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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gleeton, Hedden entering Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame Thursday

Tom Gleeton and Jeff Hedden will be inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame Thursday at Manchester Country Club.

Gleeton, a Cheshire native and resident, played full time on the PGA Tour in 1986 and has won more than 70 professional events, including the Connecticut Section PGA Stroke Play Championship five times, The Section’s Match Play and the Connecticut PGA Championship. He’s also been named the Section’s Player of the Year.

Gleeton just completed a quarter century as the head professional at Country Club of Waterbury. He is a past president of the Connecticut Section, has spent many years directing mentor programs for assistant golf pros and was inducted into the Connecticut Section Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hedden, a stellar amateur player formerly out of the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme was the CSGA Player of the Year for three straight years (2008-10), won the Connecticut Open (2008), the New England Amateur (2011), the Connecticut Amateur (2002), the Connecticut Mid-Amateur (2002, 2005-06 and 2009) and the Connecticut Junior Amateur (1980-81).

Hedden also qualified for the U.S. Amateur twice (2002-03) and the U.S. Mid-Amateur six times (2002-05, 2007, 2009). He now lives in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Travelers Championship raises record $2.8 million towards charity

The Travelers Championship announced Tuesday it generated more than $2.8 million for charity at this year’s event held last August.

It’s the highest amount in the history of the tournament, which began in 1952. The record-setting number was boosted by the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner, held on Aug. 5, which raised more than $1.3 million.

According to a release put out by Travelers, this year’s fund-raising effort brings the total money distributed since Travelers became title sponsor in 2007 to nearly $13 million. More than 600 charities have received funds from the tournament over that time.

This year’s primary beneficiary was the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. ALS-specific causes was the focus this year after the 2015 announcement that Jay Fishman, the former executive chairman and chief executive officer of Travelers, had been diagnosed with the disease.

The dinner attracted more than 800 people to the Connecticut Convention Center, with all proceeds going toward ALS research. Fishman died on Aug. 19.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rainaud wins second CT PGA Championship

Adam Rainaud fired a 3-under-par 67 Wednesday to win the 85th Connecticut PGA Championship by two shots at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford.

It is the second title in three years for Rainaud, Chester resident and assistant pro at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme. He finished with a two-round total of 5-under 135. Rainaud won the Connecticut Open last month and qualified for the Travelers Championship earlier this month.

Five-time winner Fran Marrello (Canaan CC) finished second after posting a 69 (3-under 137). Defending champion Kevin Giancola (Golf Quest) placed third (138) while Brent Paladino of the Connecticut State Golf Association took fourth (139).

Donny Kilpatrick (Wampanoag CC) finished fifth at 140 while Whitney Farms GC head pro Billy Street tied for sixth at 1-over 141 with Shaun Powers (Fairview CC) and John Detmer (Wethersfield CC). New Haven resident Mike Martin (Clubs to Go) tied for ninth at 142.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Massachusetts wins NE Junior Invitational by record 35 strokes

Jack Boulger shot a 3-round total of  3-under-par 207 to be low man for the Massachusetts Junior Team, which won the New Eng;and Junior Amateur Invitational by a record 35 strokes over Connecticut  Wednesday at Cochecho Country Club in Dover New Hampshire.

Massachusetts breaks the previous record of 29 strokes by Connecticut in 2014.

Cole Anderson of Maine was the overall medalist, shooting a 10-under 200 for 54 holes, seven shots better than Boulger and Patrick Welch of Rhode Island. Ben James of Milford was the top finisher for Connecticut, finishing at 3-over 213.

McEvoy defends CT Women's Amateur title

Defending champion Catherine McEvoy of the Innis Arden Golf Club in Greenwich fired a final round 71 for a three round total of 218 (1-under-par) and a six-stroke victory at the 51st Connecticut State Women’s Amateur Wednesday at Heritage Village Country Club in Southbury.

Her victory marks the 11th time in the history of the event that a player has successfully defended their title.

