Rainy @ Renaissance
Dunnigan Leads the Way Again
Forecasts looked bleak to say the least for New England Series members who planned on visiting Renaissance for another stop on the New England Series Tour. What many weatherman were projecting to be a 'total washout' actually turned out to be a halfway-decent day that allowed for an enjoyable event. Many commented on how happily surprised they were to be able to get the round in. All players began the day at 7:30AM in a Shotgun Start.
No player was happier to get the round in than Dan Dunnigan, who once again turned in an impressive round on his way to capturing his 5th Men's Low Gross title of the season. Starting on the short par-4 10th hole, Dunnigan got off to a quick and easy start making birdie on his first hole. He gave it right back with a bogey on the tricky 11th hole, and then evened out on his front nine to make the turn at Even Par. Dunnigan then ventured to the front-9, which proved to be a tougher test. Bogeys on 1, 2, and 4 slipped Dunnigan up, but he was able to offset those bogeys with birdies on holes 3 & 7 to ultimately turn in 74 (+2). Dunnigan was followed by Higgins (78) and Kroisi (79) who were impressive in their rounds as well.
Ed McMillan continued his hot play into the 2017 season after winning the Senior Men's Gross Division. After a run of top-5 finishes in 2016, McMillan produced once again, stringing together 10 pars & a birdie on his way to shooting 80 (+8). McMillan was followed by Tim Flynn 82 (+10), Jeff Spinks 83 (+11), and Neil Coutu & Craig Ott who both fired 85 (+13).
In the Net Divisions at Renaissance, Jason Stockwell 74 (+2), and Dan Mac Isaac 74 (+2) both played up to standards while taking home their respective Men's Net, and Senior Men's Net divisions. Nikolas Kroisi racked up 42 points in the Net-Stableford contest to win once again this season.
Thank you to all of the Renaissance staff and Head Professional, Stuart Cady, PGA for an outstanding day. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series Event is on Monday, June 26th at Weston Golf Club.
Lupafya Conquers Carnegie
First for Frank
Spring has not been kind to the golf community so far this spring, and no day was more event than this one at Carnegie. Cold temps quickly turned into wind and rain, making it a difficult finish for all players. That did not stop Frank Lupafya, who turned in an outstanding round on his way to capturing the tournament. Starting off his round with bogeys on the first four holes, Lupafya knew he had to quickly settle in if he wanted to stay in contention. He did just that, as he played the remaining 14 holes at +3 to shoot a 78 (+7). Using birdies on holes both par-5s on the back nine, Frank managed his way around the remainder of his round, which included a tough finishing three holes in the wind-swept rain.
Derek Wayman went out in the last group, which dealt with the most difficult weather and largest amount of rain. Like Lupafya, Wayman turned in a 78 (+7), but lost in a card off which uses the back-9 score of the round to determine the winner. Three birdies on his front-9 to offset his four bogeys saw him make the turn at just +1, and on his way to turning in a fantastic round. The final 9 of the course bit back however, as Wayman was +6 on his back 9, struggling a bit in the rain and wind.
Tim Flynn continued his dominant ways in the Senior Men's Division, taking home 1st place for the third time this season. Going out in the first group, which luckily did not have to deal with any rain, Flynn struggled a bit out of the gate, making the turn at +7 with a 42. However, he quickly gained back control, and closed out his round with a 39 on the back nine, leading to his 81 (+10). Dana Forman also had a strong showing, as he ued his consistent play to card an 83 (+12). It is the first time this season Forman has placed in competition, and he hopes to continue playing that way for future rounds this season.
Thank you to all of the Carnegie Abbey staff and Head Professional, James DiMarino, PGA for an outstanding day. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series Event is on Monday, June 5th at Renaissance.
Holmes Sails the Harbor
Another Win for David Holmes
Finally, the New England Series members were greeted by blue skies and sun as they took on the magnificent Shelter Harbor Golf Club. One of the largest turnouts of the season brought with it some outstanding scores, and an even better competition.
