DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Shawn Warren (Falmouth CC – Maine), claimed his fifth New England PGA National Car Rental PGA Assistant Professional Championship title by a two-stroke margin at the Country Club of New Bedford. He shot a 2-under 68 in round one and shot 6-over in round two to clinch the victory with a 4-over 144.
Warren added the 2022 tournament to his list of Assistant Championship victories as he also claimed the trophy in 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2020.
Chan Longfellow (Falmouth CC – Maine) and Liam Friedman (Wollaston GC) shared second place shooting 6-over, 146 through the two rounds. Marcus Oliver (Weston GC) and Evan Rhodes (Oyster Harbors Club) tied for fourth place overall finishing nine-over and Peter Ruymann (Oyster Harbors Club) took solo sixth place with one more stroke.
Warren headed into round two at 2-under and started the final round with a birdie on the par-4 first hole. He carded another birdie on the par-5 fourth hole, but two bogeys and a double bogey on the front put him at 2-over making the turn and even overall. Warren’s back nine was highlighted by a birdie on the par-4 16th hole as he finished 4-over for the victory. He carded a total of six birdies over the two days.
“Yesterday I was able to hit the ball really well and put the ball in the right positions,” Warren told the New England PGA communications team after the victory. “Shooting 2-under yesterday, it was really clean and felt effortless… and then today was kind of the complete opposite. The wind picked up and I was in the wrong position too many times today. I was able to hang on there in the end and was happy to get the W”.
Chan Longfellow had the low score of round two with a 2-under 68 to finish tied for second with Friedman at 6-over. He shot 8-over on day one and was able to turn it around with two birdies and two eagles on the card in round two. Longfellow started the day with a birdie on the first hole. He went on to eagle the par-5 fourth hole after a bogey on the third hole. Another birdie on the par-4 sixth hole put him at 3-under, but bogeys on seven and eight brought him to 1-under at the turn. A bogey on the par-4 13th brought him to an even score, but another eagle, this one on the par-4 16th hole clinched the 2-under 68 and a share of second place.
Liam Friedman, who was 5-over entering the final round, shot just one-over to tie for second place at 6-over, 146. Bogeys on the par-4 fifth and sixth holes put Friedman at 2-over making the turn. He clinched a long put on the par-4 18th hole for birdie to finish one-under on the back nine and 1-over in round two.
As the top six finishers of the New England PGA National Car Rental Assistant Championship, Warren, Longfellow, Friedman, Oliver, Rhodes, and Ruymann all gained entry into the National Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on November 15-20, 2022.
(Content for this report was provided by New England PGA communications team)