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.