LINCOLN, Rhode Island – Greg Farland, of Marlborough Country Club, earned his second New England PGA victory in as many years at historic Kirkbrae Country Club after shooting a 3-under par 68 in the New England PGA Stroke Play Series 2.
Farland, who teamed up with Kirk Hanefeld to win the 2019 NEPGA Pro-Pro Match Play Championship at Kirkbrae, made five birdies and just two bogeys on Monday June 15 to grab the early lead, which he held throughout the day. Farland was the only player in the 69-person field to break par.
Farland made bookend birdies on the 1st and 18th holes, went back-to-back with birdies on the 5th and 6th, and also birdied Kirkbrae’s 12th hole, offset only by bogeys on No. 8 and 10.
Six players tied for second at even-par 71. Nick Jagoe, (Allendale Country Club) was among that group after making birdie on all three par-5s.
“That’s one of my strengths so anytime we’re out there we’re trying to take advantage of those par 5s,” Jagoe said of his distance game. “Last week we didn’t really do it. This week obviously a little bit better. I made up for some little mistakes that were made out there. It’s always a great equalizer when you can take advantage of the distance.”
It’s the second-consecutive strong finish for Jagoe in the Stroke Play Series, after finishing T-5 at Newport National Golf Club last week.
“So far so good. I’m just trying to keep the momentum,” he said of his play early in the tournament season. “For a lot of guys with the craziness, practicing has been on the back burner. It’s good to get out here and compete again and just peg it up and go and see how you make out.”
Brendon Ray, (Point Judith CC), Robert Tramonti, (Triggs Memorial GC), Steven Hausmann, (Amherst CC), Liam Friedman, (Nashawtuc CC) and Mark Cunningham, (New England Golf Cars) joined Jagoe in the tie for second at even-par 71.
The Stroke Play Series and race for the Avidia Bank Cup continues July 6 at Ledgemont Country Club.
June 15, 2020
2020 New England PGA Stroke Play Series #2
Kirkbrae Country Club
1 Greg Farland, Marlborough CC: 34-34–68 -3 $1,075.00
T2 Brendon Ray, Point Judith CC: 36-35–71 E $530.00
T2 Robert Tramonti, Triggs Memorial GC: 36-35–71 E $530.00
T2 Nick Jagoe, Allendale: 35-36–71 E $530.00
T2 Steven Hausmann, Amherst CC: 34-37–71 E $530.00
T2 Liam Friedman, Nashawtuc: 34-37–71 E $530.00
T2 Mark Cunningham, New England Golf Cars: 36-35–71 E $530.00
T8 Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC: 37-35–72 +1 $295.00
T8 Rick Durocher, Cyprian Keyes GC: 37-35–72 +1 $295.00
T8 Frank Dully, Kernwood CC: 37-35–72 +1 $295.00
T11 Dan Shepherd, Newport CC: 35-38–73 +2 $228.75
T11 Robert Bruso, Blackstone National GC: 38-35–73 +2 $228.75
T11 Aaron Harper, Ipswich CC: 38-35–73 +2 $228.75
T11 Greg Yeomans, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 38-35–73 +2 $228.75
T15 Kyle Dobbs, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 35-39–74 +3 $165.83
T15 John Paesani, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 35-39–74 +3 $165.83
T15 Frank Leja, New Seabury on Cape Cod: 38-36–74 +3 $165.83
T15 Christian Hoecker, Essex County Club: 38-36–74 +3 $165.83
T15 Jake Kramer, Bass Rocks GC: 38-36–74 +3 $165.83
T15 Todd Cook, Milton Hoosic Club: 38-36–74 +3 $165.83
T21 Jeff Martin, Wollaston GC: 39-36–75 +4
T21 Peter Walsh, Kings Crossing GC: 40-35–75 +4 $67.50
T21 Nick Hallowell, The Country Club: 36-39–75 +4
T21 Greg Kelly, Myopia Hunt Club: 39-36–75 +4
T21 Chris Hulme, Newport National- Orchard:37-38–75 +4
T21 Tim Bishop, Tatnuck:35-40–75 +4
T21 Troy Pare, Ledgemont: 37-38–75 +4
T21 John Hickson, Chequessett Yacht & CC: 37-38–75 +4
T21 David Baluik, Glocester CC: 39-36–75 +4 $67.50
T30 Robert Bradley, Brockton CC: 39-37–76 +5
T30 Kevin Rhoads, The Country Club: 39-37–76 +5
T30 Tim Watroba, Thorny Lea GC: 40-36–76 +5
T30 Brenden Mitchell, The Country Club: 37-39–76 +5
T30 John Rainone, North Kingstown GC: 40-36–76 +5
T30 Thomas Smith, The Atkinson Resort: 39-37–76 +5
(The New England PGA provided content for this report)