Arvanitis Leads Strong Showing from NEPGA at NH Open
On a course that saw red numbers throughout the tournament, four New England PGA professionals had very strong showings in the 84th New Hampshire Open held July 26-28th at Manchester Country Club. The 54-hole championship had competitors from all over the country to boast a very strong field for some of New England’s top golfers.
Leading the pack was Matt Arvanitis, PGA (Southern New Hampshire University) who finished tied for seventh, shooting a six-under par 207. Using local knowledge to his advantage, Arvanitis jumped out to a strong start in both rounds one and two, shooting four-under 67 and three-under 68 on the first two days to earn a spot in the final pairing. However, Arvanitis struggled out of the gate in round three, going four-over through the first five holes. He did regroup his game to finish out the final round with a one-over 72, five shots out of the playoff.
No Haven in the Rain
NEPGA Pro-Pro Stroke Play Cancelled
Early, heavy rains made play impossible for the 36-hole Martin Golf Pro-Pro Stroke Play event at The Haven CC in Boylston, Mass on Monday. Soaking rains and heavy downpours had originally cut the event to 18 holes, but the water became too much and the event had to unfortunately be canceled.
The rain started early as the 100 PGA Professionals took to the course at the Haven. It would only steadily increase as the day went on, and temperatures dropped into the 50s. The New England professionals persevered, with the lead group finishing their 17th hole as the horns sounded to signal play would be postponed. With the rain puddling bunkers, and parts of the golf course, the NEPGA had to make the unfortunate decision to call off the event. This marks the third such event, and second NEPGA Tournament to succumb to the rain this season.
Thank you to Jeff Dibona and Martin/ Fennec Golf for partnering in the event, and for providing tee gifts to all of our players! Thank you to the Haven staff and head PGA Professional Hal Jacobs for hosting us!