The 7th Annual Hartford Women’s Open Gets Underway Monday at Keney Park Golf Course
Defending Champion Mia Grzywinski tees off at 9:03 AM
HARTFORD, Conn. (July 21, 2022) – On Monday, the 7th annual Hartford Women’s Open first round gets underway at the City of Hartford’s Keney Park Golf Course which is set to host 56 women and girls, traveling from six states and Japan.
The Hartford Women’s Open began in 2016 and welcomes women and girls, both professionals and amateurs, to play in a 36 stroke-play championship conducted by the Connecticut Section of the PGA of America. The tournament has played a pivotal role in the City’s strategy to bring golf back to the state capital city’s two golf courses, Goodwin and Keney Park.
This year will be the first time both rounds will be played at Keney Park.
Last year with mother Lauren caddying, amateur Mia Grzywinski birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine at Keney Park on the way to a personal-best, 5-under-par 30 and a career-low 4-under par 66 for a 36-hole total of 3-under 137 and a three-stroke victory.
The 21-year old who recently graduated from Quinnipiac University, defends her title against a talented field that will see the set up slightly longer than in the past. The course that hosted the 2019 National Junior PGA Championship for both girls and boys will play to a par 70 at 5,860 yards. Grzywinski who is from Farmington will begin her title defense at 9:03 AM and is paired with amateurs Yvette O’Brien (Greenwich) and Sana Tufail (Southborough, Mass.).
The 2020 champion Angela Garvin from Feeding Hills, Mass., will also figure prominently. The University of Maryland senior has played in all six Hartford Women’s Open golf tournaments, never finishing outside of the top five. Garvin tees off right after Grzywinski at 9:12 AM and is paired with Meghan Mitchell (New Canaan) and Linda Wang (Plainview, N.Y.)
Wang has played in four Hartford Women’s Opens as an amateur, finishing in the top 10 each time including a runner up finish in 2018. This year Wang, who played four years on the St. John’s University Women’s golf team will be competing as a professional.
The six professionals who are entered will be playing for a $7,250 prize purse that includes a $3,000 check for first place. The amateurs which includes 30 junior girls will compete for merchandise credit prizes within age groups. The 18 and under girls’ division will be ranked by Junior Golf Scoreboard and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has approved the division for PBE stars.
The Hartford Women’s Open is sponsored by The Hartford and Mohegan Sun.
The Keney Park course originally opened in 1927 and has gotten high marks since its restoration and re-opening in 2016. Golf Magazine ranked it fourteenth best municipal golf course in America in 2021. This year Golfweek ranked it the number one course in the State of Connecticut that the public can play.
The course is maintained by Guilmette Golf, the maintenance team that has been in place since 2014. PGA Professional Ralph Salito oversees the golf operations in concert with the leadership of the City’s Department of Public Works and the Golf Oversight Commission.
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Keney Park women’s course record – 62 (Megha Ganne in the 2019 Junior PGA Championship)
2022 Field of Competitors
(P) denotes professional
Marie Allo (p), Newington, Conn.
Judy Amano, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Amanda Barone (p), Orange, Conn.
Riley Carey, Glastonbury, Conn.
Susie Cavanaugh (p), Warwick, R.I.
Grace Codd, Trumbull, Conn.
Kathleen Coffey, Westport, Conn.
Sophia Cunningham, Tolland, Conn.
Annie Dai, Longmeadow, Mass.
Jaelyn DeBoise, Springfield, Mass.
Aoife Devaney, Waterbury, Conn.
Elizabeth Dunn, Berlin, Conn.
Samantha Dunn, Berlin, Conn.
Courtney Faber, Suffield, Conn.
Grace Farland, Sturbridge, Mass.
Andra Frappier (p), Cheshire, Conn.
Angela Garvin, Feeding Hills, Mass.
Josephine Genereux, Greenwich, Conn.
Alia Godek, Feeding Hills, Mass.
Mia Grzywinski, Farmington, Conn.
Dixi Han, Shrewsbury, Mass.
Molly Holbert, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Mia Holbrook, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
Jen Holland, Branford, Conn.
Giada Izzo, Wallingford, Conn.
CC Kaplan, Greenwich, Conn.
Arabella Lopez, Ridgefield, Conn.
Jacqueline Lu, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Bailey McGuigan, Trumbull, Conn.
Paige McKenna, Fairfield, Conn.
Riley McPhee, Cheshire, Conn.
Meghan Mitchell, New Canaan, Conn.
Laniah Moffett, Waterbury, Conn.
Emily Nash, Baldwinville, Mass.
Jensie-Rose Nicholas, Trumbull, Conn.
Yvette O’Brien, Greenwich, Conn.
Lauren Ogrodowicz, Stratford, Conn.
Selam Olson, New Haven, Conn.
Caroline Petchark, Waterford, Conn.
Rachel Pontoriero, Westport, Conn.
Jo Rasmussen, Westport, Conn.
Violet Robbins, Fairfield, Conn.
Kenna Roman, Kensington, Conn.
Taylor Schmidt (p), Westfield, Mass.
Lynn Scully, Watertown, Conn.
Isabella Thomas, Oxford, Conn.
Sana Tufail, Southborough, Mass.
Charlote Wagner, Southport, Conn.
Nancy Walker, South Windsor, Conn.
Jennifer Walsh, Sutton, Mass.
Linda Wang (p), Plainview, N.Y.
Zorah Williams, Mystic, Conn.
Helen Wright, Belchertown, Mass.
Linna Yamauchi, JAPAN
Milan Yorke, Ansonia, Conn.
Brook Zajac, Plantsville, Conn.
Hartford Women’s Open Past Champions