Rainy @ Renaissance
Dunnigan Leads the Way Again
Forecasts look bleak to say the least for New England Series members who planned on visiting Renaissance for another stop on the New England Series Tour. What many weatherman were projecting to be a 'total washout' actually turned out to be a halfway-decent day that allowed for an enjoyable event. Many commented on how happily surprised they were to be able to get the round in. All players began the day at 7:30AM in a Shotgun Start.
No player was happier to get the round in than Dan Dunnigan, who once again turned in an impressive round on his way to capturing his 5th Men's Low Gross title of the season. Starting on the short par-4 10th hole, Dunnigan got off to a quick and easy start making birdie on his first hole. He gave it right back with a bogey on the tricky 11th hole, and then evened out on his front nine to make the turn at even par. Dunnigan then ventured to the front nine, which proved to be a tougher test. Bogeys on 1, 2, & 4 slipped Dunnigan up, but he was able to offset those bogeys with birdies on holes 3 & 7 to ultimately turn in 74 (+2). Dunnigan was followed by Higgins (78) and Kroisi (79) who were impressive in their rounds as well.
Ed McMillan continued his hot play in 2017 season after winning the Senior Men's Gross division. After a run of top-5 finishes in 2016, McMillan produced once again, putting together 10 pars & a birdie on his way to shooting 80 (+8). McMillan was followed by Tim Flynn 82 (+10), Jeff Spinks 83 (+11), and Neil Coutu & Craig Ott who both fired 85 (+13).
In the Net Division at Renaissance, Jason Stockwell 74 (+2), and Dan Mac Isaac 74 (+2) both played up to standards while taking home their respective Men's Net, and Senior Men's Net divisions. Nikolas Kroisi racked up 42 points in the Net-Stableford contest to win once again this season.
Thank you to the Renaissance staff and Head Golf Professional, Stuart Cady, PGA for an outstanding day. Another thank you to Turkish Airlines for being a partner of the New England Series all season! The next New England Series event is Monday, June 26th at Weston Golf Club.
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.