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Bay State Cup Set to Return for 2018
The New England PGA's Junior Tour is set to host its second annual Bay State Cup Invitational this season. The 2018 event will be from Tuesday July 31st- Thursday August 2nd. New England's elite juniors will compete between three courses: Blue Hill Country Club, Lebaron Hills Country Club, and the final round will conclude at Fall River Country Club.
This is an invitation only event, and winners (1 boy & 1 girl) will receive exemptions into the 2019 Jr. PGA Championship.
Registration for this event will be available soon, keep checking back to register for this incredible event!
Invitation Criteria and Eligibility TBD
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Giacchetto and Thibodeau sail to victory at inaugural Bay State Cup
Tough greens and a charging field couldn’t stop Andrew Giacchetto (Canton, MA) and Lauren Thibodeau (Hampstead, NH) from rolling to victory at the New England PGA Junior Tour’s inaugural Bay State Cup Invitational.
Giacchetto went wire-to-wire, shooting a four-over par 73 on the final day at Plymouth Country Club to finish at one-under par 210, claiming a five-shot victory over runner-up Dillon Brown (Halifax, MA). Thibodeau shot a seven-over par 76 for her final round, besting Elizabeth Lacognata (Scarborough, ME) by eight strokes and finishing 16-over par 229 for the tournament.
Entering the day with a five-shot lead, Giacchetto knew he just had to hold serve over the talented field behind him. The 2019 graduate was able to do just that as he minimized mistakes and avoided big numbers to get through the final round. With the win, Giacchetto was rewarded with 2 AJGA Performance stars and an exemption into the 2018 Jr. PGA Championship. The wire-to-wire victory was highlighted by a six-under 66 on the second day at LeBaron Hills Country Club that separated him from the field.
Brown was able to match Giacchetto at Plymouth, shooting a four-over par 73, but had too much ground to make up, finishing at four-over par 215 for the tournament. For his runner-up efforts, Brown earned an exemption into this year’s IMG Academy Jr. World Florida Challenge on December 14-16 in Sarasota, FL.
Thibodeau entered the day with a two-shot lead and was nothing but consistent throughout her three rounds, going 76-77-76, to earn her exemption into the 2018 Jr. PGA Championship. After trailing by a stroke in round one, Thibodeau’s five-over par 77 at LeBaron Hills CC was a turning point for her. Having never played both Fall River Country Club and LeBaron Hills CC for rounds one and two, Plymouth CC was a familiar track that helped her cruise to an eight-shot victory.
For her runner-up finish on the girls’ side, Lacognata also earned an exemption into the IMG Academy Jr. World Florida Challenge after shooting 24-over par 237 for the tournament.
Thank you to Fall River CC, LeBaron Hills CC, and Plymouth CC for all lending their beautiful golf courses for the first year of this competition! As always, thank you to TaylorMade for their yearlong support of the Junior Tour and helping support a great event!