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NORTON, Massachusetts – On the first day of qualifying for the 2019 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, 32 competitors from Tuesday’s two qualifiers at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge and The Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley earned entrance into the Championship Proper being contested at Yarmouth’s Bayberry Hills Golf Course in early August.
An additional six competitors who finished one spot below the final qualifying spot at each site 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.
At the Blissful Meadows site, Blackstone Golf Club’s Daniel Serafin topped the field of 73 competitors in the field, finishing as the only competitor who went below par. Serafin, of Millbury, began play on the back nine of the course Tuesday, and despite two bogeys in his first three holes, came back and tallied four straight birdies to make the turn at 2-under 34. Once on his second nine, the 50-year old Serafin birdied the par-3 fifth hole and put an exclamation point on his round by tallying a sixth and final birdie on the par-4 ninth hole, which played at his 18th hole.
Two competitors shot even par-72 in the 18-hole qualifier while 17 in total advanced from the qualifying site.
In South Hadley, Cyprian Keyes’ Daniel Falcucci shot a 2-under 70 to lead the contingent of 15 golfers who advanced to the August Championship Proper. The 36-year old Falcucci, of Auburn, carded birdies on three of his first five holes on Tuesday, then added an additional birdie on the par-4 15th hole en route to his top spot on the leaderboard.
Established in 1982, the Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship is open to amateur golfers who are bona fide public course players at a public Mass Golf member club (a course/club that provides playing opportunities for the general public seven days a week) and maintain an up-to-date Mass Golf/GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 12.0 (as determined by the June 1, 2019 Handicap Revision).
QUALIFIERS (BLISSFUL MEADOWS GC):
Daniel Serafin (Blackstone GC) 69
Jesse Morgan (Northfield GC) 72
Matt Lukasevicz (Highfields G&CC) 72
Ryan Tomaso (Westborough CC) 73
Jack Tanner Jr. (Shining Rock GC) 74
Chris Gannon (Blackstone GC) 74
Alex Nosevich (Cyprian Keyes GC) 76
Kevin Atkin (Dave Diricos Golf) 76
Derek Ducharme (Blackstone GC) 76
Stephen Larson (Cyprian Keyes GC) 76
Dave Lanzillo (Townsend Ridge GC) 76
Mike McKenna (Far Corner GC) 77
Geoffrey Holt (Quail Ridge CC) 77
Chris Menne (Mink Meadows GC) 77
Brian Foley (Cyprian Keyes GC) 77
Chris Buscanera (Gardner Municpial) 77
Sean Henry (Bayberry Hills GC) 77
ALTERNATES (BLISSFUL MEADOWS GC):
Nicholas Carlucci (Segreganett CC)
Zachary Brown (Tekoa CC)
Paul Ferraro (Blackstone GC)
QUALIFIERS (THE LEDGES GC):
Daniel Falcucci (Cyprian Keyes GC) 70
James Levere (Newton Commonwealth) 73
Michael Pergamo (The Ledges GC) 73
Al Alminas (Franconia GC) 74
Christopher Bourbeau (CC of Greenfield) 74
James Gaffey (Waubeeka GL) 75
Michael Mertes (Crumpin-Fox Club) 75
Matt Gilardi (Skyline CC) 75
Cody Miller (The Ledges GC) 75
Mark Carpentier (Newton Commonwealth) 76
Derek Pinciak (The Ledges GC) 76
Aidan Mcbride (Westover GC) 76
Jared Carey (The Ranch GC) 76
Justin Ducharme (Bedrock GC) 76
Jake Willis (CC of Greenfield) 76
ALTERNATES (THE LEDGES GC)
Jeff Bourdon (Waubeeka GC)
Michael Williams (Crumpin-Fox Club)
Connor Piecuch (CC of Greenfield)
The 2019 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship will be contested at Bayberry Hills Golf Course from August 6-7. Qualifying for the Championship Proper is scheduled to take place at six sites from June 25 to July 11. Additional qualifiers will be held on the following days:
July 1 – Gannon Municipal GC
July 1 – Brookmeadow CC
July 2 – Olde Scotland Links
July 11 – Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds GC
For complete coverage of the 2019 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, visit MassGolf.org or follow Mass Golf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @PlayMassGolf and by using the hashtag, #MassAPL.