For Immediate Release


May 22, 2023


 By Bruce Berlet

FARMINGTON, Conn. (May 22, 2023) – After 14 years playing the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour, Andy Svoboda was the favorite to win the 92nd Connecticut PGA Championship at the Country Club of Farmington and earn a spot in the Travelers Championship in June.

Svoboda fulfilled the expectations during the first round on Monday, shooting a bogey-free, 4-under-par 67 highlighted by an eagle 3 at the 10th hole and good for a three-stroke lead over four-time Connecticut Open champion Kyle Gallo, Craig Hocknull (Glen Arbor Golf Club – New York) and Eric Flood (Indian Hill Country Club), who made double-bogey 5 on No. 18 to lose solo second place.

“It was a good solid day with some good saves,” said Svoboda, who is in his first year as head golf professional at Great River Golf Club in Milford.

Svoboda, 43, played on the PGA Tour in 2013-15 and on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2009-12 and 2016-20, winning three tournaments on the latter circuit. He also had several strong showings in national championships before returning to the club professional ranks.

“The Tours are a lot of traveling, and it’s such a fine line to being successful,” Svoboda said. “A shot here, a couple of putts there can make such a difference.”

Svoboda made a 12-foot birdie putt at the third hole and two-putted the par-5 sixth to go with seven pars that put him at 2-under 34 at the turn. He immediately doubled his position at the par-5 10th with a drive, 6-iron from 200 yards and a 20-foot putt for eagle. Eight closing pars, which included three good saves, gave Svoboda his 67.

Gallo, 48, an All-American and men’s golf coach at Central Connecticut State University, is “just playing golf again” in preparation for trying to qualify for the PGA Tour Seniors in 2024. But he’s not eligible for the exemption into the Travelers Championship because he’s a PGA of America associate working towards Class A membership.

“Hey, it is what it is, no big deal,” said Gallo, a member of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame. “I’ve got three levels of bookwork so hope to get my Class A status that way.

While trying to earn his Class A status, he’s teaching, coaching, and managing at Full Circle Golf, an indoor golf facility in Berlin that he started with John Vitale 16 months ago.

“Playing in events like this is good for business,” Gallo said.

Gallo, who missed qualifying for the PGA Tour by a shot in 2005, had four birdies and three bogeys and plans to take a different strategy in the final round on Tuesday.

“I left some shots out there, but I’ll be more aggressive tomorrow,” Gallo said

Geno Giancola, son of Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame member Kevin Giancola, who won the event five times (the last being in 2015), is tied for fifth with Kevin Mahaffy (Pequabuck Golf Club), Scott Vroman (Ellington Ridge Country Club), Corey Harris (Washington Golf Club), and three-time champion Adam Rainaud (Country Club of New Canaan) at 71.

Giancola, 30, had an adventurous opening 12 holes with an eagle 3 at the 10th hole (5-iron from 206 yards to 3 feet), three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey 5 at the second hole before closing with six pars.

“I kept it in play,” said Giancola, 30, of Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin. “I didn’t hit the driver that well and clunked three iron shots but hit some good iron shots to save pars.”

The final round on Tuesday begins at 8 a.m., and Svoboda, Gallo and Flood will be in the final group at 11:27 a.m. The winner earns $4,000 from a $21,500 purse. While the low scoring Connecticut Section PGA Member will receive an exemption into the 2023 Travelers Championship to be played June 22-25, at TPC River Highlands.

