The PGA Jr League Road to Regionals
Patriot 128 Tops 495 League to Claim the Title
It was an amazing couple of days here at Atkinson Resort and Country Club for the 2018 PGA Jr. League New England Section Championship. 29 Jr League Teams from across New England came to New Hampshire to showcase their skills and compete as a group. After Tuesdays qualifying round, four teams returned this morning to play in the semi-final round.
Central MA #1 played against 495 League and Patriot 128 battled it out against Barnstable County. The format was 9-hole match play scramble and each team had four groups go head to head. After a morning of tough competition only the top two teams remained and had a chance to compete in the midafternoon Championship Final. The Patriot 128 team was able to move on with a 7.5 to 4.5 victory and was excited to head back out to the first tee. Going up against Patriot was 495 League who snuck out a great one-point victory in the morning, 6.5-5.5.
It was a battle of the roadways as teams 128 and 495 went back out to tee #1 to play for a chance to call themselves 2018 PGA Jr League New England Section Champions. The winner would secure a spot in the PGA Jr League Regional Championship in Watertown, Connecticut. Neither team would go home empty handed as the runner up was guaranteed an at-large bid to the Regional Final thanks to New England having a total of 51 Jr Leagues, the most in the country.
EMMERICH COMES FROM BEHIND, PAIK CRUISES TO VICTORY IN 2018 BAY STATE CUP INVITATIONAL
The 2018 Bay State Cup Invitational is officially in the books. After two rounds of great golf at Blue Hill CC (Canton MA) and LeBaron Hills CC (Lakeville MA) the field took to Fall River CC (Fall River MA) for the final round.
Fall River CC was a challenge for the competitors today as scores appeared to be higher than the prior days. The backdrop to the trying 10th hole was the Braga Bridge making for some scenic shots.
James Imai (Brookline MA) was looking to seal a wire-to-wire victory coming into Fall River at -8. Imai stepped onto the first tee today with a four shot lead over the remaining boy’s in the field. Playing in the final group with Imai was Christian Emmerich (Swampscott MA) and James Tyer (Stoughton MA). Emmerich and Tyer were the only other Boy’s entering the round under par, Emmerich sat at -4 and Tyer -3.
The course proved to be a worthy adversary to our talented junior golfers, as Emmerich’s 2-over par 72 was the low round of the day. The Swampscott native’s impressive play in windy conditions was enough to secure the Overall Boys’ Championship. With an overall score of 212 (-2) over the three days, he overcame James Imai, who fired a 78 (+8) in the final round to finish the championship with a score of 214 (E).
The Girl’s division took to the first tee after the boys teed off, with the final grouping comprised of Sufana Noorwez (Shrewsbury MA), Ellie de Andrade (Cohasset MA, and Allison Paik (Providence RI). After the first two rounds Noorwez was at +18, de Andrade +15, and Paik +10. Paik was sitting comfortably with a 5 shot lead.
Paik was able to continue her stellar play in the final round, carding a 7-over par 77 to win the Overall Girls Championship with a score of 231, 11 shots clear of De Andrade, who shot an 83 (+13) to close out the event.
The field was full of great golfers some of which will continue their careers at the college level. Coaches from universities in the area came to watch the talent that the Bay State Cup had to offer.
The Bay State Cup could not have been such a success without our host courses Blue Hill CC, LeBaron Hills CC, and Fall River CC.