League of Their Own
Atkinson, NH Juniors Play in National Championship
The Junior League team from the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, NH has represented the New England PGA at the Junior League National Championships at Greyhawk CC in Scottsdale, AZ this week. They finished with a record of 1-2 in the Championship round.
The competition was fierce in Scottsdale as the Atkinson team got set to face off for a chance at the National Championship. They were selected to play in the Wanamaker Division and would have to face team California, team Georgia, and team Ohio before having a chance at the final round.
The California team was a tough first draw for Atkinson; the west coast team was the three-time reigning PGA Junior League Champions. However, New England was up for the challenge. Atkinson CC’s team won their opening match against California 8-4 in Friday’s opening round.
Saturday was a little tougher for the team. In the morning they faced off against team Georgia who were Champions in 2012. Atkinson struggled and lost to Georgia 10-2. They had one more match that afternoon against team Ohio. Atkinson played hard, but unfortunately lost the second match 8.5-3.5.
Team Georgia went on to win the National Championship, defeating Team New Jersey in dramatic fashion, by a score of 6.5-5.5. They went undefeated in their PGA Junior League Championship run.
Regardless of the outcome, making the PGA Junior League Championship is a big accomplishment. The NEPGA would like to congratulate Atkinson Country Club, coaches: Peter Doherty, PGA and Brian Diamond, PGA as well as the team members: James Robbins, Joey Lenane, Alex Landry, Jack Pepin, Aiden Azevedo, Shivani Vora, Stephen Ramos, Evan Desjardins, Nicholas Samaha, and Zachary Diamond. There’s great golf ahead for these juniors!
No Hold 'Em
Windham CC Team takes Vegas Pro-Am
-Las Vegas, NV
Marc Spencer, PGA, Ken Black, Mike Leary, Tim Acquaviva and Jim Patierno combined for a third round 21-under par performance at Royal Links GC, bringing their total for the NEPGA Vegas Pro-Am to 58-under par, 372. They won the event and are taking home the Vegas Pro-Am trophy for the first time.
In their prior two rounds in Las Vegas, Spencer’s team, like much of the field, were posting phenomenal scores. The top of the leaderboard was a tight race, with the top two teams only one stroke apart. Andover CC led by Daniel Taylor, PGA trailed Windham by one stroke with their two-round score total of 36-under-par, 250.
The two groups were in the same course rotation as well so scoring came down to play on the third and final day at Royal Links GC.
Windham CC continued their blistering birdie pace from the very start of Wednesday’s round. They made birdies on the first and second holes, and an eagle on the fourth. Through their front nine, they had a stunning 13-under-par 59.
Their back nine left the door open. The team made its first bogey in the event on a challenging tenth hole. The 406 yard par-4 only saw 6 birdies and 1 eagle on the day and 17 bogeys from the 42 team field. Spencer and his team finished with 6 eagles, 7 birdies and the one bogey on Wednesday, with a third-round score of 21-under par, 123; Bringing their total to 58-under-par, 372.
Rico Riciputi, PGA and his team from Wentworth by the Sea CC of Bruce Atkins, Gerard Quirk, Daniel Fujimoto and Philip Gils were capable of making a strike at the top spot. They were in the opposite rotation from Windham and Andover CC, playing their first round at Royal Links, then moving to Southern Highlands, and finishing at TPC Las Vegas.