Wannamoisett's Pare wins NEPGA event; Metacomet's Welch takes Jr. State Amateur


EAST PROVIDENCE — Wannamoisett Country Club Head Professional Troy Pare took home first place at the 2013 New England PGA Pro-Officer tournament played Monday, Aug. 12, at Wellesley Country Club in Wellesley, Mass.

Pare carded an even par round of 71 (35-36) to win the event and claim the $400 first-place check. Bill Cunningham, of Sterling National Golf Club, and Graham Cunningham, of Framingham C.C., shared second place at 3-over, 74 and each received $225.

As part of the tournament, Pare also teamed with Wannamoisett board member Bill O'Keefe to win the Pro-Officer portion of the event. The team won the best ball of two gross format with a 4-under, 67 total. The local duo was two strokes better than a couple of other teams that shared second at 2-under.

Sprague update

In last week's edition of The Post, city native Joe Sprague Jr.'s new position as the Northeast Regional Director for the United States Golf Association was noted.

Sprague, most recently the executive director of the Massachusetts Golf Association and the former Rhode Island Golf Association executive director, officially started his new post on Aug. 8. He's been "very busy" ever since, writing in an email exchange with The Post that things to date are going "so far, so good."

Mr. Sprague, who had resided in nearby Bristol, has moved to New Jersey to be closer to the USGA's headquarters, Golf House. He did, however, spend last weekend attending to duties in his former backyard at the 2013 U.S. Amateur. The 113th edition of the national championship is taking place this week at The Country Club in Brookline with a part of the stroke play portion of the event also being held at the Charles River C.C.

Dolly Searle results

The East Providence Parks and Recreation Department hosted its 58th Annual Dolly Searle Memorial Golf Tournament, July 30, at Metacomet Country Club in city with defending champion Bob Duarte winning the event.

Duarte, an accomplished player who often participates in RIGA events, finished with a 3-over par round of 73 to place first. It was the fifth time that Duarte has won the Dolly Searle, which revolves yearly between the city's three private courses — Metacomet, Wannamoisett and Agawam Hunt. Besides the last two years, Duarte also won the event three times in row between 2008 and 2010.

RIGA notes

Metacomet's Patrick Welch, just 13, won the 92nd Annual Junior State Amateur played last week in city at the Agawam Hunt Club. Welch defeated Portsmouth's Jake Bauer on the second extra hole of the championship match, carding a par.

Of note as well, Rumford's Davon Driscoll won the third division title with a 3-and-2 victory over Ben Morgan.

In addition, Welch led the Rhode Island contingent this week at the annual New England Junior Amateur, which was to be played at Connecticut National G.C.

The New England Jr. Am is a 54-hole stroke play championship with the six New England states represented by players ages 17 or younger. Wannamoisett's Matt Corio and Dan Lynch are the other locals vying in the event.


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