Jumping Through June
Junior Tour June News Update
After a cold and dreary start to the month of June, the weather picked up and so did the play on the New England PGA’s Junior Tour. With 28 total events and qualifiers on the schedule for June, the month has been packed with excitement and low scores for the young golfers.
As school was winding down for the summer, the Jr. tour schedule had stops all across New England and even had a run-in with former President George W. Bush at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Maine. The tour also had a two-day stop on Cape Cod for the first two-day tournament of the season at Cranberry Valley Golf Course and Falmouth Country Club to highlight a great start to the summer.
The month began with the third qualifier for the section’s Junior PGA Championship. On a cold and nasty day at Toddy Brook Golf Course, William Huang carded the low round on the boys’ side with a four-over 75, while Kaitlynn Washburn took the medalist honors after prevailing in a playoff.
The next Junior PGA Championship qualifier at Bretwood Golf Course saw red numbers for the two low rounds of the event with John Witt and Isabelle Premkumar both carding one-under par 71s to lead the pack.
Additionally, four Big “I” qualifiers took place in the month of June leading up to the Massachusetts Big “I” championship on July 10-11th. At the first Big “I” qualifier, held at Cape Cod CC, Tyden Wilson shot a 74 to lead the boys’ side and Heddia Djusberg shot an 82 to lead the girls.
NEPGA Junior Tour Members Compete in Drive, Chip & Putt Finals
The NEPGA Jr Tour had a strong showing at the 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club this past Sunday as three NEPGA Junior Tour members competed. Brian Glennon (Hingham, MA) had an excellent competition as he finished 3rd in the Boys 14-15 division with 20 points; Gabrielle Shieh (Carlisle, MA) finished 4th in the Girls 14-15 division with 19 points, and Zachary Colon - pictured left - (Bolton, MA) WON the Boys 12-13 in a play off – 24 points.
Zachary Colön got a final bit of advice Sunday from his favorite player, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson. Colön was standing in line getting ready to putt in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals when Watson approached, shook his hand, and said, “Go get ’em.”
Colön obliged. He holed the second putt of the competition, from 15 feet, on the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club to force a playoff in the Boys 13-14 division, then won the playoff against Clinton Daly to win the national championship.
Colön, from Bolton, Mass., scored 8 points across the board, finishing third in each category to post a total of 24 points. Daly amassed his 24 points by finishing second in both chipping and putting and fifth in driving.
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Colön said of the experience. “Unbelievable. Even better than what I imagined.”
Colön’s objective going into the competition was to soak it all in.
“I tried to have as much fun as possible and remember that we’re all winners already,” he said.
On a perfect early spring day at Augusta National, the competition equaled the pristine backdrop.