BREWSTER, Mass. – High winds led to high scores as the New England PGA Cape Cod Fall Festival reached its third of four stops on Thursday. More than two dozen foursomes led by PGA Professionals competed at Cape Cod National in a Two Best Ball (one gross, one net) of Four format where four teams, including two from Blackstone National GC, shared first place at 2-under par 142.
Joining the Blackstone teams led by PGA Professionals Bob Bruso and Patrick Beahn in first place were Shawn Warren, PGA, and his team from Falmouth CC; and Brett Smestad, PGA, and his Rochester CC amateurs. The Kings Way GC team, led by Bob Miller, PGA, was the only other team to finish under par in the brutal conditions on Thursday, shooting 1-under 143.
Jeff Martin, PGA (Wollaston GC) won individual professional honors at 2-over par 74. He managed a tournament-best four birdies to pick up a two-stroke win. Warren and Bruso tied for second at 4-over par 76. Bruso made the day’s only eagle, carding a 3 on the par-5 15th hole, and added birdies on the third and 12th holes.
Thursday’s challenging conditions were evidenced by the 83.32 scoring average in the individual professional competition. Just eight players posted scores in the 70s despite a strong field that included the top three and five of the top 10 finishers in the 2019 NEPGA OMEGA Wogan Player of the Year standings.
The 2019 Cape Cod Fall Festival wraps up Friday at the Wianno Club. A special thank you goes to NEPGA partners Lincoln and Goslings for supporting Cape Week, along with Cape Cod National and PGA Professionals Zachary Sweet, Tim Mooney, Gregg Richbourg and Connor Boeglin.