THE RIDGE CLUB
Sept. 22, 2016
S. Sandwich, MA
RICHBOURG’S FLAWLESS GOLF CAPTURES CCPGA MATCH PLAY VICTORY
Competing in the finals of the 2016 Cape Cod PGA Match Play Championship – Greg Yeomans (l) and Gregg Richbourg.
Cape Cod National’s PGA Teaching Assistant Gregg Richbourg beat six-time MATCH PLAY winner Greg Yeomans, PGA GM at The Bay Club to win his first Cape Cod PGA major at The Ridge Club over the past two days.
Richbourg, who chips cross-handed never made a bogey in the finals
Richbourg, striking another pure iron, nipped Oyster Harbors’ Matt Baran, recent winner of the CC Chapter Championship in the semi-finals, 1-up….
Baran just misses putt in the semi-final loss to Richbourg
The final match pitted Yeomans against this years’ leader in the Dutch Wessner Points POY race, sponsored by 15thgolfclub.com. The new Match Play champion proceeded to make 9 pars and 5 birdies enroute to a comprehensive 5 & 4 victory. Yeomans suffered the unusual stat of birdieing three holes in a row (12-13-14) to get closed out on the 14th green as Richbourg matched him with his own birdie on all three holes! Where Yeomans struggled to find the hole early in the match, Richbourg one-putted his final 7 holes, four of them for birdie.
To reach the finals, Yeomans vanquished White Cliffs PGA Assistant Dan Calderwood 4 & 2, then nipped LeBaron Hills’ PGA Head Pro Tom Rooney on the 18th hole in a see-saw match which saw both competitors hold the lead for multiple holes. Richbourg took advantage of his first round bye – then opened his account with a close victory over The Bay Club’s PGA Head Pro John Paesani , 1-up.
the island green 17th hole (foreground) hosted the RICHBOUR v BARAN semi-final match while across the pond YEOMANS BATTLED ROONEY in the other semi-final on the dramatic 16th hole at The Ridge Club.
The notorious TREE guarding the par-5 3rd green was easily navigated by Greg Yeomans early in the final match, all square after five holes, before Richbourg went on a tear, playing his final 9 holes in -4 under par to close out the former champ.
Many thanks to the Members and STAFF of the Ridge Club, headed by newly minted (and healthy) PGA GM Jay Askew - who made five birdies in his opening match, only to lose to Rooney on the last hole.
And, huge thanks to Callaway Golf/ Peter Guild for sponsoring our championships!
Final Note: Richbourg has a commanding lead in the POY Wessner race with five events remaining, picking up 20 more points with this victory.
MATT BARAN EARNS 4TH CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN BY ONE SHOT!
Matt Baran, PGA Lead Assistant at Oyster Harbors Club fired two superb rounds at The Captains GC, Brewster, posting a -1 under par 143 (71-72) edging a host of fine colleagues and former winners in the 2016 CAPE COD PGA CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP, sponsored by Callaway Golf, Avidia Bank, PGA Tour, Lincoln and Tournament Solutions. Despite winning this championship on three other occasions (2011-12-13), making birdie on the final hole of regulation “was huge” in the words of the champion, his 4th title in 6 years.
Champion Matt Baran (holding crystal!) is surrounded by fellow PGA Golf Professionals who all competed today in the 36-hole Chapter Championship held at The Captains GC/ Port & Starboard courses.
Parlaying 4 birdies enroute to the only under-par round of the opening round, Baran earned a slim one shot lead with his 71 on the Port Course on a cloudy, drizzly day in Brewster, MA.
Scores were bunched, however, with a dozen pros within shouting distance of Baran including former Chapter Champions Greg Yeomans (PGA – The Bay Club – 2006 & 2010) who shot 73, Tom Tobey (PGA – Sandwich Hollows – 2005 & 2006 who stood in 2nd with 72), John Paesani (PGA – The Bay Club – defending champion, who shot an opening 74.
