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Monday, October 5, 2015

Henry, Zanini to enter Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in December

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PGA Tour golfer J.J. Henry (above) and former Connecticut State Golf Association president Richard Zanini will be inducted into the 60th Annual Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame on Dec. 3 at Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford.

Henry, a Fairfield native, is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, where he has been a member since the 2001 season. Now 40, Henry won the Barracuda Championship in August to extend his membership through the 2016-17 season.

Henry is a former three-time Connecticut Amateur champion and also won the New England Amateur in 1998. After graduating from Fairfield High, Henry became an All-American at Texas Christian University.

Zanini has been a CSGA representative since 1998. A longtime member at Wethersfield CC, Zanini is a past president, vice president and secretary of the organization. He is currently still a member of both the CSGA’s Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

Zanini has also been chairman of the CSGA Widdy Neale Scholarship Fund since 2002.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

CT native Brett Stegmaier achieves lifelong dream to play on PGA Tour

Photo courtesy of the PGA Tour.

There was a time when Connecticut native Brett Stegmaier (above) gave up playing golf competitively.

That was in 2010. Stegmaier, a former Hamden resident and member at New Haven Country Club, was an assistant pro at Silver Springs CC in Ridgefield. The time spent on playing the mini-tours was over for Stegmaier — or so he thought.

“(Teaching) wasn’t for me. I was too good a player give up that fast,” Stegmaier said.

Five years later, Stegmaier has accomplished the ultimate dream of any male golfer: playing on the PGA Tour. Stegmaier finished ninth in the Web.Com Tour Finals. The top 25 money leaders from those four events earned spots on the PGA Tour for the 2015-16 season.

Read more about what Stegmaier went through to reach the PGA Tour.