Seniors Take Okemo
NEPGA Senior Championship Begins Monday
The New England PGA Senior’s Championship is back again in Ludlow, VT. The highly anticipated first major Championship event of the NEPGA Season kicks off on Monday at the Okemo Valley Golf Club. Eighty of the most accomplished and experienced PGA Professionals will take the course Monday looking to add to their already strong playing legacies.
The 2017 Senior Champion John Hickson, PGA (Bath CC) is in the field in 2018 looking to repeat his great performance in the past year’s event. There are plenty of past Champions in the field, including three-time winner Paul Parajeckas, PGA and Jim Sheerin, PGA, and two-time winner Dan Wilkins, PGA, Bob Giusti, PGA, Rick Karbowski, PGA, and Ed Kirby, PGA. Other notable Champions in Okemo include Kirk Hanefeld, PGA, David Lane, PGA and Jay Dolan, PGA.
With such a talented field, there is no doubt that the 2018 Championship will come easily to any player, and the golf promises high-powered performances throughout the next two days. Tee times begin on Monday at 8am from the first tee, and there will be a two-tee start for the Championship round.
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Huge Day at The Haven
Pare and Martin play lights out
The Haven Country Club in Boylston, MA welcomed over 100 New England PGA Professionals for 36 holes of golf this morning. The 6,800-yard, par 72 6,800-yard track has previously been the host to the Men’s and Women’s Massachusetts Open.
Professionals came from all over the Section to represent their home club or facility. The format was best ball stroke play. Two professionals were paired together and attempted to play great golf through a trying day of 36 holes.
Conditions appeared very questionable for play throughout the entire day, luckily only occasional showers ran through The Haven. Following the first round, the pairing of Bob Bruso, PGA, Blackstone National & Jeff Seavey, PGA, Samoset Resort left their mark on the leader board with a 62 (-10).
Other notable round one scores included, John Fields, PGA, Belmont & Frank Dully, PGA, Kernwood fired a 65 (-7). The pairings of Troy Pare, PGA, Ledgemont & Jeff Martin, PGA, Wollaston GC and Brian Keiser, PGA, Weston GC & Steven Daly, PGA, Black Rock sat four strokes behind Bruso and Seavey at 6-under par.
With another 18 holes of golf to go, it was time for these PGA Professionals to buckle down and continue grinding out on the course. For Troy Pare and Jeff Martin, it was easy to see that round one was just a glimpse of what the pairing could accomplish. Pare and Martin followed up the round one 66 with a 10 under-par 62. The total score of 128 (-16) was enough to take home the crown here in Boylston.
Bruso and Seavey came up just three strokes shy as they carded a round two score of 69.
The outstanding performance from Martin and Pare included a total of 19 birdies.
The Professionals enjoyed a lunch in between rounds and enjoyed the competitive day on the course. The event would not have been possible without the support of Head Professional Hal Jacobs and the entire Haven CC staff. A huge thanks goes out to our presenting partner Stitch Golf Products and our supporting partners True Spec Golf, CCE Golf Cars and Fennec.