Friedman, Bruso tied for 36-hole lead at Section Championship
Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc GC) shot a three-under-par 69 at Renaissance Golf Club on Tuesday to improve his 36-hole total score to five-under par, 139 at the 97th New England PGA Section Championship. Bob Bruso, PGA (Essex County Club) also finished at 139 through two rounds and is tied with Freidman for first place.
Freidman started his day white-hot on the front nine. He made birdie on the par-3 second hole, and also birdied five and eight. He made the turn at two-under par for the day. On the back nine, Freidman struggled heavily, making bogeys on the 11th, 12th, and 13th. But, he wouldn’t let the wind push him around the course, and closed the door on the final four holes: he made birdie on all of them.
“I hit it close a lot. I got off to a good start, made birdie on the second hole and caught a couple of fortunate breaks to keep the round going. Unfortunately had a tough patch in the middle and made four birdies to close the round,” said Freidman.
Bruso brought his strong, consistent play to Renaissance for his second round, after shooting a five-under par 67 at Turner Hill on Monday. He birdied the first and third holes to jump out to two-under par. He struggled on the par-three fourth hole, but was able to erase his mistake with a birdie on the fifth. He’d add a bogey on seven to make the turn at one-under par.
On the back, Bruso made birdies on 10 and 13, but a string of 3 bogeys on 14, 15, and 16 would hold him back from going any lower. He finished at even par on the day, five under for the tournament thus far.
Bruso is no stranger to playing in the final group in the NEPGA Section Championship, having played in the Championship pairing in 2016 at Pinehills GC. Friedman is no stranger to the limelight either: as a former Western New York professional, he won their 2011 Section Championship.
Partial Eclipse of the Ball
Berberian Leads Section Championship Through First Round
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Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Vesper CC) shot a six-under-par 66 at Turner Hill GC to lead the NEPGA Section Championship after Monday’s opening round. Sean McTernan, PGA (Brae Burn CC) shot a three-under par 69 at Renaissance GC to lead the group from that site.
McTernan opened with strong play on the front nine, with two birdies on the third and seventh holes. He made only one bogey on the day on the eleventh hole, but quickly made up for it with birdies on the 12th and 14th.
“I think for me I had some really good predictability with my ball flight. I set it down the right side of the fairway and it drew back into the middle, so I was really happy with how I was hitting the ball,”said McTernan.
For Renaissance, a three-under par score or anything under par is an achievement. Stephen Daly, PGA (Black Rock GC) and Hal Jacobs, PGA (The Haven CC) were the only other PGA professionals under par at Renaissance, both finishing at one-under par 71.
McTernan currently sits in fourth place overall. Daly and Jacobs and the other starters from Renaissance GC will move to play at Turner Hill on Tuesday.
Even a solar eclipse couldn’t stop the red hot Berberian Jr. who fired an opening round six-under par 66 at Turner Hill Golf Club at the 2017 New England PGA Section Championship. Berberian Jr. started out blazing hot with birdies on four of the first five holes. He would go on to have 8 birdies on the round and just two bogeys.