After 27 holes, Baran’s -2 under par 34 on the Starboard front side extended his lead to 3 shots over the hard-charging Greg Yeomans, PGA GM at The Bay Club (35) and Phil Cardwell, PGA Assistant at Sankaty Head (34). Amazingly, six competitors came out after lunch with sub-par nines. Joining Baran, Yeomans and Cardwell were defending champion John Paesani, PGA HP at The Bay Club (35), last years’ 3rd place finisher Jesse Schechtman, PGA HP at Hyannis GC (35) and Tom Rooney, PGA HP at Lebaron Hills (34). Baran would have to earn this victory.
However, after 2014 NEPGA Assistant Pro Champion and 3x Chapter Champion recorded three consecutive bogeys on his final nine (13-14-15), things got noticeably tighter…now with still 7 competitors within 2 shots of the lead with just a few holes remaining. Needless to say, Baran’s late bounce back heroics on the 36th hole was the difference as he got it up and down from a pin-high lie in the rough draining an 7- footer for the win.
John Paesani (l) (4th place with 145 and defending champ) and Gregg Richbourg (r) (T-5 with 146 and now Wessner Point leader) were part of the chase pack who came so close down the stretch.
(l to r) Tom Tobey, two-time champ finished T-2 just one stroke back, joined by Craig Corcoran, PGA Assistant at Sankaty Head and David Donnellan, PGA Teaching Professional at Hyannis GC and 1st Tee Director for Cape Cod.
Playing today were long time Cape professionals Jim Knowles (left) now working at Chequesset and today’s host Mark O’Brien, PGA HP at The Captains.
Huge thanks go to Callaway Golf’s Peter Guild and Chuck Holmes, PGA for sponsoring this championship for the 6th straight year!
Sept. 1, 2016
Dozens of hearty golfers gathered today (Sept. 1st) at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds GC for the 22nd Annual CAPE COD REHAB PRO-SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Pictured (l to r) after their wet and rainy round on the beautifully manicured town-owned facility were: ED ALVES, STEVE MATHIAS, STEVE STOCKER, DICK KING (who shot 69 on his own ball, 6 months after major heart surgery!), TREVOR ALDHURST (way in the back), BOB MILLER-PGA (currently in 3RD place of the Wessner Points POY), GREGG RICHBOURG-PGA (who has taken over 1st place!), COACH WILLOUGHBY, KENT HARVEY, ROD PARKER, MARK O’BRIEN -PGA (host of next week’s Chapter Championship at The Captains GC), GEORGE KROUSE. Congrats to our friend from “north of the border” Chip Johnson/ PGA HP at Hatherly CC in Scituate, whose -4 under par 67 won Low Pro, followed closely by Oyster Harbors’ PGA Lead Assistant Matt Baran’s 69 and Rochester GC’s PGA HP Rusty Gunnarson’s even par 71.
Next Week: CALLAWAY CAPE COD PGA CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP -
– SEPT. 8TH – 36 HOLES at THE CAPTAINS GC.
July 26, 2016
SQUIRREL RUN GOLF CLUB
W. Plymouth, MA
FANTASTIC SCORING PREVAILS IN TITLEIST/FOOTJOY PRO-JUNIOR
With two PGA Golf Professionals (Greg Yeomans & Ron Margeson Jr.) firing -6 under par 51’s leading the way, a host of other colleagues also recorded superb rounds in the 2016 CCPGA Pro-Junior held at the immaculate Squirrel Run GC today. Finishing 3rd was Tracy Djerf (54) while Bob Giusti (The Back Nine GC’s PGA HP) also came home under par with a fine 56 on the par 57 layout which was in perfect condition again! (Note: the competitive course record at Squirrel is 48, held by former Assistant Pro Tim Carey)
(left) Son Braden looks on as Dad (Greg Yeomans – The Bay Club) - records one of his 6 birdies in his amazing round.
However, it was Yeoman’s Bay Club colleague Tracy Djerf, PGA and her tremendous team who took down the championship trophy – in a card-off no less – with Yeoman’s team as both fivesomes fired -14 under par 43’s in the BB format. Djerf’s team had 9 straight birdies on the back nine to win the card-off.
