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Schuller & Reiter Win NCR Fall Pro-Net

The National Car Rental Fall Pro-Net presented by Gear/Under Armour and Morell Studios was won by Rick Schuller and his partner Mark Reiter at The Club at P.B. Dye in Ijamsville, Md. Monday.

Schuller and Reiter finished with an impressive net score of 60 that included a bogey. On his own ball, Schuller shot an 8-under-64 with two eagles.

“Even if we won nothing, being out there seeing Rick shoot a 64 was worth the price of admission,” Reiter, a member at Washington Golf & Country Club said. “He was doing really well at the beginning and we both thought it could be a round of 59.”

Schuller began on hole eight and went 6-under through seven holes midway through his round. Reiter provided four shots for the team, enough to beat John O’Leary and Steve Delong by one stroke.

“We had a ball, Mark is a real pleasure to play with,” Schuller said. “This is a fantastic tournament, the course was conducive to scoring and we really enjoyed it.”

Sean English and O’Leary tied for the Open Player of the Year Professional Division with scores of 67. Schuller won the Senior Division with his 64.

The next MAPGA Section Event is the Club Car Head Professional Championship  and the Teaching Professional Championship at the Univ. of Maryland Sept. 25. The registration deadline for both events is Sept. 20.

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Seumanutafa & Baker Win Denny McCarthy Invitational

The Inaugural Denny McCarthy Invitational at Argyle Country Club finished with Aneka Seumanutafa and Lou Baker atop the leaderboard after the second round of play Sunday.

Leading after the first round by five strokes, Seumanutafa extended her lead by shooting 71 on Sunday. She finished the tournament with a two-day total 143 and defeated second place finisher Amanda Levy by 14 strokes.

Seumanutafa had nine birdies during the tournament and led the field with 28 holes of par or better.

In the Boys Overall Division, Baker finished the first round two strokes behind the leader, Michael Brennan. On Sunday, Baker shot a tournament-low 69 to move to first place and defeat second place finisher Will Mullally by two strokes.

Baker tied Brennan with eight birdies and finished atop the leaderboard with 30 holes of par or better.

The round one leader, Brennan, finished T2 with Mullally at 3-over-par.

Denny McCarthy was on-hand to award the tournament’s winners Sunday. A Takoma Park, Md. native, this was McCarthy’s first namesake tournament for junior golfers.

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Brennan & Seumanutafa Lead at McCarthy Invitational

The Inaugural Denny McCarthy Invitational at Argyle Country Club ended its first day with Michael Brennan holding a two-stroke lead in the Boys Overall and Aneka Seumanutafa leading the Girls Overall Division by five strokes.

Seumanutafa shot an even-72 during the first round, recording five total birdies on the day. She currently leads Amanda Levy and Emma Chen by five with 18 holes left to play tomorrow.

Brennan had three birdies on the day and leads four players by two strokes. Lou Baker, Brad Whitaker, Will Mullally and James Taylor will look to catch him tomorrow at Argyle.

Denny McCarthy started the tournament with an opening tee-shot before welcoming the juniors to his Inaugural Invitational at Argyle Country Club. McCarthy’s two brothers competing in the event, Michael and Patrick, are currently T6 and T24.

The second round will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Three-Way Tie at Northern Chapter Pro-Assistant

Following the Northern Chapter Fall Membership Meeting presented by PING, Byron Nelson and Signature Golf, a three-way tie occurred in the afternoon Pro-Assistant Tournament at Elkridge Country Club in Towson, Md.

The teams of Jeff Maynor and Steve Delmar, of the Univ. of Maryland; Joe Franz and Mike Norton, of Elkridge Club; and Dirk Schultz and Bill Hoffman, of Beaver Creek Country Club all finished the round with team scores of 63.

The low pro-pro team was Sean English and Scott Shapin, of Caves Valley Golf Club, shooting a team score of 65.

Nick Miller, of Eagle’s Nest Country Club, won the Signature Golf Closest To The Hole competition on No. 17 with an ace from 155 yards.

The next MAPGA event is the Central Chapter Fall Pro-Pro/Pro-Asst. at Kenwood Golf & Country Club.

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Touma Wins Senior, Corliss Wins Quarter-Century

Ricky Touma won his second consecutive MAPGA Senior Championship after a playoff Tuesday in the rain at Army Navy Country Club-Arlington. 

The weather forced the final day of competition to play only nine holes but, Touma, of Burning Tree Club, finished the tournament at 1-under and secured the Championship following a two-hole playoff against Dirk Schultz. An errant chip resulted in Schultz carding a bogey while Touma two-putted for par. Touma and Schultz were the only players to be under par on Tuesday.

In the first round, Touma trailed leaders Jon Corliss and Rick Schuller by one stroke, shooting an even-70. he was able to make the difference in just nine holes of play.

The MAPGA Senior Championship acts as the qualifier for the Senior PGA Professional National Championship played in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Touma, Schultz, Corliss, Tim Lewis, Wayne DeFrancesco and Glenn McCloskey will represent the MAPGA at the event. Jim Estes and Schuller have exemptions. 

