Shawn Warren: 2019 New England PGA Section Champion!

Shawn Warren, of Falmouth Country Club (Maine), a former Maine Amateur and Maine Open champion, captured in dramatic fashion the 2019 New England PGA Sectiona Championship August 7 at Manchester Country Club posting a 30 on his second nine to win the title by one stroke over David Bennett, nailing a 30-foot birdie putt on the 54th and final hole to seal the victory.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – It was a finish every golfer dreams about, but most never achieve.

Shawn Warren, of Falmouth Country Club (Maine), was four strokes off the lead with five holes to play in the final round of the 2019 New England PGA Section Championship at Manchester Country Club. He found “the zone” on the back-nine firing a sizzling 30, including must-make birdies on No. 17 and 18, to claim a one-stroke victory over David Bennett, of the Country Club of Vermont.

At the end of the day, it added up to a 4-under par 67 for Warren, the second in as many days to win his second New England PGA Section Championship at 8-under par.

Bennett, who began the day with a one-stroke lead, made six birdies in his first 13 holes and seemed unshakeable throughout the round. But after a 30-minute weather delay with the final group standing on the 16th tee, Bennett was unable to convert par putts on No. 16 and 17. Warren, meanwhile, made a 10-footer for par on the 16th to stay alive, then rolled in a 12-footer on the 17th to draw even with Bennett going into the 18th.

Kirk Hanefeld (l) and first round leader Eric Barlow wait their turn to putt in the second round at Manchester Country Club August 13 in the New England PGA Section Championship.

Warren had the advantage after tee shots on the 18th, as Bennett found the thick left rough. But Bennett hit a gutsy approach shot to four-feet to put the pressure squarely back on Warren. Warren followed with an approach to about 30 feet, and after analyzing his putt from every angle, he stepped up and rolled it in, walking it home with fist-pump as he secured himself at least a spot in a playoff for the Championship. Bennett, however, was unable to convert his putt to force a playoff, and Warren earned his first NEPGA section Championship since 2013.

“It’s definitely not a stretch of holes that you want to go in knowing that you need to birdie two out of three, and that’s kind of where I was today,” Warren said of the challenging final three holes at Manchester Country Club. “Knowing that David was playing so well, and he wasn’t making mistakes, so going into those last three holes I knew that I had to birdie two of them at least. Holing the putt on 17 gave me the outlook that it’s anybody’s game. He hit an unbelievable shot from the rough in there close, and at that point I really had no other choice but to hole the putt, and I was fortunate enough to have it go in.”

Warren’s putter wasn’t that hot all day. He made the turn in 1-over par after suffering a double-bogey on the third hole in which he missed a short bogey putt. It turned out to be the only blemish on his scorecard, and he made up for it with birdies on the sixth, 10th, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th holes.

“When everything is easy sometimes it’s not as gratifying,” Warren said. “Today I played not my best golf. I hit a lot of poor shots and I was fortunate enough to manage it and hang in there and I kind of found my rhythm on the back-nine. Coming down the stretch when I knew I needed to make putts, to end up holing them, that’s why you practice. That’s why you do it all. It’s something I’ll look back on and gain a lot of confidence from.”

Several notable and legendary names grace the championship trophy of the New England PGA Section Championship.

Bennett shot 2-under 69 to finish alone in second at 7-under for the tournament. Starting the day with a one-stroke lead, he bogeyed the first hole to drop back into a tie for first, but responded with a birdie at the second to regain the lead, an advantage he held until his bogey on the 17th dropped him back into a tie for the lead. First round leader Eric Barlow, of Winchester CC, joined Warren and Bennett in the final group and matched Bennett with a 2-under 69 to finish alone in third.

“Those guys played phenomenal,” Warren said of Bennett and Barlow. “I was the only one missing shots. Those guys were just relentless. They hit some unbelievable shots throughout the day where I was just kind of whiffing it around the park. It got to a point where I had to make sure that I really turned it on myself, because David was not going to relinquish anything. I was fortunate enough to hole a few putts coming in.”

Seul-Ki Park, of Winchester CC, shot even-par 71 with four birdies and four bogeys to finish alone in fourth at even-par for the 54-hole tournament.

The top 12 finishers from the New England PGA Section Championship earned a spot in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship. Joining Warren, Bennett, Barlow and Park in the top 12 were David Jankowski (Burlington), Kevin Rhoads (The Country Club), Boomer Erick (Boston GC), Kirk Hanefeld (Salem CC), Jeff Martin (Wollaston GC), Liam Friedman (Nashawtuc CC), Robert Bruso (Blackstone National) and Christopher Abbott (Shelter Harbor GC). Steven Hausmann (Hausmann Golf) was the odd-man-out in four-person playoff for the final three spots, and will be the first alternate. Rich Berberian Jr., who finished T16, is also exempt into the 2020 PGA Professional Championship by virtue of qualifying for the 2019 PGA Championship.

