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Monday, March 27, 2017

Thomas, Johnson added to list of Travelers commitments

The Travelers Championship has added its second player in the top 10 of the current world rankings when the tournament announced Monday that Justin Thomas has committed to play the event in June.

Thomas has already won three times on the PGA Tour this season, including both the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in January. At Sony, he opened with a 59. Thomas currently stands third in the FedExCup standings, is eighth in the world rankings and tied for third in last year’s Travelers after a final round 8-under-par 62.

Zach Johnson also committed to play the Travelers June 22-25 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. Johnson, currently 50th in the world rankings, has two major championships among his 12 PGA Tour victories: the 2007 Masters and the 2015 British Open. His best finish at Travelers is a tie for third.

Thomas and Johnson already joining second-ranked Rory McIlroy and former Travelers winners Bubba Watson (ranked 18th) and Russell Knox (23rd), the defending champion.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Watson, Knox returning to play Travelers Championship

Exactly two weeks after announcing Rory McIlroy would play for the first time, the Travelers Championship announced Friday that former champions Bubba Watson and Russell Knox have joined him.

Watson won the event in 2010, his first victory on the PGA Tour, and in 2015. He was ranked as high as No. 4 last year but now the former two-time Masters champion is 16th in the world rankings.

Knox, currently 21st in the world rankings, birdied the 18th hole last year to win the championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. It was Knox’s second victory on Tour.

Tickets for this year’s event, to be held June 22-25, go on sale Wednesday. For more information on this year’s tournament, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.

Friday, February 24, 2017

McIlroy coming to play the Travelers Championship

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2016 file photo, Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits a tee shot during the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. McIlroy is targeting the Mexico Championship in March as his return to tournament action from injury.  McIlroy aggravated a rib stress fracture while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng two weekends ago. Those injuries typically take about six weeks to heal, and he believes he’ll be ready to play again in the first World Golf Championship of the year, from March 2-5. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
The Travelers Championship announced Friday morning that Rory McIlroy, the world’s third-ranked golfer, will be playing in the Travelers Championship in June.

The news was first reported by Brian Wacker from Golf Digest early this morning.

This is the first time McIlroy, 27, will play in the Travelers. He has won four major championships, including two PGA Championships.

“I’m delighted that the Travelers Championship is part of my schedule this year. It’ll be such a great experience,” McIlroy said in a statement released by the Travelers. “The course should really set up well for my game and I’m really looking forward to teeing it up there in June against some of the tour’s best players.

Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube said the first time he had an inkling that McIlory may be interested in coming was last spring at the Players Championship.

I’m incredibly excited,” Grube said. “We’ve been talking to (McIlroy’s agent) enough the last six, seven, eight months. Going back to June gave us a chance (to get him). We’re thrilled to see it come together.”

The Travelers was held in August last year when the entire PGA Tour summer schedule was altered due to the 2016 Summer Olympics. This year's tournament will be held

McIlroy is currently recuperating from a rib fracture he suffered in January. He is scheduled to return at next week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.

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.

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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.

MORE ABOUT VARTELAS, THE U.S.AMATEUR, THE CT WOMEN'S AMATEUR AND THE NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR.

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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.