7-Under 65 Leads 17 at Public Links Qualifier Tuesday - MASSGOLF

Nine Finish Under Par in Fifth APL Qualifier of the Season

For Immediate Release: July 2, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, Massachusetts –  On the third day of qualifying for the 2019 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, 17 competitors from Tuesday’s qualifier at Olde Scotland Link in Bridgewater earned entrance into the Championship Proper being contested at Yarmouth’s Bayberry Hills Golf Course in early August.

An additional four competitors who finished one spot below the final qualifying spot at the 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.


In the second to last Amateur Public Links qualifier of the season, Duxbury’s Gregory DiBona fired the lowest score of the day and was one of nine competitors to finish under par on Tuesday as another 17 competitors advanced to next month’s Championship Proper.

The 27-year old DiBona, of Fairway Club, who will be advancing to his second Mass Golf Championship Proper of the season after finishing third at this year’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The International Golf Club, tallied eight birdies on the day to one bogey for his top spot on the leaderboard. He tallied back-to-back birdies on the third, fourth, and sixth hole to highlight his front nine, then tallied five more on his second nine – including two straight on the par-4 17th and the par-5 18th holes, to leap up the leaderboard.

16 others who finished between 6-under 66 and 1-over 73 also advanced from Tuesday’s qualifier.

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).

Gregory DiBona (Fairway Club) 65
Chris Poblocki (Blackstone GC) 66
Matt Cornuet (Pinehills GC) 67
Thor Van Vaerenewyck (Heather Hill CC) 69
Rory O’Donnell (Crosswinds GC) 70
Amir Badherzadeh (Granite Links GC) 70
Matthew Maloney (George Wright GC) 71
Shawn Maher (Olde Scotland) 71
Jake Kutzy (Sandwich Hollows) 71
Derek Phillipe (Olde Scotland) 72
Jon Fasick (New England CC) 72
Steven Jacques (Pinehills GC) 72
Michael Matonis (Tour Greater Bos) 73
Jospeh P. Powers (Olde Scotland) 73
Dave Costa (George Wright GC) 73
Douglas Walsh (Captains GC) 73
Jaroslav Kral (Tour Greater Bos) 73

Chris Needham (Tour Greater Bos)
David Laplante (Pine Oaks GC)
Michael Malley (Meadow at Peabody)
Jordan Rose (Olde Scotland)

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 11 – Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds GC

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