Shuman's 65 Leads Field at First Mass Open Qualifier - MASSGOLF

13 advance to mass open championship from salem qualifier

for immediate release: may 6, 2019

PEABODY, Massachusetts – On the first day of qualifying for the Massachusetts Open Championship, being contested at Vesper Country Club from June 10-12, former Duke University golfer Jake Shuman, of Needham, fired a 7-under 65 to lead the 13 competitors at Salem Country Club who earned entrance into the Championship Proper next month. A total of 70 players were in the field.


Shuman recorded six birdies and an eagle on Monday morning, edging the next closest competitor by five strokes to make his return to the Massachusetts Open Championship for the time since 2015. Shuman joins Newton resident Zach Garbacik (Needham GC) as the only two competitors who finished under par.

Celebrating its 110th year in 2019, the Championship remains the only Mass Golf event of the year with a professional purse. Seven others 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.

Jake Shuman (Blue Hill CC) 65
Zach Garbacik (a) (Needham GC) 70
Kevin Daly (a) (Salem CC) 73
Athan Goulos (a) (Ferncroft CC) 74
Weston Jones (a) (Charter Oak CC) 74
Colin Brennan (a) (Indian Ridge CC) 74
Chris Poli (a) (Oakley CC) 75
James Turner (a) (Bass Rocks GC) 75
Zack Ungvarsky (a) (Bradford CC) 76
Dan Venezio (Portland, ME) 76
Kris Wilcoxon (Boca Raton, FL) 76
Glendon Sutton (a) (Belmont CC) 76
Christian Emmerich (a) (Kernwood CC) 76
Jonathan Scano (a) (Vesper CC) 76

Greg Bonheur (a) (Andover CC) 77
Marty McDonald (a) (Worcester CC) 77
Mark DeCourcey (a) (Lexington GC) 77
Zach Camarra (a) (Worcester CC) 77
David Pierce (a) (CC of Halifax) 77
J.P. Chouinard (a) (Marlborough CC) 77
Steve Quillinan (a) (Sandy Burr CC) 77

Five additional Massachusetts Open Championship qualifiers will be held until Tuesday, May 28.

  • May 7 – Granite Links GC
  • May 8 – Country Club of Pittsfield
  • May 21 – Golf Club at Turner Hill
  • May 22 – Eastward Ho! Country Club
  • May 28 – Pleasant Valley Country Club


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