The Year of the Berberian
Rich Berberian wins PNC, advances to PGA Championship
Rich Berberian, PGA of Windham Country Club sunk a 35ft birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Casino and Resort to win the 49th PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday. Berberian qualified to play in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ on July 25-31.
It was a long week for Berberian who was near the top of the leader board for much of the event. This status was, however, not representative of an easy path. In Wednesday's final round, Berberian had come out strong, making four birdies and one bogey on the front nine. On the back, the professional from Windham CC ran into a struggle that potentially threatened his finish. After making birdie on the eleventh, Berberian made a triple bogey on the par five 12th hole. For many in this field who have been jockeying for position in the top 20 the last few days, this could have meant the end. But, Rich toughened up and put his head down to focus on the rest of his round.
Berberian came out of the 12th firing. He came back to make a clutch birdie on 13 and pull to within two of his once top spot. Moving into the final holes, Rich knew that he would have to play some of his best golf if he wanted to take the coveted first place finish in the Professional National Championship. He birdied 16 and made par on 17 to pull back to his T1 position and put the pressure on leader Omar Uresti, PGA. After a towering tee shot to start the 18th, he flighted an approach shot that landed just behind the green, and ran his next chip shot a little long. He then stared down a 35ft putt that was a must-make if he wanted that top spot. He lined up, and took a line that seemed to dive slightly to the left, but was good enough to land in the bottom of the cup for the winning birdie.
Jeff Martin, PGA (Norton CC), Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC), and Jeff Sanders, PGA (Kittansett), all made it to this last cut line and played for one of the top 20 spots. However, although playing some great golf, they all finished outside of the top 20.
The NEPGA congratulates all of our PGA professionals who made it to Turning Stone Casino and Resort to play in this great championship. We are so proud of them, and wish Rich Berberian, PGA the best of luck as he moves on to the PGA Championship on July 25-31 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ
(Photo Courtesy of Montana Pritchard/ PGA of America )
Junior players have stellar day as Marshfield Wins Pro-Junior
- Quincy, Mass.
Andrew Wester, PGA, Nick Stewart (a), Zach Stewart (a) and Matt Daley (a) from Marshfield Country Club shot a gross score of eleven under par 59 to take the Pro-Junior Championship at Presidents Golf Club in Quincy, Mass. on Wednesday.
When asked what made the biggest difference for them today, the answer seemed simple:
“The birdie putts. The birdies were huge,” said Wester and his team.
They couldn’t be more right. As a team, the Marshfield CC crew made an incredible eleven total birdies on the day. For a course that can be very quirky at times, this was no small feat, but they made stringing together multiple birdies seem easy.View More