Karbowski and team take down winds to win Pro-Senior
Rick Karbowski, PGA (Auburn Driving Range) and his team of JimRuschioni, Ron Soderman, and Cliff Calvao shot a best ball (gross) score of 64 (-7) to take home the top honors at the Pro-Senior Championship at Carnegie Abbey Country Club in Portsmouth, RI on Monday. They topped a large and talented field of 34 teams by at least one stroke.
Karbowski and his team came ready to take down the competition, whether it is nature or the other golfers. Wind gusts barreled the course throughout the day, making an already tough golf course even tougher. At times, the gusts were simply described as brutal by many of the golfers on Monday.
On the front, the Auburn Driving range team combined for three birdies: one on the 3rd, 7th, and 9th holes. They made the turn at 32, ready to keep the birdie barrage going through the persistent gusts.
Their clean play was astonishing, as they made no bogeys on the day and added four more birdies on the back nine. They combined for a 64 (-7) which was good enough to win the championship by one stroke.
“We had a really great day just being out here,” said Karbowski, “Jim and I had never been here or played the course before, and it’s in great shape and was so much fun to play.”
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Doyle, Martin finish on top after the first round at the Professional National Championship
Matt Doyle, PGA (Misquamicut Club), 2016 NEPGA Section Champion, carded a 70 (-2) on the Byonet Course at Bayonet and Black Horse in Seaside, CA on Sunday, finishing T3 after the first round in the PGA Professional Championship. With the projected cut line at +2, many New England PGA Professionals are off to a good start to play all four rounds.
Doyle began his quest for the Walter Hagen Cup from the back nine on Black Horse. He got off to a great start, making birdies on the 10th and 11th par-4 holes. He’d make a bogey on 14, but kept playing consistent golf, moving to the front nine. He picked up two more birdies on one and three, moving to three-under-par before making a last bogey on the ninth hole. He finished T3 with a pair of 35s for a final score of 70 (-2). He tees off in his second round at 12:50 PST from the Black Horse Course.
Jeff Martin, PGA (Wollaston GC) was the only other Section professional in red numbers, shooting a 71 (-1) on the Bayonet Course. He finished T12 and is set to begin his second round at 2:25 from the Bayonet Course, one he thinks he might play a little better on.
"It feels good to get off to a good start, especially here," he said to PGA.com. "The last time I was here I did not play well at all on either golf course. There's some tee balls -- this course in particular -- that I'm not comfortable with. It was good to get this one out of the way, because I actually like Bayonet a lot better. I can bang my driver and it suits my game better than Black Horse.” Martin will tee off for his second round at 2:25 PST on Monday.
Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) and reigning Section Champion Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC) also began from the Bayonet course and sit above the +2 projected cut line. Warren carded a 73 (+1) and finished T35. Friedman came in with a 74 (+2) and sits at T 59. Warren begins round 2 at 7:45 a.m. and Friedman begins at 7:40 a.m.
Matt Zdon, PGA (Belmont CC), and Rich Berberian Jr. (Vesper CC) both began on the Black Horse course, carding scores of 73(+1). Berberian Jr was the 2016 PGA Professional National Champion winning in a come-from-behind fashion over Omar Uresti at Turning Stone Golf Resort in Verona, NY. Zdon begins his next round at 8:05 a.m. and Berberian is at 1:45 p.m.
The Sunday-Wednesday Championship is just in the beginning stages, and is shaping up to be an exciting finish for our NEPGA Professionals!
(Photo Credit: PGA of America)