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.
Thorny Not A Pain for Stockwell
Jay Stockwell Takes Home 1st
On an ideal golf day for all players, Thorny Lea welcomed 40 players for another outstanding New England Series event. A day after the conclusion of the facility's member-member tournament, the course conditions were nothing short of impeccable. Said PGA Professional Tim Watroba, "We are in absolutely stunning shape, and our membership has worked hard with the grounds crew to get it into its current state." Many of the New England Series members validated that statement, as numerous players mentioned after their rounds how pleasantly surprised they were upon the tour's first visit to the site.
It was a banner day for Jason Stockwell, who fired his first ever Even par nine hole score during his round. With 2 birdies and 2 bogeys on his front nine, he turned with a 35 on the scorecard. He faltered at times on the back-9 with a 40 (+5), but used his hot start to ultimately fire 75 (+5) and take home the Men's Overall Gross title. On how he played during his round, Jay said "I really played well and although I made a couple bogeys, I only had one real mistake, that double on the back nine." Right behind Stockwell were Neil Coutu & David Holmes, who matched each other shot for shot throughout the day. Playing in the same pairing, they turned in near spitting image scorecards on the way to a pair of 78's (+8). David ultimately took home the Senior Men's Gross title, and Coutu similarly won the Senior Men's Net Division.
It was also an impressive round turned in by Donna DiIeso, who played from a challenging set of Red tees at just over 5,500 yards, and a tough rating of 74.3. Her total of 90 (+16) was outstanding, and she used her solid play to take home the Net Division.
Thank you to the entire Thorny Lea Golf Club staff and Head Professional, Tim Watroba, 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 17th at Myopia Hunt Club.
New Winner at Weston
Chris Adamo Takes Home His 1st
Monday's event at Westion Golf Club featured spectacular weather conditions, and even more impressive rounds. With a field of over 80 players teeing it up to take on the 6,200 yard Donald Ross design, it would take a very disciplined round to rise to the top. No player did so better than Chris Adamo, who played exceptionally well, and turned in a 74 (+2) to win his first tournament of the season.
Adamo took advantage of the par-5's throughout the day, rolling in two birdies, one on the 6th, and another on the short 18th to close out his round. A strong start featuring pars on 4 of his first 5 holes allowed Adamo to establish an early rythym, and from there, play consistently to finish. In his second event of the season, he quickly turned around his play from a tough round at Worcester CC, to put himself back on top. Adamo was not alone in his solid play, as five other players broke 80 in their rounds to crack the top-5. David Holmes finished solo second with his 75 (+3), followed by Tim Flynn who finished third with an impressive 76 (+4). To round out the top-5, Rey Lemaine, Craig Briggs, and David Fogg all shot 78 (+6).
In the Net-Stableford division, Jack Flynn and Stephen Ohki both turned in impressive scores to finish T-1st with 43 points. After a card-off, Flunn was able to take home the contest for the first time this season. Following up behind Flynn and Ohki were Stu Thompson (42 points), Seamus O'Neill (41 points), and Duane Jellison (40 points.)
Thank you to all of the Weston Golf Club staff and Head Professional, Adam Hemeon, PGA, for an outstanding day. An additional thank you to Lincoln Motorcars for their on site support for the day. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner with the New England Series all season long! The next New England Series event is Monday, July 10th at Thorny Lea.