O'Leary and Nash are Kentucky Bound
Results are in at the 2018 New England Jr. PGA Championship
It was an eventful few days here at Shaker Hills Golf Club for the New England Jr. PGA Championship. For these Jr. Golfers a trip to the 43rd Boys and Girls Jr. PGA Championship was on the line. The field of 22 Girls and 54 Boys took to this par-72 course in Harvard, MA for 36 holes of play. After seeing some great scores posted in both fields day one, it made for an interesting final round.
Fred Curtis, Owner of Shaker Hills said, “The quality of competition is very good for the top players and the challenge of the course stood up”. Curtis was anxious to see what the final round entailed.
On day one Andrew O’Leary (Norfolk, MA) and Dillon Brown (Halifax, MA) both fired even-par 72s to pace the boys field, they stood one shot clear of Nathan Ingram (Pembroke, MA) and a pack of 12 other boys lurking within four shots of the lead. On the girl’s side, Lauren Thibodeau (Hampstead, NH) carded an even-par 72 of her own to grab a five shot lead.
At the final round O’Leary made a statement in the boy’s field. He followed his day one 72 with a one under par 71 and came out victorious at the 2018 New England Boys Jr. PGA Championship. This win will send O’Leary to Valhalla Golf Club July 31st-August 3rd, 2018 for the Jr. PGA Championship.
Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY is well known for hosting multiple PGA Championships as well as the 2008 Ryder Cup. We look forward to watching Andrew on the big stage in just a few short months.
In the Girls field Emily Nash (Lunenberg, MA) went trophy chasing for the 2018 New England Girls Jr. PGA Championship. Going into the final round five strokes behind the current leader Lauren Thibodeau, Nash had some ground to catch. Nash fired an even par 72 on the final round and caught up to Thibodeau who carded a 77 (+5) on the day.
Bruso Burns through Blue Hill
Stroke Play Series is in full swing after event #2
Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, MA welcomed the second NEPGA Stroke Play Series event of the season. It was a perfect day for golf, not a cloud in the sky and temperatures reaching high 70s. Designed by Eugene “Skip” Wogan in 1925, this beautiful par-72 track welcomed a PGA Championship in 1956.
Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National) a very familiar name in the New England Section added another big victory to his resume. Carding a -4 (68), Bruso sat on top of the leaderboard the entire day. Bruso wrapped up both the front and back nine with a pair of birdies.
Following close behind was Allan Menne of Mink Meadows in Tisbury, MA. Menne carded a -3 (69) and had an excellent 33 on the back nine. Placing third with a score of -2 (70) was John Rainone of North Kingstown GC.
Carding under par rounds was Matt Arvanitis of Hooksett, NH, Kirk Hanefield of Salem CC, Frank Dully of Kernwood CC, and Rich Karbowski of Berlin, MA.
Back from sunny Seaside, CA was Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC). Warren made his way down to Blue Hill to pick the clubs back up for the first time since qualifying for the 100th PGA Championship. He carded an even par 72 and is eager for his major debut.
We would like to thank our Host Professional Ian Kelley and the rest of the Blue Hill Country Club staff for the great day. Another huge thank you to our loyal partners at Ahead, Cutter & Buck, Bushnell Golf, Avidia Bank, and SCNS Sports Foods.