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Headline: Former & Current Bay State Amateurs Enjoy Successful Weekend of Golf on Local & National Tours
For Immediate Release: June 27, 2016
|It was another strong week by former and current Bay State amateurs. From top: Quinn, Altomare, Renner, Oppenheim & Walthouse|
Norton, MA — It was a busy but very successful week for a handful of former and current Bay State amateurs, some of whom are past MGA Champions.
Here is a summary of just some of the action that kept many glued to their television and phones all weekend long.
Two weeks after competing at the 2016 Massachusetts Open Championship, Fran Quinn of Holden posted a T4 finish at the American Family Insurance Championship which was held at University Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin. The 1990 winner of the MGA Open finished with a four-round score of 14-under par 202 and earned his biggest Champions Tour check of the season – $91,500. He also moved to 37th on the tour's money list with $218,433 through only four tournaments.
Lydia Ko may have won the NW Arkansas Championship for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year, but Shrewsbury’s Brittany Altomare posted another strong finish. She posted a final round score of 3-under 68 for an 11-under 202 total, which tied her for 13th with Brittany Lincicome, Chella Choi, Lee-Anne Pace and So Yeon Ryu. Earlier this year, Altomare won the Symetra Tour's Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay Country Club in Florida.
One week after two-time MGA Amateur Champion James Driscoll won his first Web.com title since 2004, Plainville native Jim Renner posted his best finish of the 2016 season. Renner – the 2008 MGA Open Champion – carded a final round score of 4-under par 66 – which included three straight birdies on holes 13 through 15 – at the Air Capital Classic to finish fifth overall and earn $30,000. In that same event, Driscoll finished T23.
Andover’s Rob Oppenheim finished T10 at the Quicken Loans National with a final score of 7-under par 277 and earned $179,400 for his work over four rounds at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The finish marks the PGA TOUR rookie’s best finish in 2016 and his first career top-25 finish. This strong performance comes one week after Oppenheim finished 37th at the 2016 U.S. Open Championship. Oppenheim will compete at this week’s Barracuda Championship at the Montrêux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada.
Hopkinton’s Jon Curran finished T72 at the Quicken Loans National. He currently ranks 35th on the PGA TOUR’s money list.
Billy Walthouse of Longmeadow posted his best score of the week – a 3-under par 67 – to finish with a score of 3-under par 276 and T21 at the 2016 Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament held at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island on June 21-25. This past season, Walthouse capped off his junior year at the University of Rhode Island by being selected to compete at the selected to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. He was the first Rams player to be selected for post-season play in more than a decade.
Other Bay Staters who made the cut at this event were Jake Shuman of Needham, Matt Parziale of Brockton and Patrick Frodigh of Westford.