NEPGA Announces the 2014 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductee
Boylston, MA -- With 200 PGA Professionals in attendance, the 2014 NEPGA Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductee were announced at the Section Spring Meeting at Andover Country Club on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Greg Yeomans, PGA Head Professional at The Bay Club at Mattapoisett has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Golf Professional of the Year. Upon hearing the news, Yeomans commented: “Clearly I was honored and humbled when I received the phone call from Larry. Larry started the conversation by saying “On behalf of the 1000 PGA members of the NEPGA I would like to congratulate you on being named the 2014 Golf Professional of the Year!” After a brief moment to absorb what he said it was without question the best news/award I had ever had in my professional career. I will cherish this award and am honored to represent the NEPGA as its Professional of the Year.”
Bob Beach, PGA Head Professional at Braintree Municipal Golf Course and the 2013 PGA of America National Patriot Golf Award Winner has been elected to the NEPGA Hall of Fame. Beach has also won the following NEPGA Awards: 2008 Professional of the Year Award; 2005 Teacher of the Year Award; 1996 Junior Golf Leader Award (now known as the Youth Player Development Award); 2009, 2011, and 2012 Horton Smith Award; 2007 President’s Plaque Award (now known as the Player Development Award); and 2012 and 2013 NEPGA Patriot Golf Award. Beach has also received national recognition for his work with disabled veterans, Special Olympics and people with different abilities.
A Tradition Unlike Any Other...
The Drive Chip and Putt Championship kicks off a new Masters Tradition
In 2013, The Drive Chip and Putt Championship was created in an effort to promote interest and participation in the game of golf, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America. This free, nationwide junior skills competition was concluded at Augusta National Golf Club this past Sunday.
Participants in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship advanced through local and regional qualifiers conducted throughout the United States. Competitors were comprised of boys and girls ages 7-15, and represented and competed in separate divisions in four age categories. The regional champions in each of the boys' and girls' divisions from the four age categories advanced to the finals held at Augusta National this past Sunday.
The Golf Channel had coverage of the entire competion, and their audience was treated to the best and brightest junior stars in the country. The New England PGA Drive Chip and Putt representitves were: John Honeywell of North Fayston,VT; Connor Willett of Wellesley, MA; Partick Welch of Providence, RI; Sritha Vemuri of Wayland, MA; Meghan Lane of Wilton, CT; Alexandra Chicharro of Fall River, MA; and Jacqueline Gonzalez of West Roxbury, MA.
New England qualifiers were represented well with two players finishing in the Top 3 in their division, including Patrick Welch who was crowned the 2014 Drive Chip and Putt Champion for Boys 14-15 years old. Welch is a decorated golfer from New England, and was the youngest player in the field at the U.S. Junior Championship at The Golf Club of New England in 2013. Patrick began playing golf at age 2 when his father would play golf at either Lincoln Park or Harding Park in San Francisco and would take his son with him. He has played golf cross-handed ever since he first picked up a club and despite receiving advice to change, does not plan to do so. Patrick returns to his home club of Metacomet Golf Club with his first National Title.
Full results for the 2013 Drive Chip and Putt Championship can be seen at HERE.
Thank you to all players and volunteers who participated in the New England Drive Chip and Putt Qualifiers in New England in 2013. Registation for 2014 is now open, and you can register at www.drivechipandputt.com