PGA Pro Tracy Djerf surrounded by her winning team: John Hiller, Aiden Eagle, Athena Kettner & Abbey Lacasse
Squirrel Run GC Host PGA Pro David Moore pictured above with his team and Titleist Sales Representative David Moynihan who sponsored this event with his FootJoy colleague David Woods for the 14th straight year!
Moynihan shown left tending the flag during the heated competition
66-yr old Bob Giusti, pictured with his team is a 3X winner of the NEPGA Senior Championship travelling to Vermont next week in another edition of this Section Championship. By virtue of Cape Cod National’s Gregg Richbourg (former leader) not playing today, Giusti’s great round bumped him into 1st place in the season long POY Wessner Point race – sponsored by 15thgolfclub.com/ Bradford Sherman, proprietor.
Great fun had by all in the Cape Cod PGA Pro-Junior! TEAM RESULTS: (pro score) SQUIRREL RUN GC PAR- 57
43 (54) TRACY DJERF – THE BAY CLUB - John Hiller, Aidan Eagle, Athena Kettner, Abbey Lacasse
43 (51) GREG YEOMANS – THE BAY CLUB – Jake Yeomans, Braden Yeomans, Collin Fitzpatrick, Jason Gamache 44 (57) BOB MILLER – GC of YARMOUTHPORT – Jake Poitras, Matt Veary, Brady Miller, Christian Pavlakis
45 (51) RON MARGESON. – OULD NEWBURY GC – Frankie Kearney, Jason Corsetti, Jacob Grossi-Hogg, Michael Twomey
46 (62) DAVE DONNELLAN – HYANNIS GC/ 1ST TEE HYANNIS – Colin Gleason, Luke Ward, John Webster, Nolan Skaggs
52 (56) BOB GIUSTI – THE BACK NINE CLUB – Jack Turner, Adam Lahane, Neil Goodman, Connor Berks
52 (58) RICK BAPTIST – WHITE CLIFFS CC – Jared Baptist, Kyle Harsh, JT Prophet, Tyler Harney
52 (59) MIKE MCBROOM – FURNACE BROOK GC – Pete Gillis, Patrick McBroom, Nick Magoon, Spencer Katz
54 (57) JOHN PAESANI – THE BAY CLUB – Cassidy Yeomans, Davis Fox, Alex Wright, Andrew Eilerts
54 (60) NICK WISEMAN – HYANNIS GC – Charlie Sullivan, Sophie Sullivan, Jake Dilley, Brynn Dilley
57 (58) GARY CARDOZA – PINE OAKS GC – Isabella D’Angelo, Lexi Barry, Brody Hunt
57 (60) JOE MCNULTY – HYANNIS GC – Jack Hanscom, Charlie Beauregard, Rocco Maitino, Marcello Maitino
57 (60) DAVE MOORE – SQUIRREL RUN – Ava, Dante, Emma NAVARRO, Reese Porter
NOTE: CONGRATS TO GREG YEOMANS & JOHN PAESANI FOR WINNING THE NEPGA PRO-PRO CHAMPIONSHIP – JULY 25TH AT THE HAVEN GC, WORCESTER….FIRING -12 UNDER 132 IN A 40 TEAM FIELD!.
July 7, 2016
HALUNEN & GHELFI LEAD POCASSET TEAM TO WHOPPING 5 STROKE VICTORY!
(Left) U. of Michigan bound collegiate golfer Hannah Ghelfi saves par from White Cliffs’ 18th hole greenside bunker while her home Pro Jeff Halunen -PGA HP Pocasset GC watches on. Halunen would make his fourth career ACE later in the round (13th) leading his team to a Pro-Lady Victory!
There can be no doubt that Pocasset’s Christine Halunen & Beth DiPietro had a wonderful day on the links playing alongside red-hot partners Jeff Halunen (husband and Head Pro) and Hannah Ghelfi ( a scratch handicap at age 17!)…..as all Jeff and Hannah did was collect 8 birdies and a fantastic hole-in-one (Jeff) enroute to a -9 under par team gross score in this years’ Cape Cod PGA Pro-Lady sponsored by Melissa & Dan Dempsey – PGA. Held at the gorgeously maintained White Cliffs CC overlooking Cape Cod Bay (flowers everywhere!), Halunen’s individual score of 64 was good for solo second place, beaten only by current Wessner POY leader Gregg Richbourg who returned a very clean 61 on this par-62 gem by the sea. Richbourg has amassed three CCPGA Chapter wins thus far in 2016 to go along with several top finishes in NEPGA events.
