MATTAPOISETT, Mass. – Jim Clay and Dominic Scopone of New Seabury on Cape Cod shot a seven-under 64 late in the day to win the 2019 New England PGA Acushnet Pro-Assistant at the Bay Club of Mattapoisett on May 20.
Clay and Scopone made six birdies in their first nine holes and added two more coming in to top two teams who were in the clubhouse at -6.
We really got it going holes two through eight we seemed to ham-and-egg it, a lot of ham, a little bit of egg, he had six birdies,” Clay said after the round.
“We were just hitting it close,” Scopone added. “Jim hit one to about three feet on the first hole and then we just kept the momentum going.”
John Hickson and Henry Fall of Bath CC posted 65 in the morning and held the clubhouse lead for most of the day. After an opening par, the pair made four consecutive birdies, then tacked on two more on their back-nine to shoot a bogey-free 65.
“You typically hear people say they ham-and-egged it, I don’t think we really did that today,” Fall said after theround. “It was more just, we were both in play. That’s why I say we left a few out there because we were both in play so much.”
“What were we, six under? It felt like 12,” Hickson added. “But the ball didn’t always want to go in. It was nice not having a bogey scare us.”
Jeff Martin and Greg MacKay of Wollaston Golf Club matched with a 65 of their own in the afternoon, highlighted by an Eagle from Martin on the Par-5 sixth hole, their 15th of the day.
“I actually hit a good tee ball, one of the few I hit all day,” Martin said of setting up his eagle. “I snuck it around the corner and hit a nice 8-iron there to about 15 feet, and it was one of the few putts I made all day. It’s nice to contribute once in a while.”
Despite the late charge, Martin and MacKay felt they needed to go even lower to win the tournament outright over the final holes.
“On the back nine we were trying to press a little bit,” Martin said. “I made that eagle and he backed it up with a nice birdie. We knew we probably needed one more to get solo first, but we just couldn’t squeeze one out.”
2019 NEPGA Acushnet Pro-Assistant
The Bay Club at Mattapoisett
Pro-Pro Stroke Play
1 Jim Clay, New Seabury & Dominic Scopone, New Seabury: 33-31–64 -7
T2 Henry Fall, Bath CC & John Hickson, Bath CC: 33-32–65 -6
T2 Jeff Martin, Wollaston & Gregory MacKay, Wollaston: 32-33–65 -6
T4 Shawn Warren Falmouth CC & Sean Barrett Falmouth CC: 32-34–66 -5
T4 Troy Pare, Ledgemont & Sam Martel, Ledgemont: 34-32–66 -5
T4 Greg Yeomans The Bay Club & John Paesani, The Bay Club: 33-33–66 -5
T4 Allan Belden, Worcester & Sam Brackett, Worcester: 32-34–66 -5
T8 Adam Hemeon, Weston GC & Michael Griffin, Weston GC: 32-35–67 -4
T8 Boomer Erick, Boston GC & Michael Farrell, Boston GC: 32-35–67 -4
T8 Bryan Kienke, Cohasset GC & Nicholas Arthurs, Cohasset GC: 32-35–67 -4
T8 James Antonelli, Marshfield & Alec Vozzella, Marshfield: 34-33–67 -4
T8 Jim Fairbanks, Nonesuch River & Mike Haas, Nonesuch River: 32-35–67 -4
T8 Allan Belden, Worcester & Nicholas Lombardi, Worcester: 33-34–67 -4
T14 Matt Zdon, Belmont & Ryan Train, Belmont: 34-34–68 -3
T14 Boomer Erick, Boston GC & Benjamin Claus, Boston GC: 32-36–68 -3
T14 Frank Dully, Kernwood CC & Evan James, Kernwood CC: 33-35–68 -3
T14 Brian Smith, Nashawtuc & Liam Friedman, Nashawtuc: 36-32–68 -3
T14 John Rainone North Kingstown & Brian Owens, North Kingstown: 35-33–68 -3
T14 Adam Hemeon, Weston GC & Patrick Saunders, Weston GC: 31-37–68 -3
T14 Scott Hickey, Cyprian Keyes & Rick Durocher, Cyprian Keyes: 35-33–68 -3
T14 Allan Belden, Worcester & Erik Carlson, Worcester: 34-34–68 -3
T22 Patrick Beahn, Blackstone & Robert Bruso, Blackstone: 36-33–69 -2
T22 Matt Alwin, Dedham C&P & Jimmy Noris, Dedham C&P: 34-35–69 -2
T22 Frank Dully, Kernwood CC & Steve Bramlett, Kernwood CC: 35-34–69 -2
T22 Jim Clay, New Seabury & Taylor Nickerson, New Seabury: 35-34–69 -2
T22 Mike Roy, Plymouth & Steven Field, Plymouth CC: 36-33–69 -2
T22 Eri Seguin, Vineyard GC & Jason Benko, Vineyard GC: 36-33–69 -2
T22 Adam Hemeon, Weston GC & Michael Esworthy, Weston GC: 33-36–69 -2
T22 Stephen Clancy, Granite Links & Robert Iannarone, Granite Links: 33-36–69 -2