Connecticut Chapter wins NFL Alumni's Super Bowl of Golf
Published 6:16 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The NFL Alumni Inc. Connecticut Chapter captured top honors in the NFL Alumni's Super Bowl of Golf on Saturday at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The Connecticut Chapter team, which included Gina Zangrillo of New Canaan, Armand Liguori of Stamford, Dr. Chris Burden of Norwalk, Shaun Malloy of Stamford and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Haynes, brought home the victory in a four-team shootout.
Zangrillo boomed her drive, Burden hit an iron shot, Malloy chipped up and Haynes sank the putt. The three competing teams hailed from Philadelphia, Charlotte and Madison, Wisc., and all finished over par for the hole.
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A total of 22 teams participated in the event, with the top four teams qualifying for a berth in the shootout.
Zangrillo, president of the Darien Sport Shop, said she was especially delighted to get her Super Bowl ring as a member of the winning team.
"Three years ago we participated in the NFL Alumni, Connecticut Chapter golf tournament so we could give back to our community," she said. "Never did I expect to win the local event, much less win the entire Super Bowl of Golf. My teammates played great with everyone contributing and we plan to be back together as a team when the Connecticut event takes place this upcoming June 20."
Haynes, the former New England Patriot, was the NFL captain of the team.
"PGA National is a wonderful course and we were able to really put it together," he said. "Knowing that all I had to do was make that final putt for victory scared me to death. I didn't want to let the team down. Thankfully, I sunk it and we did Connecticut proud."
The NFL Alumni's mission is focused on two areas, advocacy for the players and "Caring for Kids" in their local communities. The local chapters hold golf tournaments to raise funds, with the principal innovation of the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Tour being the Super Bowl of Golf, or SBO.
Each year, all the winning teams from the tournament series receive all-expenses-paid invitations to the championship playoff, which is held in a warm-weather resort the following spring. The SBOG dovetails with the NFL Alumni's Annual Meeting and alternates each year between sites on the East Coast and West Coast.
The winning teams from the 2010 Charity Golf Tour earned automatic berths to SBOG XXXI at the PGA National Resort & Spa, and each member of the winning team won a Super Bowl ring.
The NFL Alumni, Connecticut Chapter's fifth annual Charity Golf Classic will be played June 20 at the Country Club of Darien. Proceeds from the tournament are distributed to charities benefitting children throughout the state and region.
Further information about the tournament and the NFL Alumni, Connecticut Chapter can be obtained by contacting tournament marketing director Kelly McCoy at 203-979-1521.