There was a tie for Team Net top honors as both the home squad led by PGA HP Rick Baptist and The Back Nine GC (Lakeville) team led by PGA HP Bob Giusti returned identical splits: 25-21 46’s, both -16 under par in the 1 BB of 4 Net portion of the day’s proceedings. Following the Pocasset’s blistering 5-shot win in the Gross division was Richbourg’s team from Cape Cod National shooting 59. Three teams tied for 3rd Gross on 60.
20 Teams from across Chapter boundaries competed today including two teams from EASTWARD HO! , one of whom is pictured above (l to r) Kathy Whitaker, Brian Hamilton – PGA HP, Julie Parker & Brenda Halliday. Both Hamilton’s 4-some and PGA Asst. Andrea Johnson’s team just missed cashing on a day for very low scoring.
(Above) Sandwich Hollows PGA HP Tom Tobey attempts birdie (and missed!) on the 17th hole while his team looks on. Tobey would rally with 4 birdies on his final 7 holes to share 3rd place Pro shooting 65 (+3) with three other colleagues: Giusti, Todd Cook – PGA HP at Milton Hoosic and Chip Johnson – PGA HP from Hatherly, the latter two enjoying another trip South! to compete against their fellow pros from the Cape.
(Left) The silky swing of long-time PGA HP at The Captains GC – Mark O’Brien - who survived another holiday weekend at his popular 36 hole facility (650 rounds on July 3rd alone!) – he had it +3 with just three holes to go but fell back after two late costly doubles – O’Brien will host this fall’s CAPE COD CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP to be played on both the Port & Starboard courses.
June 15, 2016
Hyannisport - MA
HYANNISPORT CLUB & BAXTERS BOATHOUSE WELCOMES 52 PROS TO JUNE PRO-PRO
Callaway PRO PRO Title Sponsor Peter Guild (center) is flanked (l to r) by Matt Zdon (PGA-Belmont CC), Ryan Kesten (PGA-Vesper), Mark O’Brien (PGA-Captains) & Jim Armentraut (PGA-Yarmouth Golf) whose eagle deuce on the par-4 3rd hole was one of five skins on the day!
52 of the regions’ finest PGA Club Professionals were treated to an unbelievable day of competition on the beloved seaside links of The Hyannisport Club (view behind 5th green) under the able management of PGA Host Pro Mike Haberl and Head Superintendent Tom Calumbo (GCSAA).
(l to r) Sankaty Head’s PGA Assistant & HP Phil Cardwell & Mark Heartfield placed a solid 4th firing 65 while playing with the winning team: Cape Cod National’s PGA HP & Assistant Jim Campbell & Gregg Richbourg whose 62 was highlighted by Richbourg’s INCREDIBLE FRONT NINE OF -6 under par 30….and amazingly, partner Jim helped him on Hole #1 to help his team turn it in 29!
The entire field enjoyed presenting Sponsor BAXTER’S BOATHOUSE fabulous seafood after golf: seated (l to r) Eric Steindel, Darren Falk, Jennifer Webster-O’Connor, Kelly LaDow. Steindel & LaDow (Wianno’s PGA HP & Asst.) tied for 2nd place shooting 64. Falk (PGA Assistant) works at Holly Ridge with PGA HP and co-owner Webster-O’Connor.
Pictured above (l to r) Miacomet’s PGA HP Phil Truono, PGA Teaching Pro Joe McNulty, Host PGA Pro Mike Haberl and presenting sponsor Dan Dempsey- PGA Sales Rep who handed each competitor a pair of SunDog Eyewear sunglasses.
June 1, 2016
CARDWELL …..(and TEAM)….SWEEP TO VICTORY AT MIACOMET
(pictured left) Miacomet GC host PGA Head Professional Phil Truono (left) pictured here with the 2016 Spring Invitational winner Phil Cardwell – PGA playing out of Sankaty Head GC.
