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Skying High at Wollaston
Sky Meadow Country Club takes the 2nd Leg of the NEPGA Spring Fling, Kirby and Dully tie for Low Pro
The New England PGA had the second ProAm of the 2014 season at Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, MA on Tuesday April 22, 2014. The golf gods were looking over us today with sunny skies and the temperature in the mid 60’s. A little construction on the 18th green forced the event to be unique with a 17 hole event for 19 PGA Professionals with each team consisting of three amateurs.
The format of 2 Best Ball of 4, one gross and one net score added together and cannot be the same ball turned out to be a unique and fun event for the teams today at Wollaston. Sky Meadow Country Club’s Rich Ingraham, PGA and his three amateurs Rick Moreau, Jim Cardoso, John Kapelson were able to pull out the team victory by shooting 128 (-8). They played a very consistent and solid round of golf today only going above par with their team score on one hole. The team of The Country Club with Brendan Walsh, PGA and amateurs Chuck Farrington, George Pendergast and John O’Leary were able to lock up 2nd place with a team score of 131 (-5).
Thorny Lea Captures ProAm Title
The New England PGA got their 2014 ProAm season underway at the Spring Fling ProAm at Thorny Lea Golf Club on Patriots Day in New England. With an early morning frost delay the day got started a bit chilly. Once the sun came out over the golf course it was a beautiful day for New England PGA Professionals and three of their amateurs to enjoy a day on the links.
The format of 2 Best Ball of 4, one gross and one net score added together proved to be a fun and challenging format at the difficult Thorny Lea Golf Club. The golf course needed some local knowledge to pull out the victory. The team of host PGA Professional Peter Norton along with amateurs John Hadges, Frank Mullins and Dick Ellis were able to shoot 131 (-9) to overtake the team from Rochester Golf Club by one shot. Amateur John Hadges is arguably one of the best amateur players in the state as he is a 2-time Massachusetts Amateur Champion in 2008 and 2010. He shot 66 on his own ball today, highlighted by an eagle on the eighth hole. Rochester Golf Club’s team consisted of PGA Professional Rusty Gunnarson and amateurs Dave Pierce, Aram Onbashian, and Steve Stocker.
NEPGA Drive, Chip & Putt 2014 Qualifier Information Announced
Local Qualifying Events to be Held at 8 Facilities Throughout New England
After an incredibly successful inaugural year of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and the PGA of America have announced its expansion to all 50 states.
Eight qualifying events will take place at courses throughout the New England PGA, from June 19th – July 30th. The sub-regional qualifying event will be held August 6th at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA. Local Qualifying registration is open and thousands of participants have already signed up at DriveChipPutt.com for the second year of the event. There are four age groups for both boys and girls – 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 – and registration is first come, first served. If an age/gender division is full at one Local Qualifying site, the registrant can check the next closest site for availability.
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. Yeomans continues to be extremely active in his Chapter as well as the New England Section. He tirelessly served as the Cape Cod Chapter’s Tournament Chairman as well as their President. During his tenure the Chapter experienced increased participation and renewed growth. Yeomans is an accomplished player, winning many events at the Chapter and Section level and has been a multiple year recipient of the Wessner Award. (Cape Chapter Player of the Year) Yeomans has been a member of the Section Tournament Committee for seven years and has chaired the committee for the last three. The Tournament Committee Chairman is a sitting member of the Section Board of Directors, and Yeomans has been a welcomed addition in the Board Room. Greg has also been on the NEPGA Junior Golf Committee for four years and two years on the NEPGA Communications Committee.
Upon hearing the news, Yeomans commented: “Clearly I was honored and humbled when I received the phone call from President Kelley. Yeomans was actually traveling on a Member Golf Trip in Puerto Rico when he received the first missed call from President Kelley. “I was unfortunately unable to return his call until my return, and to be honest, a call from the President usually meant there was a Section tournament issue.” “I was bracing myself for the next tournament issue when President Kelley started the conversation by saying: “on behalf of the 1000 PGA members and apprentices of the New England Section, 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 received in my professional career, said Yeomans. “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.
"My initial reaction to getting the news was it was an April fool’s joke, since it was April 1st," said Beach. "The award is a testament to our veterans and the people with different abilities I have had the privilege of helping through the years. They are the true heroes. It is an honor to be able to help this great group of people. I will continue to volunteer as much as I can and help as many people as I can."
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
NEPGA Spring Fling Pro Ams
April 21 & 22, 2014
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