Mountain Curl
Day 1 of the New England Open Begins

Jeff Curl is the leader after the first day of the New England Open at the Quechee Club in Quechee, VT on Wednesday. Curl shot an opening five under par 67 to solidify the top spot heading into the championship day.

The field was stacked with an array of PGA Professionals, amateurs, and touring professionals, some from as far away as Kentucky and Florida. This exciting field of competitors battled the course, fellow players and the tough, windy conditions as they tried to blaze a trail to the top of the score sheet.

As a member of the 12:10 starting group, Jeff Curl’s round was played alongside some stiff competition in Shawn Warren, PGA, three time OMEGA Wogan Player of the Year for the New England Section, and 2015 Connecticut Open Champion, Cody Paladino (Kensington, CT). Along with the on and off rain and 20 MPH wind gusts, many would doubt success. However, Curl used the challenges as ways to improve. He jumped out to a sizeable lead by making five birdies on the front nine. Even after struggling on the back, he made two more birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to close out his round with a five-under par 67.

Many New England PGA professionals competing today were successful in making a strong start in the NE Open. On a day where birdies were hard to come by, 2015 NEPGA Section Champion Rich Berberian, PGA, was one player whom turned up the intensity. He made four birdies total Wednesday; three of which were on the back nine. Berberian finished with a four-under par 68. Along with Berberian, both Danny Guise (Port Chester, NY) and Chris Wiatr (Woodbury, CT) also shot 68s to finish in second place.

While many players in the field found great successes on the course, one achieved a goal many only dream of: an ace. Alex Hume, PGA hit a hole-in-one on the 6th hole. However, even the ace couldn’t help him tackle the tough course, and he would finish tied for 91st with an 81.

Play will continue for the New England Open with new pairings beginning at 7:30 Thursday morning from the first tee. With the wind predicted to pick up heading into the second day, anything can still happen on the course.

For all up-to-date information on tee times and the leaderboard, check out our website www.nepga.com. Or follow our social media accounts on Twiter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat @ New England PGA or NEPGA.

Thank you to our awesome partners, PGA Tour, Yamaha, and Mohegan Sun. Also a huge thank you goes to the staff at the Quechee Club and head PGA professional TJ Anthoine, PGA and director of golf Steven Rogers, PGA!

2016 New England Open
Sponsored by Yamaha
Mohegan Sun & The PGA Tour
The Quechee Club – Lakeland Course
Quechee, VT
June 8, 2016
Round 1
Par 35-37-72

