A Section Champion is Crowned
Matt Doyle takes his first Championship
Matt Doyle, PGA, of the Misquamicut Club shot one over and a six under par final score of 210 , to become the 96th New England PGA Champion on Wednesday at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. This is Doyle’s first Section Championship win.
In comparison to his first and second rounds, Wednesday’s play was not his best for the tournament, however he played a smart game. He started off strong, making two birdies on the sixth and seventh holes to close out his front nine at two under. But, he faced some trouble on the back nine as the winds started to pick up. Doyle made a great birdie on 11 to start, but fell a little after making bogey on 12 and 13. He bogeyed 17 to cut his lead over Shawn Warren to two heading into the 18th and final hole.
From the tee Doyle hit to about the 230 mark on the 476-yard par four. His second shot gave him the option to land on the green or lay up around the bend to avoid the water hazard. He originally grabbed a wood from his bag, but went back on his choice and decided to layup. He made it to the hole in three, and even though he made a bogey, it was the probably the safest choice. Once sinking his final putt, Doyle threw his hands up in the air in celebration.
Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) was on Doyle’s heels for a good portion of the day. He started his round very strong, making four birdies and a bogey to turn at three under, cutting Doyle’s lead to two. However, bogeys on the tenth and 18th held him up. He finished the round today at two under, and finished the tournament in second place with a total score of four under par 212.
Doyle Dominates Moving Day
Championship up for the Taking After Day 2
Matt Doyle, PGA (Misquamicut Club) shot a five under par 67 in his second round after the second day of the Section Championship at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass on Tuesday. His final round total of 137 leads the tournament heading into the Championship Day Wednesday.
Doyle had a strong round today on the Nicklaus Course. On his front nine, he made a birdie immediately on the first hole. He continued his strong play through the front, making a second birdie on nine and turning at two under. His back nine holes were even more impressive as even after a tenth hole bogey, he made a birdie on the eleventh. He finished his final three holes birdie-birdie-birdie to finish five under on the day. Adding to his two under score, he finished the opening two days at seven under par 137.
Bob Bruso, PGA from Worcester Country Club might be the newest PGA Professional in the field, but the newbie is certainly making a splash in the Section Championship. After an impressive two under par score of 70 in Monday’s round, Bruso proved his play wasn’t just beginners luck on Tuesday. Also beginning on the Nickalus Course, he bogeyed the first hole, but picked up his play as his round went along. He made five more birdies on the day to finish the second day with a four under par 68. Bruso admitted he was a little nervous today but once he got going he was able to relax and focus on just playing golf. Going into Wednesday’s round, he’s in second place with a six-under par 138.