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The New England Classic was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1969 through 1998. It was held under various names at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts.

Pleasant Valley was the site of other PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events. Three LPGA Tour events, the Lady Carling Eastern Open from 1962 to 1966, the LPGA Championship from 1967 to 1968 and again from 1970 to 1972, and the Patty Berg Classic in 1969 were held at Pleasant Valley. The PGA Tour first stopped at Pleasant Valley in 1965 when "Champagne" Tony Lema won the Carling World Open, which was part of a circuit sponsored by the Carling Brewery. The inaugural Kemper Open was held at Pleasant Valley in 1968, with Arnold Palmer winning and marking the only time the men's and women's tours staged tournaments staged events on the same course in the same year until the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open were held at Pinehurst Number 2 in back-to-back weeks.[1] (The Kemper event moved to North Carolina the next year.)

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
CVS Charity Classic
1998 Steve Pate   United States 269 −15 1 stroke   Scott Hoch
  Bradley Hughes
1997 Loren Roberts   United States 266 −18 1 stroke   Bill Glasson
1996 John Cook   United States 268 −16 3 strokes   Russ Cochran
Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley
1995 Fred Funk   United States 268 −16 1 stroke   Jim McGovern
New England Classic
1994 Kenny Perry   United States 268 −16 1 stroke   David Feherty
1993 Paul Azinger   United States 268 −16 4 strokes   Jay Delsing
  Bruce Fleisher
1992 Brad Faxon   United States 268 −16 2 strokes   Phil Mickelson
1991 Bruce Fleisher   United States 268 −16 Playoff   Ian Baker-Finch
Bank of Boston Classic
1990 Morris Hatalsky   United States 275 −9 1 stroke   Scott Verplank
1989 Blaine McCallister   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Brad Faxon
1988 Mark Calcavecchia   United States 274 −10 1 stroke   Don Pooley
1987 Sam Randolph   United States 199 −14 4 strokes   Wayne Grady
  Gene Sauers
  Ray Stewart
1986 Gene Sauers   United States 274 −10 Playoff   Blaine McCallister
1985 George Burns   United States 267 −17 6 strokes   John Mahaffey
  Jodie Mudd
  Greg Norman
  Leonard Thompson
1984 George Archer   United States 270 −14 6 strokes   Frank Conner
  Joey Sindelar
1983 Mark Lye   United States 273 −11 1 stroke   John Mahaffey
  Sammy Rachels
  Jim Thorpe
1982 Bob Gilder   United States 271 −13 2 strokes   Fuzzy Zoeller
Pleasant Valley Jimmy Fund Classic
1981 Jack Renner   United States 273 −11 2 strokes   Scott Simpson
1980 Wayne Levi   United States 273 −11 Playoff   Gil Morgan
American Optical Classic
1979 Lou Graham   United States 275 −9 1 stroke   Ben Crenshaw
1978 John Mahaffey   United States 270 −14 2 strokes   Raymond Floyd
  Gil Morgan
Pleasant Valley Classic
1977 Raymond Floyd   United States 271 −13 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus
1976 Buddy Allin   United States 277 −7 1 stroke   Ben Crenshaw
1975 Roger Maltbie   United States 276 −8 1 stroke   Mac McLendon
1974 Victor Regalado   Mexico 278 −6 1 stroke   Tom Weiskopf
USI Classic
1973 Lanny Wadkins   United States 279 −9 2 strokes   Lee Elder
  Tom Jenkins
  Rik Massengale
1972 Bruce Devlin   Australia 275 −13 3 strokes   Lee Elder
Massachusetts Classic
1971 Dave Stockton   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Raymond Floyd
AVCO Golf Classic
1970 Billy Casper   United States 277 −11 3 strokes   Rod Funseth
  Tom Weiskopf
1969 Tom Shaw   United States 280 −4 1 stroke   Bob Stanton

Tournament highlightsEdit

  • 1975: Roger Maltbie wins for the second consecutive week on the PGA Tour. He beats Mac McLendon by one shot.[2] Afterwards, Maltbie left his $40,000 winner's check behind in a bar.[3]
  • 1977: Due to the PGA Tour labeling it a 'designated event',[4] Jack Nicklaus plays in the tournament for the first and only time. He finishes in second place two shots behind winner Raymond Floyd.[5]
  • 1978: One week after winning the PGA Championship, John Mahaffey also takes home the American Optical Classic title. He beats defending champion Raymond Floyd and the PGA Tour's only optometrist, Gil Morgan, by two shots.[6]
  • 1986: Gene Sauers defeats Blaine McCallister on the third hole of a sudden death playoff for his first ever PGA Tour title after having to hole a par chip on the first playoff hole to avoid elimination.[7]
  • 1989: Three years after suffering a tough luck playoff loss at Pleasant Valley, Blaine McCallister birdies the final two holes to win the 21st edition of the tournament by one shot over Brad Faxon.[8]
  • 1998: Steve Pate wins the last edition of the tournament. He beat Scott Hoch and Bradley Hughes by one shot.[9] For Pate it was his first victory since a 1996 car accident.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Berlet, Bruce (July 22, 1998). "An Unhappy Finale For Pleasant Valley". Hartford Courant. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Roger Maltbie comes from behind to win Pleasant Valley Golf Classic
  3. ^ Maltbie serious about golf, but draws laughs
  4. ^ Pleasant Valley is 'designated'
  5. ^ Ray Floyd wins Pleasant Valley
  6. ^ Mahaffey takes Pleasant Valley
  7. ^ Sauers' Sweet Putt
  8. ^ McCallister birdies his way from pack to Boston title
  9. ^ Car crash, bad hole can't stop Steve Pate

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