WALPOLE, Mass. – Two foursomes – Rochester Country Club and Nonesuch River Golf Course – both shot 5-under par 66 at Walpole Country Club on Monday June 24 to tie for the New England PGA Pro-Senior Invitational title.
A pair of twos helped the Rochester CC foursome, led by Brett Smestad, shoot 66. The team birdied two of the four par-3s, with deuces on the third and 17th holes. The birdie on the 17th capped a run of three birdies in a four-hole stretch to give the foursome six birdies for the day, offset by just one hiccup.
The Nonesuch River team turned in a similar scorecard to match Rochester CC’s 66. The foursome birdied the same par-3s and carded six birdies with just one bogey.
Four teams shot 3-under 68 in the gross competition on Monday to tie for third, including the foursome from host Walpole Country Club led by Tom Giffin. Belmont Country Club, led by John Fields, of Bass Rocks Golf Club, Todd Scarafoni and Nabnasset Lake Country Club Dan Gillis, also shot 68.
Nonesuch River claimed the net competition with a net 14-under 57. A net eagle on the opening hole sparked a blazing start, as the foursome was 8-under through eight holes, before cooling off, relatively, by playing the final 10 holes 6-under. Cyprian Keyes, led by Rick Durocher, followed a net-30 on the front with a net-29 on the back to post 12-under 59 to finish second. The group had an eagle on each side, including one on the par-5 12th that was surrounded by three birdies in each direction for an 8-under par seven-hole stretch.
Scarafoni and Gillis each shot 2-over 73 to tie atop the individual pro leaderboard. Scarafoni made 14 pars and added a birdie on the par-5 15th, and was one-over on each side. Gillis, meanwhile, birdied the first and fifth holes to get to 2-under, and scattered four bogeys over his final 13 holes to shoot 73.
June 24, 2019
2019 New England PGA Pro-Senior
Walpole Country Club
1 BB of 4 – GROSS
1 Brett Smestad, Rochester CC & Glenn Cyr, Joan Cyr, Don Montigny: 33-33–66 -5
T2 Tom Giffin, Walpole CC & Kevin Gill, Bill Kelly, Greg Clinton: 34-34–68 -3
T2 John Fields, Belmont CC & Robert Anthony, Eddie Cordeiro, Milton Yanofsky: 34-34–68 -3
T2 Todd Scarafoni, Bass Rocks GC & Steve Salah, Frank Sablone, Bill Werle: 32-36–68 -3
T2 Dan Gillis, Nabnasset Lake CC & Dan Ahern, Kevin McLaughlin, Bob Abrahamson: 33-35–68 -3
T6 Jim Schouller, Abenaqui CC & Rich McCusker, Ted Vitas, Kevin Williams: 34-35–69 -2
T6 James Lane, Winchester CC & Carroll Lowenstein, Dave Savage, Steve Maskell: 32-37–69 -2
T6 Rick Durocher, Cyprian Keyes GC & John Sullivan, Tom Bagster, Mike Stephenson: 33-36–69 -2
T6 Scott Hickey, Cyprian Keyes GC & Al McCallum, Rick Dunn, Bill Callahan: 34-35–69 -2
1 BB of 4 – NET
1 Jim Fairbanks, Nonesuch River & Tad Woolsey, Rich LaRoche, Michael Richardson: 27-30–57 -14
2 Rick Durocher, Cyprian Keyes GC & John Sullivan, Tom Bagster, Mike Stephenson: 30-29–59 -12
3 Matt Lombard, North Andover CC & Jack Stephenson, Eric Egertson, Bill Orlansky: 30-33–63 -8
*T4 Terry Felty, Big Sticks & Gail Regan, Mike Regan, Steve Birnbaum: 33-31–64 -7
T4 Richie Hasenfus, Needham GC & Bob Sullivan, Geoff Cuneo, Dave Miller: 29-35–64 -7
T4 Gary Parker, City Golf Boston & Paul Morganti, Bob Gertner, Garry Bean: 33-31–64 -7
T7 Sean Fellows, Abenaqui CC & Scott Meade, Larry Gormley, Steve Hesser: 31-34–65 -6
T7 John Fields, Belmont CC & Robert Anthony, Eddie Cordeiro, Milton Yanofsky: 32-33–65 -6
T7 Anthony Maki, Franklin CC & Steve Babin, Chris Choate, Barry Zide: 32-33–65 -6
CREDIT: New England PGA Staff