Hunting for Hardware
New England PGA Section Championship on the Horizon
- Boylston, MA
The New England PGA’s signature event of its golf season will take place in Rhode Island next week. The NEPGA Section Championship kicks off at Quidnessett Country Club and Warwick Country Club on August 20-22.
The three-day event will feature the best New England Professionals, as they compete for the Section crown. Professionals will be split amongst Quidnessett CC and Warwick CC on the first day, playing the opposite course on the second day of play. The low 60 PGA professionals (plus ties) will then advance to play for the Championship on Wednesday at Quidnessett CC.
Tee times throughout the Championship begin at 8am. All competitors begin on the first tee at either Warwick or Quidnessett.
The two Rhode Island clubs just across Narragansett Bay have hosted the Championship between their facilities only once before in 1995. In that year, John Hickson, PGA (Bath CC) was crowned champion. Hickson will be in the field for the 2018 event as well and can be a top contender.
The top 12 finishers in the Championship will qualify for the 2019 PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, SC. The PPC will be from April 28th- May 1st in 2019, departing from its traditional October dates due to the PGA Championship’s move to May.
The 160 Professional field will feature several past champions as well as young talent. The average age in the 2018 registered field is 36.
Breaking Down Bellerive
Berberian, Warren Square off against PGA Championship Field
- St. Louis, MO
It’s an exciting week for the New England PGA as Rich Berberian, Jr., PGA (Vesper CC) and Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) take on the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO.
Berberian, the 2016 PGA Professional Champion was locked into the PGA Championship field after shooting two-over-par in the 2018 PNC, and finishing T12. This is his third consecutive year playing in the PGA Championship, and he’s looking for another strong finish in St. Louis.
Warren’s journey to Bellerive was anything but easy. After taking on the tough Bayonet and Black Horse Courses in Seaside, Calif, Warren finished +3 in the event and T16. He would have to square off against nine other PGA Professionals, all vying for the last spots to play at Bellerive. The playoff lasted for seven holes, but Warren’s clutch birdie on the first hole punched his ticket to St. Louis.
The PGA Championship begins Thrusday August 9th, and runs through August 12th.
Thursday, Berberian tees off at 6:55 CST (7:55 EST) time from the10th hole, and Warren tees at 9:02 (10:02) EST from the 1st hole.
Friday: Berberian tees off at 12:20 CST (1:20 EST) from the 1st hole, and Warren tees off at 2:27 CST (3:27 EST) from the 10th hole.
The PGA Championship will be a great test of out NEPGA Professional s and we wish Rich Berberian, Jr., PGA and Shawn Warren, PGA the best of luck!