Pare & Martin Make History Again at LeBaron
It’s been quite a while since Jeff Martin, PGA and Troy Pare, PGA have lost at LeBaron Hills. In fact, you have to go back to 2014 in the Semi-Finals to find it, where Brian Owens, PGA and Bob Tramonti, PGA beat them 1 Up before losing in the Finals to Frank Dully, PGA and Steve Bramlett, PGA. Since then Martin and Pare have shot a combined 16-under in stroke play qualifying, their average start in match play is the 1.5 seed, and their average margin of victory in match play is 2 & 1, not including their first round byes.
It is safe to say they enjoy LeBaron Hills, with a 45% win percentage since it moved there in 2006. Victories in 2007. 2010, 2012 and 2015 put them in elite company, as only a few players in the 30-year history had ever won it four times, and none with the same partner. A win this year would put Jeff and Troy in rarified air, as no team or Professional had ever won this Championship five times, and only two teams had won the event multiple times in a row (Kirk Hanefeld, PGA & Bob Green, PGA ’99-’01 and Dave Lane, PGA & Webb Heintzelman, PGA ’96-’97). All that stood between them were two PGA Professionals from Maine who happen to have a Pro-Pro Match Play Title of their own, plus more Wogan Player of the Year Awards and Section Championships combined than Martin & Pare.View More
Stormy Day 2 at LeBaron Hills trims field to 4
Once a year for the past 10 years, the New England PGA has visited LeBaron Hills in the early season to shake some rust off and more often than not, add a little back on thanks to drizzly conditions for at least one if not multiple days of play. As they say “April bogeys bring May birdies”, or something like that.
This year was no different, after decent conditions on Monday and some afternoon sunshine, Tuesday brought the ominous threat of downpours, and followed through on that promise, with Lakeville feeling like Minnesota in March. Purple skies gave way to the unexpected pop of thunder and lightning, catching players and officials off guard and forcing a delay of two matches, and ultimately the Semi-Finals.View More