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NORTON, Massachusetts – On the fourth day of qualifying for the 2019 Massachusetts Amateur Championship, being contested from July 15-19 at The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, 27 competitors from three qualifying locations held in the Bay State advanced to the Championship Proper. Eight competitors from both the Indian Pond Country Club and Crestview Country Club qualifiers advanced on Monday, as did another 11 competitors from Monday’s qualifier at Plymouth Country Club.
At Kingston’s Indian Pond CC qualifier, the first of two being held there this week at the South Shore club, Nashawtuc Country Club’s Matthew Organisak fired a 1-under 71 with four birdies to take the top spot on the leaderboard. The rising senior at Emory University, a member of the men’s golf team, was the only competitor to finish under par at the Kingston site. Scores ranged from Organisak’s under-par mark to 2-over 74.
In Western Mass. at Agawam’s Crestview Country Club, Peter Alminas (GreatHorse), Cody Booska (CC of Greenfield) and David Holmes (Blackstone GC) each carded 2-under 70 to earn a share of medalist honors while five others shot even-par 70 to secure spot to next month’s Championship Proper.
Additionally, at the Plymouth Country Club qualifying site, the son-father duo of Steven Tasho, Jr. and Steven Tasho placed 1-2 in Plymouth to advance to next month’s Championship Proper while nine other competitors shot between 1-over 70 and 3-over 72. Tasho, Jr. – a junior on the Bryant University Men’s Golf Team – rebounded from two bogeys in his first three holes by shooting 2-under in his remaining 15 holes to capture the top spot on the leaderboard.
An additional 15 competitors who finished one spot below the final qualifying spot at each of the three respective sites earned alternate status and will be placed on a priority list per the Alternate Policy, which can be found on the Mass Golf Policies and Procedures Page.
Celebrating its 111th year in 2019, the Massachusetts Amateur Championship remains the oldest Mass Golf Championship open to men and women alike. Entries were open to amateur competitors with a 4.4 Handicap Index who were either exempt based on previous performance in Mass Golf competition and/or USGA events, or who advanced from one of 12 qualifying sites held across the Bay State between May 29 and June 26.
QUALIFIERS (INDIAN POND CC)
Matthew Organisak (Nashawtuc CC) 71
Ryan Crough (Cohasset GC) 72
Mike Philipp (Pawtucket CC) 72
Mike O’Brien (Harmon GC) 73
Brady Allbritton (Easton CC) 73
Dan Brooks (Dudley Hill GC) 74
Max Hutter (Weston GC) 74
Brendan Allen (Mount Pleasant GC) 74
ALTERNATES (INDIAN POND)
Sam Bush (George Wright GC)
Matt Remley (North Andover CC)
QUALIFIERS (CRESTVIEW CC)
Pete Alminas (GreatHorse) 70
Cody Booska (CC of Greenfield) 70
David Holmes (Blackstone GC) 70
Ryan Tomaso (Westborough CC) 72
Jake Willis (CC of Greenfield) 72
Jonathan Elkins (Crumpin-Fox Club) 72
Zach Garbacik (Needham GC) 72
Andy Lesenski (Northfield GC) 72
ALTERNATES (CRESTVIEW CC)
Kevin Bagge (Orchards GC)
Peter Wurszt (CC of Wilbraham)
Al Alminas (Franconia GC)
Randy Daniels (Blackstone GC)
Connor Phillips (Longmeadow CC)
Nick Direda (Heritage CC)
QUALIFIERS (PLYMOUTH CC)
Steven Tasho, Jr. (Thorny Lea GC) 68
Steven Tasho (Thorny Lea GC) 70
Tim Umphrey (Tatnuck CC) 70
Matt Czarnecki (Thorny Lea GC) 71
Jonathan Stoddard (Plymouth CC) 71
Jesse Zorfas (Framingham CC) 72
Michael Beaty (George Wright GC) 72
John Hadges (Thorny Lea GC) 72
Glendon Sutton (Belmont CC) 72
Charlie Dubiel (Old Sandwich GC) 72
John Gilmartin (Indian Ridge CC) 72
ALTERNATES (PLYMOUTH CC)
Bradford Tufts (Tedesco CC)
Ricky Stimets (Olde Barnstable)
Sean Deale (Brae Burn CC)
Joe Dimarzio (Plymouth CC)
Andrew Luther (Vesper CC)
James Ferrera (Wollaston GC)
Collin Fitzpatrick (Kittansett Club)
The 111th Massachusetts Amateur Championship will begin on July 15 at The Country Club in Chestnut Hill. The Championship Proper will consist of two days of stroke play for all competitors, before the field is cut to the top-32 players, who will compete in three days of match play before crowning a champion. The remaining qualifiers for the state amateur will be held at the following sites:
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