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2019 Season Recap

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As fast as it came, it went, a statement I have heard far too often, and also one that describes the 2019 LFG Season. First of all I would like to thank Ryan McElhinney for absolutely killing it down in Mass and growing a league overnight as well as anyone possibly could. Now that that’s out of the way let’s move on to some real business. 

Champions: Congratulations to Eric White, and Jamie Ahlgren for taking down the titles this year. The Mass boys decided to have the Championship just like the PGA and awarded points to the players prior to the final round to keep more players in contention and it sure made things interesting. With Jeff Keyes, who had scored very well in every event holding including winning 3 events throughout the year which is an incredible feat leading the way. Unfortunately, Jeff could not finish it out and struggled in the ship that helped Ahlgren catapult to the title. Both players will be key factors 10 days from now as we open up the Colony Cup. 

Eric White, who had 2 victories throughout the year won a big playoff event and numerous high finishes built him a nice lead throughout the playoffs. It did not come without a little tension as Eric also struggled to put it away and leave without a doubt as he finished 16th in the championship and left the door open. Tom Boland who finished 2nd in the finale as well as the season long race was just 2 shots from behind taking down the season title. As always, remember every spot throughout the year truly does make a difference. 

Colony Cup: Next weekend New Hampshire will be hosting first annual Colony Cup as 16 players from Mass will make the trek to their Neighbor on the North to play 5 9 hole match events with 27 holes being played at Canterbury Woods on Saturday, and 18 holes at Lochmere on Sunday. If anyone is free and wants to come watch. should be a hell of a time. NH is the Clear favorite right now because I am writing this and is coming in at -125. 

Fall Season: NH Will have 3 fall events. A 2 man Scramble this weekend at Amherst CC. October 12th we are Scheduled to play at Pembroke Pines, and we are looking to Schedule a final event for Saturday October 26th weather permitting. Keep those dates open. 

Thank you to Impact Fire, Assurance Safety, Crown Trophy and New England Glass and Mirror for all the help this year. Special thanks to Izzo Golf and Callaway who came up clutch for me a few times on short notice to make sure we had what we needed to help grow the league. Last but not least, thanks to Joe and Leigh. I do not know them personally but it sounded like were a huge help to our Mass league, truly appreciated. 

With a full off season to plan, and my retirement from Softball. Expect some big things next year for us. Please spread the word and let’s continue to expand.

We are always open to ideas to help grow and make this league the best league around to always speak up and let us know what we can do to give you the best golf experience. There is still plenty of time to golf this year, so get out there and swing it and we look forward to seeing you all again next year. 

 

 

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Why would the PGA Tour not have golf on today

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We have been very fortunate in the northeast to have a tradition unlike any other. That Tradition was the Deutche Bank championships held at TPC Boston every year over the Labor Holiday weekend. It was our real finish to the summer. Now with the schedule change the PGA has gone through not only do we lose our Boston tourney every other year, but we also have no golf on Labor day weekend. The Friday to Monday tournaments have always been one of my favorite. Today, with the weather being less than ideal for cookouts and real outdoor activity would have been a great day to at least have some golf on. I get that over the weekend the viewership may be down. I really do believe that if you would have your championship on Labor Day Monday, it could turn into a tradition 5% as big as Super Bowl Sunday which means you would be doing quite well for yourself. Just something to think about. 

 

 

Fans hurt at Tour Championship after lightning strike

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https://www.golfdigest.com/story/fans-injured-in-lightning-strike-at-tour-championship

Several fans were injured during todays 3rd round in Atlanta at East Lake CC After a lightning strike. Let’s hope everyones okay. This video is something else and my oh my, let’s respect mother nature. 

The Stonebridge Playoff Preview

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What a season it has been to date. We have seen almost 60 different players come through the league this year and we are now down to our final 2 events with just a few remaining at the end to become the 2019 Live Free Golf Season Preview. Whats on the line, other than this absolute gem of a trophy that will have your name etched in it till the end of time, or we get a new plaque, also the winner will receive a custom 2019 LFG Season Champion bag, Free Membership card for the following season and some other cool things yet to be decided. 

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The Champs golf bag, will look like a golf bag. 

