Bay State Ballers
Giacchetto and Thibodeau cruise to victory at Inaugural Bay State Cup
Tough greens and a charging field couldn’t stop Andrew Giacchetto (Canton, MA) and Lauren Thibodeau (Hampstead, NH) from rolling to victory at the New England PGA Junior Tour’s inaugural Bay State Cup Invitational.
Giacchetto went wire-to-wire, shooting a four-over par 73 on the final day at Plymouth Country Club to finish at one-under par 210, claiming a five-shot victory over runner-up Dillon Brown (Halifax, MA). Thibodeau shot a seven-over par 76 for her final round, besting Elizabeth Lacognata (Scarborough, ME) by eight strokes and finishing 16-over par 229 for the tournament.
Entering the day with a five-shot lead, Giacchetto knew he just had to hold serve over the talented field behind him. The 2019 graduate was able to do just that as he minimized mistakes and avoided big numbers to get through the final round. With the win, Giacchetto was rewarded with 2 AJGA Performance stars and an exemption into the 2018 Jr. PGA Championship. The wire-to-wire victory was highlighted by a six-under 66 on the second day at LeBaron Hills Country Club that separated him from the field.
Brown was able to match Giacchetto at Plymouth, shooting a four-over par 73, but had too much ground to make up, finishing at four-over par 215 for the tournament. For his runner-up efforts, Brown earned an exemption into this year’s IMG Academy Jr. World Florida Challenge on December 14-16 in Sarasota, FL.
Bay State Bonanza
NEPGA Junior Tour Kicks off Invite-Only Event
-Fall River, MA
Andrew Giacchetto (2019, Canton MA) and Elizabeth Lacognata (2018 Scarborough, ME) lead the talented field after the first round of the NEPGA Junior Tour’s Bay State Cup Invitational at Fall River CC on Tuesday. The event will take place across three courses in New England.
Giacchetto had a very strong start for the boys division. After a tough front nine, where he made two bogeys and a double bogey, he was able to right the ship, making a birdie before turning at three over. On the back he refocused his game and made two birdies on the 12th and 16th holes. His two-under par back nine helped him to finish at +1 with a 71, one shot ahead of Frank Mahoney (2020, Braintree, MA), Dillon Brown (2018, Halifax, MA), and Mark DeCourcey (2019, Arlington, MA) who all finished at +2.
On the girls’ side, Lacognata led the charge. She was able to keep calm and focus even in the midst of some struggles. After making bogeys on three and five, she made birdie on six to erase one of the extra strokes and make the turn at one over. On the back nine, she balanced some solid golf with a couple of missteps, making two bogeys. She led after the first day, finishing at three over, 75.
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