The PGA Jr League Road to Regionals
Patriot 128 Tops 495 League to Claim the Title
It was an amazing couple of days here at Atkinson Resort and Country Club for the 2018 PGA Jr. League New England Section Championship. 29 Jr League Teams from across New England came to New Hampshire to showcase their skills and compete as a group. After Tuesdays qualifying round, four teams returned this morning to play in the semi-final round.
Central MA #1 played against 495 League and Patriot 128 battled it out against Barnstable County. The format was 9-hole match play scramble and each team had four groups go head to head. After a morning of tough competition only the top two teams remained and had a chance to compete in the midafternoon Championship Final. The Patriot 128 team was able to move on with a 7.5 to 4.5 victory and was excited to head back out to the first tee. Going up against Patriot was 495 League who snuck out a great one-point victory in the morning, 6.5-5.5.
It was a battle of the roadways as teams 128 and 495 went back out to tee #1 to play for a chance to call themselves 2018 PGA Jr League New England Section Champions. The winner would secure a spot in the PGA Jr League Regional Championship in Watertown, Connecticut.
Neither team would go home empty handed as the runner up was guaranteed an at-large bid to the Regional Final thanks to New England having a total of 51 Jr Leagues, the most in the country.
After a tough battle in the final round including lots of back and forth flags decided by birdies and even eagles, Patriot 128 All-Stars were able to call themselves the best Jr League team in New England. The players were ecstatic to be heading to Connecticut and hold their trophies.
Despite only one team claiming the title of Champion no player, coach, parent, or staff member had a bad time these past two days. The environment at Atkinson was like no other, juniors were playing great golf, working as a team, and most importantly having a blast.
Kolloff Pulls off Purpoodock
Pure Drive Pro wins first NEPGA Event
-Cape Elizabeth, ME
Adam Kolloff, PGA (Pure Drive Golf) shot a 70 (-1) to finish in first place in Stroke Play Series #4 at the Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, ME on Wednesday. The Purpoodock Club proved to be a true test of Maine golf course toughness, as Kolloff was the only professional to finish under par.
Kolloff began as a relatively unknown player to New England Section events, with 2018 as his first year in the section. So far he had played in the Pro-Pro Stroke Play and Stroke Play Series #3 at Manchester CC, and had decent finishes at T29 and T26 respectively.
His start in Wednesday’s SPS #4 wasn’t the beginning he was looking for. He made a birdie out of the gate on the par-3 first hole, but followed it up with a double bogey on the second and bogey on the fourth. However, he began his turnaround with a birdie on the eighth hole to make the turn at only one-over-par.
On the back, Kolloff focused in on his game to make strides towards the top of the leaderboard. He made a bogey on the 12th, but added birdies on the 13th, 14th, and 16th holes. He finished with a one-under-par 70 to take home his first win in the New England Section.
Kolloff did his homework on Purpoodock’s layout in advance of Wednesday’s event.
“I had never seen the course before, and had never played Purpoodock, so I looked it up on Google maps to see what the yardages could be. You can’t really hit driver in a bunch of places, so I had a lot of 4 and 5 irons, and made it work with that,” said Kolloff.