On the Drive
NEPGA Assistants through three rounds at National Assistant's Championship
-Port. St Lucie, FL
Nicholas Lombardi, PGA (Worcester CC) leads the charge of NEPGA Professionals at the National Assistants Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL after shooting a 74-73-71, +2 218. He currently sits T39 in the event, heading into Sunday's final round. He'll tee it up on the Wanamaker Course for the final day alongside 5 other NEPGA Assistant Professionals.
Starting from the tenth tee on Saturday's third round, Lombardi was looking to follow up two strong opening round performances. Starting from the tenth tee, Lombardi was hot out of the gate, making birdie on the tenth and eleventh holes. He battled against the tough course and after making a bogey on the 13th hole, made birdies on the 14th and 17th. He finished his first nine holes at three-under-par. Holes 1-9 played tougher for Lombardi. He made three bogeys on the 2nd, 6th, and 7th but was able to finish strong with just those few missteps. He finished the day with a -1, 71
The NEPGA contingent of Assistant Professionals are very much still active in the race for the leader board. Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) came into the third day with two even par scores under his belt. However, the course got the better of him on Saturday. He made five bogeys and one lone birdie to finish with a +4, 76. He'll look for Sunday's closing round to make some key adjustments and hopefully capitalize on some mistakes.
Outside of Lombardi and Warren, Zachary Tucker, PGA (Cape Cod GC), Matt Baran, PGA (Oyster Harbors) and Andrew Wester (Winchester CC) all survived the two-round cut line. Brendon Mitchell, PGA (The Country Club) had an opening 76-75, +7 and was unfortunately cut. Wester and Baran both had round three scores of 76 and and Tucker shot a 74 on Saturday.
Derek Berg, PGA of Sahalee Country Club in Washington has a one-stroke lead on the field with a 68-67-71 stellar ten-under-par performance.
Keep an eye on the scoreboard here on the homepage for live scoring through Sunday's final round!
NEPGA Assistants Gear Up for National Competition
-Port St. Lucie, FL
The New England PGA has seven Assistants teeing it up this week in Florida at the National Car Rental Assistant’s Championship. They qualified for the national event after finishing at the top of the leaderboard in the NEPGA Assistants Championship. Who is the NEPGA sending; look below to learn more on Shawn Warren, PGA; Andrew Wester, PGA; Matt Baran, PGA; Chris Trout, PGA; Nick Lombardi; Zach Tucker, PGA, and Brenden Mitchell, PGA.
Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC): Warren makes his debut at the National event after his win at the 2016 NEPGA Assistants’ Championship earned him an exemption. He’s been playing great golf in the New England Section in 2017, winning the Assistant’s Championship again. Warren’s played in this event before and could make a run at the National title.
Andrew Wester (Winchester CC): Wester was the round 1 leader heading into the final day at the Assistants’ Championship at the Bay Club after shooting a three-under par score of 68. Although he, like much of the field, struggled the second day of the event, he finished T1 with a +1 143. He was the only player in red digits the opening day. If he plays the same way in Port St. Lucie, he could easily end up on the top of the leader board.
Matt Baran, PGA (Oyster Harbors Club): The 2016 NEPGA Avidia Cup Champion finished T1 with Wester in the 2017 Assistant’s Championship. Baran is no stranger to strong play. He shot an even par 71 and one over par 72 at the Bay Club for a 143 finish. Baran will bring his consistent style of play to Port St. Lucie for his shot at success.
Chris Trout, PGA (Shelter Harbor GC): Trout surprised the field at the 2016 NEPGA Section Championship at Pinehills GC with his impressive T2 finish at -4 212, only two strokes back from the champion. His Assistant’s finish was also impressive, finishing in third with a +2, 144.