Stroke Play Starts at Shelter
Venezio and Martin card 67s to tie for first Stroke Play crown
CHARLESTOWN, RI - Dan Venezio, PGA (Portland CC) and Jeff Martin, PGA (Wollaston GC) each carded a score of 67 (-4) to finish tied for the top spot at Shelter Harbor Golf Club on Tuesday. It was the opening event in the Stroke Play Series Calendar.
Venezio was looking to get back in the swing of things heading into Tuesday, admitting he hadn’t gotten to play very much this season. If he was out of practice, it certainly didn’t show, as he made five birdies on the front side of the Hurdzan and Fry designed course. On the back, he had a couple of missteps, making a double-bogey on 11 and bogey on 17; but he was able to regain some lost ground with two more birdies on 12 and 15. All things considered, he finished with a 67 (-4) and tied for first.
“I didn’t expect it, I was honestly using it as a tune up,” said Venezio. “I really came out today just looking to have a fun day on the golf course and get to see a great golf course and I surprised myself, I just had it today.”
Martin too found success on the course, but couldn’t break par as often as Venezio. On the front side, he made eight straight pars, and finally notched a birdie on the ninth. On the back, he made an eagle on the par-5, 12th hole after hitting a towering tee shot. He followed it up with more clean play: another birdie on 13 and more pars. Martin didn’t make a bogey on the day, and finished with a clean four-under-par (67).
School's Out for Summer
NEPGA U Club Fitting Symposium a Success
The New England PGA and partners True Spec Golf and PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) conducted a Club Fitting Symposium today at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI as part of the NEPGA University curriculum, which is wrapping up its spring offerings as the season gets underway. 25 PGA Professionals were in attendance to educate themselves on the current methodology and technology behind club fitting, with the information coming from the fitting experts at True Spec Golf and PXG in a custom and interactive classroom setting.
Tim Briand, the Director of Fitting & Sales for True Spec Golf led off the day with a tremendous review of the importance of club fitting and all of the tools at PGA Professional's disposal to properly fit their members and students. Following the presentation, everyone moved outdoors for three live fittings with some members from Kirkbrae as the test subjects. The fittings focused on drivers, wedges and irons, and the True Spec Mobile Fitting unit and PXG showcased their array of club head and shaft options, in addition to lie & loft check and club bending capabilities. Jason Parajeckas, PXG fitter for New England joined the team from True Spec to put on a collaborative fitting for the three golfers, and helped make almost immediate improvements to the shot quality for each. In all, it was a fantastic day of learning for everyone in attendance, so thanks to the presenters and Mike Bradshaw & Kirkbrae for hosting. To view the full driver and wedge fitting videos, visit our Facebook page.
Established in 2018, NEPGA U. is a re-brand of the New England PGA education curriculum for Members and Apprentices of the New England Section. The purpose of NEPGA U. and our Education Committee is to provide an inclusive, Section-wide platform which facilitates the development and inspires the growth of the New England PGA Professional by focusing on but not limited to the following five pillars: Instruction, Merchandising, Personal Wellness, Golf Operations and Career Development.