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Headline: Bay State Golfers - Peter French, Jake Shuman, Charlie May and Matt Organisak - Take Aim at 116th U.S. Amateur Championship Title This Week
For Immediate Release: August 15, 2016
|Peter French (above) and Jake Shuman are two of four Bay Staters competed at the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship|
Norton, MA — It is quite the week for Massachusetts golfers as the state, in the midst of its heavy summer schedule, sees several events taking place over the next five days. But the Commonwealth won’t be the only place to find Massachusetts golfers this week.
On Monday, four Massachusetts residents with MGA membership were among the 312 players in the field to kick off stroke play at the 116th US Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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After two days of practice rounds this past week, the quartet of Peter French (Bellingham), Jake Shuman (Needham), Charlie May (Topsfield) and Matt Organisak (Sudbury) began their first of 36 holes of stroke play over the next two days, 18 holes on OHCC’s North Course and the other 18 on the corresponding South Course.
If any of the four Massachusetts players are among the low 64 scorers, they would advance to match play, where the best 64 players will go head-to-head in single elimination on the South Course between Wednesday, August 17 and Saturday, August 20 until only two remain.
On Sunday, August 21, the two finalists meet in a 36-hole showdown to determine the 116th US Amateur Champion. The 36-hole Championship round will also be a match play format.
All match play will be televised live on Fox, Fox Sports 1 or the USGA television networks.
Peter French, a recent graduate of Johnson and Wales University and four year member of the Wildcats golf team, qualified for the US Amateur on July 18 after shooting a 1-under par 140 in the 36-hole qualifier.
Jake Shuman, a Duke junior and member of the Blue Devils’ men’s golf team, who set a competitive course record on the first day of action in the 2016 Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Taconic Golf Club, qualified for this week’s Championship Proper in Michigan following his 2-under 136 score in 36 holes of play on July 19 at South Hadley’s Orchards GC.
The other two Mass natives, Charlie May and Matt Organisak, each qualified on July 26 after shooting 1-under par 139 and 1-over par 141 in 36 holes of play at George Wright GC in Hyde Park, respectively. The pair finished second and third to Bedford, N.H.’s Ryan Tombs, who had a day-low 138 on the day.
This is the second US Amateur Championship to be played at Oakland Hills CC. In 2002, the Championship Proper, won by Ricky Barnes, was played on both the North and South Courses.