Berberian, Corcoran Capture Second Winter Pro-Pro Championship
Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Vesper CC) and Rob Corcoran, PGA (Poxabogue) shot a combined seven-under- par score of 65 to win the New England PGA’s Winter Pro-Pro at Disney’s Magnolia Course on Saturday. This is the second consecutive year that Berberian and Corcoran have won this event.
It was a perfect day for golf for all sixteen teams to take the course following the PGA Merchandise Show. After a long week at the Orange County Convention Center, and an already long winter, NEPGA Professionals were ready to play some golf. Berberian and Corcoran looked to put up a good performance and repeat as winners for a second year, but it wouldn't be as simple.
The duo made bogey on the first hole, but it would be their only misstep. They went on to birdie eight of the remaining 17 holes, with five on the front and three on the back. This strong play put them three strokes ahead of Bill Andrews, PGA (Portsmouth CC) and Griffin Andrews, PGA (Portsmouth CC) who finished at -4, 68. Corcoran and Berberian finished -7 with a score of 65 to win the event for thes econd year
The Portsmouth team of Andrews and Andrews played strong golf throughout their round as well. They made birdie on the fourth, sixth and eighth and made bogey on five to make the turn at two-under. On the back, they made an eagle on 10, and would add two more birdies and two bogeys to finish at four-under par in second place.
NEPGA Announces 2018 Award Winners
The New England PGA announced the newest recipients of its special awards on Tuesday. The 2018 NEPGA Awards Banquet will celebrate all of those winners and will be held in May.
The 2018 Award winners are: Matt Closter, PGA (Woodstock Golf Club) – Merchandiser of the Year-Resort; Stephen Clancy, PGA (Granite Links GC) –Merchandiser of the Year- Public; John Fields, PGA (Belmont CC)—Merchandiser of the Year- Private; Graham Cunningham, PGA (Framingham CC)—Horton Smith Award; John ‘Jay’ Askew, PGA (The Ridge Club)—Deacon Palmer Award; Brendon Ray, PGA (Carnegie Abbey Club)—Assistant Professional of the Year; Eric Barlow, PGA (Winchester CC)—Teacher of the Year; Vinnie Del Zoppo, PGA —Patriot Award; Peter Doherty, PGA (Atkinson Club)—Player Development Award; David Donnellan, PGA (Hyannis GC)—Youth Player Development Award; Adam Hemeon, PGA (Weston GC)—Bill Strausbaugh Award; and Larry Kelley, PGA (Five Star Golf Cars)—Golf Professional of the Year.
The 2018 class of winners represent 4 of 5 states in the New England Section. Eight winners are from Massachusetts, two are from Vermont, one is from New Hampshire, and one from Rhode Island. Six of the award winners have won awards in the past, and the other six are winners for the first time.