Sailing the Hudson
Essex's Bruso Takes Home His First Win
Assistant Professionals of the NEPGA have returned to Duxbury Yacht Club, perennial host to the Section’s Hudson Cup, on Thursday. One of the major events for Assistants in New England, the Hudson Cup is named for long-time NEPGA Executive Director Susan Hudson, who was always a friend to the assistants in the section, and they paid her a fine tribute once again in 2017.
With Duxbury’s golf course in exquisite shape, Robert Bruso of Essex County Club claimed the 2017 title, finishing a commanding four shots ahead of the next closest competitor. While the weather conditions proved very difficult for most of the field, Bruso’s aggressive play was rewarded in the end, as he carded five birdies on the day. He was especially dominant on the front nine, where he registered three birdies in a row, on holes two, three, and four, and another on the ninth. He then settled down to a one-under-par 35 on the back nine, making only one bogey on the day to finish with a four-under-par 68.
Surfin' their Turf
Warwick Uses Local Knowledge to Capture NEPGA ProAm
The third event of an NEPGA Pro-Am spring season marked by wind, cold temperatures, and all-around difficult conditions, the Warwick Pro-Am offered up more of the same. While the blustery conditions produced higher-than-usual scores overall, the Warwick CC team of PGA Professional Matt Walsh, John Sayles, George Gooding, and Gary Pannone posted an exceptional tally of 11-under par 127. Warwick Country Club’s classic seaside layout provided players with panoramic ocean views, lightning-fast greens, and varied shot-making opportunities, but it was local knowledge that propelled the Host Professional’s team to victory. Matt Walsh, PGA of Warwick CC set his team’s pace by carding three birdies on his own ball, while his partners contributed three natural birdies of their own, taming the raw and windy conditions admirably.