Holmes the Man at Manchester
David Holmes Captures His 3rd
Just days after the conclusion of the New Hampshire Open, host site Manchester Country Club was playing firm and fast. With the New England Series making its first stop at MCC in its history, players were excited knowing that the course they were about to encounter just hosted 100+ Professional golfers the week prior.
For the 3rd time this season, David Holmes played his way to another Men's Individual Gross title. With a quick bogey out of the gate, Holmes started slow, but quickly regained consistency and played the rest of the front-9 at 1 under par, resulting in an Even par 36 at the turn. With a 38 (+3) on his back nine, Holmes managed to stay low and fire a 74 (+3). Not far off was Cliff Calvo, who finished runner-up for the second time this season, this time two shots back with his 76 (+5). Another two shots behind were Henry Arundale and Ron Trieff, both posting 78's (+7).
In the Net division, Carl Leone & Peter Kitfakos both played exceptionall well, turning in Net-70's (-1) for the day. After carding off, Carl Leone took home 1st place, with Kitfakos finishing just behind. In Net-Stableford, Peter Kitfakos used his 44 points to take that title for the day, finishing just two points ahead of Michael Brandon, who also had a strong showing with his 42 points.
Thank you to the entire Manchester Country Club staff and Head Professional, Todd McKittrick, PGA, for an outstanding day. An additonal thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a continued partner of the New England Series. Our next New England Series event is August 14th at Ledgemont Country Club.
Number Two for Cavicchi
Jeff Cavicchi Wins at Agawam Hunt
-East Providence, RI.
For the second time this season, Jeff Cavicchi shined through like a diamond in the rough, only all his swings were coming from the fairway. After Rhode Island experienced a Monday wash-out, courses throughout the state were a bit soggy to say the least. However, Agawam Hunt Club was in pristine condition, and played host to 36 New England Series members.
The 6,200 yard par-69 course may seem to play short based on its yardage on the card, but Agawam Hunt Club features a healthy dose of long par-4s that are a daunting task for most. However, Cavicchi was able to tread water continuously throughout the day, piecing together 14 pars during his round. His only slip up came on the par-4 4th, where he made double bogey. The 4th hole plays at a challenging 459 yards, and gave the entire field fits throughout the day. He bounced back a few holes later with a birdie on the 388-yard 10th, and played near perfect golf the rest of the way in, with just one bogey on 13. The was Cavicchi's second Men's Individual win of the season, and he said he "looks to build on his solid play for the rest of the season."
Cavicchi was not the only lone low score of the day. Rey Lemaine posted 77 (+8) while Doug Bray and Ken Diskin finished just behind with 78's (+9). Rey, who has been playing courageously through a torn meniscus, said of himself, "I played pretty good today. Kept the ball in front of me, and made some good swings. Let's hope I can continue to do that the rest of the way." Lemaine not only had to battle through knee problems, but also battled through an early triple bogey on the par-3 5th hole. He quickly settled back in, and ultimately posted a second place score.
Thank you to the entire Agawam Hunt Club staff and Head Professional, Norm Alberigo, PGA, for a perfect day. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner of the New England Series all season long! The next New England Series event is on Monday, July 31st at Manchester Country Club.
Riled Up for Myopia
Michael Reily Wins His 1st
The historic Myopia Hunt Club played host to the New England Series for a second consecutive season, now an event that membership holds the highest of all. Founded in 1882, Myopia Hunt has played host to the U.S. Open on four different occasions, most recently in 1908. Over the past few decades, Myopia has experienced a lengthening process to expand upon the already challenging championship venue.
Before the 1PM Shotgun Start, the 90 New England Series players were greeted by host professional, Mike Bemis, PGA, who gave the field a detailed history of the club, and layout of the historic facility. Once on the course, the field was greeted by absolutely spectacular weather, and even better course conditions. Many players made their living in the tall grass throughout the day, as the Fescue proved to be problematic areas.
As tough as the tall grass seemed to be, Michael Reily proved even tougher. Starting on the par-5 15th, Reily's pars to start settled him into a groove that proved to be key for what was to come. On the front-9, Reily carded three birdies, first on the short par-5 2nd, and then an additional couple later later on the 6th & 8th holes. From there, a card full of pars with the occasional bogey, eventually led to Reily's 75 (+3). His score would hang tough, holding off both Mike Higgins (77) and Nik Kroisi (78) on his way to his first victory of the season. The Higgins/Kroisi/Marathas group proved to be an elite pairing, as they combined for 6 birdies throughout the day, but it was not quite enough to track down Reily.
In the Net competition, Jon Szarek had an impressive day, shooting a net-69 (-3). Even his gross score of 80 was impressive, as he used three birdies throughout the day to thwart a potentially tough course. Also playing well were Jason Zubiel net-71 (-1), as well as Joe Tassone net-72 (E) & Jay Luby net-72 (E).
Thank you to the entire Myopia Hunt Club staff and Head Professional, Mike Bemis, PGA for an amazing 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, July 25th at Agawam Hunt Club.