Bruso and Karbowski Dominate Sr/ Jr
Rick Karbowski, PGA (Auburn Driving Range) and Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National GC) shot a combined 11-under-par score of 59 to win the Senior/ Junior Championship at Haverhill CC in Haverhill, Mass on Monday. Their round is one of the lowest in NEPGA history.
The format of four-ball stroke play fostered a great opportunity for PGA Professionals over the age of 50 to mentor and play a round with a PGA Professional under the age of 50. Teamwork was a factor on the course as they were able to card the best ball between the duo.
Karbowski and Bruso embodied the team aspect of the event. They began the day on the tenth hole and made the back nine of the course look easy. The Blackstone National- Auburn Driving Range team made birdies on the 12th, 13th, and 14th holes, and finished the side with three more on 16, 17, and 18.
On the front side the duo carded their only bogey on the day, on the sixth hole. However, with Bruso’s long-driving abilities and Karbowski’s strong putting stroke, they more than made up for the deficit. On the eighth hole, Bruso sunk a 20ft putt to make eagle. On the day, they made a total of ten birdies to finish at their total 59.
“We made a lot of putts, Rick really had it going the entire round and he was making everything, it was great. He really inspired me to make some putts and we hit the ball on the green and said to each other ‘we have to make this’ and I just felt so good with the putter,” said Bruso following the round.
High Drama in Section Championship Finale
-N. Kingstown, RI
Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Vesper CC) led wire-to-wire in the New England PGA Section Championship to finish with a three-day total of seven-under-par 206. The lead he had established through the first two rounds of the tournament at eight-under par paid off as he shot a third round score of 73 (+1).
Beginning the day with a bit of a cushion, Berberian Jr. didn’t get the same seamless start that he had hoped for. Admittedly, he said he did not hit the ball as solidly as he would have liked, especially in the beginning of the day. On both the first and third holes, he made bogey.
What saved Berberian Jr, were some very clutch chips out of tough places and long putts. On the fourth hole, Berberian made a 15 foot putt that seemed to be getting his game flowing once again. Even with a bogey on the sixth hole, he came back to make birdies on the eighth and ninth to make the nine-hole turn even to par.
Competition was hot throughout the round between him and Jeff Martin, PGA (Wollaston GC). Martin came into the third round just three shots back from Berberian Jr., which could have been insurmountable, but the door was open.
Martin made bogey on the fourth hole, and couldn’t seem to get his putting stroke down. But on the sixth hole, he chipped in from the fairway to make eagle and get right back into the mix, especially as Berberian made bogey. He made the turn at three-under par for the day and tied for the lead.
Through 13 holes, the Wollaston GC Professional played consistent golf and made pars, and went up two on Berberian Jr. when he made double-bogey on the 13th. Martin’s birdie putt lipped out on the 14th as Berberian made birdie. Berberian went back up two strokes heading into the 16th.