MILTON, Mass. — Three Professionals and five teams tied for the New England PGA Pro-Officer Invitational title at Wollaston Golf Club on Thursday.
In the two-person best-ball format in which NEPGA Professionals played with either one or three amateur partners in officer positions from their facility, host Professional Jeff Martin, PGA defended his title, posting 5-under par with two of his amateur partners, Steve Bold and Jim Ferrera. Martin shot 3-under par 69 on his own ball, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 16th hole, and got some help from both partners along the way.
“There’s definitely some home-cookin’ involved here, especially with the way the greens are and how fast they can get if you’re on the wrong side,” Martin said. “I drove the golf ball really well today and put myself in some good spots to have some good looks at birdie. The guys I played with were right there too, they made a ton of pars and freed me up.”
Joining Martin’s teams in the tie at the top were three duos from Franklin Country Club. Rick Finlayson, PGA, posted 5-under with partners Chris Choate and Erik Marr, while fellow Franklin CC professional Anthony Maki, PGA, teamed up with Tony Costa to shoot 67 as well.
Martin successfully defended his 2019 Pro-Officer Invitational title after winning with amateur partner Joe Gilmore at Kirkbrae Country Club last year. Martin and Gilmore tied for sixth at 4-under par, matching the Weston GC duo of Patrick Saunders, PGA and Patrick Murphy.
Martin’s 69 was good for low-professional honors, while Lou Rivers, PGA (Foxborough CC) and Tim Watroba, PGA (Thorny Lea GC) tied for second at 1-under par. Todd Scarafoni, PGA (Bass Rocks GC) and Finlayson tied for fourth at 1-over par.
Thank you to Wollaston GC PGA Professionals Jeff Martin and Scott MacArthur, and the entire Wollaston staff for offering the pristine golf course and top-notch food & beverage to the field of more than 100 men and women.
Thank you to NEPGA partners Tournament Solutions and Five Star Golf Cars for supporting the event.