Fields pulls off first individual PGA title
John Fields , director of golf at Belmont Country Club, had a rocky road to his first New England PGA individual championship, but it was well worth the trip.
The Southborough resident dropped his daughter off at school in Marlborough at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 26. His tee time in the NEPGA Head Professional Championship was at 9 at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye, N.H.
“There was a little traffic at the school and when I got into New Hampshire there were a couple of cars going 25 miles an hour in front of me. I kept looking at my GPS,’’ said Fields, who was cutting it so close that he ran from his car to the first tee while carrying his bag, shoes, and umbrella.
“No one from my group had teed off. I thought I was OK,’’ said Fields, an all-state high school football player in Virginia who has worked at Belmont since 1992. “I had no time to warm up, my tee shot was bad and my second shot hit a tree, but I recovered to sink a 12-footer for par.’’
Fields thought he had a 4 on that first hole, but when he looked at his scorecard, he realized he had been penalized two strokes by the starter because he was late.
“So I started with a double bogey, but I just told myself to settle down and enjoy the day,’’ said Fields, who shot 4-under par 68 (35-33), taking first place by two strokes and pocketing a check for $1,650.
Seven birdies secured the title for the native of Lebanon, Va., where his high school football coach once jokingly told him on the links, “you’re playing the wrong sport.’’
Fields said although he’s had some success in pro-pro events and in team formats, the victory at Abenaqui was his first individual victory since turning pro in 1987. A former assistant at Palm Beach Country Club in Florida, Fields was recruited by Belmont members who also played at Palm Beach.
Fields, a quarterback and defensive back who also played at East Tennessee State University, never toured the amateur golf circuit.
“I kind of worked my way into the game, not the traditional path,’’ said Fields, a two-time runner-up in the Head Professional Championship who had come close in a couple of NEPGA sectional championships. He was also a Monday qualifier for the 1993 CVS Charity Classic at Pleasant Valley Country Club where he was briefly on the leader board.
Fields teed it up at Belmont CC on Tuesday as host pro for the season finale of the NEPGA Ahead Stroke Play Championship, where the field featured the season’s top 50 point-scorers. Fields, seeded 19th entering the tournament, shot a 7-over 78 but enjoyed the camaraderie.
“A lot of my friends were congratulating me on winning the way I did at Abenaqui,’’ he said. “It’s been a fun season.’’
Mosgrove joins new team in Luxembourg
Cerie Mosgrove, who was a standout in basketball at Needham High and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, led Dudelange T71 to the finals of the Luxembourg professional league’s first division last season.
Mosgrove, the league’s third-leading scorer, is back for another run at the title — this time with Basket Esch, the team that defeated Dudelange for the championship.
“It would be great if Basket Esch could win it again,’’ said Mosgrove, whose new team began play last week. The league is allowing two import players on each team this season instead of one, which opened up a spot for Mosgrove.
With Dudelange, the 2011 UMass graduate averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game.
“I spent most of my summer training and working camps and visiting with family and friends who I had been away from for so long,’’ added Mosgrove in an e-mail.
Mosgrove led the nation in shooting from beyond the 3-point arc her senior year at UMass, then topped all women’s challengers at the 2011 State Farm 3-Point Championship during the NCAA tournament’s Final Four in Houston.
The 6-foot forward set UMass single-season records for threes made (78) and attempted (157) while averaging a career-best 13.6 points per game.
The city of Dudelange is a five-minute drive from the border of northern France, and a 10-minute drive from Esch-sur-Alzette, where Basket Esch plays its home games.
Bridgewater State junior forward Carissa Vizakis of Bellingham tallied a pair of goals to power the school’s 10-1 field hockey team to a 2-0 Little East Conference victory over Framingham State on Wednesday. One of her teammates, junior Mattie Burke (Shrewsbury High), was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week after the Bears allowed just one goal in a pair of wins. . . Wellesley College freshman Priyanka Fouda (Wellesley High) led the cross-country team to the Pop Crowell Invitational title with a second-place finish among 317 runners, and was selected the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Women’s Cross- Country Runner of the Week. . . NEWMAC cross-country men’s honors went to Wheaton College sophomore Harry Bachrach of Watertown (Beaver Country Day School), who helped the Lyons finish runner-up at the Tri-State Open with a fifth-place performance. . . University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman men’s soccer star Alief Solomon (Framingham High) garnered his second Little East Offensive Player of the Week accolade after scoring two goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 dispatching of Rhode Island College. . . The Commonwealth Coast Conference’s weekly honor role included Salve Regina freshman Kasey Walther (Natick High), the team’s No. 1 singles and doubles player, in women’s tennis, and Roger Williams senior libero Kelsee Loche (Millis High) for volleyball. She had 45 digs and 6 service aces in three matches.
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