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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Henry, Kuchar coming to Travelers

Five golfers, Matt Kuchar, J.J. Henry, Charl Schwartzel, Carl Pettersson and Sean O’Hair have officially committed to compete in the Travelers Championship June 21-24 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
Kuchar won the Players Championship on May 13, one of his five top-10 finishes this season. This will be his first appearance since 2008. Kuchar is ranked fifth in the World Golf Rankings.
Henry tied for third in the Byron Nelson Classic last weekend, falling short in his bid for his first PGA Tour win since the 2006 Travelers, formerly the Buick Championship. This is his 14th appearance at the Travelers.
Schwartzel missed the cut in his only appearance at the Travelers in 2005, when he missed the cut. He won the Masters in 2011 and is currently ranked 16th in the world.
Pettersson has two career top-25 finishes at the Travelers Championship and will be making his seventh appearance. His four top-10 finishes this season includes a win at the Heritage. O'Hair has three top-25 finishes this season.
Last week, five other golfers, Zach Johnson, Ben Curtis, Tim Clark, Lucas Glover and Justin Leonard, committed. All except Clark have won a major championship.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Yale's Bernstein wins Palmer Cup

Sam Bernstein, who just completed his sophomore year at Yale University, shot even par over his final two rounds to win the ninth annual CSGA Russell C. Palmer Cup Tuesday by 4 shots over Blake Morris and Tommy McDonagh at Country Club of Waterbury.
Bernstein, an All-Ivy League selection for the Bulldogs this spring, shot 71-69 to finish with a three-round total of 3-under-par 204 on the par-69 course. He opened the tournament Monday with a 64. Morris, who plays out of CC of Waterbury, trailed Bernstein by 9 shots going into Tuesday's action, then shot 3-under over his final two rounds to finish at 208 with McDonagh, a two-time Connecticut Amateur champion.
Curtis Loop (CC of New Canaan) and Matt Smith (Quinnatisset CC) tied for fourth at 3-over 210. Matt Dziubina (Race Brook CC) tied for 13th at 220 and Ben Day (New Haven CC) tied for 20th at 224.

9th Palmer Cup
(at CC of Waterbury)
Sam Bernstein, The Course at Yale - 204; T2 Tommy McDonagh, Shorehaven GC, 208; Blake Morris, CC of Waterbury - 208; Matt Smith, Quinnatisset CC - 210; Curtis Loop, CC of New Canaan - 210; David Pastore, Eclub of Fairfield - 211; Dave Szewczul, Tunxis Plantation CC - 212; Brian Ahern, Wampanoag CC - 215; Andy Mai, Eclub of New Haven - 215; Brian Hughes, Smith Richardson GC - 216; Alex DiClemente, Fairview Farm GC - 218; Ben Hunter, Sterling Farms GC - 219; Matthew Dziubina, Race Brook CC - 220; KJ Camera, Ellington Ridge CC - 220; Devon O'Rourke, CC of Darien - 221; Chris Wiatr, CC of Waterbury - 222; Ross Kronberg, Great River GC - 222; Tim Kane, Simsbury Farms GC - 223; Kevin Hedstrom, Indian Hill CC - 223; Michael Bailleux, Aspetuck Valley CC - 224; Ben Day, New Haven CC - 224; Philip Perry, Black Hall Club - 225; Glen Boggini, Twin Hills CC - 225; Jack Bracken, Hartford GC - 225; Scott Farrell, Black Hall Club - 226; John Bauman, Black Hall Club - 226; John Jackopsic, Gillette Ridge GC - 227; Rick Lawrence, Ridgewood CC - 227; Bill Hermanson, Black Hall Club - 228; Bill Torza, Timberlin GC - 228; Nick Waddington, Manchester CC - 228; Mike Reddy, Rockledge CC - 229; Bill Regan, GC at Oxford Greens - 230; Christopher Behney, Watertown GC - 235; Richard Shildneck, Alling Memorial GC - 235; Jason Denker, Sterling Farms GC - 237; Keith Kwasnik, Stanley GC - 238; William Lee, The Course at Yale - 242

Palmer Cup opening round


(at CC of Waterbury)

First round

Sam Bernstein, The Course at Yale, 64; Tommy McDonagh, Shorehaven GC, 66; Brian Ahern, Wampanoag CC, 67; Dave Szewczul, Tunxis Plantation CC, 69; Chris Wiatr, CC of Waterbury, 69; Tim Kane, Simsbury Farms GC, 70; Brian Hughes, eClub of River Valley, 70; Nick Waddington, Manchester CC, 70; Curtis Loop, CC of New Canaan, 70; Andy Mai, Eclub of New Haven, 71; KJ Camera, Ellington Ridge CC, 71; Mike Reddy, Rockledge CC, 71; Matt Smith, Quinnatisset CC, 72; David Pastore, Eclub of Fairfield, 72; Michael Bailleux, Aspetuck Valley CC, 72; Jason Denker, Sterling Farms GC, 72; Alex DiClemente, Fairview Farm GC, 73; Scott Farrell, Black Hall Club, 73; John Jackopsic, Gillette Ridge GC, 73; Blake Morris, CC of Waterbury, 73; Philip Perry, Black Hall Club, 73; Bill Torza, Timberlin GC, 73; Matthew Dziubina, Race Brook CC, 73; Glen Boggini, Twin Hills CC, 73; Jack Bracken, Hartford GC, 73; Benjamin Day, New Haven CC, 73; Ross Kronberg, Great River GC, 73; Bill Regan, Oxford Greens GC, 73.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Raffle for chance to play Pebble Beach

Here is a chance to play at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Spanish Bay - all three for only $50 - in the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament raffle.
Two-person entry includes all course and caddy expenses, meals, transfers to and from airports and courses daily and $750 gift certificate to JetBlue.
In partnership with Dave McDermott and McDermott Lexus, Hamden Hall Country Day School offers only 300 raffle tickets for this event set for Dec. 5-9. Participants compete for prizes for low net and gross scores as well as daily hole-in-one opportunities to win Lexus autos.
Contact Marilyn Hewitt at 203-752-2620 or for more information.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Henry ties for 3rd at Byron Nelson.

It's been six years since Fairfield's J.J. Henry has won on the PGA Tour at the 2006 Buick Championship in Cromwell.
He's going to have to wait a little longer for win No. 2.

Henry held the lead on the 17th tee of the final round of the Byron Nelson Classic, a round that included an ace on the par-3 fifth hole. But he hit a 7-iron over the green on the par-3 17th, leading to a three-putt, double-bogey that cost him the tournament, won by Jason Dufner, his second win of the season that vaulted him into the top spot in the tour's FedExCup standings.

Henry now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, just a 45-minute drive from the Nelson, which is just outside of Dallas. His road trip will be much shorter this week since the Colonial is located in Fort Worth.

Henry's only other top-10 finish on tour came at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in late February. He missed five straight cuts to start the season. He had one top-10 last year and two in 2010.

Although no official announcement has been made yet, expect Henry to return to his native land for the Travelers Championship in June.

Milford's Carralero part of NCAA legacy

Kelsie Carralero already has her eyes set on a career despite just finishing her sophomore year at Methodist University.

She wants to be a head golf professional.

The former Milford resident and golfer for the Law High boys’ team has already started on her second summer internship in the school’s professional golf management program, working at Stone Leigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill, Va. She will be “doing a little bit of everything” there, including helping out running some junior and ladies’ clinics.

Even though Carralero chose to attend the Division III school in Fayetteville, N.C., primarily for her chosen career, she is already part of two national championship teams. The second title was won May 8-11 at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.