD   Michael Argentine      Bethel, CT

 WD   Alexander Bardani      Easton, CT

 WD   Mike Martin            Ansonia, CT

 WD   Jake Socha (a)         Ludlow, MA

 NC   Isaac Gatewood         Torrington, CT         +13