LINCOLN, R.I. – Greg Farland rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 25th hole to boost he and partner Kirk Hanefeld into the New England PGA Pro-Pro Match Play Championship semifinals on Tuesday at Kirkbrae Country Club. The duo forced extra holes by winning the 18th over Brendon Ray and Jacob Leech in the quarterfinal, then needed seven extra holes to break the tie.
Farland & Hanefeld will face Brendon Mitchell and Mike Haas-Zanghi in the semifinal on Wednesday morning. Haas-Zanghi and Mitchell beat David Wilson and David Donnellan 3&1 in Tuesday’s quarterfinal.
The other semifinal match on Wednesday morning will be between four-time defending NEPGA Pro-Pro Match Play champions Jeff Martin & Troy Pare and John Hickson & Thomas Tobey. Martin & Pare, the top seed, advanced after a 2&1 quarterfinal victory over John Paesani & Greg Yeomans. Meanwhile, Hickson & Tobey had the quickest win on Tuesday, finishing off Robert Tramonto & Brian Owens 5&4.
With a five-hour weather delay Tuesday because of rain in the area on Tuesday, the semifinal matches, originally scheduled for Tuesday, have been pushed to Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. The Championship match will immediately follow the semifinals on Wednesday.
The NEPGA would like to thank Kirkbrae CC and host PGA Professional Mike Bradshaw for hosting the Championship, along with partners Golf Max, Prize Possessions, Maui Jim, ProQuip and the PGA Tour.