BOSTON, Mass – The New England PGA has announced that the 2021 New England PGA Championship will be conducted at Worcester Country Club and Marlborough Country Club, both located in Central Massachusetts, from August 30-September 1, 2021.
Neither course is a stranger to Championship golf, with 2021’s NEPGA Championship being just the latest in a long history of prestigious competitions. Worcester Country Club has hosted the New England PGA Championship twice before, in 1996 and 2009, with Dana Quigley and Paul Parajeckas earning the Championship titles, respectively.
On the international stage, Worcester is known for hosting the 1925 US Open, the inaugural Ryder Cup in 1927, and the 1960 US Women’s Open, making it one of only three courses to host all three events (the others being Pinehurst and Hazeltine). The classic Worcester (Mass.) track was designed by Donald Ross in 1914 and has undergone significant renovations since it last hosted in 2009.
Marlborough Country Club has never hosted the New England PGA Championship, however its stint as host of the PGA TOUR Champions Marlborough Classic from 1980-1983 testifies to its merits as a Championship host venue. Bob Goalby (1981), Arnold Palmer (1982) and Don January (1983) were the winners. The course offers a blend of classic and more modern design, with the current back nine designed in 1921 by Wayne Stiles, and the front nine designed in 1968 by Geoffrey Cornish.
The New England PGA Championship is the premiere event run by the New England Section, and is open to all Class A PGA Professionals within the Section. The New England PGA Championship field is routinely among the largest of all the Section Championships in the country and features one of the largest purses available in Section Championships nationwide. 2020 Champion Shawn Warren, earned $11,225 for his first-place finish at Myopia Hunt Club and Tedesco Country Club during the milestone 100th playing last August.
The NEPGA Championship also offers PGA Professionals an opportunity to play their way to the PGA Championship. The top 12 finishers in the NEPGA Championship will move on to the national PGA Professional Championship the following April at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas, and the top 20 finishers in that event will qualify for the PGA Championship. At least one NEPGA Professional has represented the New England Section in the PGA Championship for the last six years.
2021 will also feature the first-ever New England PGA Women’s Championship, which will also be contested at Worcester CC and Marlborough CC concurrently with the Section Championship. More details about the Women’s Championship to come.