Willet & Shieh Take Top Honors at 2018 Massachusetts Big "I" Junior Classic
Conner Willett (far left) of Wellesley, MA and Gabrielle Shieh (on the left) of Carlisle, MA won the 2018 Massachusetts Big “I” Junior Classic on Monday - Tuesday, July 9-10 at The Country Club of New Bedford (North Dartmouth, MA) and The Bay Club at Mattapoisett (Mattapoisett, MA). For Shieh it was her second consecutive victory at this event.
By winning the boys’ and girls’ divisions respectively, Willett and Shieh qualified for the Big “I” National Championship held at Daniel Island Golf Club in Charleston, SC on August 6 – 9, 2018.
Willett, 15, posted a final-round 69 for a two-day total of 141 and a 3-stroke victory over Cooper Griffin (Weston, MA) and Nicholas Hampoian (North Reading, MA). Shieh, 16, had a final-round 75 for a two-day total of 146 and an 11-stroke victory over Tate Hadges (on the right) of Easton, MA.
In addition to Willett and Shieh, the following boys and girl will advance to the Big “I” National Championship as the low five boys and low two girls qualified for the National event.
Boys: T2) Cooper Griffin (Weston, MA) 76-68 --144
T2) Nick Hampoian (North Reading, MA) 69-75--144
4) Collin Fitzpatrick (Marion, MA) 73-72-- 145
T5) Grant Griswold (Walpole, MA) 76-70—146
There was no shortage of drama in determining the final qualifying spot, as Jack McGrath of Newton, MA and Grant Griswold of Walpole, MA needed extra golf to settle who would be headed to the national event. Griswold prevailed on the first playoff hole with a par 4 while McGrath carded a bogey 5.
2) Tate Hadges, (Easton, MA) 79-78-- 157
O'Leary and Nash are Kentucky Bound
Results are in at the 2018 New England Jr. PGA Championship
It was an eventful few days here at Shaker Hills Golf Club for the New England Jr. PGA Championship. For these Jr. Golfers a trip to the 43rd Boys and Girls Jr. PGA Championship was on the line. The field of 22 Girls and 54 Boys took to this par-72 course in Harvard, MA for 36 holes of play. After seeing some great scores posted in both fields day one, it made for an interesting final round.
Fred Curtis, Owner of Shaker Hills said, “The quality of competition is very good for the top players and the challenge of the course stood up”. Curtis was anxious to see what the final round entailed.
On day one Andrew O’Leary (Norfolk, MA) and Dillon Brown (Halifax, MA) both fired even-par 72s to pace the boys field, they stood one shot clear of Nathan Ingram (Pembroke, MA) and a pack of 12 other boys lurking within four shots of the lead. On the girl’s side, Lauren Thibodeau (Hampstead, NH) carded an even-par 72 of her own to grab a five shot lead.
At the final round O’Leary made a statement in the boy’s field. He followed his day one 72 with a one under par 71 and came out victorious at the 2018 New England Boys Jr. PGA Championship. This win will send O’Leary to Valhalla Golf Club July 31st-August 3rd, 2018 for the Jr. PGA Championship.
Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY is well known for hosting multiple PGA Championships as well as the 2008 Ryder Cup. We look forward to watching Andrew on the big stage in just a few short months.
In the Girls field Emily Nash (Lunenberg, MA) went trophy chasing for the 2018 New England Girls Jr. PGA Championship. Going into the final round five strokes behind the current leader Lauren Thibodeau, Nash had some ground to catch. Nash fired an even par 72 on the final round and caught up to Thibodeau who carded a 77 (+5) on the day.