Played in conjunction with the MAPGA Senior Championship was the MAPGA Quarter-Century Championship, which Jon Corliss led the field with a 2-over-109. He defeated Lewis by two strokes.

Corliss also claimed the 60+ Championship in the overall MAPGA Senior Championship.

The Senior State Open of Virginia will be played Sept. 7-8 at Two Rivers Country Club. Register Here.

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Speight Wins MAPGA Professional Championship

Josh Speight has redeemed his 2016 Professional Championship second place finish and can now claim the Tom Utterback Trophy as his own. Speight’s overall 7-under-par made him the 2017 Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Champion at Farmington Country Club Wednesday.

Down two strokes at the beginning of the third round to Jimmy Flippen, Speight shot a 3-under-67 to claim the title. Two straight birdies on holes 13 and 14 gave Speight a two-stroke lead heading into the final stretch.

“I hit 3-wood to the back of the green on the par-4 13th,” Speight said. “Really, really good two-putt from 60 feet for the birdie there. I hit two perfect shots on 14 to make that birdie and I really thought I had a third on 15.”

Three off the lead on the first tee, Faber Jamerson put together a 32 on the front nine and was tied with Speight on the 13th hole. Speight’s birdie on 14 gave him a two-stroke lead after Jamerson bogeyed the hole following an errant tee shot to the right of the fairway.

From there, the two competitors parred the final four holes and Speight secured the Championship by two.

Speight finished the week with a three-day total 205, with scores of 68-70-67. He led the tournament with 49 holes of par or better and had 13 birdies, tied for best in the field.

“Round one I hit the ball well, but felt like I missed a lot of putts at Spring Creek,” Speight said. “Sixty-eight was a great score to start the tournament.”

In the 2016 Middle Atlantic Professional Championship Speight held a sizeable lead in the final few holes before hitting a ball out of bounds on 18. The error resulted in a playoff, which he lost to Jimmy Flippen.

“I’d say my most memorable shot today was the perfect tee shot I hit on 18,” Speight said. “It was a good way to finish and I was pretty happy how I played this week, especially after last year.”

Dirk Schultz had the best round of the day, shooting a 4-under-66 to claim third overall. Schultz previously won the MAPGA Professional Championship in 2013.

Speight will qualify to play in the 2017 PGA Professional National Championship among 11 other MAPGA Professionals.

Speight, Jamerson, Dirk Schultz, Craig Callens, Mike Gertzberg, Ricky Touma, John O’Leary, Jimmy Flippen, Jim Estes, Kent Graham, Mark Evenson and Adam Decker will be the 12 MAPGA Professionals to play in the national championship. Yong Joo and David Hutsell are exempt for the event.

The next event on the MAPGA calendar is the MAPGA Senior Championship, Quarter Century Championship and Senior Professional National Championship Qualifier will be held Aug. 28-29 at Army Navy Country Club.

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Leaderboard Stacked After Day 2 at MAPGA Professional Championship

It’ll be a competitive final round tomorrow at the Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship with 10 players within three shots of the lead.

Defending Champion Jimmy Flippen tied for the best round of the day with his 3-under-67 at Farmington to once again hold the lead at the Professional Championship. A 1-under-34 on the front led into a strong 2-under-33 back-nine that included three birdies.

Finishing atop the leaderboard tomorrow would make Flippen the first repeat Professional Champion since David Hutsell in 2010 and 2011. It would also be Flippen’s fifth Section tournament victory in the past two years.

Flippen finished Monday at Spring Creek with a 3-under-69. He currently leads the tournament by one stroke over round one leader Adam Decker. His 10 birdies so far in the tournament leads the field alongside Chris Wilmouth, who is currently T10 at 2-under.

Decker maintained his 5-under par standing Tuesday at Farmington after finishing with an even-par-70. Trailing

Flippen by one, Decker had three birdies during the round and scored an eagle on the par-5 7th hole. The two will play together tomorrow in the final pairing set to tee off at 10:40 a.m.

Jim Estes had one of the best rounds of the day, finishing with a 2-under-70 at Spring Creek. Starting with three straight birdies, Estes quickly rose in the leaderboard and is currently tied for second place at 4-under.

After leading the Farmington wave Monday, Geoff Montross shot an even-72 at Spring Creek to place him T7 at 3-under-par. he had three-straight birdies on holes 6-8, shooting a 33, before

Montross, Josh Speight and Chad Moseley lead the tournament in holes of par or better with 33.

The final round will be played at Farmington Country Club with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The cut was determined today by the top 40 percent and ties, resulting in the cut at 7-over.

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Low Scores After Day 1 at MAPGA Professional Championship

There was plenty of excitement and close competition during the first day of the 2017 Middle Atlantic PGA Championship as more than 25 players turned in score cards under par at both Farmington Country Club and Spring Creek Golf Club.

