Warren Making Waves out West
Four NEPGA Professionals remain in the field
The final round of the 51st PGA Professional Championship will be commencing on Wednesday. With an initial field of 312 PGA Professionals the final round will consist of the top 70 players (plus ties) after two cuts. Round three is a make it or break it day for all Professionals in the field, our remaining NEPGA Professionals came to play.
Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) had himself a day yesterday as he fired a -4 (68) and moved up 20 spots on the leaderboard. Warren started out with an eagle on the first hole and followed it with another one on the 600-yard 8th.The conditions in Seaside, CA were far from ideal. For this Maine native, it was just like playing back up in New England.
"But if you told me I could shoot 4 under in this wind this afternoon, I would have definitely signed for it and not played today. This is feeling like middle of the season golf in Maine. In Maine it's unpredictable. It's probably warmer in Maine right now. This weather is pretty typical there,” said Warren to PGA.com
Warren is in second and three strokes behind the leader, he tees off in the final group at 12:45 p.m. PST.
Heading into round three with a total score of +1 was Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Vesper CC). Berberian Jr. tacked on five birdies and finished the day with a -2 (70), leaving him at T7 and -1 for the Championship. Berberian Jr. is looking to make another run at the Walter Hagen Cup following his 2016 victory. He takes the tee at 12:25 p.m. and has some more climbing to do as he is five strokes back from the leader.
Moving Day Madness
Doyle, Warren, Berberian Jr., & Friedman Survive the Cut
Round two is in the books at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club for the 51st PGA Professional Championship. With the field of 312 being cut down to the top 90 players (plus ties) our 14 NEPGA Professionals were feeling the pressure.
Matt Doyle, PGA (Misquamicut Club) remains the low NEPGA Professional in the field following his round one 70 (-2) with a 73 (+1). Doyle is currently T7 and sitting 3 strokes behind the leader. Doyle avoided the cut line which was at 5-over par and is looking to continue his consistent play as he takes the tee for round three at 1:20 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).
Doyle’s three birdies were outweighed by four bogeys in round two, but he was able to finish his round with a strong birdie on the par-5 18th.
Sitting at T22 with a total score of +1 on the Championship is Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) and Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Vesper CC). Warren and Berberian showed some steady improvement in round two, both carding even-par 72’s. Neither competitor is a stranger to the big stage, and either one could put up a great performance in round 3. Keep an eye out for Warren and Berberian as they attempt to climb up the leaderboard today.
Warren tees off at 12:20 p.m. and Berberian at 12:00 p.m PST.
Taking the tee at 11:30 a.m PST today is defending Section Champion Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC). Friedman is +2 for the Championship and finished well below the round two cut line. He showed potential for a great round yesterday with back to back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, Friedman finished even par on the day.