Bilodeau, Marshall Lead the Pack in Spring PGA Stroke Play
Round One In The Books
AMHERST, Mass. (May 13, 2013) - Kyle Bilodeau of Hop Meadow C.C. fires a two-under-par, 70 in the first round of the Spring PGA Stroke Play at Hickory Ridge G.C. to lead the field. Defending Champion, Ian Marshall of Watertown G.C., sits in sole second place through round one and one-under-par, 71. Host PGA Professional, Bill Rosenblum along with Frank Leja of Campbell's Golf Center, Billy Downes of Hampden C.C., and John Cook of Manchester C.C., all came with even par, 72.
Bilodeau Captures Spring PGA Stroke Play Title & Earns Berth in 2013 Travelers Championship
No Doubt with a Three-Stroke Margin
AMHERST, Mass. (May 13, 2013) – “It hasn’t even sank in yet,” says Kyle Bilodeau of Hop Meadow Country Club, following a three-under-par, 141, to capture his first Spring PGA Stroke Play title and snag a spot in the 2013 Travelers Championship, June 20-23. “I shot 70 this morning and I putted well. I’ve been working with my Head PGA Pro, Jason [Waters] on my putting… and I got on some good greens today and it finally started clicking.”
Ironically enough, Bilodeau was paired with defending champion, Ian Marshall of Watertown Golf Club, and he expected a good match. “I had a blast out there playing with Ian,” says Bilodeau. “When we went out on the second 18, I birdied the first and Ian birdied the second. I’m thinking ‘Wow, we’re going to have a shootout here’ but I ended up pulling away in the end.”View More
H. Smith Richardson Honored as Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Jim Alexander, Head PGA Professional, is Honored to Receive Award
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (May 10, 2013) – The Connecticut Section PGA announced that H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield, Conn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award, as the model public golf course serving the game of golf in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The award was inaugurated in 2001 in honor of Canton Public Golf Course for the standards it set towards a public course’s responsibility to its community to provide playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game.
H. Smith Richardson Golf Course was opened for business in 1972. Located in Fairfield, Conn., it is the only public golf course in a town of 55,000 residents. In addition to servicing the residents of Fairfield, H. Smith Richardson has often been referred to as Fairfield County's public golf course as residents from all over southern Fairfield County call “Smith” home due to a lack of public facilities in the area. Playing an average of 45,000 rounds per year, H. Smith Richardson has served as a valuable recreational facility for the entire area. In addition to their 18-hole facility, the Town of Fairfield and PGA Professionals oversee and manage a Par 3 course, the Carl J. Dickman Par 3, located in southern Fairfield. This course plays and average of 25,000 rounds per year.View More
Western Mass Tee Party Held at Twin Hills C.C.
2013 Honoree, Paul Quinn Recognized
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (May 9, 2013) - Paul Quinn of Longmeadow C.C. was honored last night at Twin Hills C.C. during the 2013 Western Mass Tee Party. Quinn was recognized for his over 50 years of service to the game of golf and community in Western Massachusetts.
Pictured from left to right is Tim Quirk, Western Mass Tee Party Committee Chair, Paul Quinn, John Steffen, Host Head PGA Professional, and Tom Hantke, Executive Director of the Connecticut Section PGA.View More
Leja Wins Individual Pro; Pomperaug Wins Team in Stuart Miller Golf Sales Pro-Am
Part of the Mohegan Sun Pro-Am Series
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (May 6, 2013) - The Stuart Miller Golf Sales Pro-Am was held Monday at Twin Hills Country Club where Frank Leja of Campbell's Golf Center won the individual profesisonal competition with a three-under-par 68 and the team of Pomeraug G.C., led by Dave Cook, won the combined gross-net team competion. A total of six skins survived on the day going to Joe Finnie, Patrick Aldrich, Ed Slattery, Ron Dellostritto, Dave Dell, and Frank Leja.
Bishop & Breed Support Newtown C.C. First Responders Outing
Golf Clinic and Tournament Held to Thank Sandy Hook First Responders
NEWTOWN, Conn. (May 5, 2013) – President of The PGA of America, Ted Bishop, and PGA Teacher of the Year, Michael Breed, were honored guests of the Newtown First Responders Outing at Newtown Country Club on Sunday. This was the first visit to the Connecticut Section for Bishop, the 38th President of the PGA. Over 60 members of seven first responder organizations involved with the December 14 tragedy, were in attendance for a day of golf thanking them for their service.
Host PGA Professional, Paul Miller, wanted to do something for those that served his community at a time of extreme need and knew golf was a great way to do it. Organizations like JetBlue, Titleist, Golf Pride, and Kirk & Matz stepped up to the plate to donate vacations, hats, grips, and the trophy for the winning team. Lunch was donated by The One Eyed Pig and dinner was sponsored by Pratt & Whitney.
Connecticut PGA Professionals Win Over CSGA Amateurs 35.5 - 27.5
42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Retained
HAMDEN, Conn. (May 3, 2013) - In the 42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches on Thursday, the Connecticut Section PGA Professional team beat out the CSGA Amateur team by a score of 35.5 to 27.5, a steep margin when only 31.5 points were needed by the Connecticut PGA team to retain the cup for the second year in a row. With this victory, the Connecticut PGA strengthens its hold on the overall record of 30-12. Congratulations to Captain, Dennis Coscina, Assistant Captain, Craig Kealey, and the players on a great victory.
Matches Announced for 42nd Julius Boros Challenge Cup
The PGA Extends Partnership with Bouvier Insurance and Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Bouvier Insurance Continues to be a Valued Partner of the Connecticut Section PGA
Connecticut Golf House Celebrates 25 Years
Between the Connecticut Section PGA and the Connecticut State Golf Association
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (March 30, 2013) - Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Connecticut Golf House Partnership between the Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) and the Connecticut Section PGA. In 1988, Russ Palmer and Terry Crawford penned their names to the contract that went along with the purchase of Suite 212 at Southway Executive Park. Today, the partnership owns outright both Suite 212 and 214 which was expanded in 1995-96. The CSGA and the section continue to work closely on many area golfing endeavors including the Golf Industry Day to be held this year at the Capitol Building on Wednesday, May 1. They also compete against eachother annually in the Julius Boros Challenge Cup Matches.