A Secretarial Address
PGA of America Secretary to attend NEPGA Fall Meeting
- Haverhill, MA
Jim Richerson, PGA, the current secretary of the PGA of America will be attending the New England PGA’s Annual Fall Meeting on October 29th at Renaissance GC in Haverhill, Mass. It will be Richerson’s first visit to the New England Section.
The meeting on the 29th will open to PGA Professionals at 8am, and the meeting will begin at 9am. There will be a NEPGA University Education Seminar following the meeting.
Richerson will give a short "town hall" style presentation during the meeting about the PGA of America. It will not be the first time a PGA of America representative has visited the section for a meeting. Former president Derek Sprague, PGA and NEPGA’s own Jim Remy, PGA have also been in attendance for past meetings.
The Fall Meeting is a time for NEPGA Professionals to see many of the changes that have taken place in the season and reconnect before a long winter offseason. It’s especially important to those professionals who go to southern states for the winter, who have been further removed from the NEPGA. It’s a great way to connect, receive education credit, and network with fellow New England Professionals and partners. PGA Professionals of all levels are encouraged to attend.
The Fall Meeting will open at 8:00am for registration, and will begin at 9am on October 29th at Renaissance GC. NEPGA Professionals who wish to attend the meeting do not need to register beforehand, but only need to sign the check-in sheet when they arrive.
Thank you to Jim Richerson for attending our meeting, and thank you to Renaissance GC and Rhett Bishop, PGA for hosting!
Up and Down
Friedman Dominates Rain and Cold to win Avidia Cup Finals
Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC) persevered through tough wind and rain to shoot a winning score of four-under-par 68 at Montcalm Golf Club in the NEPGA Avidia Cup Finals on Tuesday. The Avidia Cup Finals takes the top 54 finishers from all of the NEPGA’s stroke play events and awards the winner as the player with the most aggregate points.
Frozen was the best way to describe every player who walked into the clubhouse at Montcalm following their round. It was hard not to be, considering the 50 degree temperature and rainy conditions plaguing Enfield, NH.
Friedman wasn’t immune to the temperatures, but channeled his energies fully towards the task at hand: being the best golfer on the course. He got off to a great start, making a birdie on the mammoth 374 yard par-4 first hole. He had a less than stellar rest of his front nine, making two more bogies on the fourth and sixth holes to turn through nine at one-over-par.
As the rain really began to pick up on the back nine, Friedman’s game rose to the occasion. He started from the tenth hole with three straight birdies and holed out on the 15th to make an eagle. A 31 (-5) on his back nine was really what propelled him to success. He finished with a total score of 68 (-4), just edging out David Jankowski, PGA (Orleans GC) who shot 69 (-3).
Even in tough conditions, Friedman found some joy in the round.
“I just kept my nose to the grindstone really, and tried to keep the ball in the fairway, hit it close, and make some putts. I had a lot fall on the back nine that really helped, but it was a lot of fun out there to play,” said Friedman.