Hickson Finds New Heights
John Hickson, PGA captures first ever NEPGA Senior Championship
John Hickson, PGA (Sebasco Harbor GR) shot a second-round score of four-under-par 66 to finish with a tournament total of seven-under-par 133 to take home the 2017 NEPGA Senior Championship at Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, VT on Tuesday. This is his first time winning the Senior Championship.
Coming into Tuesday’s second round, Hickson was in second place behind Todd Scarafoni, PGA. Scarafoni came out hot through his first round, making five birdies and one bogey on Monday to lead the group headed into championship day. He was then set as a new senior member, in his first Senior Championship, to play in the final group.
However, holding onto his one-shot lead would not be an easy task. Hickson also had a great first round, coming in with a three-under-par 67. He was one back, and right on Scarafoni’s heels. Hickson, Scarafoni, and Chip Johnson, PGA (Hatherly GC) were all in the final pairing with only a couple of strokes separating them.
Hickson and Scarafoni battled back and forth all through the round. Hickson jumped out to an early lead through the front nine, making four birdies to make the turn at four-under, 31. However, as Scarafoni turned at just one-under, the round was far from over.
Scarafoni, PGA leads Senior Championship Field through Day 1
Todd Scarafoni, PGA (Bass Rocks GC) had a four-under par score of 66 to finish as the leader after the first day of the Senior Championship at Okemo Golf Club in Ludlow, Vermont on Monday. He’ll be joined by John Hickson, PGA (Sebasco Harbor GR) and Chip Johnson, PGA (Hatherly GC) in the final grouping in Tuesday’s Championship round.
“66 was awfully fun round. I had never seen this golf course before, so all I tried to do was make sure I kept the ball in front of me and didn’t take too many risks. When you play back and are able to play relaxed, it’s so much easier to do well,” said Scarafoni.
His front nine definitely reflected a more conservative style of play. He made consecutive pars until a birdie on the seventh put him at one under at the turn. On the back, Scarafoni started to pick up birdies. He made three consecutive from the 11th to the 13th and another on 15. With just one bogey on the day on the sixteenth, he finished at four-under par with a 66.
According to Scarafoni, he left a few putts within 10ft. short and could have finished much lower too.