1 Jeff Curl Birmingham, AL 30-37–67 -5
T2 Rich Berberian Derry, NH 34-34–68 -4
T2 Danny Guise Port Chester, NY 36-32–68 -4
T2 Chris Wiatr Woodbury, CT 32-36–68 -4
T5 Michael Carbone Brewster, MA 32-37–69 -3
T5 Cole Willcox Malvern, PA 32-37–69 -3
T5 Matt Hutchins (a) Falmouth, ME 34-35–69 -3
T5 Landon Michelson Miami, FL 33-36–69 -3
T9 Peter Weatherby West Dover, VT 31-39–70 -2
T9 Brendan Lemp Westerly, RI 34-36–70 -2
T9 Jason Thresher West Suffield, CT 34-36–70 -2
T9 Evan Russell Stowe, VT 34-36–70 -2
T9 Sean Gaudette South Hadley, MA 35-35–70 -2
T14 Ryan Zylstra Richmond, VA 34-37–71 -1
T14 Mark Purrington Darmouth, MA 34-37–71 -1
T14 Steven Burak North Easton, MA 33-38–71 -1
T14 Kirk Hanefeld Acton, MA 36-35–71 -1
T14 Ryan McCormick Middletown, NJ 34-37–71 -1
T14 Cody Paladino Kensington, CT 33-38–71 -1
T14 Greg Reilly New Canaan, CT 33-38–71 -1
T14 Joseph Harney West Roxbury, MA 35-36–71 -1
T14 Braden Shattuck Aston, PA 33-38–71 -1
T14 Alex Blickle Reinholds, PA 35-36–71 -1
T14 Corey Brigham Red Bank, NJ 35-36–71 -1
T25 Scott Berliner Saratoga Springs, NY 33-39–72 E
T25 Geoff Vartelas (a) Cromwell, CT 35-37–72 E
T25 James Smith Middlebury, CT 37-35–72 E
T25 Jeff Evanier Clinton, CT 36-36–72 E
T25 Drew Brennan (a) Ellington, CT 34-38–72 E
T25 Ryan Gay Pittston, ME 36-36–72 E
T25 Jackson Wyman (a) South Freeport, ME 33-39–72 E
T25 Timothy Carey Plymouth, MA 34-38–72 E
T25 Zachary Temple (a) White River Junction, VT 36-36–72 E
T25 Taylor Page Wilmington, VT 36-36–72 E
T35 Connor Tendall North Potomac, MD 34-39–73 +1
T35 Rasmey Kong (a) West Haven, CT 36-37–73 +1
T35 Kyle Gallo Manchester, CT 35-38–73 +1
T35 Chris Ruggiero (a) Windham, NH 39-34–73 +1
T35 Nick McLaughlin New Castle, NH 35-38–73 +1
T35 Michael Martel (a) New Ipswich, NH 36-37–73 +1
T35 Evan Beirne North Haven, CT 35-38–73 +1
T35 Burgess Houston Framingham, MA 35-38–73 +1
T35 John Jackopsic West Hartford, CT 37-36–73 +1
T35 Jackson Lang (a) Lexington, MA 34-39–73 +1
T35 Drake Hull (a) West Rutland, VT 36-37–73 +1
T35 J D Carrabino Palm Beach Gardens, FL 39-34–73 +1
T35 Cameron Clair Biddeford, ME 36-37–73 +1
T35 Shaun Powers Greenwich, CT 37-36–73 +1
T49 Jimmy Lytle Ocean Ridge, FL 35-39–74 +2
T49 Pat Wilson Andover, NJ 32-42–74 +2
T49 Malcolm Oliver Damariscotta, ME 36-38–74 +2
T49 Matthew Baker Venice, FL 35-39–74 +2
T49 Todd Rollins Laconia, NH 36-38–74 +2
T49 Dylan Newman New Rochelle, NY 36-38–74 +2
T49 Steve Sokol Milford, CT 36-38–74 +2
T49 Brian Bartow Rye, NY 37-37–74 +2
T49 Peter Ruymann Sudbury, MA 35-39–74 +2
T49 Griffin Andrews Greenland, NH 36-38–74 +2
T49 Ryan Donahue Paradise Valley, AZ 34-40–74 +2
T60 Jeffrey Martin Warwick, RI 37-38–75 +3
T60 Matt Arvanitis Hooksett, NH 34-41–75 +3
T60 Samuel Chavez Bradenton, FL 36-39–75 +3
T60 Fletcher Babcock Danielson, CT 38-37–75 +3
T60 Ed Kirby Wakefield, RI 36-39–75 +3
T60 Steven Delmar Gaithersburg, MD 35-40–75 +3
T60 Matthew Saglio Clearwater, FL 35-40–75 +3
T60 Nicholas Marcoaldi West Palm Beach, FL 36-39–75 +3
T60 Tyler Vrolyk Glen Allen, VA 37-38–75 +3
T60 Shawn Warren Cape Elizabeth, ME 34-41–75 +3
T60 Pat Pelletier Lebanon, NH 34-41–75 +3
T60 Nicholas Pandelena Atkinson, NH 34-41–75 +3
T60 Ross Earnshaw West Palm Beach, FL 35-40–75 +3
T60 Nick Antonelli North Andover, MA 36-39–75 +3
T60 Kip Webber (a) Boxborough, MA 36-39–75 +3
T75 Danny Kish Derry, NH 36-40–76 +4
T75 Alex Kirk Hanover, NH 37-39–76 +4
T75 Drew London Chestnut Hill, MA 35-41–76 +4
T75 Ross Kronberg Norwalk, CT 38-38–76 +4