For the first time in its 43 year history, the PGA Junior Championship was played in Connecticut.
“There were so many parties that came together to make this happen, obviously the city of Hartford, the Connecticut PGA,” said PGA director of golf at Keney Park Golf Course, Peter Seaman.
Connecticut was well represented in the field. Ben James of Milford shot six under in the third round to move to minus ten on the tournament.
It's probably not going to be in Connecticut again for a long time,” said James. “Great for the community, great course. I like it.”
Middlefield's Chris Fosdick, who's at five under for the tournament, is enjoying playing so close to home.
“It's nice having support and knowing a lot of people around,” Fosdick said. “A lot of the volunteers are from the area congratulating me.”
Players have been tearing up the course, including a PGA Junior Championship record on Tuesday from current leader Jake Beber Frankel.
“It's incredibly impressive,” said Suzy Whaley, president of the PGA America. “I'm here to tell you, I've never shot 60. I wouldn't be surprised if somebody went a little lower than that which would be really exciting.”
This tournament has a rich history with multiple tour players coming through, including Tiger Woods and Jordan Speith who both finished as runners up.
“Many of these kids in five years or so will probably be on the PGA tour,” Seaman said.
“The game is growing amongst girls and boys right now in junior golf,” said Whaley. “The fields are stronger than ever but more importantly than that, these are the elite of the elite that are here today.”
The final round finished up at Keney Park on Friday.