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NORTON, Massachusetts – The road to the USGA’s longest running amateur championship will make its stop in Massachusetts next week as the Bay State and Mass Golf play host to two 36-hole U.S. Amateur Championship qualifiers. Competitors in each of the two fields, part of six U.S. Amateur qualifiers taking place this month in New England, will advance to the 119th Championship Proper, being contested on Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 at Pinehurt Resort and Country Club in mid-August.
The U.S. Amateur qualifiers will be held on July 8 at Longmeadow Country Club and on July 10 at Andover Country Club, in addition to sectional qualifiers being held at Metacomet Country Club (RI) July 8, Fairview Farm GC (Conn.) July 10, The Ledges GC (Maine) July 15 and Ridgewood CC (Conn.) July 15. A total of 96 qualifiers are being held across North America between July 1 and July 24.
July 8 – Longmeadow Country Club
49 of the 74 competitors in the field at Longmeadow list their residencies out of Massachusetts, including Kingston’s Herbie Aikens, the 2018 runner-up at the Massachusetts Amateur Championship, who most recently advanced to the Round of 8 at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball in Oregon this past May, Hopkinton’s Jimmy Hervol, who is in the midst of his best season to date and was recently named the New England Player of the Year after advancing to the NCAA Championship as a senior at the University of Connecticut, and Swampscott’s Steven DiLisio, who looks to make a second straight appearance in the U.S. Amateur Championship. Andrew O’Leary, of Norfolk, who captured the 114th Rhode Island Amateur Championship last week, is also looking to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst after missing the cut at last year’s qualifier by four strokes.
Two qualifying spots and two alternates spots will be contested for at the Longmeadow Country Club qualifying site.
July 10 – Andover Country Club
72 of the 84 player field at Andover Country Club will be competing in their home state, all eyeing one of three spots that will be on the line to the Championship Proper. An addition two alternate spots will also be up for grabs at Andover Country Club. Among those in the field are James Imai of Brookline and Alex Jamieson of Duxbury, who both advanced to last year’s U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Jack O’Donnell, who on June 24 earned a spot to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in mid-July alongside Imai, will also look to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship, as will Methuen’s Colin Brennan, the recent low-amateur at the Massachusetts Open Championship.
All competitors at these two sites, and all others slated across North America, will look to join Brockton’s Matt Parziale and Wellesley’s Michael Thorbjornsen, two of the 67 competitors exempt into the Championship Proper field. Parziale is exempt after qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Open, making the cut at the 2018 U.S. Open and winning the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship while Thorbjornsen is exempt to this year’s U.S. Amateur after winning the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and most recently competing in the U.S. Open Championship. A total of 312 competitors will be in the field for this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship.
Mass Golf will provide coverage for the both qualifiers being contested in Massachusetts the week of July 8, in addition to covering all Bay State players in the four additional qualifiers being held across New England. Visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #MassGolf and #USAmateur.