With 10 players separated by five strokes and one round to play, the conclusion of the New England PGA section championship figured to be close and dramatic on Wednesday.
It was, with Shawn Warren of Nonesuch River Golf Club holding on for a one-stroke victory at Wannamoisett Country Club. Warren, who also won the Rhode Island Open last week, shot a final-round 68 to finish three rounds at 4 under par, one stroke better than Ed Kirby (Alpine CC).
Warren made a birdie on No. 16 that gave him a one-shot lead, and pars at the final two holes brought him the victory. He earned $14,000, and will be one of 14 players from the NEPGA playing in next year’s PGA Professional National Championship.
One year after missing a playoff by one stroke, James Ryan and his son, Sean, made sure they finished the job this time, shooting a 72 at Indian Pond CC Wednesday and winning the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Father & Son junior division by two strokes. In the senior division, held Tuesday at Indian Pond, James Drohen (Bradford CC) and Billy Drohen (Longmeadow) shot 68, then beat the Twin Hills CC team of Jack Domeck and his son, Jack. It’s the second time in four years that the Drohens have won the senior division . . . Robyn St. Clair of Woodland GC and David St. Clair of Brae Burn shot 72 at Foxborough CC Wednesday, winning the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Mother & Son tournament by two shots. In Division 2, The Country Club team of Sarah Forbes and Tyler Lockwood Forbes shot 83, then won a card-off with Pamela Kiley and Mark Kiley of Braintree Municipal. Susan Curtin and James Curtin of Eastward Ho! won the nine-hole Division 3, shooting 47.
The Keegan Bradley Charity Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Select children’s cancer research facilities in Vermont will benefit from the event, which features brunch, a clinic at 11 a.m. by Bradley and fellow PGA Tour winner Brendan Steele, golf, and a reception. For information, visit Bradley’s website at www.keeganbradley.com/charity.php . . . The Deutsche Bank Championship starts Aug. 30, but tournament activities at TPC Boston start much earlier in the week. The Covidien Wellness Walk is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., with participants walking the front nine of the golf course in a fund-raiser for the Joslin Diabetes Center. Registration is $30, which gives walkers a one-day tournament pass for the Deutsche Bank Championship. For information, visit www.dbchampionship.com/walk . . . Also on Tuesday, the Deutsche Bank Championship will celebrate Executive Women’s Day, presented by Astellas. Networking, power planning workshops, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the tournament venue are included, as is a luncheon. For information, visit www.dbchampionship.com.
Bay State bonus
Led by Matt Naumec and Jake Shuman, Team Massachusetts won the New England Junior Amateur Championship for the first time since 2011, taking the title last week at the Connecticut National GC in Putnam. The seven-member team finished the three-round tournament at 10 over par, and won by 12 shots over Connecticut, which had won eight times in the last 12 years. Team Massachusetts also included Cam Giles (Stow Acres), Steven DiLisio (Salem), Jack Lang (Nashawtuc), Paul Lei (Ferncroft), and Dan Woodbury (Pleasant Valley). Naumec, from the Country Club of Wilbraham, and Shuman (Blue Hills) tied for second in the individual competition, finishing 54 holes at 2-under 211. Brian Carlson of Connecticut won the individual portion for the second straight year. Vermont was third, followed by Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island . . . Sixteen junior golfers have qualified out of the New England regional for the National Drive Chip and Putt Championship, which will be held at Augusta National April 6, 2014. At the New England regional held recently at Pinehills GC, the top two finishers in eight divisions earned spots in the national competition. The national qualifiers were Sritha Vemur (Wayland) and Gracie McDonald (Manchester, Vt.) in girls’ 7-9; Meghan Lane (Wilton, Conn.) and Lily Walsh (Jamaica Plain) in girls’ 10-11; Alexandra Chicharro (Fall River) and Gabrielle Shieh (Carlisle) in girls’ 12-13; Jacqueline Gonzalez (West Roxbury) and Amanda Barone (Woodbridge, Conn.) in girls’ 14-15; Josh Honeywell (North Fayston, Vt.) and Sam Udovich (Grove Heights, Minn.) in boys’ 7-9; Conner Willett (Wellesley) and Colin McMahon-Shea (Arlington) in boys’ 10-11; Remi Chartier (Quebec) and Kevin McGovern (Hingham) in boys’ 12-13; and Patrick Welch (Providence) and Davis Chatfield (Attleboro) in boys’ 14-15 . . . A team from Massachusetts will compete in the PGA Junior Golf League national championship, scheduled for Sept. 6-8 in Atlanta. Team members include Zach Berube, Logan Berube, Jacob Yeomans, Luke Myers, Dillon Brown, Kyle Sylvester, Owen Fontaine, and Casey Grindle. The team is coached by Glenn Brown, and competes in nine-hole scramble matches . . . As part of its ongoing effort to support military causes, the Golf Club of Cape Cod on Saturday will distribute 250 school backpacks to children of military members.
The sixth annual River Cup, which honors Pippy O’Connor and her lifelong devotion to growing women’s golf, was held Sunday at Charles River CC. The team of Mary Lou Bohn, Fran Towle, Jessica Doyle, and Megan Khang won the tournament, shooting a two-best-ball score of 143. Four strokes behind was the team of Linda Freehill, Anne-Marie Martin, Kristen MacDonald, and Deb Neipris. Special guests at the post-tournament reception included US Amateur semifinalist Brady Watt and US Amateur runner-up Oliver Goss . . . Winners at the MGA Member Day tournament at Tatnuck CC were Perry Sinasone of Holden Hills CC (men’s gross) and Edward Zalenski of Lakeville CC (men’s net) . . . Kirby lapped the field at the NEPGA Senior Championship, winning by eight shots in a performance that included a first-round 63 at Woodstock Inn & Resort. Kirby (63-69) earned $2,000 . . . Troy Pare of Wannamoisett shot a 71 at Wellesley CC to win low pro honors at the NEPGA Pro-Officer tournament. Pare also teamed with Bill O’Keefe to win team low gross, while there was a tie for first for low net: Bill Cunningham (Sterling National) and William Henderson, and Joe Carrr (Bedrock) and Tim McDonnell . . . At a recent Tour of Greater Boston tournament at Passaconaway CC in Litchfield, N.H., winners were Brian Robbins of Ashland (low gross) and Keith Girouard of Tewksbury (low net).