Going Back to Cali
14 NEPGA Professionals Prepared to Contend for PGA Professional Title
While the world’s best touring Professionals finish up the year’s 2nd major on the east coast, the country’s top playing PGA Professionals are set to begin competition on the west coast in the 51st PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet/Black Horse Resort in Carmel, CA. While the area is known for courses such as Pebble Beach and Cypress Point, the picturesque and challenging Bayonet & Black Horse is no slouch and will test the skills of 14 New England PGA Professionals, along with almost 300 other PGA Professionals from around the country who qualified to be there. The top 20 finishers will advance to the 100th PGA Championship being held in August at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
The New England PGA is represented by 2017 Section Champion Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC), in addition to 13 others who qualified through the NEPGA Championship last August at Renaissance GC in Haverhill, MA. Joining Friedman are: Eric Barlow, PGA (Winchester CC), 2-Time NEPGA Champion and 2-Time defending NEPGA & PGA of America Player of the Year Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Vesper CC), 2017 & 2018 Hudson Cup Champion Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National), 2016 NEPGA Champion Matt Doyle, PGA (The Misquamicut Club), 2018 Pro-Assistant Champion Boomer Erick, PGA (Boston GC), 3-Time NEPGA Section Champion & 2-Time PGA Senior PGA Professional Champion Kirk Hanefeld, PGA (Salem CC), 2-Time NEPGA Champion John Hickson, PGA (Bath CC), 3-Time NEPGA Player of the Year Jeff Martin, PGA (Wollaston GC), Sean McTernan, PGA (Brae Burn CC), 2007 NEPGA Champion Troy Pare, PGA (Ledgemont CC), Jeff Seavey, PGA (Samoset Resort GC), 3-Time NEPGA Player of the Year and 2013 NEPGA Champion Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) and Matt Zdon, PGA (Belmont CC).
Best of luck to all of our NEPGA Professionals!
Bob Beach Week
Braintree Honors Beach with Weeklong Celebration
Bob Beach, PGA knew the 2018 golf season would be one of great transition. Not just on the course in his members' golf games, but in his own life. On June 16th, after 27 years as a PGA Professional at Braintree Municipal, Beach will be retiring.
His retirement won't be a quiet stepping away. The mayor of Braintree Joseph Sullivan declared the week of June 3-9th as ‘Bob Beach Week’, honoring Beach’s many accomplishments and successes within the community.
“He has done a lot of positive and wonderful things for our town. He has really lifted the game of golf here in Braintree,” Sullivan said in an interview with the Patriot Ledger.
On June 7th, a plaque on the putting green at Braintree Municipal was dedicated in his honor, and on June 9th, Braintree Municipal will host a shotgun golf tournament celebrating Beach. He will also be the Grand Marshal at the “Braintree Day” parade on June 30.
Beach’s dedication to the PGA and New England PGA communities has been nothing less than substantial. In 2013 Beach was awarded the NEPGA Patriot Award in recognition of outstanding dedication to helping military veterans. In 2014, Beach was elected into the New England PGA Hall of Fame.
He has dedicated his teaching career to helping those with disabilities access the game of golf. He has been heavily involved with both the Special Olympics of Massachusetts and is also on the Board of Directors for Golf For All, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, advocate and publicize the free participation of all individuals with disabilities in the game of golf.
The NEPGA is very proud to have Bob as a member, and his dedication to improving lives through the game of golf is something we hope all of our members strive to have.
Congratulations to Bob Beach, PGA on a wonderful career!