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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beirne third at Met Open

Evan Beirne of North Haven completed a busy spring and summer golf season by tying for third place at the 95th Met Open at Bethpage Black Thursday.
Beirne was the leader heading into the final round, but posted a 77 on Thursday.
Beirne now heads back to school at St. John's University after winning the Met Amateur, finishing second in the Connecticut Open and shooting a course-record 58 on his home course, New Haven CC.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Giancola wins Connecticut PGA

Kevin Giancola had his Taylor Made golf clubs stolen at Lyman Orchards Golf Club Tuesday - but no matter. Giancola won the 79th Connecticut PGA Championship by 5 shots over Frank Leja.
Giancola's clubs were found and returned on Wednesday, but not before Giancola shot a final-round 71 to finish at 7-under 209. It was the third time Giancola has won the event.
Leja finished second at 2-under 214. Tom DelRosso (Black Hall Club), 2009 champion Fran Marrello (Canaan CC) and Tom Gleeton (CC of Waterbury) tied for third at 1-over 217, eight shots behind Giancola.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

McDonagh moves on at US Amateur

Tommy McDonagh of Norwalk shot rounds of 71 and 75 to be one of the 64 players to advance to match play in the 110th U.S. Amateur Tuesday at Chambers Bay GC in University Place, Wash.
McDonagh was the only player from Connecticut to qualify for match play. John Murphy of Wilton (154), David Jones of Norwich (155), Jeff Hedden of Old Lyme (155), Cameron Wilson of Rowayton (159) and Yale University senior Tom McCarthy from Tolland (161) all missed the cut.

Giancola leads CT PGA by 4

Kevin Giancola birdied his final three holes to shoot a 70 Tuesday and get to 6-under-par and lead by 4 shots after two rounds of the Connecticut PGA Championship at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield.
Giancola, who teaches at Golf Quest in Southington, previously won this championship in 2003 and 2008. His two-round total is 138. Frank Leja Jr. of the Evergreene Golf Center (142) and Brian Keister of Wethersfield CC (142) will both be in the final group with Giancola today at 9:54 a.m.
Mike Martin (143) from Clubs To Go and a New Haven resident is the only other player under par for the tournament.
Defending champion Fran Marrello of Canaan CC, Tom Gleeton from CC of Waterbury and Paul Barnsley from Race Brook CC are among five people tied for fifth place 8 shots behind Giancola.

Two Average Joe holes left!

My alter ego, Average Joe, dukes it out with Fred Kolakowski Jr., the head pro at Laurel View Country Club in Hamden, on the 12th hole at the course. You can view it on our website,, on Thursday.
There is just one hole left, the 12th at Alling Memorial GC, on Sept. 2. Then we will rank all 18 holes we played this year.

You can also read about West Hartford native Liz Janangelo's second tour of duty on the LPGA Tour this year.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dennis Waters Golf Show

The Dennis Waters Golf Show will be making two stops in Connecticut this week, on Friday at Stanley GC in New Britain at 6 p.m. and at Lyman Orchards GC in Middlefield at 1 p.m.
The one-hour show has Waters, who is paralyzed from the waist down, performing a variety of trick shots from unusual lies from clubs made from a fishing rod, crutch and even a cell phone. His dog Bucky also helps out during the show.
Both shows are free to the public, but those attending are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to the clinic.
There will also be a junior clinic held at Lyman Orchards at noon one hour prior to Waters' show.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pulaski named PGA Professional of Year

Peter Pulaski, the director of golf operations for the Course at Yale, was selected the Golf Professional of the Year by the Connecticut Section PGA Sunday.
Pulaski, who has been at Yale since 1994, was previously honored in 2003 as the section's Teacher of the Year.