SEEKONK, Mass. – Frank Dully, of Kernwood Country Club, produced a string of five birdies in an eight-hole stretch to earn a one-stroke victory at the third stop of the New England PGA Stroke Play Series on Monday July 6.
Playing in the final group, Dully birdied Ledgemont Country Club’s 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th holes and had just one bogey on the card to post 67, one better than Nick Jagoe, of Allendale Country Club, and Rich Berberian, of Vesper Country Club, who each shot 3-under par 68.
“I knew I was five-under for a while and obviously you’re trying to get to six, then you’re trying to get to seven and that’s what your mindset is,” Dully said. “The hole locations were such that you had to either be to the right, you don’t want to short-side yourself out here, so I probably played a little more to the right or to the left on those shots.”
Jagoe, who entered the day in 4th place in the season-long Avidia Cup Standings, made four birdies on the front-9 and was steady on the back, with a birdie and eight pars, en route to a 3-under par 68. Jagoe has finished in the top-5 in all three Stroke Play Series events.
“I’m on a little bit of a heater right now and I’m just trying to keep the momentum going,” he said. “I like the fact that it’s condensed a little bit right now. Going one right after another you can stay in some sort of rhythm as best as we can.”
Berberian, who learned last week he is in the field at the upcoming PGA Championship in early August, made five birdies and just two bogeys to match Jagoe at 68. He heated up early in the back-9 with three-straight birdies on holes 12-14.
“I putted pretty well today,” Berberian said after his round. “I made a couple putts that I probably shouldn’t have and I didn’t miss any short ones. I kept it in play, I used the same ball all day. If I can do that and putt pretty good I’ll be in pretty good shape.”
Greg Farland, of Marlborough Country Club, who entered the day atop the Avidia Cup Standings, had another strong performance with a 4th-place finish at 2-under par fueled by three front-9 birdies.
Defending Avidia Bank Cup Champion Robert Bruso, of Blackstone National Golf Club, shot 1-under par to tie for fifth.
The top 54 players in the Avidia Bank Cup Standings after the five regular-season tournaments will advance to the season-ending Avidia Cup Finals, Sept. 28 at Portland CC. The Stroke Play Series continues August 3 at Cohasset GC (Cohasset, Mass.) before the regular-season finale Sept. 8 at Haverhill CC (Haverhill, Mass.).
2020 New England PGA Stroke Play Series #3
Ledgemont Country Club
1 Frank Dully, Kernwood CC: 32-35–67 -4
T2 Nick Jagoe, Allendale: 34-34–68 -3
T2 Rich Berberian, Vesper CC: 35-33–68 -3
4 Greg Farland, Marlborough CC: 34-35–69 -2
T5 Robert Bruso, Blackstone National GC: 34-36–70 -1
T5 Dan Shepherd, Newport CC: 32-38–70 -1
T5 Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC: 33-37–70 -1
T8 Jeff Martin, Wollaston GC: 35-37–72 +1
T8 Brian Owens, North Kingstown GC: 38-34–72 +1
T8 Aaron Harper, Ipswich CC: 35-37–72 +1
T11 Robert Tramonti, Triggs Memorial GC: 36-37–73 +2
T11 Troy Pare, Ledgemont: 37-36–73 +2
T11 Mitch Jefferson, Rochester: 35-38–73 +2
T11 Ben Egan, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 36-37–73 +2
T11 John Hickson, Chequessett Yacht & CC: 36-37–73 +2
T11 Liam Friedman, Nashawtuc: 36-37–73 +2
T11 Danny Kish, The Atkinson Resort: 37-36–73 +2
T18 Brendon Ray, Point Judith CC: 37-37–74 +3
T18 Hal Jacobs, Haven Country Club: 35-39–74 +3
T18 John Paesani, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 36-38–74 +3
T18 Brenden Mitchell, The Country Club: 39-35–74 +3
T18 Seul-Ki Hawley, Winchester CC: 37-37–74 +3
T18 Peter Bracey, Woburn: 37-37–74 +3
T18 Ryan Moseley, Manchester CC: 37-37–74 +3
T18 Jeff Stewart, PGA Tour Superstore – Braintree: 38-36–74 +3
T18 Mark Cunningham, New England Golf Cars: 38-36–74 +3
T27 Greg Yeomans, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 38-37–75 +4
T27 Jeff Seavey, Goose River: 37-38–75 +4
T27 Matt Arvanitis, Southern New Hampshire U.: 36-39–75 +4
T27 Ronald Coiro, Tedesco CC: 34-41–75 +4