All Rainaud did on his summer vacation was win

Adam Rainaud focuses on one simple goal in every tournament.

"I'm not trying to shoot a certain number and I'm not trying to win a tournament," Rainaud said. "I'm just trying to hit every shot as well as I can hit it."

Mission accomplished.

Rainaud, an assistant pro at Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, has come about as close to perfection as he can get on the state level this summer.

On Tuesday, he added to his growing list of impressive performances by capturing his fourth Connecticut Section PGA Assistant Championship in the last five years. He ran away from the field, winning by a record nine strokes.

Rainaud finished with a tournament-record 11-under par 131 (66-65) at the Country Club of Woodbridge. He qualified for the national championship set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

He's also the first pro to win both the Connecticut PGA Championship and Assistant title in the same year. He's tied with Bob Mucha for most assistant championships.

So what's his secret to playing so consistently well?

"I worked hard on my game this past winter," Rainaud said. "I practiced a lot and played a lot of tournaments. And I changed a couple of things with my swing. It really started to click around March. Then I just stuck with it. I just have tried to perfect what I'm working on.

"Every day I go out it's pretty predictable. I know my tendencies and I'm hitting shots that I know I can hit."

Rainaud, who lives in Old Lyme and is from South Hadley, Mass., has had a remarkable summer. He qualified for his first PGA event, playing in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in June. It was a memorable experience for the 28-year-old.

Last week, he won the 83rd Connecticut PGA Championship by three strokes and clinched the 2014 Connecticut Section PGA Player of the Year title.

"It's definitely the best golf that I've played in the last five years," Rainaud said of his impressive run.

Don't expect his success to change him. He'll continue to work hard on his game and squeeze in practice time.

He figures his best days are ahead of him.

"No matter what I do, I always try to strive to do something better the next time," Rainaud said. "Hopefully, one day I'll be really good. That's kind of my thought. I'm never going to be satisfied."

Short putts

• Several other locals played in the Connecticut Section PGA Assistant Championship on Tuesday. Old Lyme's Timothy Shaw tied for eighth at 7-over 149 (71-78) while Black Hall's Eric Smith and River Ridge's Patrick Kozelka tied for 10th at 150. Gabe Carr-Harris (156) and John Fuller (161), both from Stonington CC, finished tied for 15th and 23rd, respectively.

Phil Perry of Black Hall Club made another strong run at the Connecticut Mid-Amateur Championship, earning runner-up status for the second straight year.

Perry fired an even par 216 (71-71-74) at Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, finishing two shots behind winner Kevin Foster. Playing on his home course, Foster had a 2-under 214 (70-74-70) in a tournament that ended Wednesday.

It was the third straight year that Perry placed in the top three. He was third in 2012.

Dave Jones of Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug tied for 13th with a 224 (73-74-77) while Ron Soccoli Jr. of Black Hall took 39th at 233 (73-76-84) and William Machnicki of Mohegan Sun tied for 40th at 234 (76-73-85).

• Stonington Country Club recently crowned several club champions.

In the men's club championship, Michael Hawley won his club-record tying fourth title by beating Jack Cannon in a 36-hole match. He is now tied with Ian Camfield.

Hawley started his title run in 2008 and has won three of the last four.

Trevor Murgio knocked off John Urban in the A net division. Jack Glenn beat Dick Starr for the B title while Paul Delaney defeated Bryan Shepherd in the C event and Greg Park slipped past Tim Guidera for the D title.

In a rematch between the 2013 women's championship finalists, Jeanne Tingo defeated defending champion Patty van der Velde. It was Tingo's second title in three years. Michele Delmhorst edged Linda Delaney in the A net division.

Van der Velde captured the Halsey Cup, a one-day stroke play net tournament, with a 72. Carole Erdman was second with a 74. Bonnie Battiston was the low gross winner with a 97.

Jim Rooney won the Frisbie Cup, a two-day stroke play event that ended on Aug. 14. He posted a net score of 135 while Tim Love was second with a 140. John Curtiss was the low gross winner with a 162.

In the junior club championship earlier this month, Jack Glenn placed first, shooting an 82. Emmett Hannigan was second with an 89. Quinn Hamilton won the nine-hole division with a 66.

Tim and Jack Ognisty defended their Parent-Child Tournament title last month.

Stonington pro Michael Myszkowski reports that the club ran two very successful junior clinics this summer. Both had waiting lists.

Mike Dunphy captured the Pequot Senior Club Championship on Aug. 13, beating runner-up George Banks by four strokes. Paul Smyth took third, finishing five shots behind the leader.

Peter McFadden won the net flight while Mark Holeman placed second and Bob Bacewicz was third.

• The Mohegan Sun Country Club team of Robin Smith, Joan DeStefano, Judy Miles, Ann Deshefy, Darlene Guillot, Phyllis Palmer, Peg Ververis, Jane Barry, Patty Thompson and Jan Pacific combined to win the Thames Valley Cup. They defeated teams from Clinton Country Club, Fox Hopyard, Great Neck, Stonington and Black Hall Club.

Holding Aces

Don Bodwell scored his seventh career hole-in-one, using a 6-iron on the 170-yard, 18th hole at Norwich Golf Course.

Eric Wolf recorded an ace on the 178-yard, 16th hole at Stonington Country Club.

Upcoming events

• Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam is hosting the CSGA's 33rd Senior Four Ball Championship on Aug. 25. Registration deadline is Aug. 6.

• The Mohegan Sun Country Club will be the site of the 53rd PGA Pro-Am Championship on Oct. 6.

Twitter: @GavinKeefe


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