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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Caron doesn't miss life on the LPGA Tour

Liz Caron (pictured above) was back in an LPGA event for the first time in five years on June 11 and 12 at the Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.

She didn’t make the cut, shooting 80-78-158. But that didn’t spoil her return inside the ropes. Caron spent two years on the LPGA Tour, the last in 2010.

“I wouldn’t want to do it every day,” Caron said. “I still get to play in tournaments (locally). I gave it a good shot out here. I’m sure if I kept grinding away, I could be one of the top players. But it’s not what my goal is. My goal is to be the best mom that I can be, maybe have another one someday.”

Caron, 31, is married to Jason, the 2012 Connecticut Open champion. They have one child, Caroline, who is 2. Liz Caron is the director of instruction at the Mill River Club in Oyster Bay, New York. Jason is the head pro there.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Travelers Championship field

Blake Adams
Steven Alker
Robert Allenby
Mark Anderson
Stuart Appleby
Ryan Armour
Eric Axley
Aaron Baddeley
Sang Moon Bae
Blayne Barber
Ricky Barnes
Charlie Belijan
Kyle Bilodeau
Zac Blair
Jonas Blixt
Jason Bohn
Steven Bowditch
Keegan Bradley
Scott Brown
Angel Cabrera
Chad Campbell
Paul Casey
Alex Cejka
Kevin Chappell
Stewart Cink
Tim Clark
Chad Collins
Eric Compton
Jon Curran
Brian Davis
Jason Day
Brendon DeJonge
Graham DeLeat
Luke Donald
Ken Duke
Ernie Els
Harris English
Derek Ernst
Matt Every
Derek Fathauer
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
Tony Finau
Martin Flores
Oscar Fraustro
Sergio Garcia
Brice Garnett
Robert Garrigus
Tom Gillis
Lucas Glover
Andfres Gonzales
Jason Gore
Branden Grace
Luke Guthrie
Adam Hadwin
Brian Harman
Padraig Harrington
JJ Henry
Jim Herman
Morgan Hoffman
Tom Hoge
Max Homa
Billy Horschel
Mark Hubbard
John Huh
Billy Hurley III
Ryo Ishikawa
Zach Johnson
Matt Jones
Jerry Kelly
Whee Kim
Colt Knost
Russell Knox
Jason Kokrak
Martin Laird
Neal Lancaster
Scott Langley
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
Spencer Levin
David Lingmerth
Davis Love III
Bill Lunde
Will MacKenzie
Hunter Mahan
Leee McCoy
William McGirt
John Merrick
Troy Merritt
Bryce Molder
Francesco Molinari
Kevin Na
Seung-Yul Oh
Sean O’Hair
Louis Oosthuizen
Carlos Ortiz
Jeff Overton
Greg Owen
S.J. Park
Cameron Percy
John Peterson
Tim Petrovic
Carl Pettersson
Scott Pinckney
D.A. Points
Alex Prugh
Andrew Putnam
Michael Putnam
Jon Rahm
Jonathan Randolph
Chez Reavie
Patrick Reed
Kyle Reifers
Jim Renner
Patrick Rodgers
Andres Romero
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Vijay Singh
Roger Sloan
Heath Slocum
Byron Smith
Brandt Snedeker
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Richard Sterne
Kevin Streelman
Chris Stroud
Brian Stuard
Zack Sucher
Daniel Summerhays
Andrew Svoboda
Hudson Swafford
Nick Taylor
Justin Thomas
Michael Thompson
Nicholas Thompson
Brendon Todd
David Toms
Peter Uihlein
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Bo Van Pelt
Jhonattan Vegas
Johnson Wagner
Nick Watney
Bubba Watson
Mike Weir
Steve Wheatcroft
Will Wilcox
Tim Wilkinson
Mark Wilson
Gary Woodland


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grenus, Reilly advance to State Amateur final

OLD LYME >> Eighteen holes wasn’t enough for Evan Grenus (above) to win any of his first three matches in the Connecticut Amateur. All were decided in extra holes.