After an opening round of 78, McEvoy, 18, played the final 36 holes at 6-under-par. The scoring average for the field on the challenging par-73 layout was 85.7. In the second round on Tuesday, McEvoy finished with a remarkable four under-par round of 69 that catapulted her from five strokes behind to a six-stroke lead.

McEvoy will be playing for the Michigan State women's golf team this fall as a freshman.

Maisie Filler (Hartford GC) finished second at 5-over 224, followed by Ellen Nighbor of Great River GC in Milford (229), Mackenzie Hawkes of Madison CC (235) and Jen Holland of Branford (238).  

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Vartelas ready for U.S. Amateur

Geoff Vartelas will be playing in his first U.S. Amateur this week.

Geoff Vartelas (above) has had quite a summer already: a tie for second in the New England Amateur, a round of 65 in the pre-qualifier for the Travelers Championship and a fourth-place finish at the Palmer Cup.

But the biggest highlight is yet to come for Vartelas, a former Xavier High standout. He is currently in Michigan preparing for his first appearance in the U.S. Amateur.

“It’s one of those things where no matter how you play in other events, if you qualify for the U.S. Amateur, it turns a so-so summer into a great summer,” Vartelas said. “No matter how yo do at the Am, the fact is you get to go there and experience a USGA event. USGA events are top notch.”

Vartelas, 22, qualified on July 12 at Great River Golf Club in Milford, shooting a 3-under 141 for 36 holes.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nolin captures Publinx title

MIDDLEFIELD >> Kyle Nolin took a look at the names on the Connecticut Public Links championship trophy before he teed off in Tuesday’s final round.

One name Nolin noted in particular was Dave Szewczul, who has won the tournament four times. He played with Szewczul during last year’s State Mid-Amateur and the veteran golfer offered Nolin some advice during that round.

“He gave me one mental thing, ‘It’s golf, don’t take it too serious. There are a lot of other important things in life. Golf is not that important.”

How much putting those words to use relieved the pressure only Nolin knows, but his second straight even-par round of 72 at the Lyman Orchards Jones Course helped him win in the 31st edition of the Public Links by two shots.

“This means a lot, it really does, to know I’m in with this group of players that’s on that trophy,” said Nolin, 30, who recently moved to Middletown and is a member at Tallwood CC in Hebron.

31st Connecticut Public Links
(at Lyman Orchards GC, Jones Course)
Final results
Kyle Nolin (Tallwood CC), 72-72-144; Chris Flowers (Smith Richardson GC), 74-72-146; Steve Gettings (Orange Hills CC), 75-72-147; Jason Longo (Smith Richardson GC), 75-73-148; Dave Jones (Mohegan Sun GC), 74-74-148; Chris Meinke (Longshore GC), 71-78-149; Dave Renski (Wheeler Park GC), 77-73-150; Keith Salamon (Tunxis Plantation CC), 74-76-150; Dave Szewczul (Tunxis Plantation CC), 74-76-150; John Dailey (Smith Richardson GC), 72-78-150; Chad Boudreau (Hunter GC), 74-76-150; Matt Gaieski (Manchester CC), 77-74-151; Mike Jezierski (Raceway CC), 74-77-151; Chet Hrostek (Oxford Greens GC), 72-79-151; Jonathan Meissner (Great River GC), 75-77-152; Scott Johnson (Green Woods CC), 75-77-152; Pat McKenna (Manchester CC), 73-79-152; Frank Geiger (Smith Richardson GC), 77-76-153; James Sheltman (Alling Memorial GC), 73-80-153.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Whaley reaches U.S. Women's Amateur match play

Farmington's Kelly Whaley, the three-time winner of the Connecticut State Women's Amateur and a rising sophomore at North Carolina, advanced into the final 64 players for match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur this week being held at Rolling Greens Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.

