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Golf: Berberian is top pro, again

Staff report
December 21. 2017 10:51PM
Rich Berberian Jr. is shown at Windham Country Club last July. (UNION LEADER FILE)

Make it two PGA Professional Player of the Year awards for Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett.

Berberian, 30, a PGA director of instruction at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsborough, Mass., secured this year’s honor by winning New England PGA Player of the Year honors; finishing tied for fifth in the PGA Professional Championship in June; making the cut in two PGA Tour events and finishing fourth this month on the PGA Tournament Series money list.

He finished with 907.917 total points, while reigning PGA Professional Champion Omar Uresti of Austin, Texas, was runner-up with 846.5. Rod Perry, the 2013 national Champion, was third (807.500) and Alex Beach of Paramus, N.J., fourth (751.964).

Mike Small of Champaign, Ill., won the Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year award. Berberian and Small will be honored on June 15, in conjunction with the 51st PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif.

Berberian and Mike San Filippo (1993) are the only New England PGA Members to capture the national award.

“It was a year filled with golf, a lot of travel, great opportunities, and a period where I learned a lot about myself,” said Berberian, who got married, took a new job and competed in six PGA Tour events that he earned exemptions from winning the 2016 national championship. He competed in the PGA Championship and in September represented his country on the U.S. PGA Cup Team that faced Great Britain & Ireland.

“I enjoyed a great year at my home club, where they were very kind and supportive of me to be out competing,” said Berberian. “I consider myself lucky to have won one (PGA Professional Player of the Year Award). It took one great putt (a 33-foot birdie) on the last hole (at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y.). That changed my life forever.”


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