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Bruce Berlet highlights CT Golf Hall of Fame class

Rocky Hill, CT (Nov. 30, 2009) -- Retired Hartford Courant sportswriter Bruce Berlet will be inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame. Berlet highlights a class that also includes two accomplished golfers, Fran Marrello and Barbara Young

This year's class will be inducted at the Connecticut State Golf Association's 110th Annual Meeting at Race Brook CC on Dec. 8.

Berlet grew up with the game of golf. A member of the Litchfield High School golf team and caddie at Litchfield CC, Berlet positioned himself to receive a Widdy Neale Scholarship, awarded annually by the CSGA since 1954, to attend the University of Connecticut in 1966. Upon graduation, Berlet began his 38-year career as a sportswriter at the Hartford Courant. During this time he covered plenty of other sports including UConn men's and women's basketball, the Hartford Whalers and the Hartford Wolfpack.

But his work in golf would set him apart from the rest. Berlet covered 30 Masters tournaments, 15 U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships and Ryder Cups and numerous CSGA and CT Section PGA tournaments. He was a staple at Hartford's annual PGA Tour event, now the Travelers Championship, and has freelanced for several golf publications including Golf World and Golf Digest.

Marrello has amassed more CT Section PGA titles than any other professional in the history of the section. Marrello has 16 CT Section PGA titles, including seven Match Play titles andtwo Tournament of Champions titles, and has won the Section Championship twice.

Marrello, head professional at Canaan CC, also had a stellar amateur career. He participated in three U.S. Amateurs and was the runner-up in the 1978 CT Amateur. Marrello's national record also speaks for itself. He has participated in one PGA Championship, one U.S. Senior Open and four U.S. Open Championships including the 1984 U.S Open at Winged Foot where he was among the first round leaders. Marrello has also won the CT Section PGA Player of the Year six times and the Senior Player of the Year three times.

Young did not get introduced to the game until her 30s but that did not stop her from becoming an exceptional player. Young was a New England Junior Tennis Champion in high school and played for the Kenosha, Wisconsin Comets of the All American Girls Baseball League. Barbara was a 10-time club champion at Aspetuck Valley CC. She won two CWGA titles, three CWGA Senior titles, six CT Women's Amateurs, eight CT Senior Women's Amateurs and two New England Women's Amateurs. Young was a finalist in the U.S. Women's Senior Amateur in 1986 and won the Canadian Women's Senior Amateur in 1992.

Berlet, Marrello and Young will be honored as the 69th, 70th and 71st members of the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame that began in 1955 by the Hartford Jaycees and has been supported by the CSGA since 1991.


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