RYE, New Hampshire. – The long final round of the Assistant PGA Professional Championship saw rain delays, under-par rounds and playoffs to ultimately find Mt. Pleasant GC’s Christopher Gentle the Champion at the top.
Not long after the Assistant PGA Professional Championship final round began, mother nature would press pause on the tournament with a two-hour rain delay. Once play resumed at 11:00am, the rest of the 60 player field would take on a saturated Abenaqui CC.
The entire field was chasing leaders John Hickson (Cape Neddick CC) and Shawn Warren (Falmouth CC) who each carded a two-under 70 at Abenaqui CC after day one. Although Hickson’s 39 on the front nine would knock him out of contention, opening up an opportunity for other players like Nick Hallowell who opened with an impressive 34 on the front nine, carding two birdies and no bogeys.
All attention quickly turned to Christopher Gentle (Mt. Pleasant GC) and Greg Martin (Boothbay Harbor), who were paired up together for the final round after shooting (-1) 71 in the first round.
Martin would start his round with a par but follow that by making an eagle three on the par-five hole 2. He then followed his eagle with par, birdie, par. After a bogey-five on the par four 6, he finished his front with par, par, birdie to turn at 33. His back nine consisted of a single bogey and birdie to finish the side (E) 36, (-3) 69 and 140 total.
Gentle would begin his day with three birdies on 2, 4 and 5 to find himself three-under heading to the par-four 6. After back-to-back bogeys on 6 and 7, Gentle managed to birdie 9 to turn at (-2) 34. The back nine would consist of two birdies on 13 and 15, with a bogey on the par-five 17 to conclude his back side for (-1) 35 and final round of (-3) 69, 140 total.
Impressive rounds were seen by many but it was Gentle and Martin with their three-under 69, 140 total’s at Abenaqui CC who would stand alone at the top of the New England National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.
This tie would force a playoff to determine the Champion. After two playoff holes, Christopher Gentle’s birdie 4 on the par five hole 2 would secure his victory in his first event since taking a two-year break from competitive golf.
The rest of the top six qualifiers would be Patrick Kowker (Portland CC) and Shawn Warren (Falmouth CC) at T3 142 (-2) for the tournament. Followed by T5, 143 (-1) which belonged to Liam Friedman (Nashawtuc CC) and Nick Hallowell (The Country Club).
Another playoff took place to determine the order of the alternates in case one of the six can not play in the Assistant PGA Professional Championship in November. After the four-hole playoff, the order of the alternates was Aaron Harper (Myopia Hunt Club), Peter Ruymann (Oyster Harbors Club), Nick Hocker (Boothbay Harbor CC) and Nick Jagoe (Wanumetonomy G & CC).
A tremendous thank you goes out to host professional Jim Schouller, superintendent Patrick Kelley and the entire Abenaqui CC staff for serving as host of the Championship.
The National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship is presented by National Car Rental, Vineyard Vines, John Deere, Srixon, Cleveland, XXIO and ASICS.