Connecticut Golf Notebook

Tthe Connecticut State Golf Association won the Julius Boros Challenge Cup for a record fifth consecutive year, in the 51st playing of the annual matches the CSGA was able to edge out the Connecticut Section PGA by a tally of 40.5-31.5. at New Haven CC on May 12.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lyman Orchards Golf Club & Golf Center in Middlefield, one of the few 36-hole complexes in Connecticut, has been selected by the Connecticut Section PGA to receive the 2022 Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award.

The club also was honored in 2003 and will be recognized for a second time at the annual Walter Lowell PGA Tournament on May 31 at Manchester Country Club.

In the mid 1960’s, the Lyman family decided they wanted to leave the dairy business and transition into a new way of utilizing the land that they had owned since 1741. Their decision resulted in the creation of the Robert Trent Jones Course, which opened in 1969. In 1994, the Gary Player Course opened as a dramatically different layout to accompany the Jones Course. Finally, in 2012, the Lyman Family built The Apple 9 Executive Course and practice facility to complement its two championship courses.

“The team at Lyman Orchards and the facility embodies all that this award represents,” Howie Friday, president of the Connecticut Section PGA, said in a release. “The facility not only does a tremendous job representing the game of golf but has also been a prominent supporter of the Connecticut Section PGA and Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation.”

In addition to the multitude of tournaments and events it hosts, Lyman Orchards prides itself on junior golf and player development. Its PGA Junior League program has grown from 23 participants in 2018 to almost 200 in 2021, ranking first in New England and seventh nationally.

Lyman Orchards has also been a pioneer in women’s golf and developed one of the strongest programs in the country with “Golf Fore Women,” led by 2021 LPGA Teacher of the Year Marissa Kulig-Crow. In 2021, the program grew to 1,300 women across five levels of session offerings and included a 250-person ladies league.


When asked about the award, Lyman General Manager Jason Beffert said, “We are grateful to be recognized by the Connecticut PGA for the Walter Lowell award. There is a long list of deserving golf courses and to be considered the winner is truly special to us. We have a passionate group of staff and instructors who do a great job of engaging with our golfers and helping them get more out of the game that we all love.”

Since 2001, the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award has honored a public golf course in the Section in recognition of their dedication to the promotion of the game of golf. The award was inaugurated in honor of the Canton Golf Course for the standards it set serving the community and providing playing opportunities for all those who want to play and learn the game while operated by the Lowell family, led by Section PGA and PGA of America Hall of Fame member Walter Lowell.


The Connecticut State Golf Association Amateurs defeated the Connecticut Section PGA professionals 40.5-31.5 in the 51st annual Julius Boros Challenge Cup May 12 at New Haven Country Club.

It was the fifth straight year the CSGA won the event, a record streak for them. The CT PGA once won nine straight years and still own a commanding lead in the overall series at 34-17.

New Haven CC has hosted the annual event every year since 1975 except for one year in 2010.

The event dates to 1972 and honors World Golf Hall of Famer Julius Boros, Connecticut’s greatest player who won the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open. Originally played at Tumble Brook CC in Bloomfield, the event moved to New Haven CC in 1975 and has been played there every year since except for 2010.

Players compete in teams of two with individual matches played simultaneously. Each match, team and individual match is worth three points, one for the first nine, one for the second nine and one overall. The teams compete for the Julius Boros Trophy, donated by Boros. The members of the professional team qualify by finishing among the top eight in the Section PGA Player of the Year point standings and the top four seniors in the section Senior PGA Player of the Year standings. The team also includes the reigning Connecticut PGA champion, the host pro and two captain’s selections. Members of the amateur side, in both regular and senior categories, likewise earn points in a Player of the Year competition and are chosen accordingly. All points were earned in 2021.

CSGA Roster: Brian Ahern (Wampanoag CC-West Hartford), Eric Bleile (eClub of Connecticut), Ben Conroy (New Haven CC), Nick Cook (Tashua Knolls GC-Trumbull), Ben Day (CC of Waterbury), Rick Dowling (Golf Performance Center-Ridgefield), Patrick Griffin (Chippanee CC-Bristol), Rick Hayes (Silver Spring CC-Ridgefield), Cody Paladino (Hartford GC), Jamie Sheltman (Wallingford CC), Brett Shulick (Great River GC-Milford), Nick Waddington (Manchester CC), Bill Hermanson (Black Hall Club-Old Lyme)*, Dave Jones (Mohegan Sun GC-Baltic)*, Donal Reilly (H. Smith Richardson GC-Fairfield)*, Dick Stevens (eClub of Connecticut)*

Connecticut Section PGA Roster: Jordan Gosler (Manchester CC), Michael Jezierski (Raceway GC-Thompson), Brian Keiser (Longmeadow CC), CJ Konkowski (Hartford GC), Brad Lusenhop (CC of Waterbury), Kevin Mahaffy (Pequabuck GC-Bristol), Bob Mucha (Edgewood GC-Southwick, Mass.), Ronnie Pfaeffklin (Norfolk GC), William Street (Whitney Farms GC-Monroe), Chris Tallman (Orchards GC-South Hadley, Mass.), William Wallis (New Haven CC), Jan Wivestad (Northeast Performance Institute-Portland), Joe Cordani (Hop Meadow CC-Simsbury)*, Jason Gobleck (Golf Performance Center at Lyman Orchards)*, Fran Marrello (PGA Life Member)*, Mike Martin (Tashua Knolls GC)*

Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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