Thorny Lea Proves to be Tough Test for First NEPGA Event
Brian Moskevich, PGA and his Manchester CC team of Brent Boucher (a), Matt Gatsas (a), and Dan Casey (a) shot eight-under par at Thorny Lea Golf Club in the NEPGA Pro-Am on Tuesday. Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National CC) shot a two-under par 70 to finish as the low individual professional in the event.
PGA Professionals who came out for warm, sunny, spring-like weather were surely disappointed in what they had to face on Tuesday. With highs in the lower 40s and wind gusts totaling 20-30 miles per hour, it certainly felt more like February than April in Brockton. It was an uphill battle and scores reflected that hardship.
Moskevich’s team saw the battle ahead and forged on, knowing mother nature affects the rest of the field just as much. In the 2 best-ball format, they began by making three birdies and an eagle on the opening four holes. They would round out their opening nine holes bogey-free and at seven-under par.
Manchester CC’s back nine holes at Thorny Lea proved more of a challenge. After making a birdie on the tenth hole, and another eagle on the eleventh, the team made a double-bogey on 12. They’d play more consistent golf on the rest of their holes, and finished the back nine with another bogey on 17 and birdie on 18. On a whole, finishing at eight-under was no small feat.
At the Starting Line
Hanefeld, Karbowski lead the way in first New England Event
Rick Karbowski, PGA (Auburn Driving Range) and Kirk Hanefeld, PGA (Salem CC) took home a win at the first event of the New England PGA season this week. The duo shot a six-under par 66 in the Massachusetts Chapter 6, 6,6 at TPC Boston.
The Mass. Chapter 6, 6,6 combines three separate styles of play. Two-person teams play the first six holes as a best ball, the second six as alternate shot, and the third six as a scramble. Combining their score from the three contests, Hanefeld and Karbowski finished at six-under par with a 66. In best ball, they shot two under par, 22; in alternate shot, they were the only team to not be over par, finishing even with a 23; and in the scramble, they finished four-under-par with a 21.
The teams of Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National GC) & Patrick Beahn, PGA (Blackstone National GC), and Rick Durocher, PGA (Cyprian Keyes GC) & Frank Dully, PGA (Kernwood CC) all finished at three-under par with a score of 21 to tie at the top of the leader board in the best ball contest. In the scramble portion, Matt Lombard, PGA (Winchester CC) and Colin Beaupre, PGA (Winchester CC) placed first at six under par, 19.
The total field was comprised of 22 teams of two. It was a great showing for a chilly spring day. Considering snow was still on the ground just days earlier, the course was in phenomenal shape.
Thank you to Mark Nowosielski, PGA and his staff at TPC Boston for hosting this great event! We can’t wait to be on the course for the rest of the season!