Barron of the Bank
Matt Baran, PGA Takes Home Avidia Bank Cup
Matt Baran, PGA (Oyster Harbors Club) shot a four-under par score of 67 at the Avidia Cup Finals at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk, Mass. on Thursday. Baran is also the Avidia Bank Cup Champion for the season.
As cliché as the weather is to sports, Thursday’s weather was definitely a factor on the course. Throughout the day, the temperature did not rise above the high of 61. Combined with 30 mph wind gusts, the professionals definitely had a challenge. Only three players finished under par on the day: Matt Baran, PGA, David Jankowski, PGA, and Brian Owens, PGA.
Baran began the front nine holes and did not back down from the weather and course. He made birdies on the first and fifth holes, and went on to make a bogey on nine to turn at one under. On the back, Baran slipped a little and made a second bogey on the tenth. However, that was the last mistake he’d make on the day. He made four more birdies on the back nine, to finish at four under par with the winning score of 67.
Drive, Chip and Putt Sends eight to Augusta National
The Regional Final Concludes at The Country Club
Zachary Colon of Bolton, Mass. walked over to his mother, a big smile on his face and making the letter “W” in his hands. Neither of his parents could believe it, and were stunned.
“No Way! No Way! Are you serious? Did you really win?,” asked his mother. She gave him a hug and kept her hand to her mouth as she began to cry.
Indeed he had, he was going to Augusta.
Zachary, like seven other participants from Sunday’s Drive Chip and Putt Regional Final at The Country Club, had qualified from the Boys’ 12-13 age division all the way through to the National Drive, Chip and Putt competition. It is held annually on the Sunday before the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club