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Headline: Plymouth Country Club Continues Rich History of Hosting MGA Events; Set to Host Member Day on May 18
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2017
Norton, MA — Located along the coast of the Plymouth Bay in the state’s South Shore region, just north of Cape Cod, Plymouth Country Club has become a fan favorite among MGA competitors.
The 1910 Donald Ross beauty has been a fixture in the Bay State’s Championship scene where Mark and Michael Souliotis of Haverhill CC and Paul and Kyle Puchol of Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds GC most recently captured their respective divisions at the 40th MGA Father and Son Championship last August.
Before that though, the club that was responsible for the upbringing of future 1938 Masters Champion and 1939 PGA Champion Henry Picard was crowning other champions, like Jack Kearney (2010 MGA Senior Amateur) and the duo of John and Jim Renner at the 2004 MGA Father & Son Championship, the younger of whom turned professional and currently plays on the Web.com Tour.
While only time will tell as to who the next MGA champion to step foot at the historic club just down the road from the site of Plymouth Rock where the early colonization of New England took place will be, the safe bet is that those chances will come sooner rather than later.
Earlier this week, plans were finalized to return the MGA Member Day program to the site for the upcoming season, the first time since the program’s sophomore season in 2011.
This year's event will take place on Thursday, May 18 and will feature tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. and a Stableford Format.
The plans were finalized with the help of the club’s Director of Golf, AJ Petrulak.
“Plymouth Country Club has always offered a unique opportunity for those who’ve been able to play it” said Shawn Bennett, the MGA's Assistant Director of Rules & Competitions. “Due to its proximity to the waterfront, Plymouth’s landscape can create challenges for even the top-amateur players, challenges that can change on a day-by-day basis, allowing almost everyone a fair chance at taking home any respective championship that can be played on the grounds.”
Although walking out with an MGA Championship Trophy won’t happen until next year, when the MGA crowns its 35th Mid-Amateur Champion at Plymouth, there is still a good chance that several MGA players can walk away with another trophy from the club this year, due in large part to the Hornblower Memorial Tournament that is held there every year; arguably the most popular regional event in New England and one of the most prominent tournaments in the amateur golf circuit.
Named after the man responsible for the club’s creation in the early 1900’s, the Hornblower Memorial Invitational Tournament regularly draws competitors from at least a dozen states and nearly 100 clubs, all of whom keep an active GHIN index of 3.0 or lower and a love for golf.
At last year’s event, Nashua (NH) North High School student Brandon Gillis, who’s committed to play golf at Wake Forest University, birdied the final hole for a one-shot victory. In the senior division, Elmcrest CC’s Jack Kearney won the division. Both winners a great representation for the game as a whole.
“The Hornblower Memorial Invitational is the epitome of the amateur golf scene in New England” added Bennett. “The fact that a club such as Plymouth Country Club hosts such a top-notch event and one that is recognized nationally should come as a surprise to no one.”
The addition of the Member Day at Plymouth Country Club, the 16th on the MGA schedule this season, has an open registration for the lottery system while the club itself is accepting applications for all those interested in competing in this year’s Hornblower Memorial and Senior Hornblower, taking place June 2-3 and August 14-15, respectively.
To learn more about the club, visit its website at: http://www.plymouthcc.net.