It’s that time of the year. Beautiful weather in New England and with it comes The New England PGA.
The New England PGA will be hosting its 42nd annual New England Open at the Quechee Club in Quechee, VT on June 8th and 9th.
The field of 120 will tee off for the opening round beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The field will be vying for a piece of the $50,000 purse, and is comprised of 70 touring professionals, 30 PGA Professionals and 20 Amateurs, some from as far away as Kentucky and Florida.
The New England Open was held consecutively at Quechee Club for 19 years, from 1980 until 1998, with some of the legendary names in New England golf capturing titles at the picturesque layout located in central Vermont. James Driscoll of Brookline, MA captured the 2015 New England Open title with a score of 10-under par 134, besting Ryan Zylstra of Richmond, VA by four shots, and Rich Berberian, PGA of Windham, NH by five. After firing an opening round of 4-under par 68 which left him one shot back of Berberian and Zylstra, Driscoll played flawless golf in the final round and carded a 6-under par 66 which included a back nine 5-under par 31.
This year’s diverse mix of participants will make for another year of exciting play throughout the 36-hole Championship. Some noteworthy New Englanders will be in the running. The 2015 Massachusetts Open Champion Joseph Harney (West Roxbury, Mass.) will be looking for a tune up before defending his title the following week at Worcester CC, and amateur Nick McLaughlin (New Castle, NH) was the 2015 Mass. Amateur Champion and is also a member of the University of Virginia Men’s Golf team.
The New England PGA will have some of its own accomplished PGA professionals in the field as well. Shawn Warren, PGA (Falmouth CC) is a three-time OMEGA Wogan Player of the Year for the New England Section, Rich Berberian Jr., PGA (Windham CC) qualified for and played in the 2015 U.S Open and is the reigning two-time NEPGA Section Champion, Kirk Hanefeld, PGA (Salem CC) who has over 40 Professional majors under his belt, Ed Kirby, PGA (Point Judith CC) played in the 2015 U.S Senior Open and finished second in the 2012 New England Open, and Ron Philo, PGA (Stowe Mountain Club) who is a past champion of the New England Open in 2005.
Other notable players in the field include Evan Beirne (North Haven, CT), who will be coming off of the 2016 US Open Sectional Qualifying, which is being held Monday; Ricky Stimets, a former qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship who is now a touring Professional; Kip Webber (Boxborough, Mass) who is a U.S. Military Veteran and accomplished amateur golfer; Pat Wilson, (Andover, NJ) who played in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay; Kyle Gallo (Manchester, CT), who was the 2013 New England Open champion, and Ryan Zlystra (Richmond, VA) who was the 2015 New England Open Runner-Up.
For real-time scoring updates, check www.nepga.com. The section will also be posting out results and updates from the twitter account @NEPGA, on Facebook at New England PGA, on Snapchat @nepga, and on Instagram @NewEnglandPGA. Daily video recaps will also be posted on YouTube as well on the New England PGA channel.
About the New England PGA: The New England Professional Golfers’ Association (New England PGA) has been making the game of golf better for 100 years in New England. The New England PGA is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the game of golf, and is one of the 41 sections that comprise the PGA of America. The New England PGA consists of over 900 PGA Class A golf professionals and over 140 PGA apprentices at over 450 golf facilities in five states — Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts & Maine. These facilities include public, private and resort golf courses, teaching centers, and driving ranges.
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