Keney Park Golf Course to Host Junior PGA Championship

The PGA of America has announced that Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut, will host both the Boys and Girls Junior PGA Championships in 2019. The Girls Junior PGA Championship will be contested July 9-12, while the Boys will tee it up July 30-August 2 while each event features 144 players in a four-round, 18-hole stroke play format.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Keney Park Golf Course will host the Boys and Girls Junior PGA Championships this summer.

The girls tournament will be July 9-12 and the boys event July 30-Aug. 2. Each will feature 144 players in a four-round, stroke-play format, with past champions including Tiger Woods and Lexi Thompson.

“It is a thrill for both championships to be held in Connecticut for the first time,” said Suzy Whaley, a longtime Connecticut resident who became the PGA of America’s first female president at the PGA Annual Meeting on Nov. 9 in Palm Springs, Calif. “Both championships continue to reach new heights each year. We are excited to partner with Keney Park, the Connecticut PGA Section and the City of Hartford to showcase the game’s brightest junior players competing at the highest level.”

Keney Park opened in 1927 with a nine-hole course designed by Devereux Emmet, and the Robert “Jack” Ross-designed back nine opened four years later. In 2014, the Connecticut PGA Section signed an agreement to serve as consultants to help Hartford regain operational ownership of Keney Park and oversee a course restoration to enhance the facility’s level of sustainability.

“This will be the maiden voyage for the Connecticut PGA Section with respect to hosting PGA of America championships, and we cannot be more excited to welcome the nation’s most talented girls and boys,” Section executive director Tom Hantke said. “We’re not only proud that we were chosen to host these prestigious championships, but we’re equally appreciative to be able to showcase the restoration of Keney Park as part of the revitalization efforts ongoing in the City of Hartford. It has been one of the original and central purposes to re-establish a first-class golf experience to help lead the way to improving the quality of life.”

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said, “It will be exciting as local spectators will have the opportunity to see some of golf’s brightest future stars play on the Keney Park Golf Course. We look forward to these young competitors and their families visiting our City. Golf has a long tradition in the city of Hartford, and these two premier events will add to our story.”

Keney Park is led by PGA Director of Golf Peter Seaman, who has been on the staff since July 2015. The course was recently ranked by Golfweek as the No. 2 place to play in Connecticut, as well as tied for first on Golf Inc.’s 2016 Public Renovation list.

The PGA of America and Connecticut Section welcome the Greater Hartford community to register to volunteer for the championships and be part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Those interested in volunteering should visit The Section contact is Sofia Alvarez at 860-430-2302 or

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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