Jagoe Goes Low
Allendale CC's Jagoe Navigates Manchester CC
Nicholas Jagoe (Allendale CC) shot a three-under-par score of 68 to finish as the champion of Stroke Play Series event #3 at Manchester CC on Monday. Jagoe was one of only five NEPGA Professionals to finish under par.
Jagoe began in the late morning, trying to just focus on the basics and enjoy the round playing a more carefree round of golf. His strategy worked in his favor, and he made birdie on the second and fifth holes; making the turn without a bogey on his card at two-under-par.
On the back, groups across the board struggled with some of the quirks Manchester CC had to offer on the course. Jagoe opened up with another birdie on the 11th, but followed it up with a bogey on the 12th. He fought back to make a birdie on 13 and an eagle on the 15th to get to five-under par. He made a couple of bogeys on the stretch towards the clubhouse, but ultimately finished on top at 68 (-3).
“It was tough out there, I was lucky because I had Brian (Moskevich) to lead me around a little, he’s the assistant here, but he definitely knew some of the bad spots on the course. I followed his lead and it really paid off,” said Jagoe.
Manchester Country Club takes some serious maneuvering to get around, especially for players who have never seen the course before. Many of the tee shots are blind, leaving players to guess on the right direction and club selection for every shot. For Jagoe to go as low as he did, and admit he might have left a few putts out on the course is a remarkable feat.
Granite State Showdown
Manchester CC and Concord CC to Host 2019 NEPGA Section Championship
The New England PGA is excited to announce the next host sites for its Section Championship in 2019. Manchester Country Club in Manchester, NH and Concord Country Club in Concord, NH will serve as co-host facilities for the 99th playing of the New England PGA Championship on August 5 – 7, 2019. The event will flip dates with the NEPGA Seniors Championship and be conducted two weeks earlier than its typical third week of August.
“The New England Section is very excited to bring our major Championship to New Hampshire in 2019, and to conduct our event at two of the Granite State’s premier facilities is going to be very special for our PGA Professionals,” said NEPGA President Ron Bibeau, “I am already looking forward to next year.”
Next year will be only the third time in the 98 year history of the event that the NEPGA Championship will visit New Hampshire. 2019 will mark the first time it returns to the state since 2014, where it was played at The Golf Club of New England and Portsmouth Country Club. That year, Rich Berberian Jr. won in a decisive victory shooting 69-71-71 (-5) over the three-day span.
Other than the local PGA Tour events, the NEPGA Championship will boast the largest Professional purse in New England next year, and our PGA Professionals are sure to be impressed with these two classic layouts.
Manchester Country Club is a historic Donald Ross layout that was one of the very few viewed by Ross himself after completion. This par-71 course recently underwent a renovation project and hosted the 2017 New Hampshire Open. Co-host Concord Country Club was established in 1930 and is recognized as one of the finest courses in the state.
The Section Championship is the ultimate event on the NEPGA calendar. The section routinely has over 160 PGA Professionals battling for the crown.