This year’s edition of the Miacomet Spring Invite featured 17 teams who enjoyed perfect weather and even better course conditions at one of Massachusetts’ finest public facilities (ranked #3 in the state!)
Sponsored by CCE’s Keith Tortorella and CAPE AIR’S Mike Migliore, a Stableford format for pros, amateurs & teams were won by:
PRO: Cardwell tallied five birdies and one eagle enroute to an actual 68/ collecting his winning total of 47 points in the Stableford format. Two of his partners in the Pro-Am competition placed in the money: Steve Boukus (41 pts) and John Penrose (44 pts). As a team (3rd member dear friend of the Chapter- Ray Conlon) Cardwell’s team checked in with a total of 108 pts in the best 2 of 4 format, edging the second place team led by Jay Wick –PGA whose team (105 pts) also had two individual amateurs crack the magic 40 point barrier – Frank Neumann (43 pts) & Jim Borho.
View behind the par-3 third hole at Miacomet
Rounding out other notable Amateur Stableford efforts: Chequesset’s Carl Brotman (41 pts) and Florida Man, Mark Mitchell who won the Am portion of the proceedings with 46 points. Points were awarded as follows: Bogey/1, Par/2, Birdie/ 4, Eagle 6, Albatross/8 with amateurs using 80% if their handicaps. Mitchell, playing with The Back Nine Club’s new PGA Professional Bob Giusti parlayed his four handicap into a fine 73 (3 birdies & 4 bogeys)
Finishing second Low Pro to Cardwell was Oyster Harbors’ PGA Lead Assistant Matt Baran, (3 X winner of the Cape Cod Chapter Championship) whose -2 under 70 converted to a solid 42 pts. Baran had it to -3 under after ten holes but fell victim to a pair of bogeys coming home.
Miacomet’s Nate Coe (blue socks) fails to convert birdie chance on the downwind 8th hole
(par 3) as teammates (Will Maier, who would sink his bird right after this photo) and Dan Benedetti (background) the new PGA Assistant at Miacomet look on. It is rumored that Coe ( a Londoner through and through) is a Tottenham supporter (poor boy). The Benedetti Group finished with 97 points, good for 5th place – “in the money”.!
Along with huge thanks to our two sponsors, the Chapter would like to acknowledge the outstanding hospitality of the well-run, efficient management team at Miacomet, led by two great golfers in their own right: Alan Costa (GM) and Phil Truono. The facility has never looked better, testimony to the now famous Sean Oberly, GCSAA Superintendent.
May 11 , 2016
BOB GIUSTI’S 67 LEADS FIELD AT INDIAN POND
SPONSORED BY BOBBY BYRNES PUBS!
The Back Nine Club’s new PGA Head Professional Bob Giusti, 66, nearly shot his age firing a -5 under par 67 to win the BOBBY BYRNES Pro-3Am besting a field of 18 fellow pros at the tremendous Indian Pond CC. He did not record one bogey, birdieing holes 2-3-9-12-13 enroute to “his second best score on this course…” since Giusti had held the course record of 66 many years ago.
Low Pro Bob Giusti (67) (far right) and team!
Amazingly, Giusti needed every birdie as Hatherly GC’s PGA HP Chip Johnson finished just minutes after him shooting a 68 which included 5 birdies & one eagle. And, right on their tails were more great scores – Gregg Richbourg, 70 - (Cape Cod National PGA Assistant), Rochester’s PGA HP Rusty Gunnarson, 71 and a pair of even-par 72’s recorded by 2015 Wessner POY champion Bob Miller (PGA – The Club at Yarmouthport) and 3-time Chapter Champion Matt Baran (Oyster Harbors PGA Assistant). Baran & Richbourg were both coming off stellar rounds at the NEPGA Stroke Play held two days earlier at Black Rock – where their 73’s were good for T-4 in a strong 67 player field. In addition, Richbourg, who had an ace last week in the CCPGA Pocasset visit finished first in the Black Rock PRO PRO blind draw but just missed the Indian Pond version won by Jim Campbell (Cape Cod National PGA HP), John Rainone (North Kingstown PGA HP) and Johnson, whose -10 62 edged out five other teams.
