No Senior Moment
Winchester-Kernwood team Win Senior Junior at Walpole CC
Frank Dully, PGA (Kernwood CC) and Eric Barlow (Winchester CC) shot a combined seven-under par 61 to take the top spot at the New England PGA’s Senior/ Junior Championship at Walpole CC in Walpole, MA on Tuesday. The duo combined for a total of six birdies and an eagle.
The combined NEPGA pairs of one Senior PGA Professional (over 50) and one Junior PGA Professional (49 and under) came together Tuesday to share their talents in a four-ball stroke play style event.
Dully and Barlow began from the fifth hole. They had strong play on their opening and made par. After skipping the sixth hole due to course construction, they made their only error on the day on the seventh, making a bogey. From there it was smooth sailing. They made birdie on the 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th and an eagle on 15. They went on to finish at -7, 61.
The format to Tuesday’s event was heavily dependent on teamwork, and helped Dully and Barlow to succeed.
“We go way back, I think I played with Eric in his first pro event many years ago. We have great chemistry playing together on the course, and Eric can putt really well. Teamwork definitely helped us out there,” said Dully.
First Hardware of Fall
Venezio takes home Head Professional Champ and Barlow takes Teaching Pro.
Dan Venezio, PGA (Portland CC) shot a two-under par score of 69 at Granite Links GC in Quincy, MA to win the Head Professional Championship on Wednesday. Eric Barlow, PGA shot an even-par 71 to win the Teaching Professional Championship that also took place on Wednesday.
The Head Professional/ Teaching Professional Championship takes place as separate contests but played on the same day within the full field of players. The strong winds and tough course conditions forced all of the professionals to be at their very best to win.
Venezio has played strong and had many great finishes in NEPGA events, but he just hadn’t been able to end on top. Wednesday, he really brought his ‘A’ game to get it done. He started his campaign quickly, making a birdie on the first hole. He struggled as he closed out his front nine, making two bogeys to turn at one over.
He made another bogey on the tenth hole, but decided a change was going to be needed in order to close out the day on top.
“I hit my tee shot into the fescue on the 12th hole and had a pretty good lie, so I was looking at it and just said you know what, I’m going to go for it. I gave it everything I had and luckily I landed it on the green. That really what was what got me going,” Venezio said.
He made birdie on that 12th hole.