SALEM, Mass. – Vesper CC’s Rich Berberian and Tracy Martin combined to card a two-under 68 to win the 2021 NEPGA Pro-Lady Invitational held Thursday (July 22) at Kernwood Country Club.
The Vesper team handed in a clean card with 16 pars and two birdies in the modified alternate shot format, edging both the Marlborough CC team of Greg and Grace Farland and the Bass Rocks GC team of Jake Kramer and Abby Hood by two shots.
Berberian and Martin began the shotgun on the first hole and tallied eight consecutive pars before a birdie on the par-3 ninth hole. The duo made three more pars before another birdie on 13 brought them to two-under.
The Marlborough squad, paired with Vesper, recorded birdies on 3 and 13, but bogeys on 4 and 12 kept them at even-par for the runner-up finish. The Farlands played both the par-4s and par-5s at 1-under while they came in at 2-over on the par-3s.
Kramer and Hood started on 11 and got off to a quick start with an eagle on the par-5 13th hole. Bogeys on 14 and 18 brought them back to even as they turned back to 1, where they made another birdie to get back into red figures. The Bass Rocks squad traded a birdie on 6 and bogey on 7 to remain at 1-under, but a bogey on 10 brought them to a final score of 70.
Atkinson CC’s Tom Smith and teammate Barb Hecimovich finished tied for fifth overall with a score of 74. The pair began the day on hole 13 and bogeyed four of the first five holes before finishing the remaining 13 holes even with birdies on holes 6 and 9.
Brett Smestad (Rochester CC) also claimed a share of fifth with Joan Cyr. They found themselves three over through five holes with a double bogey on 8, but settled in for a 74 with a birdie on hole 13.
Nabnasset Lake CC’s team of Dan Gillis and Sophia Flabouris claimed the net division with a score of four under (66). They took a one-shot victory over the Bass Rocks team of Kramer and Hood. Gillis aand Flabouris finished fourth overall with a gross score of 71 (+1). Gillis finished the 2021 Senior Championship earlier in the week with a score of 140 (E) in the tournament with rounds of 68 and 72.
Windham CC’s Marc Spencer claimed a share of third with teammate Anita St. Pierre on the net leaderboard with a score of 68 (-2). Bob Bruso (Blackstone National GC) and Stephanie Bruso also finished third with the net score of 68.
The NEPGA would like to thank Nivo Sport and representative Darren Schubert for supporting the event and providing tee gifts for players.
The New England PGA would also like to thank Kernwood Country Club head professional Frank Dully, superintendent John Eggleston, and the entire KCC staff for once again hosting the NEPGA Pro-Lady Invitational.