101st NEPGA Championship Returns to Massachusetts
The 101st New England PGA Championship is set to return to Central Massachusetts.
The tournament will be held at Worcester Country Club and Marlborough Country Club from August 30 to September 1, the NEPGA announced on Wednesday.
“Neither course is a stranger to Championship golf, with 2021’s NEPGA Championship being just the latest in a long history of prestigious competitions,” writes the NEPGA in a release.
The NEPGA also announced that the clubs will also host the first-ever NEPGA Women’s Championship.
About Worcester CC
Worcester CC has hosted the NEPGA Championship twice before, in 1996 and 2009, with Dana Quigley and Paul Parajeckas winning the titles, respectively.
On the international stage, Worcester is known for hosting the 1925 US Open, the inaugural Ryder Cup in 1927, and the 1960 US Women’s Open, making it one of only three courses to host all three events (the others being Pinehurst and Hazeltine).
The Worcester course was designed by Donald Ross in 1914 and has undergone significant renovations since it last hosted in 2009.
Marlborough Country Club
Marlborough Country Club has never hosted the NEPGA Championship, however its stint as host of the PGA TOUR Champions Marlborough Classic from 1980-1983 testifies to its merits as a Championship host venue.
The course offers a blend of classic and more modern design, with the current back nine designed in 1921 by Wayne Stiles, and the front nine designed in 1968 by Geoffrey Cornish.
The NEPGA Championship also offers PGA Professionals an opportunity to play their way to the PGA Championship.
The top 12 finishers in the NEPGA Championship will move on to the national PGA Professional Championship the following April at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas, and the top 20 finishers in that event will qualify for the PGA Championship.
At least one NEPGA Professional has represented the New England Section in the PGA Championship for the last six years.