Rain No Match for Moynihan
- Charlestown, RI
Thursday's forecast was iffy to start, and proved to be a challenge as the rain stopped by during our visit to Shelter Harbor Golf Club. Sixty-six players teed off at the pristine Southern Rhode Island track, with hopes that the rain would stay away and nicer conditions could pull through. Unfortunately for the morning groups, most of their round was on the soggy side, with the first few groups playing through the rain and wind for the majority of their rounds. On the other hand, those who teed off on the later side got the lucky end of the draw. With rain clearing way to higher temps and pockets of sunshine, Michael Moynihan was able to take advantage and win in his first event of the season.
With double-bogey 7 on the opening par-5, and a bogey on the challenging third, Moynihan was off to a shaky start to say the least, and would be holding on to scrape together a decent round. However, birdies on the 6th, 8th, & 9th saw him turn at even par 36 on his first nine. The turnaround was certainly impressive to say the least, and Moynihan commented in the scoring area how bleak the round looked with the double-bogey start on a relatively easy par five. The back side was a glimpse of more consistent golf from Moynihan with 6 pars and 3 bogeys to card an overall 74 (+3). His low round was good enough to snag Low Gross for the competition; a win in his first event of the year.
Nipping at Moynihan's heels was David Holmes, who teed off in the first group of the day. He noted how difficult some of the weather he had to withstand was, and certainly was a deterrent to what could have been an even lower round. Birdies on the 3rd & 5th early on had Holmes hot to start, but a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 9th proved to be a turning point in the round. Even par at the turn, rain picked up as his group began the back-9, and Holmes' bogeyed 3 of his next 4 holes. His back-9 could not quite match his front, and Holmes finished with 76 (+5) to fall just two shots short.
A huge thank you to Shelter Harbor Golf Club, who had the course in impeccable shape, and their entire golf shop staff, including Head Professional Dave Tiedemann, PGA, for hosting the event.
More golf to be played at our next event Monday, May 21 at Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, RI!
From Ryder Cup to New England Series
Holmes Does it Again
- Worcester, MA
The historic Worcester Country Club welcomed the New England Series Monday, May 14th. The weather made for an outstanding outing, with temperatures reaching the low 70s. This par 70 Donald Ross track is one of two courses in the nation to host the men’s and women’s US Open Championships and the Ryder Cup. The New England Series allowed amateur players from across the Northeast to walk the same fairways as golfs former greats.
David Holmes of Sutton, Ma stamped his mark at WCC claiming 1st firing a 72 (+2). Holmes capitalized on the par-5’s playing them at 2 under on the day. Holmes managed to stay strong down the stretch with 4 straight pars following a double bogey 6 on the 14th. Coming up just short of Holmes was Gavin Barton and Bradd Pearsons, who came in the clubhouse with a pair of 73’s (+3). Barton made an excellent birdie on 18 to look past his previous bogeys. With eight pars and one bogey on the back nine, Pearsons had a glimpse at first place but came up just short.
Two of the top 15 finishers had notable eagles. Nikolas Kroisi who finished with a 77 (+7) eagled the par-5 2nd and Daniel Bellacqua bounced back from two bogeys with an eagle 3 on hole 5.
Huge thanks to the Worcester Country Club staff for making this Monday a success. Thank you to our partner Turkish Airlines for their continued support all season long!
More golf to be played at our next event Wednesday, May 17th at Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, RI!
Experience Wins Out
Rich Manning Takes Home 2nd Conseutive
- Barrington, RI
The New England Series traveled down South to one of the membership's favorite stops, Rhode Island Country Club. The day started with a significant amount of fog early on, but as the temperatures rose, the sun started to peak its way through and bring out the sun and higher temps. The course is perched just off the Providence River, providing the New England Series members & guests astonishing views of Narragansett Bay as they play the final 4 holes. This old time Donald Ross New England style course is sure to give you a nice trip to the past and experience golf in its truest form.
This year, yet again, Rich Manning made the trip down to Rhode Island, and he did not disappoint. As the winner of the event in 2017, Manning was looking to follow it up again this year, and make it back-to-back W's. His course knowledge was apparent, as he started stronger than last year trip, avoiding early bogeys and turning at -1 (35). He followed with another 35 (E) on the back, for his total 1-under 70. The strong showing was enough to secure that back-to-back finish he sought after, taking the Men's Overall Gross title. Nipping at his heels throughout the day was new New England Series member Tai Lee, who came out guns blazing and fired a 2-over 73. He was neck and neck with Manning's round, but late slip ups paved the way for a repeat winner at RICC.
Thank you to the entire Rhode Island Country Club staff and Head Professional, Kyle Phelps, PGA for a fantastic day in the short grass. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for their partnership with the New England Series again this season! The next event is Monday, May 14th at Worcester Country Club.