Poking the Bear
Sky Meadow Team Takes down Cape Cod Fall Fest #2 at Pocasset
Rich Ingraham, PGA (Sky Meadow) and his team of Dean Emerson, Mike Bushnell, and Rick Moreau shot a combined 13-under-par score of 64 on Tuesday at Pocasset Golf Club to take the top spot in the Cape Cod Fall Festival #2 event. Ingraham also finished tied for first with David Jankowski in the individual professional category.
Pocasset sits in Bourne, MA just off of the Cod Canal where the turning leaves line immaculately kept fairways. The Donald Ross designed course was built as a hideaway in 1916 and has been totally restored over the past five years. The rolling natural grounds and pristine atmosphere provides a challenge for amateurs and professionals of all levels.
Teams set out to take on this landscape on Tuesday and many teams were very successful. Ingraham and his Sky Meadow team began on the tenth hole, where they notched a quick birdie to start the day. Their only mistake came on an 11th hole bogey, but the rest of the team’s round more than made up for it. In all, they made four eagles and five birdies finishing at 13-under on the round.
Even without the help of his team, Ingraham had a strong day of play on the course. He made five birdies and two bogeys, finishing tied for first at three-under-par 66. Also tied at the top of the leaderboard was Jankowski, whose team from The Hermitage Club finished T3 at seven-under-par 63. Jankowski finished his individual round with a bogey free three-under par, but lost in a card off to Ingraham.
Dully, Thorny Lea capture day 1 of Cape Cod Fall Festival
The 2017 Cape Cod Fall Festival has been ever present on the minds of NEPGA Professionals and many of their members from the start of the golf season. This year’s lineup of courses was strong as ever, and when registration opened in early August, you got lucky to be one of the 30 teams that registered for the event as three of four sold out in less than seven minutes! For those lucky teams that got in, now the waiting was the hardest part.
Kicking off the week in its traditional spot was Oyster Harbors Club, the classic Donald Ross layout on the island of Osterville. Known for its outstanding greens and pure conditions, there’s always something in the air when players cross over the bridge and past the famous windmill. In this instance, a crisp fall breeze and some light showers greeted the field and let everyone know it would be a challenging day ahead.