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Johnson, Friedman win NEPGA Senior-Junior Championship at Tedesco

Chip Johnson (left) and Liam Friedman earned a two-stroke victory at the New England PGA Senior-Junior Championship Monday at Tedesco Country Club. (Courtesy Photo)

MARBLEHEAD — Three eagles in a five-hole stretch propelled Chip Johnson, PGA (Hatherly CC) and Liam Friedman, PGA (Nashawtuc CC) to a two-stroke victory at the New England PGA Senior-Junior Championship Monday at Tedesco Country Club.

Johnson and Friedman shot 9-under par 61, with eagles on the sixth, ninth and 10th holes, including a two on the par-4 sixth.  The pair added birdies on the second, third and 12th holes without a bogey in the fourball competition. When it was all said and done, they posted a 6-under 28 on Tedesco Country Club’s front-9.

Jeff Martin, PGA (Wollaston CC) and John Paesani, PGA (Bay Club at Mattapoisett) finished alone in second place, carding a 63. The duo rattled off four consecutive birdies starting on the ninth hole and carried that momentum to a back-9 31, adding birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.

Frank Dully, PGA (Kernwood CC) and Eric Barlow, PGA (Winchester CC) tied for third with Bryan Kienke, PGA (Cohasset GC) and Joe Potty, PGA (Cohasset GC), each shooting 4-under 66. 

Host professional Robert Green, PGA, was recognized after the competition for his service to Tedesco CC and the New England PGA. Green, who will retire at the end of this season after 49 years at Tedesco CC, including the last 41 as the head professional, is the recipient of the 2019 New England PGA’s  2019 Golf Professional of the Year. 

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The Tedesco Men’s Club Championship begins Friday and runs through Sunday. 

“I look forward to the club championships every year,” Green said. 

“I think it always produces good winners, great shots and great matches. It’s always fun to observe the club championships, whether it be the men’s or the ladies. It’s always a good match.”  

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