Chris Tallman and Billy Street lead with 4-under par 66s

HARTFORD, Conn. – There maybe two at the top of the leaderboard and a total of five PGA Professionals breaking par today at the City of Hartford’s Keney Park Golf Course. But the story in the first round of the 88th Connecticut PGA Championship was the first swing by the last player teeing off in the tournament.


Kyle Puzzo, assistant professional at Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass., was entered in his very first Connecticut Section PGA tournament. Puzzo just became a registered PGA of America Associate member five days ago. As the last player in the last group, his tee shot found the bottom of the hole at the 314-yard, par 4 first hole for a double eagle, hole in one. Nice way to start your professional career.


“I thought the guys on the green were upset with me,” Puzzo said. “They were waiving their hands. I didn’t realize until I walked about 40 yards from the green that they weren’t pulling my leg and the ball actually went in.”


Puzzo posted a first round 74 and stands tied for 25th heading into tomorrow’s final round.


One of the co-leaders, Chris Tallman who shot 66, is the PGA General Manager at the Orchards and supervises Puzzo.


Tallman heard about the heroics of his assistant professional out on the course.


“Before we started today, Kyle said he was coming after me,” Tallman said in the scoring tent. “I guess he really meant it.”


Billy Street, the head golf professional at Whitney Farms Golf Course also shot 66. Street started his round with three straight birdies. But bogies on his final two holes put a damper on what could have been an even better first round.


Keney Park recently held both the Girls and Boys PGA of America Junior Championships. And, today’s course set up mirrored round two hole locations from both of those championships.


Joe Mentz, the head professional at Hartford’s sister course, Goodwin Park, shot 68, as did 5-time Connecticut PGA Champion Kevin Giancola of Golf Quest in Southington.

Joe Cordani, the head professional at Hop Meadow Country Club shot 69 and is fifth place alone.


The 36-hole stroke play championship concludes tomorrow. Starting times begin at 8:00 AM, with the leaders starting at 11:10 AM..


The winner will receive $4,200 from the $19,150 purse.


The Championship sponsors are Club Car, Mohegan Sun, OMEGA, and the PGA TOUR.


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Round 2 starting times


Round 1 results

T1  William Street      Whitney Farms GC               32-34–66 -4

T1  Christopher Tallman Orchards GC                    33-33–66 -4

T3  Kevin Giancola      Golf Quest Family Sports Cntr  35-33–68 -2

T3  Joe Mentz           Goodwin Park Golf Course       33-35–68 -2

5   Joe Cordani         Hop Meadow CC                  36-33–69 -1

6   Kyle Bilodeau       PGA Active Member              35-35–70 E

T7  E.J. Altobello      Springfield CC                 36-35–71 +1

T7  Adam D’Amario       Indian Hill CC                 36-35–71 +1

T7  Ron Dellostritto    Wethersfield CC                38-33–71 +1

T7  Jason Gobleck       PGA Member                     35-36–71 +1

T7  Fran Marrello       Canaan CC                      38-33–71 +1

T7  Zac Stennett        Tallwood CC                    36-35–71 +1

T13 Frank Leja          Springfield CC                 38-34–72 +2

T13 Kevin Mahaffy       Pequabuck GC                   34-38–72 +2

T13 Matthew Rosengrant  Rock Ridge CC                  35-37–72 +2

T13 Sean Sweitzer       Madison CC                     34-38–72 +2

T13 Jantzen Vargas      PGA Active Member              37-35–72 +2

T18 Jeff DelRosso       Prospect Golf                  40-33–73 +3

T18 Jordan Gosler       Twin Hills CC                  37-36–73 +3

T18 Brian Keiser        Longmeadow CC                  35-38–73 +3

T18 Mike Martin         Tashua Knolls GC               35-38–73 +3

T18 Ted Perez           East Mountain CC               36-37–73 +3

T18 Aaron Ungvarsky     Hartford GC                    36-37–73 +3

T18 Jan Wivestad        Crestbrook Park GC             35-38–73 +3

T25 Dan Benedetti       Springfield CC                 36-38–74 +4

T25 James Giampaolo     Shuttle Meadow CC              37-37–74 +4

T25 Jim Hanlon          The Farms CC                   38-36–74 +4

T25 Mike Kanios         Whitney Farms GC               37-37–74 +4

T25 Jack McConachie     Oronoque CC                    39-35–74 +4

T25 Kyle Puzzo          Orchards GC                    34-40–74 +4

T25 Matt Stein          GreatHorse                     37-37–74 +4

T25 William Wallis      New Haven CC                   37-37–74 +4

T33 Marc Bayram         Timberlin GC                   39-36–75 +5

T33 Donny Kirkpatrick   Wampanoag CC                   38-37–75 +5

T33 Bob Mucha           Edgewood GC                    36-39–75 +5

T33 Kevin Shea          Great Neck CC                  38-37–75 +5

T33 Bob Sparks          Fairview Farm GC               39-36–75 +5

T38 Bobby Brown         Tashua Knolls GC               42-34–76 +6

T38 Glenn Carlson       Torrington CC                  38-38–76 +6

T38 Rick Fleury         The Ledges GC                  40-36–76 +6

T41 Philip Krick        Mohegan Sun GC                 36-41–77 +7

T41 Bart McCarthy       Wyckoff                        36-41–77 +7

T41 Bobby Powell        First Tee of CT                38-39–77 +7

T41 Justin Whipple      CC of Waterbury                37-40–77 +7

T45 Robert Clark        Timberlin GC                   40-38–78 +8

T45 Michel Painchaud    Mohegan Sun GC                 36-42–78 +8

T45 Ronnie Pfaefflin    Norfolk CC                     37-41–78 +8

T45 Nicholas Segaline   Wampanoag CC                   41-37–78 +8

T45 Dan Simons          Mill River CC                  39-39–78 +8

T50 Josh Carney         Manchester CC                  39-40–79 +9

T50 Michael Jezierski   Raceway GC                     40-39–79 +9

52  John Vitale         GolfTEC – West Hartford        40-40–80 +10

T53 Sean Smedick        Sharon CC                      40-41–81 +11

T53 Bryan Truszkowski   Candlewood LC                  40-41–81 +11

55  Joseph Forget       Richter Park GC                42-40–82 +12

56  Dave Cook           Pomperaug GC                   37-46–83 +13