Continued Success for former Jr Tour Standout
Former NEPGA Jr Tour standout Nathan Ingram of Pembroke, MA has added a recent accolade to his resume. The Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY was host to the 2018 New Era Junior Championship July 10-13th. This three round event welcomed premier Junior golfers from across the nation. With a total score of 4-over par (220) Ingram left a champion.
The field included over 100 competitors that had to initially survive a cut line after round two. Ingram set the tone round one firing an even par 72, this secured him a spot at the top of the leaderboard going into round two.
Consistency is key for these Jr golfers as the course tends to become more difficult each and every round. For Ingram, there appeared to be no problems with his game. He remained to top dog following round two with a +2 (74). Ingram was nowhere near the cut line at +15.
This Massachusetts native held his own at the final round of the New Era Junior Championship going wire to wire against some of the nation’s best Jr golfers. Matching his round two score of 74, Ingram finished 72-74-74-(220) for the event.
Looking back at Ingrams NEPGA Jr Tour career it is no surprise he continues to flourish as a competitor. 2014 was an amazing year for Ingram, he won a total of 12 NEPGA Jr events and easily took home the title of Boys 12-12 Player of the year.
We are extremely proud of all our NEPGA Jr Tour players that are continuing their golf careers on bigger stages. Ingram will be heading into his senior year at Boston College High and will look to help the Boys Golf team this coming fall.
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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