For the second time this season, Dave Holmes impressed with a low score, and took home 1st as the Overall winner for the day. Holmes nearly turned in a clean scorecard, with his only blemishes coming on the 2nd & 3rd holes where he made consecutive pars. The long par-5 first yielded his initial birdie of the day, and he added another on the par-4 13th. What about the fourteen other holes you might ask? Fourteen pars, featuring a run of fifteen consecutive holes with a score of par or better. It all added up to an Even par 71, best of the day.
Both Frank Lupafya and Dan Dunnigan finished with impressive rounds as well, as they finished tied for 2nd at 74 (+3). Lupafya rolled in five(!) birdies in his round on holes 2, 4, 7, 9, & 12. A -3 front nine had eyes turning, but was unfortunately washed away by an 8 on the difficult par-4 10th. Dunnigan added in 3 birdies of his own, holes 5, 11, 12, which helped offset some bogeys mixed in throughout the day.
In his second event of the season, David Knipe put together a 75 (+4) on his way to winning the Men's Senior Division. A birdie on the opening hole of the day, and a slew of twelve pars helped Knipe stay even keel for the day. Tom Dwyer (76) and Rick Cuozzo (77) finished right on Knipe's heels, and rounded out the top-3.
Thank you to all of the Shelter Harbor staff and Head Professional, Dave Tiedemann, PGA for an outstanding day. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series Event is on Monday, May 22nd at Carnegie Abbey Club.
Cavicchi Leads the Way
Rhode Island CC Yields Low Scores
What started out as a rainy, frigid morning, quickly saw the sun poking its head out, and temperatures rise. Using those improving conditions, Jeff Cavicchi proved strong and led the way with his 1-over 72. His steadily consistent play featured 15 pars, paired with just two bogeys on the day. His birdie on the par-5 11th was where Jeff knew he was locked in. "It felt like one of those days where I just couldn't miss. It wasn't more evident today than on the par-5 that I birdied," said Cavicchi. In his second event of the season, Cavicchi was able to capture that top overall spot for the day.
With 8 players breaking 80 on the day, it was an all-around strong showing by the field. At a facility that typically produces high winds, players were conversely greeted with a calm breeze. One player in scoring noted the difference having no wind could make. "Typically that closing stretch of 15, 16, 17, & 18 can be brutal wind the wind coming off the ocean. Those holes tend to playing extremely tough coming in, but today, we didn't see that."
The women in the field produced solid rounds, and none more than Sally DeGan who shot a -6 (68) (NET), winning the Net-Individual title. Pam Allen was also in contention, and finished in the top spot for Women's Gross. "I just had a 3-hole stretch where I lost it, but other than that, I played really well, and was happy with the day," said Allen. Her stretch of 10-11-12 saw her slip up with two double-bogeys as well as a 10 on the challenging par-5. She held tough and battled back though, as she finished her round with a birdie on the 18th, shooting 97.
Thank you to all of the Rhode Island Country Club staff and Head Professional, Kyle Phelps, PGA. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series Event is on Monday, May 15th at Weston Golf Club.
High Winds In Worcester
Dunnigan Won Again
The brutal winds and winter-like conditions proved a tough test for the field, but was no match for Dan Dunnigan. Once again, Dunnigan led the way, this time firing a 4-over 74.
With bogeys in two of his first four holes, Dunnigan quickly had to regroup, and did so with a birdie on the par-5 5th hole. Dunnigan started off his round battling to get back to par. From there, he made another bogey and turned with a 2-over 37. On his back nine, Dunnigan slipped up out of the gate, bogeying the par-3 10th. Now at 3-over, Dunnigan once again reset, and put together a string of pars to finish out his round. On a day that saw wind gusts of nearly 15mph, it was certainly an impressive round. In scoring, Dunnigan commented on how big of a grind it was throughout the day, and he was happy with the way he played overall.