2019 New England PGA Section Championship

Manchester Country Club (Bedford, NH), Par 36-35–71

Concord Country Club (Concord, NH), Par 34-36–70

August 5-7, 2019


1 Shawn Warren, Falmouth CC: 70-67-67–204 -8*

2 David Bennett, CC of Vermont: 67-69-69–205 -7*

3 Eric Barlow, Winchester CC: 66-72-69–207 -5*

4 Seul-Ki Park, Winchester CC: 70-71-71–212 E*

5 David Jankowski, Burlington: 69-73-71–213 +1*

T6 Kevin Rhoads, The Country Club: 70-74-70–214 +2*

T6 Boomer Erick, Boston GC: 73-69-72–214 +2*

T6 Kirk Hanefeld, Salem CC: 69-70-75–214 +2*

9 Jeff Martin, Wollaston GC: 67-74-74–215 +3*

T10 Steven Hausmann, Hausmann Golf: 72-73-71–216 +4%

T10 Liam Friedman, Nashawtuc: 71-73-72–216 +4*

T10 Robert Bruso, Blackstone National GC: 72-70-74–216 +4*

T10 Christopher Abbott, Shelter Harbor GC: 70-71-75–216 +4*

T14 Troy Pare, Ledgemont: 71-73-73–217 +5%

T14 Matt Zdon, Belmont: 68-75-74–217 +5%

T16 Brenden Mitchell,The Country Club: 71-76-72–219 +7%

T16 Rich Berberian, Vesper CC: 71-76-72–219 +7^

T18 Jeff Seavey, Samoset Resort: 76-72-72–220 +8%

T18 Michael Farrell, Boston GC: 76-72-72–220 +8

T18 Connor Mulcahy, The Country Club: 71-73-76–220 +8

21 Thomas Tobey, Sandwich Hollows GC: 77-74-70–221 +9

T22 Dan Venezio, Portland CC: 73-77-72–222 +10

T22 Matt Alwin, Dedham Country and Polo: 76-73-73–222 +10

T22 Bryan Hunt, ’47 Brand: 72-77-73–222 +10

T22 Jacob Leech, Tedesco CC: 74-74-74–222 +10

T22 Rich Ingraham, Sky Meadow: 76-72-74–222 +10

T22 Todd Rollins, Laconia: 75-72-75–222 +10

T22 Chad Spencer, Valley CC: 71-74-77–222 +10

T22 Cory Mansfield, Derryfield CC: 78-68-76–222 +10

T30 Jason Sedan, Lake Winnipesaukee GC: 72-79-72–223 +11

T30 Tom Mackey, Ekwanok CC: 73-77-73–223 +11

T30 Gregory Kelly, Myopia Hunt Club: 71-78-74–223 +11

T30 Robert Tramonti, Triggs Memorial GC: 74-74-75–223 +11

T30 William Maguire, Wanumetonomy G & CC: 73-75-75–223 +11

T30 Al Vallante, Harbor Lights G&CC: 72-75-76–223 +11

T30 Steven Daly, Cape Club of Sharon: 72-71-80–223 +11

T37 Dieter Wiedmayer, Sankaty Head: 76-74-74–224 +12

T37 George Goich, Black Swan CC: 72-75-77–224 +12

T37 Rico Riciputi, Wentworth by the Sea CC: 76-71-77–224 +12

T37 John Hickson, Mere Creek: 72-74-78–224 +12

T37 Jim Salinetti, Winchester CC: 72-73-79–224 +12

T37 Rick Karbowski, Auburn Driving Range: 72-73-79–224 +12

T43 Nick Hallowell, The Country Club: 74-76-75–225 +13

T43 Peter Bracey, Woburn: 74-76-75–225 +13

T43 Jaimie Pierson, Ekwanok CC: 73-75-77–225 +13

T43 Scott Hickey, Cyprian Keyes GC: 71-76-78–225 +13

T47 Matt Arvanitis, Southern New Hampshire U.: 73-78-75–226 +14

T47 Hal Jacobs, Haven Country Club: 71-80-75–226 +14

T47 Nick Desjardins, Brae Burn: 79-72-75–226 +14

T47 Jim Schouller, Abenaqui: 71-78-77–226 +14

T47 Nick Jagoe, Allendale: 76-73-77–226 +14

T47 Brian Owens, North Kingstown GC: 73-75-78–226 +14

T47 Thomas Smith, The Atkinson Resort: 77-70-79–226 +14

T54 Bill Andrews, Portsmouth: 72-79-76–227 +15

T54 Christopher Carter, Hillview: 76-75-76–227 +15

T54 Erik Carlson, Worcester: 71-79-77–227 +15

T54 Rick Durocher, Cyprian Keyes GC: 75-75-77–227 +15

T54 Allan Menne, Mink Meadows: 78-71-78–227 +15

T54 Chad Penman, Boothbay Harbor CC: 73-75-79–227 +15

T54 Joe Rocha, Golf Country: 78-69-80–227 +15

T61 Greg Yeomans, Bay Club at Mattapoisett: 78-73-77–228 +16

T61 Joe Potty, Cohasset GC: 79-72-77–228 +16

T61 Sean McTernan, Brae Burn: 70-78-80–228 +16

T64 Dan Gillis, Nabnasset Lake CC: 77-74-80–231 +19

T64 Mike Haas-Zanghi, Nonesuch River GC: 74-74-83–231 +19

66 Todd Cook, Milton Hoosic Club: 74-77-84–235 +23

CREDIT: New England PGA Staff

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