Shake N' Bake
Baker Captures Assistant’s Championship at Framingham
Mike Baker, PGA of Walpole Country Club has been around the block. The 1998 New England PGA Champion and 2001 Wogan Player of the Year has been a perennial contender for decades in the New England Section and played in multiple majors on the Professional circuit. This week at Framingham Country Club , despite being one of the elder statesman amongst the Assistant Professionals, the 53-year old veteran used his experience and wisdom to defeat a field comprised of mostly young guns, and did so with two solid rounds on the difficult 6,700 yard tree-lined layout.View More
Ungvarsky is Clutch
4-Under Par 68 Takes Round 1 Lead at Framingham
Aaron Ungvarsky, PGA of Big Sticks Golf Academy leads through 18 holes of the National Car Rental New England PGA Assistant's Championship, held at Framingham Country Club in Framingham, MA. Ungvarsky fired a 4-under par 68 late in the day to take a one stroke lead into the second and final round on Thursday, August 27. He leads Greg Pieczynski, PGA of Weston Golf Club by one shot, and a group of five others at 1-under par 71.
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Berberian Goes Wire-to-Wire for 2nd Consecutive Section Championship
It was 364 days in the making, but Rich Berberian’s encore performance lived up to the original, as he captured the 2015 New England PGA Section Championship by three shots over Jeff Martin, PGA of Norton Country Club, capping off a wire-to-wire victory which featured lead margins of three, one and finally three, the same winning margin from his 2014 victory at Golf Club of New England. Berberian was in command from the start of the tournament, posting an opening round 6-under par 66 by Noon on Monday and never looked back over his final two rounds at Concord Country Club.
As he did a year ago, Berberian found himself locked in a dogfight early in the round, as his few mistakes were capitalized on by his fellow competitors. After matching birdies at the par-5 first hole, Martin and Berberian stepped up to the challenging par-4 second hole where the golf tournament took an interesting turn. Berberian ran his birdie putt by about two feet, and went to tap it in but missed. He putted the next one and just missed again, finally tapping in for a double bogey six and a major unforced error thanks to this four-putt early on in the final round of the tournament. Martin salvaged a bogey, and like that Berberian’s lead was gone. A costly bogey on the par-4 fourth by Berberian gave Martin another opportunity which he capitalized on with a par, and just like that he was leading the championship and that much closer to his elusive first Section Championship.
Berberian Looks to Repeat in Concord
Through two rounds in Concord, Massachusetts, Rich Berberian, PGA of Windham Country Club has played like the reigning New England PGA Champion. Similar to 2014 in his home state of New Hampshire, Berberian holds the 36-hole lead, this time after rounds of 6-under par 66 and 1-under par 69 at Concord Country Club and Nashawtuc Country Club, respectively for a 7-under par 135 total. Last year’s margin through 36-holes was three shots as Berberian sat at 5-under par and was able to maintain that margin for victory, but this year he may have to work just a bit harder to take home the Tom Mahan, Sr. Trophy. His cast of challengers has some familiar and new faces, with 3-time OMEGA Wogan Player of the Year winner Jeff Martin, PGA of Norton Country Club leading the pack and lurking just a shot behind after consecutive 68’s for a 6-under par total.
The round today was much different than Monday’s for Berberian, as he had to battle throughout the day on the hilly layout, offsetting 3 bogeys and a double with six birdies. After starting his day with consecutive birdies to get to 8-under par for the tournament he suffered back-to-back bogeys on holes four and five, only to rebound with birdies on seven and nine to get back on track. A late double on the par-3 15th spoiled his chances of the low round of the day at Concord, but a timely birdie on the par-5 17th secured his 4th consecutive lead during the Section Championship. Martin also carded six birdies during his second round to offset four bogeys, highlighted by three in a row on holes 12-14. After two bogeys on 15 and 16, he bounced back with a birdie on 17 and has a chance at his elusive first NEPGA Championship. A day that featured hot and humid conditions with afternoon showers and thunderstorms popping up all around the Concord area saw another day of great scoring at both facilities.