Cliff Calvo also had an impressive day in the high winds. Although it was great playing by him, he started off with a slip-up that ultimately cost him the days title. On the par-5 2nd, Calvo mistakenly teed off from the wrong set of tees, leaving him with a 2-stroke penalty, and a rough start to his round. Impressively, Calvo regrouped and strung together pars with a birdie on the par-3 8th, carding a 5-over 75, earning him 2nd place overall for the day.
Thank you to Worcester Country Club staff and Head Professional, Allan Belden, PGA. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series Event is on Monday, May 15th at Weston Golf Club.
Dunnigan Dominates the Rain
Windy, Rainy Conditions Make for Tough Day on Course
Daniel Dunnigan shot a hard-fought one over par 73 (Individual Gross) at the New England Series event at Turner Hill GC in Ipswich, Mass. on Monday. He finished in sole possession of first place in both the Individual Gross and net divisions.
Dunnigan started off his round battling to get back to par. He made an opening double bogey on 1, and slipped up with two more: one on 4 and on 5. However, as he got used to the wet conditions, his play improved. He went on to make back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7 and another on 9 to make the turn at one over par. With a couple of bogeys and birdies to match one another on the back nine, he finished for the day at one over par. Considering how muddy nearly all of the players commented that the course was, this was no small feat.
On a very wet and chilly day, a good play had to be earned. The course had seen decent amount of rainfall in the past week, and the misty conditions on Monday wasn’t helping to make play any easier. The course’s toughness alone could make for a day of high scores.
Mike Higgins had a good day as well, shooting a two over par 74, and finishing in second place. He had a solid front nine, making only two bogeys and one birdie. On the back, he made bogey on 10 and 12 but quickly corrected with birdies on 13 and 14. His only true misstep was a double bogey on 17. A late birdie on 18 helped to make up some ground, but it wouldn’t be quite enough to get back to the top of the board.
Thank you to Turner Hill Golf Club staff and Director of Golf, Professional Nathan Hopley, PGA. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series Event is on Monday, May 8th at Worcester Country Club.
Holmes Takes Home Pocasset
Pocasset GC Results
32 New England Series players made the long haul down to Pocasset Golf Club on Monday to take on the 6,200 yard, par 72 Donald Ross gem located in Bourne, Massachusetts. What started out as a beautiful sunny spring morning, quickly saw the cloud-cover roll in, and the temperatures drop, leaving the field having to fight through the cold conditions. The weather, however, did not affect David Holmes, as he fired a 2-under 70, leading the way in the Men's Overall competition. With birdies on 9, 11, 13, 15, & 16, Holmes used his hot stretch of play to climb his way up the leaderboard. In scoring, Holmes mentioned that he was hitting the ball really well all day, and went on a run where it felt like he couldn't seem to miss. Sally DeGan also turned in an impressive round with her 4-over 76 on her way to winning the Men's Overall Net competition for the day. Tim Flynn found himself playing well at Pocasset, and shot 81 (+9) to take home the top spot in the Senior Men's Overall competition. We would like to thank Pocasset Golf Club for their hard work as well as their willingness to have the New England Series back on the map in 2017. Our next New England Series event is Monday, May 1st @ Turner Hill.
Play Like the Pros
TPC Boston Results
The 2017 New England Series is officially off and running as 70 golfers hit the course at TPC Boston on Marathon Monday. Playing from a challenging 6,300 yards, and through increasingly strong winds as the day wore on, the home of the Dell Technologies Championship proved to be a tough test for the entire field. Dan Dunnigan was our overall Men's Champion, as he used birdies on holes 7, 11, & 13 on his way to shooting a 3-over 76. Rich Manning was close behind after his eagle on 14 propelled him to a 4-over 77, and David Holmes rounded out the top 3 with a 6-over 79. Our Senior Men's Division also had a strong showing as David Holmes (79), David Knipe (85), and Neil Coutu (85) led the way with their rounds. Donna DiIeso was our Ladies Champ, as she turned in a 95 to close out her day. A big thank you goes to TPC Boston and their entire staff for extending the invite to our New England Series once again this year, and we look forward to being back on site for years to come.