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Always Sunny In October

New Seabury GC team wins Pro-Super in perfect weather

-Rumford, RI


Jim Clay, PGA and Scott Nickerson (a) (New Seabury GC) shot a combined score of one-over-par 70 in the gross division at the NEPGA Pro-Superintendent on Tuesday. The duo took on the challenging Donald Ross design, using their combined golf course knowledge and experience.


Clay and Nickerson began their winning day on the 15th hole in the shotgun start. Tuesday’s format of select drive-alternate shot fostered the element of teamwork amongst the groups on the course and made small mistakes on the course less impactful overall.


 The New Seabury team did not get off to a great start, making a bogey on the 17th, 1st and 2nd holes before their first birdie of the day on the 3rd. They turned their game around from there on out, minimizing bogeys to two and making birdies on the 7th, 10th, and 11th. All told the team finished at just +1, which is a feat on the challenging course.


Vesper CC, led by Rich Berberian Jr, PGA and Willem Geldenhuys, finished +2, 71 and tied for second with Strawberry Valley GC’s Beth O’Kelley, PGA and Rene Vadeboncoeur. Berberian Jr’s team was held down by a tough double-bogey on the par-three, 16th hole. O’Kelley and her partner also had a great round of golf, but a couple of three putts kept them in second place.


Thank you to our great partners in this event: Five Star Golf Cars, Ez-Go and Cushman and Turfhound Golf Mats for partnering and being at this great event. Also thank you to Andy Ingham and Matt McDonald from Five Star for being at the event to showcase some great products! Also a big thanks to Norm Alberigo, PGA and Agawam Hunt for hosting!


A Secretarial Address

PGA of America Secretary to attend NEPGA Fall Meeting

- Haverhill, MA


Jim Richerson, PGA, the current secretary of the PGA of America will be attending the New England PGA’s Annual Fall Meeting on October 29th at Renaissance GC in Haverhill, Mass. It will be Richerson’s first visit to the New England Section.


The meeting on the 29th will open to PGA Professionals at 8am, and the meeting will begin at 9am. There will be a NEPGA University Education Seminar following the meeting.


Richerson will give a short "town hall" style presentation during the meeting about the PGA of America. It will not be the first time a PGA of America representative has visited the section for a meeting. Former president Derek Sprague, PGA and NEPGA’s own Jim Remy, PGA have also been in attendance for past meetings.


The Fall Meeting is a time for NEPGA Professionals to see many of the changes that have taken place in the season and reconnect before a long winter offseason. It’s especially important to those professionals who go to southern states for the winter, who have been further removed from the NEPGA. It’s a great way to connect, receive education credit, and network with fellow New England Professionals and partners. PGA Professionals of all levels are encouraged to attend.


The Fall Meeting will open at 8:00am for registration, and will begin at 9am on October 29th at Renaissance GC. NEPGA Professionals who wish to attend the meeting do not need to register beforehand, but only need to sign the check-in sheet when they arrive.


Thank you to Jim Richerson for attending our meeting, and thank you to Renaissance GC and Rhett Bishop, PGA for hosting!




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