NEPGA Section Championship Begins
The 97th Section Championship starts on Monday at Turner Hill and Renaissance
The New England Section of the PGA is excited to have its Section Championship at two locations, Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, Mass and Turner Hill Golf and Racquet Club in Ipswich, Mass on August 21-23, 2017. This year marks the 97th rendition of the NEPGA Section Championship.
This is the second time that Turner Hill will host the Championship, while Renaissance is hosting its first Section Championship. The last time the event was at Turner Hill in 2006, Frank Dully, PGA blew away the field, shooting 11-under par for the tournament and winning by 12 strokes. In 2017, 144 registered players will play 18 holes at both Renaissance and Turner Hill, with the final round played at Renaissance GC.
The NEPGA Championship field contains some of our Section’s most talented golfers. Returning to defend his 2016 title is Matt Doyle, PGA (The Misquamicut Club), who took home the title at Pinehills Golf Club by shooting six-under par for a two stroke victory. Doyle is looking to etch his name in history by becoming the seventh golfer to repeat as NEPGA Section Champion.
Bay State Ballers
Giacchetto and Thibodeau cruise to victory at Inaugural Bay State Cup
Tough greens and a charging field couldn’t stop Andrew Giacchetto (Canton, MA) and Lauren Thibodeau (Hampstead, NH) from rolling to victory at the New England PGA Junior Tour’s inaugural Bay State Cup Invitational.
Giacchetto went wire-to-wire, shooting a four-over par 73 on the final day at Plymouth Country Club to finish at one-under par 210, claiming a five-shot victory over runner-up Dillon Brown (Halifax, MA). Thibodeau shot a seven-over par 76 for her final round, besting Elizabeth Lacognata (Scarborough, ME) by eight strokes and finishing 16-over par 229 for the tournament.
Entering the day with a five-shot lead, Giacchetto knew he just had to hold serve over the talented field behind him. The 2019 graduate was able to do just that as he minimized mistakes and avoided big numbers to get through the final round. With the win, Giacchetto was rewarded with 2 AJGA Performance stars and an exemption into the 2018 Jr. PGA Championship. The wire-to-wire victory was highlighted by a six-under 66 on the second day at LeBaron Hills Country Club that separated him from the field.
Brown was able to match Giacchetto at Plymouth, shooting a four-over par 73, but had too much ground to make up, finishing at four-over par 215 for the tournament. For his runner-up efforts, Brown earned an exemption into this year’s IMG Academy Jr. World Florida Challenge on December 14-16 in Sarasota, FL.