They say a tournament can’t be won on the first day but it can be lost. Well, that’s not entirely true for the Northeastern New York PGA Professional Championship, a traditional two-day Major for the Section. Because of heavy rain, the final round of the NENY PGA Professional Championship was first delayed three hours and then just could not be completed. So, as per the rules, the first round’s 18-hole scores stood as the official numbers.
Tied at one-under par after round one (each shot 71), Jim Jeffers, head pro of Hiland Golf Club beat out his top assistant and six-time sectional Player of the Year, Scott Berliner, on the seventh playoff hole with a par. Jeffers took home the $2,400 first place prize check.
Berliner earned himself $1,900 and the remaining qualifying spot with Eric Mabee, head pro of CC of Pittsfield, holding his third place finish at one over par from Tuesday’s round to be the first alternate into the PGA of America’s Professional National Championship. It will be played June 17-20, 2018 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, CA.
There was also a playoff for the last two alternate positions: Peter Gerard, teaching pro at Mill Road Acres Golf Course, chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to get the second alternate spot over Ian Breen, new teaching pro at Saranac Lake Golf Club.
Breen, former assistant at Colonie Golf & CC, is the third alternate. He earned that with a par over two others: Steve Plata, head pro at Saratoga National Golf Club, and Dal Daily, head pro at Windham Country Club.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NENY PGA
Sept. 13: Match Play Qualifier at Capital Hills @ Albany
Sept. 14: Playing Ability Test at Schenectady Municipal GC
Sept. 14: Apprentices President’s Cup at Colonie G & CC
Sept. 20: Match Play Championship at Albany CC
Sept. 25: Pro Classic #2 at CC of Pittsfield, MA