In 2015, the CSGA Scholarship Fund in honor of William (Widdy) Neale surpassed 540 grant recipients, a long way from the first recipient in 1954, Ralph Batdorf of Watertown Golf Club who enrolled at Penn State University. While reflecting on this achievement, the idea was proposed and approved by the Fund’s officers to form an Alumni Association. The purpose of which is to maintain a relationship between the CSGA and Scholarship Fund alumni to support the continued viability of this philanthropic program.
Through various communications, effort is being made to establish contact with all alumni. Alumni connected to the golf industry and known to the CSGA are Bruce Berlet, class of 1966, Litchfield Country Club and the University of Connecticut, who went on to a distinguished career as a sports writer for The Hartford Courant and today serves on the Fund’s Scholarship Selection Committee. Bruce has agreed to serve as the first Chairman of the Alumni Association.
Others known to the CSGA are Gerard Courville, 1977, Brooklawn CC, University of Maryland and a frequent competitor at the state and national level; Michael Perrault, 1982, CC of Farmington, Bentley College and a sales representative in CT for Callaway Golf; David Tiedemann, 1985, The Farms, UCONN and head golf professional at Shelter Harbor Golf Club; David Renzulli, 1986, Patterson Club, University of Richmond and head golf professional at CC of Fairfield; Patrick Boucher, 1997, Norwich GC, CCSU and golf professional at Lake of Isles, and Brent Paladino, New Haven CC, the College of William and Mary and Director of Communications and Competitions for the CSGA.
The list of past recipients are linked below by year. As you peruse the list of past recipients and identify someone you know, particularly pre-2000, please ask them to contact the CSGA at 860-257-4171 or email Lynn Robsky.