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NORTON, Massachusetts – Bay State golfers will have a large presence on the west coast this Memorial Day weekend as eight Mass Golf competitors are slated to begin play in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which begins Saturday on both the Old Macdonald and Pacific Dunes courses, respectively. After qualifying at sectional qualifiers held at two Massachusetts courses last summer, the octet of local golfers will have the opportunity to shine on the national stage, where all players are guaranteed two rounds of stroke play before the field of 128 sides is cut down to the top 32 teams, who will compete in match play beginning on Monday, May 27.
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The second of two teams to advance from last summer’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier at Country Club of Pittsfield, the team of Herbie Aikens (Kingston) & Matt Parziale (Brockton) return to the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball for the first time since the spring of 2017. This is Aiken’s 15th appearance in a USGA Championship while Parziale, the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and 2018 U.S. Open co-low amateur, is competing in his 13th USGA championship. Western Mass. natives Joshua Shepard and James Cimini, of Pittsfield, and the team of Jacob Zaranek (South Deerfield) and Kyle Puzzo (Ludlow) make their inaugural appearances in the Championship. The duo of Ryan Pelletier and Michael Philipp, of Mansfield, who were originally first alternates at the Pittsfield qualifier, were added to the field in early January.
40 states are represented in this weekend’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, and with eight competitors from Massachusetts in the field, only 11 states have more. Arizona and Pennsylvania are also represented by eight competitors.
Joshua Shepard (Pittsfield, Mass.) & James Cimini (Pittsfield, Mass.)
R1: Tee 1 | 10:12 a.m. ET (Old Macdonald) | R2: Tee 1 | 1:36 p.m. ET (Pacific Dunes)
Matt Parziale (Brockton, Mass.) & Herbie Aikens (Kingston, Mass.)
R1: Tee 1 | 11:48 a.m. ET (Old Macdonald) | R2: Tee 1 | 3:12 p.m. ET (Pacific Dunes)
Kyle Puzzo (Ludlow, Mass.) & Jacob Zaranek (South Deerfield, Mass.)
R1: Tee 1 | 2:12 p.m. ET (Pacific Dunes) | R2: Tee 1 | 10:48 a.m. ET (Old Macdonald)
Ryan Pelletier (Mansfield, Mass.) & Michael Philipp (Mansfield, Mass.)
R1: Tee 1 | 4:12 p.m. ET (Pacific Dunes) | R2: Tee 1 | 12:48 p.m. ET (Old Macdonald)
Saturday, May 25 (18 holes, stroke play)
Sunday, May 26 (18 holes, stroke play)
Monday, May 27 (Round of 32, match play)
Tuesday, May 28 (Round of 16/quarterfinal matches)
Wednesday, May 29 (Semifinals/Championship match)
Mass Golf will provide coverage of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at MassGolf.org and across its social media platforms. Follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, be sure to use the hashtag #USFourBall.