East Providence's Wannamoisett Country Club hosts NEPGA Championship
EAST PROVIDENCE — The 2013 New England Professional Golfers Association (NEPGA) Championship takes place the next three days, Aug. 19-21, locally at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford with nearby Ledgemont C.C. in Seekonk also serving as an early round venue.
The 93rd edition of the event, which boasts the largest section championship field in the country out of all 41 sections of the PGA of America, features 190 PGA Professionals from around New England who will compete for an $85,000 purse, with a $14,000 winners check.
The first two rounds Monday and Tuesday will be contested at both Wannamoisett and Ledgemont, with the field being cut to the top 60 and ties following the completion of Round 2. The final round will be played at Wannamoisett on Wednesday.
Ed Kirby, of Cranston's Alpine Country Club, is the defending champion. Kirby finished his three rounds played at the Salem (Mass.) and Kernwood Country Clubs a year ago with a 9-under par total to take home the top prize and the Tom Mahan Sr. Trophy.
Wannamoisett head pro Troy Pare, coming off a victory in the NEPGA Pro-Officer tournament two weeks ago, is in the field. Pare won the NEPGA Championship in 2005 and was the runner-up in 2010, the same year he qualified to compete in the U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc.
Pare tees off at Ledgemont, Aug. 19, for Round 1 at 12:02 p.m. He has an 8:47 a.m. tee time for Round 2 at Wannamoisett. He's joined in the field by his Wannamoisett assistants Eric McBane, Devin Beck and Evan Mitchell.
Other local pros entered include Shane Drury of Swansea, James DiMarino of Carnegie Abbey, Todd Campbell of Ledgemont, Stephen Diemoz of Montaup and Brett Amaral of Acoaxet.