Presidents take over Pro-Lady
Smith and Lynch take home the hardware at Kernwood CC
It was a beautiful day for some golf at the 2018 Pro-Lady Invitational. Kernwood CC in Salem, MA was a wonderful host for the event. The par-70 Donald Ross track plays alongside the Danvers River making for spectacular views. The format for the event was stroke-play, Select Drive-Alternate Shot.
Each team consisted of one NEPGA Professional and one female Amateur who is a member of the Professionals facility. Plenty of smiles, high fives, and laughs were shared out on the course between groups. Competitors raved about the conditions and loved playing this picturesque course.
The 8:00 a.m. shotgun event wrapped up just before 1:00 p.m. and the field of 38 teams entered the clubhouse. Dana Smith, PGA, and Meghan Lynch of Presidents GC came out victorious with a gross score of 71 (+1). Despite a few bogeys and one double bogey, the pairing of Smith and Lynch put together four excellent birdies including one on the par-5 1st.
“We had a good strategy going into it and I think the strategy worked” said Smith with a smile. The pairing of Smith and Lynch have never played a round of golf with each other before this event.
Jagoe Goes Low
Allendale CC's Jagoe Navigates Manchester CC
Nicholas Jagoe (Allendale CC) shot a three-under-par score of 68 to finish as the champion of Stroke Play Series event #3 at Manchester CC on Monday. Jagoe was one of only five NEPGA Professionals to finish under par.
Jagoe began in the late morning, trying to just focus on the basics and enjoy the round playing a more carefree round of golf. His strategy worked in his favor, and he made birdie on the second and fifth holes; making the turn without a bogey on his card at two-under-par.
On the back, groups across the board struggled with some of the quirks Manchester CC had to offer on the course. Jagoe opened up with another birdie on the 11th, but followed it up with a bogey on the 12th. He fought back to make a birdie on 13 and an eagle on the 15th to get to five-under par. He made a couple of bogeys on the stretch towards the clubhouse, but ultimately finished on top at 68 (-3).
“It was tough out there, I was lucky because I had Brian (Moskevich) to lead me around a little, he’s the assistant here, but he definitely knew some of the bad spots on the course. I followed his lead and it really paid off,” said Jagoe.
Manchester Country Club takes some serious maneuvering to get around, especially for players who have never seen the course before. Many of the tee shots are blind, leaving players to guess on the right direction and club selection for every shot. For Jagoe to go as low as he did, and admit he might have left a few putts out on the course is a remarkable feat.