HYDE PARK, Mass. – Jason Calhoun, PGA (Brown University), Webb Heintzelman, PGA (Turner Hill GC), and Scott Hickey, PGA (Cyprian Keyes GC) returned to George Wright GC on Tuesday, August 8th to break a three-way tie in the NEPGA Senior Championship that was halted due to weather back on Tuesday, July 25th.
The sudden death playoff took just one hole to determine the winner of the 2023 NEPGA Senior Championship. Calhoun was victorious as he shot an even-par on the par-4 1st hole to take home the cup for the first time.
“The meaning of this is truly amazing,” said Calhoun. “There are some really awesome players that have come before me, and two really great players that were out here in the playoff with me today… It’s a lot of years of work, a lot of years of effort, and a lot of failures, but this is my first Section Championship in any shape or form, so I am thrilled”.
Heintzelman and Hickey both bogeyed the playoff hole to claim a share of second place at the 2023 NEPGA Senior Championship.
Six qualifying spots for the PGA Senior Professional National Championship were up for grabs. Jason Calhoun, PGA (Brown University), Webb Heintzelman, PGA (Turner Hill Golf & Racquet Club), Scott Hickey, PGA (Cyprian Keyes GC), Ed Kirby, PGA (The Aquidneck Club), Dale Abraham, PGA (Cape Arundel), and Todd Rollins (Laconia CC) will compete in the Senior PNC at PGA Golf Club in Port Saint Lucie, FL in October. Kirk Hanefeld, PGA (Salem CC) will also compete as he earns exemption with his 2011 senior PNC Champion title.
4 of the 5 alternate spots will be determined at a later date (TBD). David Dionne, PGA (Beverly Golf & Tennis Club) will take the 1st alternate spot. Greg Yeomans, PGA (The Bay Club at Mattapoisett), Tom Tobey, PGA (Sandwich Hollows GC), and John Hickson, PGA (Northport GC) will compete for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th alternate spots. While 5 professionals will compete for the final spot: Frank Dully (Kernwood CC), Scott Allen (George Wright GC), Greg Farland (Marlboro CC), Brian Spitz (The Harmon Club), and Michael Zaranek (Brattleboro CC).
The 2023 NEPGA Senior Championship is presented by Cadillac and supported by Avidia Bank, the Golf Channel, Mohegan Sun, the PGA TOUR, and R.J. Shepherd.
The NEPGA would like to thank George Wright Golf Course Head Professional, Scott Allen, and the entire George Wright GC staff for hosting the Senior Championship.