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Editors's Note (posted 8/28): Three senior amateurs with deep Bay State ties advanced to match play at the 63rd U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
Click here to follow the round of 64 which features Frank Vana, Jr., Ron LaVerdiere and Jack Kearney.
Headline: Senior Time Set for August and September; Five Marquee National, Regional and Local Championships For Senior Amateurs Highlight Late Summer Schedule
For Immediate Release: August 28, 2017
Pat Scanlon Helped Kick Off "Senior Time" by winning the 2017 Senior Hornblower Memorial Golf Tournament on August 15.
Norton, MA — The final few months of the season are often called “senior time” as many marquee senior amateur events are held beginning in August and running through September.
To wit, in just one month’s time senior amateurs will have an opportunity to compete in the Senior Hornblower Memorial Golf Tournament (August 14-16), U.S. Senior Amateur Championship (August 26-31), Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship (September 6-7), New England Senior Amateur Championship (September 12-13) and the Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship (September 18-19).
Not only will those events crown deserving champions, but they will also help to determine who will be named the 2017 George M. Cohen Massachusetts Golf Association Senior Player of the Year.
In addition, the top six senior amateur competitors on the Player of the Year Point standings will also be invited to represent Team Massachusetts at the 2017 Tri-State Team Matches to be held on October 12-13 at Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
This year marks the first time that the senior amateur field for the Tri-State Team Matches has been increased from four to six.
“We are excited to showcase the deep senior amateur talent that we have in our state,” said Kevin Eldridge, the MGA’s director of rules & competition. “You will see high quality play from these individuals over the next few weeks, and we are excited to see a Senior Player of the Year emerge from this group.”
The deep talent that Eldridge referenced was on fully display earlier this month at the 2017 Senior Hornblower Memorial Golf Tournament held at Plymouth Country Club. This year marked the second year of the event which featured more than 100 senior amateurs representing nine states.
Thirty-five players in the field were super seniors (over age 65) including the eventual winner Pat Scanlon (Wenham CC), who defeated John McNeill (BAGS) on the first sudden-death playoff hole.
Jack Kearney (Elmcrest CC) finished third, while Jon Fasick (New England CC) and David Pierce (CC of Halfax) rounded out the top five.
Click here for complete results from the 2017 Senior Hornblower Memorial Golf Tournament.
Kearny was one of five golfers with Bay State ties who competed in the 63rd playing of the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, which is being contested at Minnesota’s The Minikahda Club.
Joining Kearney at the USGA Championship Proper were Frank Vana, Jr. (Marlborough CC), Ronald LaVerdiere (Crumpin-Fox Club), Mike Arter (LeBaron Hills CC) and Brian Secia (Miacomet GC).
Here is a rundown on the senior amateur events still to come in September.
Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship
Wyantenuck Country Club
New England Senior Amateur Championship
September 12-13, 2017
Wethersfield Country Club (CT)
Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship
Oakley Country Club
Wishing all of the senior amateurs the best of luck!