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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wethersfield CC set to host State Amateur

The par-3 17th hole at Wethersfield Country Club, site of this week’s Connecticut Amateur championship.

Wethersfield Country Club (above) wanted to have something special to go along with the club’s 100th anniversary this season.

So when the club contacted the Connecticut State Golf Association about a decade ago, the hope was to get one of the CSGA’s major tournaments to come to Wethersfield CC. The tournament awarded was the State Amateur championship, the fifth time Wethersfield CC will host the Amateur. The 114th edition of the Amateur begins on Monday and concludes with the 36-hole match play final on Friday,

“Our club loves to host big tournaments and it was important to have it in our 100th season,” Wethersfield CC head pro Ron Dellostritto said.

Dellostritto said that Woodway CC in Darien had called the CSGA earlier that year asking the same thing for its 100th anniversary, which also takes place this year. The CSGA awarded Woodway the Connecticut Open, to be held in late July.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rainaud wins Stroke Play; earns Travelers Championship exemption

Adam Rainaud of the Black Hall Club shot a two-round totlas of 10-under-par 134 to win the Spring PGA Stroke Play championship Wednesday at the Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass.

The title also earns Rainaud an exemption into the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwel August 4-7. This will be Rainaud’s second appearance in the Travelers Championship, the previous appearance coming in 2014.

Rainaud’s opening round of 63 Tuesday tied the course record. He won by five shots over Kyle Bilodeau.

Hawkes reaches CWGA Championship semifinals

Madison Hawkes’ bid for a three-peat remains alive as the Madison resident reached the semifinals of the 97th CWGA Championship to be held today at Redding CC.

Hawkes, a Madison resident, defeated Diane Rothwell 7 and 6 before edging fellow Madison resident and former CWGA champion Lynda Foster in 20 holes Tuesday. Hawkes beat Foster in last year's final.

Hawkes will face Julie Paolino of Ellington Ridge CC at 8 a.m. today in the semifinals.

In the other semifinal, Lisa Fern-Boros of the Highland GC in Shelton will square off against Nikki Liucci (Farmington Woods CC). The 36-hole final is Friday at 8 a.m.


Kraczkowsky tops Szewczul in Senior Match Play final

Bruce Kraczkowsky of Blue Fox Run GC defeated four-time champion Dave Szewczul (Tunxis Plantation CC) 2 and 1 to win the 10th annual Senior Match Play Championship at Hop Meadow CC.

Kraczkowsky beat Bill Hermanson (Black Hall Club) 1 up in the semifinals while Szewczul beat Tom Brett (Tallwood CC) 4 and 3.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

How will the move to August affect the Travelers Championship field?

Bubba Watson holds the championship trophy after winning the 2015 Travelers Championship.

Normally at this point of the PGA Tour season, players tune up for the U.S. Open and then begin the summer stretch of their season-long schedule. That normally begins with the Travelers Championship.

While the Open’s final round remains on Father’s Day, the Quickens Loans Invitational has moved into the Travelers traditional spot on the schedule. For one year, the PGA Tour’s summer schedule has been completely revamped due to golf returning to the Summer Olympics in August.

The Travelers will be held the first week in August for this year only. The tournament will still follow a major — this time the PGA Championship — and will be held the week before the golfers actually compete in the Olympics.

Which begs the obvious question: With the best players in the world expected to play in both the PGA and the Olympics, how many of the world’s top players will show up to play at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell?