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Thursday, July 30, 2015

PGA Tour announces 2015-16 full schedule

As expected, the Travelers Championship has moved to August and the Quickens Loans National (Tiger Woods tournament) will go into the Traveklers traditional spot following the U.S. Open.

Will be interesting because Tiger rarely plays the week after a major championship, but he will next year - assuming he is healthy.

Anyhow, here is the full, complete schedule for the PGA Tour next season.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cody Paladino claims 81st Connecticut Open championship

Cody Paladino shot a 1-under-par round of 70 Wednesday, good enough to give him a two-shot victory in the 81st Connecticut Open championship at The Patterson Club in Fairfield.

Paladino finished the 54-hole tournament at 7-under-par 206 to earn his first professional win and $12,500. Amateur John Flaherty, who will be a senior at the University of Connecticut, finished second (5-under 208).

Brian Gaffney from Darien finished third (4-under 209) while defending champion Frank Bensel tied for seventh place (2-under 69).

Paladino birdied the 17th hole after bogeying 15 and 16 to have a two-shot lead playing the final hole.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cody Paladino leads by one heading into Connecticut Open's final round

FAIRFIELD >> Cody Paladino spent plenty of time in the winner’s circle two years ago, earning the Connecticut State Golf Association’s Player of the Year as an amateur.

But since turning pro, the 26 year old is still in search of his first professional victory. That could come today.
Paladino birdied three of his final five holes to shoot a 2-under 69 and take a one-stroke lead into today’s final round of the 81st Connecticut Open at The Patterson Club.

“I play to win golf tournaments,” said Paladino, who stands at 6-under-par 136. “In 2013, obviously I won a lot of tournaments. What ended up happening was I felt like this is what I should do. Then (you find out) so many people out there are just as good as you or better than you.”

Nick Harrington and Pete Ballo are tied for second at 5-under while four-time Open champion Kyle Gallo stands alone in fourth place, two shots behind Paladino. Steve Sokol, Brian Gaffney, Adam Rainaud and Clark Robinson are tied for fifth (3-under 139).

“I thought if I got to 5- or 6-under, I’d be within a few (of the lead) going into tomorrow,” said Harrington, who will play with Paladino in the final pairing. “I think at 5 (under) I’m in a pretty good spot.”

The cut came at 3-over 145. Among the notables missing today’s final round are: Hamden resident Ryan Leahey (147), 2005 and 2006 Open winner Nick Cook (147), Connecticut Amateur champ Evan Grenus (148), reigning Palmer Cup champion Ben Day from New Haven CC (149), Connecticut Junior Amateur champion Andrew Sciarretta (152) and Evan Beirne from New Haven CC (152).

Monday’s first round co-leaders, John Flaherty and Corey Birch, combined to shoot 23 strokes worse in Tuesday’s second round. Flaherty (76) and Birch (77) trail Paladino by five and six strokes, respectively.

(At the Patterson Club, Fairfield)
Cody Paladino (Wethersfield CC), 67-69-136; Pete Ballo (Woodway CC), 70-67-137; Nick Harrington (Windham Club), 70-67-137; Kyle Gallo (Tallwood CC), 71-67-138; Steve Sokol (Orange Hills CC), 68-71-139; Clark Robinson (Ellington Ridge CC), 66-73-139; Brian Gaffney (Quaker Ridge CC), 68-71-139; Adam Rainaud (Black Hall Club), 67-72-139; Oren Shake (Smith Richardson GC), 71-69-140; Bobby Gage (Candlewood Valley CC), 69-71-140; Anthony Casalino (Innis Arden GC), 69-72-141; John Flaherty (TPC River Highlands) 65-76-141; John Bushka (Aspetuck Valley CC), 71-70-141; Corey Birch (Silver Spring CC), 65-77-142; Frank Bensel (Century CC), 73-69-142; William Street (New Haven CC), 72-70-142; Kyle Buschmann (unattached), 72-70-142; Brian Lamberti (Richter Park GC), 72-70-142; Dan Balin (Burning Tree CC), 74-69-143; Kevin Giancola (Golf Quest), 73-70-143; Paul Pastore (unattached), 73-70-143; ; Monte Mullen (TPC River Highlands), 71-72-143; Blake Morris (CC of Waterbury), 71-72-143; Geoff Vartelas (Lyman Orchards GC), 71-72-143; Pat Hallisey (TPC River Highlands), 70-73-143.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Flaherty, Birch share first-round lead at CT Open

FAIRFIELD >> John Flaherty and Corey Birch (above) swapped stories on the putting green Monday night at the Patterson Club, describing to each other about their rounds of 65.

The two golfers are not only roommates at the University of Connecticut, but both will be seniors on the Huskies’ men’s golf team. And both share the first-round lead at the 81st Connecticut Open.

Those pair of 6-under-par 65s are one stroke better than Clark Robinson and two strokes better than Adam Rainaud, Cody Paladino and Mike Gilmore.

“Everyone seems to be having a pretty good summer (from UConn),” Flaherty said. “So it’s less than a month for school to start, so it should be good.”

Zaback, another teammate and roommate of the co-leaders at UConn, shot a 2-under 69.

The first round was completed in near darkness Monday night despite two  weather-related delays during the morning, which caused the afternoon tee times to be delayed by approximately 1 hour, 42 minutes.

There is a three-way tie for seventh place at 3-under 68 with 2003 Open winner Steve Sokol, 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Jerry Courville Jr. and Brian Gaffney of Darien. Defending champion Frank Bensel shot a 2-over 73.

(At the Patterson Club, Fairfield)
Corey Birch (Silver Spring CC), 65; John Flaherty (TPC River Highlands) 65; Clark Robinson (Ellington Ridge CC), 66; Cody Paladino (Wethersfield CC), 67; Adam Rainaud (Black Hall Club), 67; Mike Gilmore (Winged Foot GC), 67; Steve Sokol (Orange Hills CC), 68; Jerry Courville Jr. (Shorehaven GC), 68; Brian Gaffney (Quaker Ridge CC), 68; Anthony Casalino (Innis Arden GC), 69; Zach Zaback (TPC River Highlands), 69; Eric Dietrich (The Farms CC), 69; Bobby Gage (Candlewood Valley CC), 69; Phil Perry (Black Hall Club), 70; Pete Ballo (Woodway CC), 70; Brian Carlson (Clinton CC), 70; Blake Morris (CC of Waterbury), 71; Harry Richards (Patterson Club), 71; Jeff Evanier (Lyman Orchards GC), 71; Geoff Vartelas (Lyman Orchards GC), 71; John Bushka (Aspetuck Valley CC), 71; Dan Powers (Wee Burn CC), 71; Oren Shake (Smith Richardson GC), 71; Mike Masso (Lake of Isles GC), 71.