Whaley advances to face Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., today (Wednesday) at 1:50 p.m.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The full Travelers Championship field

Tom Aiken
Tyler Aldridge
Robert Allenby
Abraham Ancer
Aaron Baddeley
Blayne Barber
Ricky Barnes
Daniel Berger
Zac Blair
Jonas Blixt
Steven Bowditch
Keegan Bradley
Scott Brown
Bronson Burgoon
Angel Cabrera
Chad Campbell
Miguel Angel Carballo
Paul Casey
Bud Cauley
Alex Cejka
Greg Chalmers
Kevin Chappell
Chad Collins
Erik Compton
Ben Crane
Jon Curran
Brendon de Jonge
Bryson DeChambeau|
Jamie Donaldson
Luke Donald
Ken Duke
Ernie Els
Derek Ernst
Derek Fathauer
Tony Finau
Jim Furyk
Robert Garrigus
Brian Gay
Lucas Glover
Andres Gonzales
Retief Goosen
Jason Gore
Branden Grace
Chesson Hadley
Adam Hadwin
James Hahn
Brian Harman
Padraig Harrington
Russell Henley
J.J. Henry
Charley Hoffman
Morgan Hoffmann
Tom Hoge
J.B. Holmes
John Huh
Billy Hurley III
Hiroshi Iwata
Freddie Jacobson
Zach Johnson
Matt Jones
Sung Kang
Smylie Kaufman
Jerry Kelly
Michael Kim
Si Woo Kim
Whee Kim
Patton Kizzire
Soren Kjeldsen
Colt Knost
Russell Knox
Brooks Koepka
Jason Kokrak
Kelly Kraft
Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird
Andrew Landry
D.H. Lee
Marc Leishman
Justin Leonard
Spencer Levin
Luke List
Andrew Loupe
Jamie Lovemark
Shane Lowry
Will Mackenzie
Hunter Mahan
Peter Malanti
Steve Marino
Ben Martin
Lee McCoy
George McNeill
Troy Merritt
Bryce Molder
Francesco Molinari
Ryan Moore
Jordan Niebrugge
Seung-Yul Noh
Henrik Norlander
Sean O’Hair
Geoff Ogilvy
Louis Oosthuizen
Rob Oppenheim
Carlos Ortiz
Greg Owen
Rod Pampling
Tim Petrovic
Martin Piller
Scott Pinckney
Ted Potter, Jr.
Dicky Pride
Jon Rahm
Adam Rainaud
Chez Reavie
Patrick Reed
Kyle Reifers
Wes Roach
Patrick Rodgers
Rory Sabbatini
Sam Saunders
John Senden
Robby Shelton
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Heath Slocum
Cameron Smith
Scott Stallings
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Shawn Stefani
Brett Stegmaier
Darron Stiles
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Brian Stuard
Daniel Summerhays
Hudson Swafford
Nick Taylor
Vaughn Taylor
Justin Thomas
Michael Thompson
Brendon Todd
David Toms
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Dawie van der Walt
Camilo Villegas
Johnson Wagner
Bubba Watson
Boo Weekley
Steve Wheatcroft
Tim Wilkinson
Mark Wilson
Four available spots for Monday’s Open qualifier


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Travelers adds three more golfers ranked inside the top 30 worldwide

The Travelers Championship landed three more golfers inside the top 30 a day before the deadline to commit for this year’s Travelers Championship.

Branden Grace is the highest ranked of the three golfers, currently at No. 12. The South African won his first PGA Tour event at the RBC Heritage in April. He had top-five performances in the U.S. Open each of the last two years. Grace is making his second straight appearance at the Travelers, missing the cut last year.

Brooks Koepka tied for 51st in his only other appearance in the Travelers Championship in 2014. He has moved up to No. 18 in the world rankings and has a pair of second-place finishes on the tour this season.

Shane Lowry, ranked 28th, became a recognizable name once he led the U.S. Open heading into the final round before finishing second to Dustin Johnson last month. Lowry won the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational.

Those three join Bubba Watson (ranked sixth), Patrick Reed (14), Louis Oosthuizen (15), Matt Kuchar (17), Zach Johnson (20), Jim Furyk (22) and Paul Casey (30) at the Travelers, which will be held Aug. 4-7 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

Also Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau received two of the six sponsor’s exemptions the tournament is giving out this year. The deadline for golfers to commit to play is tonight.