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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bernstein, Bose win Northeast Junior

Will Bernstein (above) birdied the final hole to win the Northeast Junior Tournament Wednesday at New Haven Country Club by one shot over four golfers: Evan Grenus, Eric Austin, Chris Simione and Brock Kovach.

Elizabeth Bose won the girls tournament by a shot as well.

Check out the full story on Wednesday's final round.

Check out the final tournament scores.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bernstein, Hawkes lead at Northern Junior

A Bernstein leads a tournament played at New Haven Country Club Tuesday, but it's not the Bernstein you are familiar with.

Will  Bernstein shot a 3-under-par 67 to lead the 13th Northern Junior Championship by one shot over Brock Kovach (Wyomissing, PA). Bernstein, who is from New York, is the younger brother of Sam Bernstein, who starred at Yale University and had a top-10 finish in last week's Connecticut Open at Rolling Hills CC in Wilton.

Two NH Register All-Area performers from this past spring, Andrew Sciarretta of Fairfield Prep and Eric Austin from Notre Dame-West Haven, are tied for third with 1-under 69s, along with Nathaniel Dong of Glastonbury. Chris Simione of Cheshire is in a tie for sixth-place after shooting even-par 70.

Bernstein, Kovach and Austin go off at 12:48 p.m. Wednesday.

In the girls tournament, MacKenzie Hawkes of Madison shot a 1-over 71 to take a three-shot lead into Wednesday's final round. Hawkes won the Connecticut Women's Golf Association championship in June.

Rhoebe Brinker of Wilmington, Delaware is in second after shooting 74. She will play with Hawkes at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday. Gabrielle Martin, also of Madison, is tied for sixth with a 77.

Check out the rest of Tuesday's first-round scores.

Your guide to this week's PGA Championship

The PGA Championship begins Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

You can check in on the TV times for all four rounds and the first- and second-round pairings.

Here are my three picks to win the title:

1. Rickie Fowler: Has three top-five performances in the majors this year, including runner-up finishes at both the U.S. Open and the British Open. A win would provide plenty of confidence heading into both the FedExCup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

2. Rory McIlroy: Moved to No. 1 in the world with the win at the Bridgestone Invitational. Seeking fourth major title. Hard to pick against him right now.

3. Sergio Garcia: Is it finally his time to win that first major championship? Garcia has an incredible eight top-10 finishes in 12 PGA Tour starts. But his inability to close, like Sunday at Bridgestone, has always been his undoing.

Also, you can vote for Sunday's final-round hole location on the 16th hole. The Pick the Hole Location Challenge is being hosted by Jack Nicklaus, the former five-time champion of this event who designed the Valhalla course.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Northern Junior at New Haven CC

The Northern Junior Tournament will be held at New Haven CC Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here are Tuesday's first-round pairings.