NEPGA Shines Through Snowy Weekend
Berberian, Hanefeld make a National Splash
-Pebble Beach, CA & Boca Raton, FL
While it was a snow-laden and cold weekend for the NEPGA at its headquarters in Massachusetts, New England PGA Professionals have been heating it up on some National stages.
Rich Berberian Jr., PGA played his first PGA Tour event this weekend. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am featured a litany of some of the biggest PGA Tour Golfers and celebrities. Berberian Jr. was struggling in the middle rounds, and faced some blustery and rainy weather. However, he persisted quickly was able to right the ship and generate some great scores. He finished at even par for the tournament and made the modified cut.
Rob Oppenheim, a former New England Open competitor and Andover, MA native also played at Pebble Beach over the weekend. He had himself a great tournament and finished near the top of the leaderboard, tied for eighth at nine under par.
Rich Berberian takes on first PGA Tour Event
-Pebble Beach, CA
Rich Berberian Jr. had an incredible run through the 2016 season. A major win at the Professional National Championship, capped off only by playing in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. Now, in 2017 he’s looking up to bigger and better things on a more national stage.
Berberian Jr. has been making a splash in the New England PGA for the past 5 years. As an assistant at Windham Country Club in Derry, NH, he’s won the New Hampshire Chapter Championship the last 5 years in a row. He’s also won the NEPGA Section Championship twice, in 2014 and 2015. And as if his playing accolades weren’t enough, he was named the New England Section’s Omega-Wogan Player of the year for 2016.
With a record as dazzling as his, it’s almost safe to say that it’s time for him to tackle bigger and better things.
A token of being crowned the champion at the PGA Professional National Championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York is that he now has six exemptions into PGA Tour events; The first of which he tackles on Thursday, February 9 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA.
It's Always Sunny in Florida
Berberian-Corcoran Win PGA Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship
--Port St. Lucie, FL
Rich Berberian Jr, PGA and playing partner Rob Corcoran, PGA scored 16 points in their final round to secure the Championship at the inaugural PGA Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship at PGA Golf Club on Thursday. The duo finished with 64 total points.
It seemed like it would be an easy few days for the Berberian- Corcoran team after they jumped out to an impressive nine point lead after scoring 26 points on the Dye Course in the first round. However, they weren’t without their setbacks.
The middle rounds proved to be a bit of a challenge. Berberian and Corcoran struggled to keep up with the pace of birdies they initially set. In their second round, they made seven birdies and one bogey, earning 13 points. This wasn’t a bad outcome for playing the Wanamaker Course for the first time, however their consistency had decreased. Their third round was tougher still, and they only scored nine points with five birdies and one bogey. Going into the final day, they were still atop the leaderboard but by the slim margin of one point.
(Photo/ PGA of America)
Not Kidding Around
Greer, Adams named as US Kids Golf leaders
Norcross, Ga –
U.S. Kids Golf has announced the recipients of the Top 50 Kids Teachers Award, which annually recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors. The newest list of recipients represent 26 states as well as Canada, England and Kenya.
Berbarian Makes Nine Birdies in First- Round PGA Stableford
-Port St. Lucie, FL
Rich Berberian, PGA (Windham CC) and his partner Rob Corcoran, PGA shot a would-be 59 to lead the PGA Four Ball Stableford Team Championship on the Dye Course at PGA Golf Club on Monday. Berberian made nine birdies on the day.
Berberian and Corcoran scored 26 points in the team format. The reigning PGA Professional Player of the Year attributed the team’s success to Corcoran’s ability to consistently hit fairways, letting him relax and have fun playing. Their final first-round score was nine points ahead of the next closest team.
(Photo: Montana Pritchard/ PGA of America)
Golfing with Mickey
NEPGA Winter Pro-Pro helps pros shake off the cold
We had a great start to the 2017 New England PGA (NEPGA) tournament season as 40 PGA Professionals (20 teams of two Professionals) competed in the NEPGA Winter Pro-Pro at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Club.
This four ball stroke play event was a fun day for all as the course was in impeccable shape and there were plenty of birdies and eagles made. Congratulations to the team of Rich Berberian, Jr., PGA (Windham CC) and Rob Corcoran, PGA (Poxabogue Golf Center) on winning the event with a twelve under par (-12) 60!
Berberian and Corcoran carded ten(10) birdies and one (1) eagle to win by only two shots over the teams of Dave Jankowski, PGA (St. Johnsbury CC) & Pete Weatherby, PGA (Hermitage GC), and Jeff Seavey, PGA (Samoset Resort) & Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) who shot ten under par (-10) 62. Thank you to Terry Frechette and the PGA Tour for their support of this event. A special thanks to the Disney Staff for their hospitality.
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2018 Drive Chip and Putt Schedule Announced
Qualifying Sites announced for 2018, Registration to Follow
The USGA, Masters Tournament, and the PGA of America announced the Regional qualifying sites for the 2018 Drive, Chip, and Putt on Wednesday. This will be the fifth year of the Drive, Chip and Putt championship both nationally and in New England.
A notable change for New England families in the Drive, Chip, and Putt Regional competition is that the site will shift for the 2017-2018 schedule. Having previously been at The Country Club in Brookline, MA, the Regional competition for New England qualifiers will be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY on Sunday, October 1, 2018.
The 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt, will feature competitors who qualify in the 2017 season. These participants, in divisional brackets of either boys or girls from ages 7 to 15, compete each year with the hopes of advancing to the national final at Augusta National Golf Club. They must place as one of the the top three overall finishers from their age group in the opening local competition, one of the top two from their group in the sub-regional contests, and the outright winner of their age group from the regional contest. That final winner will participate in the national final at Augusta National in Augusta, GA on the Sunday before the Masters Tournament.
Foundation Takes Flight
All Six Chapters of the NEPGA get involved with the Foundation
-New England, USA
The New England PGA's Chapters have been incredibly active in the community with the launch of the New England PGA Foundation earlier this month. All six of our Chapters have found exciting ways to get out and give back to the community.
The Massachusetts Chapter took part in showing support to the Planting The Seed Foundation in Worcester, Mass. Members Allan Belden, PGA Mark Aldrich, PGA, Shawn Durocher, PGA, and Brian Smith, PGA were at the drive to present the Foundation donation. The non-profit group is dedicated to helping Worcester-area youths who are homeless or about to become homeless. Outside of the annual toy drive, the group helps to provide underprivileged children with school supplies, access to resources, and summer camp activities. Our PGA Professionals showed support and made a generous donation at the group's annual toy drive for the holiday season.
The Start of Something New
the NEPGA Foundation is Unveiled
- Worcester, MA.
The New England PGA launched its foundation on Wednesday by making a donation to a local charity in Worcester, Mass. This marks the beginning of the New England PGA’s charitable giving campaign.
The ‘Planting the Seed’ foundation held it’s annual holiday toy drive on Wednesday. The event was held at Worcester Fitness Wednesday night. Several members from the community, along with some PGA professionals visited the event to drop off toys, games, and donations. The NEPGA Foundation presented ‘Planting the Seed’ with a $1,000 check for the toy drive.
Planting the Seed began close to 40 years ago with humble beginnings in the living room of co-founder Paul LaCava. Now, the non-profit group is dedicated to helping Worcester-area youths who are homeless or about to become homeless. Outside of the annual toy drive, the group helps to provide underprivileged children with school supplies, access to resources, and summer camp activities.
Happy Holidays from the NEPGA
Holiday Message from the New England Section
The New England PGA would like to extend warm wishes for a great holiday season to all of our members. We're looking forward to a great 2017 Season!