Boomer Erick makes it two for two at rescheduled Stroke Play
On a day that was a complete 180 from the original schedule date, there was one thing that remained the same early in this season. Under perfect skies, Boomer Erick, PGA kept on his roll to start the 2013 season with a second victory in as many tries, this time at The Golf Club of Cape Cod. Boomer shot a 3-under par 69, good for a one shot victory and the second leg of the Stroke Play Slam.
NEPGA Pros raise money for the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club
New England PGA Professionals took part in the 20th Annual Sam Sylvia Invitational to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Nantucket on June 9th. Thirty-two Professionals (pictured left) combined with 3 amateurs enjoyed a day at Sankaty Head Golf Club.
Jeff Martin, PGA of Norton Country Club won the event by defeating host assistant professional Jake Pleckowski, PGA in a playoff after a -2 (70) for the day.
Thank you to host professional Mark Heartfield, PGA and his staff, who did a wonderful job of hosting. Also a tremendous thanks to the Boys and Girls Club of Nantucket, who have allowed The New England PGA to be a part of this special event for 20 years!!
Tuffin and Aikens lead the pack and defend their home turf
The 2013 NEPGA Pro – Am Championship sponsored by adidas and Ashworth Golf is an event that pairs a professional with an amateur in a medal play format. What makes this event different than most Pro – Am events is that the players play scratch, without handicaps, for 36 holes. It is a grueling test of patience and attrition which separates the team that can keep their composure and persevere to achieve a common goal. On a perfect day in Plymouth, MA at Pinehills Golf Club, one team would use their home course knowledge to their advantage to defeat a field loaded with talent.
Host Professional John Tuffin, PGA and his partner Herbie Aikens have played Pinehills a time or two. For over 5 years, Tuffin has been the Head Professional at Pinehills Golf Club, and Aikens has been a presence in the New England amateur circles over that same span. On the day of the NEPGA Pro – Am Championship, Tuffin and Aikens would put together two rounds worthy of the trophy. Beginning on the Nicklaus Course, Tuffin and Aikens would start off with birdie (3) eagle (3) that would prove to be a sign of things to come. They closed out their opening round with 4 more birdies to card a bogey free -7 (65), and held a 1 stroke lead after round 1.
Thank you to the many PGA Professionals who have personally donated to the fund. We also thank the following facilities that have hosted a fundraising event to raise money for The One Fund Boston: The Bay Club at Mattapoisett, Crystal Lake GC (RI), Pinehills GC, Warwick CC, Worcester CC and Gardner Municipal Golf Course.
Father-Son Duo Bill and Griffin Andrews capture Pro-Assistant
The Pro-Assistant has been a staple on the NEPGA calendar for as long as anyone can remember. A celebration of teamwork and a chance to relax amidst the grind of a New England golf season make the event a must play for many Head Golf Professionals and their Assistants throughout the northeast. For many Professionals, it’s a day to play with your Assistant, as many don’t get that opportunity throughout the season. For Bill Andrews, PGA of Portsmouth CC and his son Griffin, it’s more than that.
Griffin and Bill (center), featured (L-R) with Dave Woods, Dave Greblick, Mark Finnerty and Pat Dalton of the Acushnet Company.
Thank you to everyone for your interest in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. Due to the overwhelming response we received, it was necessary to conduct a random drawing to determine the field for local qualifying in each region. Confirmation emails were sent last week to those selected in the random drawing from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unsure about whether or not your child has received a place in local qualifying, we ask that you click here and submit the email address that was used to complete the registration. Please note – many times these emails are delivered to the Junk Mail (spam) folder.
We will notify all participants of their status when the confirmation process is complete. It is still possible those who were not selected as part of the initial random drawing could be added to the field should spots open up due to declines. You will receive an email regarding your child's status one way or the other as confirmations progress.
Thanks very much to everyone for your interest and understanding. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship!
Your New England Sites are:
Cyprian Keyes Golf Club - Boylston, MA - 6/23 from 2pm to 6pm
Windham Country Club - Windham, NH - 6/29 from 2pm to 6pm Blissful Meadows - Uxbridge, MA - 7/1 from 10am to 1:30pm
Granite Links Golf Club - Quincy, MA - 7/10 from 1pm to 4pm The Bay Club - Mattapoisett, MA - 7/16 from 11am to 3pm
Triggs Municipal Golf Course - Providence, RI - 7/18 from 10am to 2pm Links at Lang Farm - Essex Junction, VT - 7/21 from 2pm to 6pm Val Halla Golf & Rec - Cumberland, ME - 7/22 from 1pm to 4pm
Lebaron Hills Country Club - Lakeville, MA - 7/28 from 1pm to 4pm Black Rock Country Club - Hingham, MA - 7/29 from 2pm to 6pm
Regional Finals will be held at Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth, MA on August 12, 2013
Over the past few months The PGA of America has taken a vocal and active position which reflected the strong viewpoint of our PGA Professionals in opposing the USGA and R&A's proposed Rule 14-1b that would ban the anchored stroke. Today, the governing bodies indicated that they will proceed with the formal adoption of the rule.
We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game. Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America.
Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions. In our opinion and based on our experience, the USGA treated the comment period for what it was intended to be -- a time to exchange opinions, concerns and potential solutions.
The New England PGA kicked off their season long Stroke Play Series at Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, RI this afternoon. This rustic gem saw 78 PGA Professionals take to the course for their first individual stroke play competition of the season. The weather was cold and windy, but manageable for most, as the course yielded just three scores under par for the day.
The first score posted under par was by our eventual champion, Boomer Erick, PGA of Boston Golf Club. The name may sound familiar to the field, because Erick won the final NEPGA Stroke Play Series event of 2012. He carded a -3 (66) at Plymouth Country Club in September 2012 to end his season on a high note, and would return to action Stroke Play Series action again in 2013 with the same result. Erick posted a -3 (68) highlighted with 6 birdies in total. The score was good enough for a 1 stroke victory over Norton Country Club’s Jeff Martin, PGA and Sankaty Head Golf Club’s Jake Pleckowski, PGA who both carded -2 (69) in their first event. Erick’s 68 was posted in just the third group off the tee, and was never bested.
The trek from Maine was worth it. After grinding out a 66 in stroke play qualifying, and four grueling matches over three days, the duo of Shawn Warren, PGA (Nonesuch River GC) and Jim Fairbanks, PGA (Dunegrass GC) took a 4&3 victory over Eddie Kirby, PGA (Alpine CC) and John Rainone, PGA (North Kingstown GC) in style. Warren & Fairbanks were 8-under par through ten holes, helped by two eagles and four birdies. That’s a great start no matter the circumstances, but when you factor in that their opponents in the 18-hole final were 5-under par through the same stretch, it lets everyone know what a special round it really was.
On a day where temperatures in the seaside town of Duxbury reached mid 80’s and winds gusted up to 30 mph, two players were left standing for one final shot at the NEPGA Assistant Professionals' first major of 2013, affectionately named for longtime NEPGA employee and former Executive Director Susan Hudson.