Ricky Touma, PGA

Adam Decker and Chad Mosley currently lead the field after shooting 5-under-67’s at Spring Creek. They lead last season’s Professional Championship runner-up Josh Speight and three other competitors by just one stroke, all of whom played at Spring Creek, a par-72.

The top scores of the day at Farmington came from Ricky Touma, of Burning Tree Club, David Freiss, of Musket

Ridge Golf Club, and Geoff Montross, of TPC Potomac who shot 3-under-67’s.

Freiss’ round began with a hot start when he aced the 170-yard second hole and proceeded to hole out for eagle on No. 5. He made the turn at 30 and finished the day T7. Freiss’ hole-in-one at Farmington earned him a $5,000 cash prize from Hole-In-One USA.

Montross made the turn with a 4-under-31, before a double-bogey at 10, his only over-par hole of the day.

Defending Champion Jimmy Flippen sits just two shots back after a strong showing at Spring Creek. Flippen finished the front-nine with three straight birdies.

Joanna Coe, of Baltimore Country Club, will look to become the first female MAPGA Professional Champion in the coming days. The 2017 NCR Spring Pro-Scratch Champion, Coe sits among the large group of participants two-back at 3-under. She scored five birdies and two bogeys today at Spring Creek.

A second hole-in-one was made at Spring Creek by Eric Cobb on hole 17.

With two more days of competition, the players will switch courses tomorrow before returning to Farmington for the final round.

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2017 Junior Tour Players of the Year

The 2017 Junior Tour Players of the Year were finalized Friday at Laurel Hill following the Junior Tour Championship.

Junior Tour Players of the Year are determined by the total points acquired from the highest five finishing positions throughout the season.

Boys 16-18: Brandon Wilson with 515 points.

Girls 15-18: Vynie Chen with 590 points.

Boys 14-15: Luke McNabb with 560 points.

Girls 12-14: Alyssa Wang with 630 points.

Boys 12-13: Chase Nevins with 570 points.

Girls 10-11: Irene Kim with 204 points.

Boys 10-11: Benjamin Siriboury with 650 points.

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2017 Junior Tour Championship Results

Mehrbaan Singh had the lowest round of the year in the Boys 12-13 Division today when he finished with a 64 to claim the Junior Tour Championship for his age group. 

“I hit everything where I wanted it,” said Singh, of Ashburn, Va. after shooting a two-day total 135. “It’s great winning this especially after coming back from a two-stroke deficit and then winning by five.”

Chase Nevins finished second in the Boys 12-13 Division with a 140 and Aryan Vuradi finished third with a 147.

Matthew Kinsey, of Berlin, Md., claimed the top spot in the Boys 16-18 Division following his score of 74 in the second round. He finished with a two-day total 150 and had 27 holes of par or better during the tournament.

“This course definitely fit me well as a long hitter,” Kinsey said. “I took the bunkers out of play and had wedges into the green where my short game was really strong. I didn’t make any big numbers and stayed close throughout the tournament.”

Kinsey was in a three-way tie for first after the first day with Brandon Wilson and Eddie Coffren. Wilson finished second and Coffren third in the Boys 16-18 Division.

Branden Nguyen, of Columbia, Md. won the Boys 14-15 Division with a two day total of 147. Nguyen had 28 holes of par or better, best in the tournament.

“I hit a lot of fairways and it made it easier on me both days,” Nguyen said. “Winning the Tour Championship is a great feeling. I only won once during the season, but winning this big of an event feels good heading into high school season.”

Luke McNabb finished in second with a 8-over-150 and Christopher Lee took third with a 12-over-154.

The Girls 10-11 nine-hole Division finished with Josephine Nguyen atop the leaderboard after a two-day total 84. Nguyen shot 42 both days.

“I had a few problems finishing, but overall it was a great round,” Nguyen said. “I started the year shooting in the 100’s and now I’m into the 40’s for my nine hole scores and I’m really happy with my improvement this season.”

In the Boys 10-11 Division, Benjamin Siriboury, of Clarksville, Md., finished with a two-day total of 72. Siriboury shot 36 on both of his nine hole rounds and claimed the Boys 10-11 Junior Championship.

“It was tough on some holes, but depending on where you put the ball you could make it a lot easier on yourself and I think I did that,” Siriboury said. “I’m so proud and happy to win the Junior Tour Championship.”

Finishing in second place was Matt Moloney, of Vienna, Va. with a 76 and in third, Argyle Downes of Charles Town, W. Va. had a 79.

In the Girls 15-18 Championship, Niva Sainju, of Burke, Va. won with a two-day total 148.

“I did really well on the front nine and had some memorable putts over 15 feet,” Sainju said. “I’ve been playing with the MAPGA for three years and it’s really great to win the Tour Championship today.”

Vynie Chen finished in second with a 149 and Jordan Kohler finished third with a 158.

The Girls 12-14 Division ended with Alyssa Wang finishing first with a 146. Sue Lee finished second with a 152 and Emma Chen in third with a 154.

The next MAPGA Junior Golf event is the 2017 Capital Cup at Old South Country Club in Lothian, Md.

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