MARSHFIELD, Mass. – With fierce wind ripping through Marshfield Country Club throughout the day, Rusty Gunnarson, PGA, (Rochester GC) and amateur partners Dave Pierce, David Pierce Jr., and Cris Poli birdied the final two holes as a team to post 8-under par and win the New England PGA Marshfield Pro-Am on Tuesday as the NEPGA Tournament season officially kicked off.
The group finished two strokes ahead of Brendon Ray (Point Judith CC) and Brian Moskevich’s (Manchester CC) teams, which both posted 6-under par. Ray, along with partners Brian Ray, Alex Stimpson and Ray DiCarlo, bogeyed two of the first three holes as a team before playing their final 15 holes in 8-under par.
Moskevich and amateurs Brent Boucher, Kyle Wallace and Colby Boppel shot 6-under par on the front nine and played the back in even-par to tie for second.
Amateur Mike Arsenault won the amateur long-drive challenge, which was made possible by Evolve Golf. Arsenault played in the group with Jim Fairbanks, PGA, of Nonesuch River GC.
Ray, Moskevich and Fairbanks tied atop the individual professional competition, each shooting 4-over par 74. Fairbanks was 2-under after birdies on the first and fourth holes but ran into trouble in the middle of the round, including a double-bogey on hole 10, before bouncing back with a birdie on the 11th and eventually posting 74.
Moskevich made bookend birdies on the back-nine and shot 37 on each side while Ray made his lone birdie on the par-5 fourth hole and added a dozen pars on the day.
April 16, 2019
2019 New England PGA Spring Fling Pro-Am
Marshfield Country Club
T1 Brendon Ray, Point Judith CC: 35-39–74 +4
T1 Brian Moskevich, Manchester CC: 37-37–74 +4
T1 Jim Fairbanks, Nonesuch River GC: 36-38–74 +4
4 Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC: 39-36–75 +5
5 Chip Johnson, Hatherly CC: 40-36–76 +6
T6 Bob Miller, Kings Way Golf Club: 40-37–77 +7
T6 Mike McBroom, Furnace Brook: 39-38–77 +7
T6 Chris Young, Thomson CC: 39-38–77 +7
T9 Anthony Maki, Franklin CC: 38-40–78 +8
T9 Robert Bradley, Brockton CC: 39-39–78 +8
T9 James Antonelli, Marshfield CC: 39-39–78 +8
T9 Brendan Walsh, The Country Club: 40-38–78 +8
TWO BEST BALLS of FOUR, ONE GROSS PLUS ONE NET
1 Rusty Gunnarson, Rochester GC: Dave Pierce (a), David Pierce Jr (a), Cris Poli (a) 65-67–132 -8
T2 Brendon Ray, Point Judith CC: Brian Ray (a), Alex Stimpson (a), Ray DiCarlo (a) 66-68–134 -6
T2 Brian Moskevich, Manchester CC: Brent Boucher (a), Kyle Wallace (a), Colby Boppel (a) 64-70–134 -6
4 Bob Miller, Kings Way Golf Club: Ed Alves (a), Steve Mathias (a), Bob Silvia (a) 64-71–135 -5
5 Bob Giusti, The Back Nine: Bruce Cluett (a), Roger McGovern (a), Claude Hoopes (a) 67-69–136 -4
T6 Brent Amaral, Acoaxet: Ben Squire (a), Jeff Forbes (a), Alex Squire (a) 70-68–138 -2
T6 Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC: Jimmy Katsos (a), Richard Fosler (a), Fran Fournier (a) 70-68–138 -2
T6 Jim Fairbanks, Nonesuch River: GC Ken Thomas (a), Rick LaRoche (a), Mike Arsenault (a) 69-69–138 -2
T9 Anthony Maki, Franklin CC: John Carney (a), Rich Mancuso (a), Brian Higgins (a) 69-70–139 -1
T9 Chris Young, Thomson CC: Trevor Fuller (a), Christian Sullivan (a), Brett Jackson (a) 71-68–139 -1
T11 Robert Bradley, Brockton CC: Ken May (a), Mark Harrington (a), Jim Gaudiano (a) 72-68–140 E
T11 James Antonelli, Marshfield CC: Ian Harrison (a), Kevin O’Connor (a), Matt Boyd (a) 73-67–140 E