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 Round 2 Starting times

Round 1 Results

 1   Andy Svoboda        Great River Golf Club             34-33–67 -4

 T2  Eric Flood          Indian Hill Country Club          35-35–70 -1

 T2  Kyle Gallo          Full Circle Golf                  35-35–70 -1

 T2  Craig Hocknull      GlenArbor Golf Club               37-33–70 -1

 T5  Geno Giancola       Timberlin Golf Club               36-35–71 E

 T5  Corey Harris        Washington Golf Club              36-35–71 E

 T5  Kevin Mahaffy       Pequabuck Golf Club               36-35–71 E

 T5  Adam Rainaud        CC of New Canaan                  38-33–71 E

 T5  Scott Vroman        Ellington Ridge Country Club      37-34–71 E

 T10 Chris Ayers         Goodwin Park Golf Club            39-33–72 +1

 T10 Brad Lusenhop       Country Club of Waterbury         36-36–72 +1

 T12 Andy Stock          Ridgewood Country Club            37-36–73 +2

 T12 Christopher Tallman GreatHorse                        35-38–73 +2

 T14 Sean Sweitzer       Madison Country Club              37-37–74 +3

 T14 Milton Torres       Crestview Country Club            39-35–74 +3

 T16 Archie Cart         Troon Golf Management             37-38–75 +4

 T16 Adam D’Amario       Indian Hill Country Club          37-38–75 +4

 T16 Geoff Gelderman     H. Smith Richardson Golf Course   39-36–75 +4

 T16 Steve Madison       Golf Club of Avon                 40-35–75 +4

 T16 William Street      Whitney Farms Golf Club           37-38–75 +4

 T21 Michael Jezierski   Raceway Golf Club                 35-41–76 +5

 T21 Donny Kirkpatrick   Wampanoag Country Club            36-40–76 +5

 T21 John Vitale         Full Circle Golf                  39-37–76 +5

 T24 Rick Fleury         PGA Life Member                   39-38–77 +6

 T24 Jim Hanlon          The Farms Country Club            38-39–77 +6

 T24 Brian Keiser        Longmeadow Country Club           40-37–77 +6

 T24 C.J. Konkowski      Hartford Golf Club                36-41–77 +6

 T24 Jack McConachie     PGA Life Member                   39-38–77 +6

 T24 Gerard Scheer       Aspetuck Valley Country Club      41-36–77 +6

 T30 Jeff DelRosso       Prospect Golf                     39-39–78 +7

 T30 Jason Gobleck       Golf Center at Lyman Orchards     41-37–78 +7

 T30 Jordan Gosler       Manchester Country Club           41-37–78 +7

 T30 Mike Martin         Tashua Knolls Golf Course         38-40–78 +7

 T30 Terry Slater        Race Brook Country Club           38-40–78 +7

 T30 Jan Wivestad        Chris Cote’s School of Golf       38-40–78 +7

 T36 Bob Bigonette       H. Smith Richardson Golf Course   42-37–79 +8

 T36 Nick Calabrese      Chippanee Country Club            41-38–79 +8

 T36 Joe Cordani         Hop Meadow Country Club           40-39–79 +8

 T36 Ron Dellostritto    Fairways Golf Range and Pro Shop  42-37–79 +8

 T36 Brian Hussey        Rock Ridge Country Club           43-36–79 +8

 T36 Bryan Truszkowski   Candlewood Lake Club              39-40–79 +8

 T42 Glenn Carlson       Torrington Country Club           40-40–80 +9

 T42 Zac Stennett        Tallwood Country Club             40-40–80 +9

 T42 William Wallis      New Haven Country Club            39-41–80 +9

 T45 Joseph Carlone      Litchfield Country Club           43-38–81 +10

 T45 Kenny Hall          Great Neck Country Club           38-43–81 +10

 T45 Bart McCarthy       Gillette Ridge Golf Club          38-43–81 +10

 T45 Bob Mucha           Edgewood Golf Course              41-40–81 +10

 T45 Nicholas Tamburini  The Ranch Golf Club               40-41–81 +10

 T50 E.J. Altobello      Springfield Country Club          41-41–82 +11

 T50 Dan Harrison        Country Club of Waterbury         43-39–82 +11

 T50 Brian Huber         Wampanoag Country Club            42-40–82 +11

 T50 Bobby Powell        The First Tee of Connecticut      43-39–82 +11

 54  Marc Bayram         Timberlin Golf Club               38-45–83 +12

 T55 Tom Halsted         Sharon Country Club               41-43–84 +13

 T55 Mark Ingala         Golf Lounge 18 – Canton           40-44–84 +13

 T55 David Wright        Cold Spring Country Club          44-40–84 +13

 58  Shaun Maher         Ellington Ridge Country Club      42-43–85 +14

 T59 Marie Allo          Lake of Isles                     44-42–86 +15

 T59 Joe Mentz           Mohegan Sun Golf Club             45-41–86 +15

 T59 Ronnie Pfaefflin    Norfolk Country Club              43-43–86 +15

 T62 Josh Carney         Manchester Country Club           43-44–87 +16

 T62 Philip Krick        Mohegan Sun Golf Club             43-44–87 +16

 T64 William Burns       Hartford Golf Club                48-40–88 +17

 T64 Dave Cook           Pomperaug Golf Course             46-42–88 +17

 T64 Justin Smith        TPC River Highlands               44-44–88 +17