Etched in Marble
Friedman Captures Stroke Play Series #5
Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC) shot a 68 (-3) to win the fifth Stroke Play Series event at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Mass on Tuesday. This was the final Stroke Play Series qualifying event before the Stroke Play Series Finals at Montcalm in October.
Friedman began the day on a strong note. He went back-to-back with birdies on the first and second and fifth and sixth holes. He finished the Quincy nine holes with a lone bogey on the ninth to head to the Milton nine at -3, 32.
In his second nine, he didn’t go as low. He made a birdie on Milton 4, but fell back to even with a bogey on the par-3 Milton 6th. He traded a bogey for birdie one last time on his final two holes of the day, to finish even through his second nine. On the day, Friedman finished three-under-par with a score of 68.
Matt Zdon, PGA (Belmont CC) finished T2 with Dan Venezio, PGA (Portland CC) and Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National) who all shot 69 (-2). Venezio had a fantastic day on the course, making a double bogey on Milton 2 as his only misstep on the day. Bruso and Zdon had only small mistakes between the courses as well, but it was too much to overtake Friedman.
John Paesani, PGA (The Bay Club at Mattapoisett) may not have shot the score he wanted to win the event, but he made an ace on the second hole on the Quincy course. He finished his round at 72 (+1).
The top 60 in the Avidia Cup Points standings after this event have now qualified for the Stroke Play Series Finals at Montcalm GC in Enfield, NH on October 2nd. To see the updated list of finalists, please click here
Seth Waugh Named PGA of America CEO
Seth Waugh, a former Deutsche Bank Americas CEO, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America. Waugh will guide the business and overall strategy of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals into an exciting new era.
An Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors, Waugh is completing a three-year term of service, during which the Association focused on a long-term strategic plan to serve the PGA Member and grow the game.
Since 2017, Waugh has served as a Senior Advisor and then a Managing Director at Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. He will continue on as a Senior Advisor to the firm.
In 2016, he was also appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Alex. Brown, following the sale of Deutsche Bank’s Private Client Services division to Raymond James. Waugh also served in the management of Florida East Coast Industries in 2014.
“It is an honor and privilege to be invited to lead this remarkable Association into its second century,” said Waugh. “Like so many, I share a passion for the game that has given so much to me, and in the process, has somehow become a huge influence in my life. The opportunity to work with the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals and others in the game to give back and to help our beautiful sport evolve is a true gift. I look forward to getting into the field to engage with our Members, learn more about the issues that matter most to them, and look for ways to enhance their careers and lives. I am grateful for the trust that the Officers and the Board are showing in me. It will be exciting to see all the good that we can do together as an Association and an industry.