So it seemed match No. 4 on Thursday afternoon, against the defending champion, would also be decided late, right?

Grenus made sure that didn’t happen.

He made five birdies in 12 holes in his semifinal-round match to defeat Zach Zaback 7 and 6 and advance to Friday’s 36-hole final at the Black Hall Club.

Grenus will face Greg Reilly (below) from Country Club of Darien in Friday’s final, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Reilly parred the 18th hole to beat C.J. Swift of Great River GC in Milford 1-up.


My three picks to win the U.S. Open

1. Dustin Johnson: Has six top 10 finishes this season and has some experience on this type of layout. He led for most of the final round at Whistling Straits in the 2010 PGA.

2. Jim Furyk: Has three top 5 finishes in his last five starts. Expect the vet to be in contention.

3. Phil Mickelson: Running out of time to complete the career Grand Slam, and outside of the Masters he hasn’t played well. But it’s a major and Phil likes the Chambers Bay layout.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Zaback still alive in Connecticut Amateur

The defending champion is still alive in the 113th Connecticut Amateur golf championship at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme.

Zach Zaback from TPC River Highlands in Cromwell won his first two matches Wednesday to advance to Thursday morning’s quarterfinals. Zaback defeated Clark Robinson (Ellington Ridge CC) 1-up in the opening round and Mike Klosowski (Topstone GC) 5 and 3. Zaback will face Nick Torrance (Lake of Isles GC) in the quarterfinals.

Evan Grenus, also of TPC River Highlands, will face former Xavier High and current Penn State golfer Geoff Vartelas in the quarterfinals. And yet another TPC golfer, Patrick Hallisey, advanced to the quarterfinals, where he will face Greg Reilly from CC of Darien.

The other quarterfinal matchup pits C.J. Swift from the Great River GC in Milford against Chris Wiatr from CC of Waterbury.

The semifinals will be held this afternoon and the 36-hole final on Friday.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Horschel, Leishman, 3 others commit to Travelers

Five more golfers committed to the Travelers Championship on Monday.

Billy Horschel, the reigning FedExCup champion, 2012 winner Marc Leishman, Kevin Na, Paul Casey and David Lingmerth will participate in the tournament June 25-28 at TPC River Highlands.

Horschel will be making his third appearance at the Travelers. He is 20th in the latest World Golf Rankings. Leishman is currently 53rd and has three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.

Na is ranked 22nd and has six top-10 finishes so far this season. Casey has five top-10 finishes and makes his first appearance at the Travelers. Lingmerth won his first tour event two weeks ago at The Memorial.

The Travelers field will be finalized on Friday except for four spots, which will be determined at next Monday’s qualifier.

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Stern test at Black Hall awaits state's best amateur golfers this week

Looking at the yardage alone may lead people to believe the state’s best amateur golfers will make lots of birdies at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme (the 16th hole pictured above).

Only three par-4 holes measure more than 400 yards. No par-3s exceed 200 yards. The course plays a little more than 6,600 yards. But don’t be fooled — Black Hall, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, is not going to benefit the longer hitters when the 113th Connecticut Amateur begins Monday.

“The longer hitters in the event, I’m going to guess will hit only about five drivers,” said Adam Rainaud, an assistant pro at Black Hall. “You will need only a hybrid or 3-wood to try to get to the corner on some holes. Everyone will be hitting from the same spot into the green no matter how far they can hit it.”

So a premium will not only be put on accuracy, but also being able to shape the ball in different directions. Rainaud, now in his fifth year as an assistant who qualified for the Travelers Championship in a year where he was the Connecticut Section PGA Player of the Year, said outside of the second and 14th holes, both par-5s, there are no real birdie holes.

Check out more about the Black Hall Club and about the Travelers Championship pre-qualifier