Howling in Hamilton
Goslings Invitational Continues in Bermuda
The 2018 Goslings International Invitational has had an exciting few days among the picturesque views and towering palm trees on the Jewel of the Atlantic. 104 Golfers arrived in Bermuda, ready for a week of golf on two outstanding courses, delicious beverages among some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, and week-long camaraderie among friends new and old. At the halfway point of the tournament, things have unfolded differently than they were drawn up at the start of the week.
A successful ProAm on Monday at Port Royal Golf Course featured 88 golfers playing fourball match play while representing two teams – Team Papa Seal, named for Malcolm Gosling, Sr., & Team Jr. Seal, named for Malcolm Gosling, Jr. The Jr. Seal team was victorious in a tightly contested match, winning 11.5 – 10.5. Following the ProAm, all players were treated to the first of many memorable evenings.
NEPGA Vegas ProAm is One for the Ages
-Las Vegas, NV
The NEPGA annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas is preceded by lots of anticipation regardless of the various specifics. The allure of the Vegas strip can do that, with the lights and the glam and the visions of one pull of a slot machine leading to instant riches. Mix in the chance to play golf with your friends, and the build-up is palpable. The 2018 edition seemed to have some more mystique than usual however, once it was announced that the NEPGA would be visiting Shadow Creek, the top-30 in the U.S. ranked course just north of the Vegas strip. Shadow would be joining the hidden gem Southern Highlands and Siena for our best rotation of courses in the 18-year history of this event. With all-of these things lined up, we had our largest number of teams in history with 46, and the event sold out in June, a full five months before it was to take place.
Adding to the opportunity to play Shadow Creek was the news that the two most famous golfers of the modern era, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, would be playing a first-of-its-kind match at Shadow Creek just 10 days after the NEPGA would be there. This 9-Million Dollar, winner take all pay-per-view special would no doubt mean that Shadow Creek would be in perfect shape, and the course would be on the minds of the collective golf world in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving weekend. Mix in an HBO 24/7 special dedicated to ‘The Match’ released just before our ProAm began, and everyone was brimming with excitement to tee it up at this special venue. Little did we know, our New England PGA ProAm would write its own bit of history at Shadow Creek.