NEPGA Visits UK for a Walk Amongst Golf History
-Southport, United Kingdom
For the past five years, the New England PGA has run a ProAm across the pond, visiting some of the finest links and parkland courses in Europe and Great Britain, where some of the world’s most famous golf championships have taken place. While the previous four versions took place in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the 2018 version had a new spin on it and visited two countries along the way.
Dubbed “The Open’s ProAm”, 10 teams from around New England embarked on a six-round odyssey on the west coast of Scotland & England which featured five former or current Open Championship courses. These courses hosted a total of 61 Open Championships, as well as many Ryder Cups, Senior and Women’s Open’s, and major European amateur events. The trip was truly a walk in the footsteps of the game’s greatest players and championships.
Warren & Falmouth CC Pick Up Cape Week Where They Left Off
Shawn Warren, PGA seems to enjoy Cape Cod. Perhaps it’s the ocean breeze, or perhaps the fact that his home club 5 hours north shares a name with a nearby Cape Cod tourist town, but whatever it is he seems to bring his A game to this part of New England for our Cape Cod Fall Festival ProAm’s.
Warren and his team bested the next closest team by two shots, firing a 16-under par 128 in the 2 Best Ball of 4, Gross + Net format to win the first leg of the Fall Festival week. CC of Halifax, led by Head Professional Steve Colt came in two shots back at 14-under 130, and Wollaston GC led by Jeff Martin, PGA was third another two shots back at 132 -12. Three other teams rounded out the top five at 10-under par 134. The team format is always a fun one for the Professionals and amateurs, needing two players in every hole to count a score makes it a bit more demanding than a one best ball format. On a course like Oyster Harbors with lightning fast greens, shots can add up around the putting surfaces, so players are taking extra care with their short game shots to stay in it for their teammates.