Duramed Futures Tour Comes to CT

The Nutmeg State (don't ask me why they call it that) is getting ready to host an ultra-talented roster of golf awesomeness this week, as the Duramed Futures Tour settles in for its CT Tournament.

We're in for some great golf, as the Tour includes some of the world's best players. They come from dozens of different countries and have personalities as diverse as they are.

Many of us got to know sprightly Futures Tour playerJean Reynolds when we saw her name climb tantalizingly towards the top of the leaderboard at the US Women's Open a few days ago. It was one of the championship's most uplifting and exciting story lines, and one that perfectly illustrates the prowess of these up-and-coming professional golfers. Then there's the inspiring story of Tour alumna Eunjung Yi who just two weeks ago won the LPGA’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

Wintonbury Hills is the venue for this week's ING New England Golf Classic, a 54-hole event that begins on Friday. The Bloomfield, CT, course is a Pete Dye design with impressive variety built into its layout and beautiful views of the pastoral CT landscape. I was there for a meeting at the end of the season last year and it's been sitting atop my must-play list ever since. I'm hoping to cross it off in early August.

As is often the case at this time of year, several golf events have landed squarely on the same weekend. This weekend I'm committed to playing in an event up in Boston, so I won't be able to catch the action in Bloomfield. I do hope to get up to the course tomorrow or Thursday to talk to some of the players after the Pro-Ams.

With all the challenges that women's professional golf faces today, the dedication of these talented players is remarkable, and they're sure to put on an awesome show in CT.