Granite State Showdown
Manchester CC and Concord CC to Host 2019 NEPGA Section Championship
The New England PGA is excited to announce the next host sites for its Section Championship in 2019. Manchester Country Club in Manchester, NH and Concord Country Club in Concord, NH will serve as co-host facilities for the 99th playing of the New England PGA Championship on August 5 – 7, 2019. The event will flip dates with the NEPGA Seniors Championship and be conducted two weeks earlier than its typical third week of August.
“The New England Section is very excited to bring our major Championship to New Hampshire in 2019, and to conduct our event at two of the Granite State’s premier facilities is going to be very special for our PGA Professionals,” said NEPGA President Ron Bibeau, “I am already looking forward to next year.”
Next year will be only the third time in the 98 year history of the event that the NEPGA Championship will visit New Hampshire. 2019 will mark the first time it returns to the state since 2014, where it was played at The Golf Club of New England and Portsmouth Country Club. That year, Rich Berberian Jr. won in a decisive victory shooting 69-71-71 (-5) over the three-day span.
Other than the local PGA Tour events, the NEPGA Championship will boast the largest Professional purse in New England next year, and our PGA Professionals are sure to be impressed with these two classic layouts.
Manchester Country Club is a historic Donald Ross layout that was one of the very few viewed by Ross himself after completion. This par-71 course recently underwent a renovation project and hosted the 2017 New Hampshire Open. Co-host Concord Country Club was established in 1930 and is recognized as one of the finest courses in the state.
The Section Championship is the ultimate event on the NEPGA calendar. The section routinely has over 160 PGA Professionals battling for the crown.
Triggs’ Masters the Pro+1 Am
Bob Tramonti, PGA and Rick Leary (a) from Triggs Memorial GC combined for a six-under-par score of 66 to edge out the competition and take home the top spot in the Pro +1 Am at the Cape Club of Sharon on Monday.
With the shot gun start, Tramonti teed off from the par- three 13th hole, and made a quick birdie to start their day. They followed it up with two more birdies on the following 14th and 15th holes. Even with a birdie on the 16th, their great play helped them to climb the leaderboard quickly. On the day, the Triggs duo made seven birdies and a single bogey in the gross division to take home the Pro +1 Am championship honors. It was a narrow margin of victory, as the rest of the field was only one shot back.
Bob Bruso, PGA and David Holmes (a) from Blackstone National Golf Club, Todd Cook, PGA and Johnathan Jones (a) from the Milton Hoosic Club, Rick Karbowski, PGA and Tom Kelly (a) from Auburn Driving Range, and Scott Hickey, PGA and Dave Falucci (a) from Cyprian Keyes shot scores of67 (gross) to finish tied for first in the Pro + 1 Am at the Cape Club of Sharon on Monday.
Karbowski, Cook, and Bruso all finished tied for first in the low individual professional contest, shooting scores of 68 (-4) on their own ball.
The Cape Club has been host to many New England PGA events in the past years, hosting the 2016 Assistants’ Championship and 2017 Stroke Play Series #4 event. After going through a small remodel, the course was a little different than most NEPGA Professionals remembered. Most notably, the 18th hole has a new tee box that turned the straightaway par-4 into a more challenging dog-leg right.