CRANSTON, R.I. – Frank Dully (Kernwood CC) and Eric Barlow (Winchester CC) combined to card an 8-under 64 to capture the 2021 NEPGA Senior/Junior Championship at Alpine CC, edging Todd Scarafoni (Bass Rocks GC) and Jake Kramer (Bass Rocks GC) by a single shot.
The win marks the second Senior/Junior victory in the last five seasons for Dully and Barlow, who fired a 61 at Walpole CC in 2017 for the victory.
“Frank made two birdies starting out right away which got us out to a hot start and then from there both of us were hitting some good shots and getting them on the green to give ourselves some chances at putts,” Barlow said.
Barlow and Dully began the shotgun on the par-3 15th hole with back-to-back birdies to get off to a quick start. After making the turn to the front, the pair made bogey on the par-4 third hole but bounced back with an eagle on the par-5 fourth to get back on track. From there, the group added four more birdies to finish at -8.
“We took advantage of the par fives, then we played solid throughout and made a few birdies in addition,” Dully commented. The duo finished the par-5s at Alpine at 5-under par.
The second-place team of Scarafoni and Kramer started on 12 and posted five birdies in their first nine holes. The duo added another pair of birdies surrounded by pars to finish at 7-under 65.
A pair of teams finished the round at 6-under to claim a share of third place: John Hickson (Cape Neddick CC) and Nick Jagoe (Wanumetonomy G&CC) along with Chip Johnson (Hatherly CC) and Liam Friedman (Nashawtuc CC).
“We’ve known each other for years and have played together in a lot of things and I think that’s more important really,” Dully concluded. “You come in how you’re playing but when you’re playing with a buddy it’s the day and camaraderie it’s really about.”
Thank you to Alpine Country Club head golf professional Nate Adelson, superintendent Adam Stewart, and the entire ACC staff for hosting the 2021 NEPGA Senior / Junior Championship. The NEPGA would also like to thank its Senior / Junior Championship partners: GolfMax and Mizuno.