Final Round Fight
Berberian Jr. and Warren to compete in the final Major of the season
With the 2018 PGA Professional Championship in the books, we would like to congratulate all 14 NEPGA Professionals that braved the field of 312 PGA Professionals out west. From battling the tough conditions at Bayonet Black Horse to fighting past two cut lines, the past four days were incredibly demanding for our Professionals.
Although only one Champion could be crowned in Seaside, CA, the top 20 PGA Professionals would punch their ticket to the 100th PGA Championship August 9-12, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
The NEPGA was represented well throughout the Championship, with at least one Professional on or near the top of the leaderboard through all rounds. During round three the top 70 competitors remained, and three NEPGA Professionals managed to hold their own in the top 10 and contend for the Walter Hagen Cup.
The final round started out hopeful for Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC). He quickly claimed the top spot on the leaderboard with a birdie on hole two. Unfortunately, Warren could not hold on for long, with a tough stretch of bogeys on the front nine. Warren followed his round three score of 68 with a +6 (78) round four. Despite the disappointing final round score, Warren was not done fighting.
Warren joined nine other Professionals in a playoff. The pressure of clinching a spot at the PGA Championship was hanging over each competitor’s head. The playoff lasted seven holes, but Warren wanted out early, and a clutch birdie putt on playoff hole number one sent him to St. Louis, officially putting Falmouth Country Club just outside of Portland, ME on the map at the 100th PGA Championship.
Seal the Deal
Moskevich, Manchester CC take Pro-Officer Championship
Brian Moskevich, PGA and his officer partner of Kevin Doherty from Manchester Country Club combined for a five-under-par score of 66 (1 BB of 2 Gross) at the Pro-Officer Championship at Wellesley CC on Wednesday. Manchester Country Club pairings made up three spots in the top five.
It was a picture perfect day in Wellesley, with tons of sunshine and warm temperatures. It made for a perfect day for golf for the 142-player field. The Manchester CC team began their day on the fourth hole. The 323 yard par-4 got the duo off to a great birdie start, and set them up for some great play throughout their round.
The pair combined for birdies on the seventh and ninth holes, heading to the back nine of the course. Continuing their run, they made birdie on the tenth hole, but followed up with a bogey on the 11th, the second hardest hole on the course. It didn’t get them down, as they made an eagle on the 16th. They’d finish by adding another birdie and bogey, but on the top of the leaderboard at (-5) 66.
“It was fun, we had a fun day out there, we bounced around here and there but he (Doherty) holed out for eagle on I think 16 and that was huge, but we had a great day,” said Moskevich.
In the individual professional, Moskevich finished T3 at +1, using his partners’ abilities to his advantage on his way to taking 3 of 5 top positions on the leaderboard with Manchester CC teams.