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Friday, May 6, 2011

NDWH Team of the Week

Each week during the spring high school season, the public votes in a Team of the Week for the New Haven Register.

The honor this week belongs to the Notre Dame-West Haven golf team, which went 3-0 last week, including a win over Fairfield Prep for the first time since 2001.

To read about the Green Knights, and see a video clip of captain Brian Engstrom, click on the link below:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Amateurs make it a three-peat

The Connecticut State Golf Association Amateurs won the Julius Boros Challenge Cup for the third straight year, defeating the Connecticut Section professionals 34.5-28.5 at New Haven Country Club. It was the 40th edition of the tournament.

Amateur rookies Tom McCarthy, a senior at Yale University, and Aaron Gross, the reigning club champion at New Haven CC, were among the singles winners Thursday, along with veteran Bill Lee from the Course at Yale.

Bill Wallis and William Street, the head and assistant pro at New Haven CC, also won their singles matches for the CT Section PGA.

Evan Beirne now a pro

Evan Beirne was supposed to be a member of the CSGA Amateur team in the Challenge Cup, but was replaced by Tom Scarrozzo from Blue Fox Run GC.

The reason? Beirne is now a professional. He has completed his senior year at St. John's. When he applied for the Massachusetts Open, Beirne was told that only amateurs from Massachusetts were allowed to participate for the event being held June 27-29 at Oak Hill CC in Fitchburg.

So Beirne had to turn pro. He will not be able to defend the Palmer Cup later this month, nor the Met Amateur later this summer.

Challenge Cup underway

The 40th annual Challenge Cup has begun at New Haven Country Club. Check back later for final results.

The CSGA Amateur team is trying to win its third straight Cup against the Connecticut Section pros. They are trying to do it with two notable rookies:
Tom McCarthy of Twin Hill CC in Coventry, but a senior at Yale University who helped the Bulldogs win the Ivy League championship this season.
Aaron Gross of the host course. He is the reigning club champion. That accomplishment gets you an exemption into this tournament.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alling Memorial named CT Public Course of Year

The Connecticut Section PGA selected Alling Memorial Golf Course in New Haven as the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course of the Year. It is an annual award and the first time Alling has been selected.

According to CT Section PGA president John Korolyshun, there were five finalists for the award and Alling was selcted on the basis of its merit of the course, the course conditions after the renovations, the First Tee programs that are held there, and other things the course has done over the past few years.

Alling Memorial will be honored at the Walter Lowell Tournament on May 31 at Clinton Country Club.

Challenge Cup Thursday

The 40th annual Challenge Cup will be held Thursday at New Haven Country Club. The Connecticut State Amateurs will be looking for their third straight win in the series over the Connecticut Sextion PGA professionals.
Here are the matches that begin at 1 p.m. Spectators can come watch for free:

Match 1
John Paesani, Norwich G.C.-Tony Kelley, Wycoff C.C. vs. Bill Lee, Course at Yale-Louis Stone, New Haven C.C.
Match 2
Billy Street, New Haven C.C.-Bill Wallis, New Haven C.C. vs. Brian Ahern, Wampanoag C.C.-Tim Kane, Simsbury Farms G.C.
Match 3
Tom Gleeton, C.C. of Waterbury-Ed Slattery, Candlewood Valley, C.C. vs. Evan Beirne, New Haven C.C.-Tom McCarthy, Twin Hills C.C.
Match 4
Tom DelRosso, Shuttle Meadow C.C.-Ian Marshall, Watertown G.C. vs. Ryan Leahey, Orange Hills C.C.-Phil Perry, Black Hall Club
Match 5
Mickey Hawkes, Hawkes Golf-Paul Barnsley, Race Brook C.C. vs. Rudy Hermstadt, East Mountain G.C.-Aaron Gross, New Haven C.C.
Match 6
Fran Marrello, Canaan C.C.-Greg Farland, Quaboag C.C. vs. Dave Szewczul, Tunxis Plantation G.C.-Bill Hermanson, Black Hall Club
Match 7
Kevin Giancola, Golf Quest-Frank Leja, Evergreene Golf Center vs. Jeff Hedden, Black Hall Club-Jim Gentile, Rockledge G.C.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bubba does it again

It looks like Bubba Watson has gotten used to winning on the PGA Tour.

The reigning Travelers Championship winner won his second tournament in this calendar year, capturing the Zurich Classic of New Orleans Sunday in a sudden-death playoff over Webb Simpson.

Watson, 32, vaulted to the top spot in the Fed Ex Cup Playoff standings,. He birdied the second playoff hole while Simpson made par. Watson won the Travelers, his first tour win ever last June, also in a sudden-death playoff.

In his other win this year in San Diego, Watson held off Phil Mickelson.

He will be returning to the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell in June to defend his title.