Cavicchi Leads the Way
Rhode Island CC Yields Low Scores
What started out as a rainy and 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 the 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 just off the water, 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 with the wind coming off the ocean. Those holes tend to play 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 three 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 most of the field, but was no match for Dan Dunnigan. Once again, Dunnigan lead the way, this time firing a 4-over par 74.
With bogeys in two of his first 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 40mph, 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 brutal winds. Although it was great playing by him, he started off with a slip-up that ultimately cost him the day's title. On the par-5 2nd hole, Calvo mistakenly teed off from the wrong set of tees, leaving him with a two-stroke penalty, and a rough start to his round. Impressively, Calvo regrouped and strung together a bunch of 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 continued partner with the New England Series all season! The next New England Series event is on Tuesday, May 9th at Rhode Island Country Club.
Dunnigan Dominates the Rain
Windy, Rainy Conditions Make for Tough Day on Course
Dan 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 Individual Gross and Net divisions.
Dunnigan started off his round battling to get back to par. He made an opening bogey on 1, and slipped up with two more; one on 4 and one 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 added another on 9 to make the turn at one over par.With a couple bogeys and birdies to match one another on the back nine, he finished up his day even on the back, and one over for the entire round. 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, good play had to be earned. The course had seen a decent amount of rainfall in the week prior, and the misty Monday conditions were not helping to make play any easier. The course's toughness alone could make for a day of high scores, never mind with the added weather factor.
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, Higgins made bogeys on 10 and 2, but quickly corrected with birdies on 13 and 14. His only true misstep was a double bogey on the 17th. 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.