 

 

Throughout the year, we have had few players per event who are able to shoot under par and those who did finished well. At our last event played at Stonebridge this year which was won by Eric White who fired a -5 67 had 10 different players who were able to shoot under par. Eric White looks to be in good shape as he enters this event. Last time out, Eric played lights out and fired a Gross 86, when he is playing his game Eric can be a solid golfer who will find fairways, get near greens and has a more than good enough short game to get up and down for pars. Ben Edwards who actually tied for first and lost in a card off shot a very nice 87 himself last time out at “The bridge” His handicap has stayed the same throughout the year and if Ben can go out and shoot another 87 will again find himself in contention to take down tomorrows event. 

Some other notable scores from the last event at Stonebridge was Chuck Hobbs who shot a -4, Scott Smith and Rich Roussin who each finished at -3, Scotty Sheehan firing a -2, and Dwayne Davis at -1. These guys all have the ability to put the round together tomorrow and take down the title tomorrow. Anyone who is in the top 12 of the standings currently, and with a win tomorrow will for sure put themselves in position to win the season long title with a great finish at our championship to be played at Atkinson on Sept 8th. 

I’ve got to be honest, I have sucked this year and my handicap is showing it but I am getting 16 strokes tomorrow and If I don’t have a strong finish I may debate quitting the game but that’s a story for another day. Am I my Favorite? maybe. Could I 3 putt 7 holes? Absolutely. We will just have to wait to see what happens. 

Corey Hartson, who somehow shot an 81 at our last event. To the amazement of so many, who just could not fathom how somehow who is normally such a mediocre to poor player, could go out, hit like 25 putts for the round when his average is 45+ and eagle a daunting 18th hole to coast to a victory. Hartson will look to catch lightning in a bottle again tomorrow and make one of the best comebacks in LFG history has he moved up from 24th to 13th last event and with another win will move up into the top 5. Stonebridge does set up well for Corey who has the back of an 83 year old man but still manages to the be one of the longer hitters on tour. 

I have a feeling that something in the area of -7 or so is going to win tomorrow, the course is in absolutely great shape and the greens will be getting aerated on Monday which means we will be basically playing on the greens in the best shape they can be in. I was able to get a round in last weekend and can verify that the course is in great shape. 

My Favorite: Tom Boland 91/65

Rest of the Odds to win: 

  • Eric White 3/1
  • Scott Sheehan 3/1
  • Ben Edwards 5/1
  • Corey Hartson 5/1
  • Rich Roussin 6/1
  • Scott Smith 6/1
  • Chuck Hobbs 6/1
  • John Theriault 7/1
  • Tom Boland 7/1
  • Wilson Mungere 8/1
  • Chris Roussin 8/1
  • Dwayne Davis 8/1
  • Nate Gardner 10/1
  • Ryan Curtin 10/1
  • Josh Klein 10/1
  • Chad Lawrence 10/1
  • Jim Tokanel 10/1
  • Pat Blair 12/1
  • Rob Shields 12/1
  • Tom Gibson 12/1
  • Tim Meisel 12/1 
  • Mark Rioux 12/1
  • Matt Case 15/1
  • Billy Williams 15/1
  • Connor Shaw 15/1
  • Mark Trembley 17/1
  • Paul Micali 18/1

** Action can be taken at the closest sportsbook. **

LFG’S Plan for the fall wrap around season

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So I have been asked quite a few times what our plan is for the fall? Well, this year  will be different than anything we have done in the past. In prior years we just ran a few more regular season events and usually ended in the middle/end of October. We have been fortunate with the weather, but it only takes one bad storm in October to ruin our season. For that reason, plus with football we decided to finish the season earlier and have now set up the Championships for Sept 8th. 

That leaves us quite a bit of time and with the Ryder cup in late Sept we feel it will be best to try to keep the players as active as possible. For that reason, in New Hampshire we will be doing a fall wrap around season until late October. These events will be a little different than what we have done as we want to explore some different styles that we could potentially implement going forward. Expect some team events, points quota games and other style games during the events. We want to try to get as many winners as we can and create as much competition as possible. That being said, we will have points just like we do in the regular season but obviously worth less that what we normally give, all points rewarded during the fall will be your staring position as we enter the 2020 season.

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I would guess we will try to do roughly 4-6 events throughout the fall, and have some Saturday events as well.

Our next event is what is the most important one right now as there are several players still in contention for this years title and you can cut the tension with a knife. 

 

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