Granite State Showdown
Manchester CC and Concord CC to Host 2019 NEPGA Section Championship
The New England PGA is excited to announce the next host sites for its Section Championship in 2019. Manchester Country Club in Manchester, NH and Concord Country Club in Concord, NH will serve as co-host facilities for the 99th playing of the New England PGA Championship on August 5 – 7, 2019. The event will flip dates with the NEPGA Seniors Championship and be conducted two weeks earlier than its typical third week of August.
“The New England Section is very excited to bring our major Championship to New Hampshire in 2019, and to conduct our event at two of the Granite State’s premier facilities is going to be very special for our PGA Professionals,” said NEPGA President Ron Bibeau, “I am already looking forward to next year.”
Next year will be only the third time in the 98 year history of the event that the NEPGA Championship will visit New Hampshire. 2019 will mark the first time it returns to the state since 2014, where it was played at The Golf Club of New England and Portsmouth Country Club. That year, Rich Berberian Jr. won in a decisive victory shooting 69-71-71 (-5) over the three-day span.
Other than the local PGA Tour events, the NEPGA Championship will boast the largest Professional purse in New England next year, and our PGA Professionals are sure to be impressed with these two classic layouts.
Manchester Country Club is a historic Donald Ross layout that was one of the very few viewed by Ross himself after completion. This par-71 course recently underwent a renovation project and hosted the 2017 New Hampshire Open. Co-host Concord Country Club was established in 1930 and is recognized as one of the finest courses in the state.
The Section Championship is the ultimate event on the NEPGA calendar. The section routinely has over 160 PGA Professionals battling for the crown.
Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC) capped off his first year in the New England Section with his winning performance in the 2017 Section Championship at Renaissance GC and Turner Hill GC. He finished his final round with a 69 (-3) to beat out the closest competition by three strokes, finishing with a three day total of 208 (-8).
The 2018 NEPGA Championship will be contested in late August between Warwick CC and Quidnesset GC in Rhode Island.
For updates on the New England PGA Section Championship and live event scoring, go to www.nepga.com. The section will also be posting updates from the twitter account @NEPGA, on Facebook at New England PGA, on Snapchat @nepga, and on Instagram @NewEnglandPGA.
About the New England PGA:
The New England Professional Golfers' Association (New England PGA) has been making the game of golf better for 100 years in New England. The New England PGA is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the game of golf, and is one of the 41 sections that comprise the PGA of America. The New England PGA consists of over 900 PGA Class A golf professionals and over 140 PGA apprentices at over 450 golf facilities in five states -- Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts & Maine. These facilities include public, private and resort golf courses, teaching centers, and driving ranges. The Vermont Chapter has 83 PGA Class A golf professionals and 11 PGA apprentices.
Contact: Kristen Garrone
Date: July 12, 2018