The other big story of the day was the incredible team score returned by the troops from CC of Halifax, led by PGA HP Brendan Reilly who was joined by Jameson Lee, 25, John Heffernan,26, and Dave Pierce Jr.,26 - combining for a format record setting 2 BB of 4 score of 122 (-22 under par)! This young team took no prisoners as they won the team event by five shots over an also very impressing score of 127 turned in by Richbourg and his team of Lower Cape stalwarts: Rich Greisch, Brian Reilly & Bill Stone whose score would win most Pro-Ams if not for the record setters from Halifax.
The winning team comprised of all low handicappers had a total of 14 birdies & two eagles with Pierce leading the way with his own score of 70. Naturally, all four players played important roles to achieve this incredible score.
The Cape Cod Chapter of the NEPGA wishes to thank presenting sponsor JEFF MOORE, proprietor of three BOBBY BYRNES PUBS on the Cape – Mashpee Commons, Sandwich & Hyannis and also the founder of THE LANES BOWL & BISTRO in Mashpee as well.
Welcoming back to the sponsor rolls – Bob Browne, owner of SEMPER FINE WINES, who has donated many cases of wine for CTP proximity prizes to be used at all Pro-Ams.
Best of Luck to all Chapter Professionals teeing it up at next weeks’ Section PRO-ASSISTANT at The Bay Club and the PRO-1 AM CHAMPIONSHIP at Pinehills one week later. The Chapter resumes its schedule June 1st at MIACOMET INVITATIONAL PRO-3AM on the island of Nantucket – one of the highest ranked public golf facilities in the Commonwealth! Just a few spots left – register now!
April 28, 2016
RICHBOURG PARLAYS 4TH CAREER ACE INTO TWO VICTORIES!
Cape Cod National’s PGA Assistant Golf Professional Gregg Richbourg had a great day!
Competing against 18 of his fellow CCPGA Chapter colleagues ( and their teams) he recorded his 4th career hole-in-one on the uphill 150 yard 15th hole at the manicured Pocasset Golf Club today enroute to his 3-under par 69 to win low pro by three shots – and led his team to an equally impressive victory in the 2 BB of 4 competition – joined by John Crook, John Todd and the Big E, Eric Strzepek as they fired a -12 under par 132 to also win by three. Richbourg did not make bogey until the difficult 18th hole after birdies at #2 - #14 and his ace put him -4 under par. His winning foursome not only took down the $600 first place prize & pocketed 4 team skins, but also won 4 Orange Whip trainers donated by company owner and old friend, Jim Hackenburg, formerly PGA HP at Edgartown GC before enjoying an incredible success story with his products to the nation-wide golf community.
Richbourg barely misses birdie on the 9th hole but still shot 69 to win The Lanes Bowl & Bistro Pro-3Am.
While Richbourg was nestling his 7-iron into the cup on the 15th the Cape Chapter welcomed back longtime loyal club pro Brendan Reilly, who has taken over the top duties at The CC of Halifax this season….and finished runner-up to Gregg with a solid even-par 72 easily ahead of 3rd place pro Jay Wick, PGA HP at Old Sandwich GC who checked in with 75 on a slightly windy day chilled by the cool breezes off Buzzards Bay. Scoring was difficult on the closing holes as the home nine turned into the wind – with an average pro score of 5.1 on the par-4 18th hole!
(left) Jay Wick – OLD SANDWICH & Brendan Reilly CC of HALIFAX
Completing the theme of the day: the Chapter was hosted by Pocasset GC’s PGA HP Jeff Halunen in his 2nd year at the helm after the “official” retirement of Richie Iwaszko who was last reported going the speed limit on Rte. 66 across the country somewhere!
The Lanes Bowl & Bistro’s Jeff Moore (l) and partner Dave Grady
The Chapter’s next tournament is the Pro-3Am at Indian Pond CC – May 11th – with just a few spots remaining.