Lupafya Conquers Carnegie
First for Frank
Spring has not been kind to the golf community so far this year, and no day was more evident than this one at Carnegie. Cold temps quickly turned to rain, making it a difficult finish for all players. That did not stop Frank Lupafya, who turned in an outstanding round on his way to capturing the tournament. Starting off his round with bogeys on the first four holes, Lupafya knew he had to quickly settle in if he wanted to stay in contention. He did just that, as he played the remaining 14 holes at +3 to shoot a 78 (+7). Using birdies on holes both par-5s on the back nine, Frank managed his way around the remainder of his round, which included a tough finishing three holes in the wind-swept rain.
Derek Wayman went out in the last group, which dealt with the most difficult weather and largest amount of rain.Like Lupafya, Wayman turned in a 78 (+7), but lost in a card off which uses the back-9 score of the round to determine the winner. Three birdies on his front-9 to offset his four bogeys saw him make the turn at just +1, and on his way to turning in a fantastic round. The final 9 of the course bit back however, as Wayman was +6 on his back nine, struggling a bit in the rain and wind.
Tim Flynn continued his dominant ways in the Senior Men's Division, taking home 1st place for the third time this season. Going out in the first group, which luckily did not have to deal with any rain, Flynn struggled a bit out of the gate, making the turn at +7 with a 42. However, he quickly gained back control, and closed out his round with a 39 on the back side, leading to his 81
(+10). Dana Forman also had a strong showing, as he used his consistent play to card an 83 (+12). It is the first time this season Forman has placed in competition, and he hopes to continue playing that way for future rounds this season.
Thank you to all the Carnegie Abbey staff and Head Professional, James Dimarino, PGA for an outstanding 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, June 5th at Renaissance.
Holmes Sails the Harbor
Another Win for David Holmes
Finally, the New England Series members were greeted by blue skies and suns as they took on the magnificent Shelter Harbor Golf Club. One of the largest turnouts of the season brought with it some outstanding scores, and event better competition.
For the second time this season, David Holmes impressed with a low score, and took home 1st as the Overall winner for the day. Holmes nearly turned in a clean scorecard, with his only blemishes coming on the 2nd & 3rd holes where he made consecutive bogeys. The long par-5 1st hole yielded Holmes' first birdie of the day, and he added another on the par-4 13th. What about the other 14 holes you might ask? Fourteen pars, featuring a run of fifteen consecutive holes with a score of par or better. It all added up to an even par 71, best of the day.
Both Frank Lupafya and Dan Dunnigan finished with impressive rounds as well, as they finished tied for 2nd at 74 (+3). Lupafya rolled in 5(!) birdies in his round on holes 2, 4, 7, 9, & 12. A 3-under front nine had eyes turning, but was unfortunately washed away by an 8 on the difficult par-4 10th. Dunnigan added in 3 birdies of his own, holes 1,, 11, & 12, which helped offset some bogeys mixed in throughout the day.
In his second event of the season, David Knipe put together a 75 (+4) on his way to winning the Men's Senior Division. A birdie on the opening hole of the day, and a slew of twelve pars helped Knipe stay even keel for the day. Tom Dwyer (76) and Rick Cuozzo (77) finished right on Knipe's heels, and rounded out the top-3.
Thank you to all of the Shelter Harbor staff and Head Professional, Dave Tiedemann, PGA for an outstanding 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, May 22nd at The Carnegie Abbey Club.
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.