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NORTON, Massachusetts – For the second time in three years, the Massachusetts Amateur Championship will be contested using two different golf courses.
Mass Golf announced Friday that The Bay Club at Mattapoisett has been added as a co-host of the stroke play competition, which takes place the first two days of the tournament. The Kittansett Club, located in neighboring Marion, will still serve as the official host of the Championship Proper, which takes place July 13-17.
The second site was added to accommodate the 144-player field, as each player must start from the 1st tee. After the first round, the players will swap courses for the second and final round of stroke play.
Any playoff needed to determine the final match play spots will take place Wednesday, July 15 at Kittansett, which will host all the match play from July 15-17 to determine a winner.
“We can’t thank The Bay Club enough for stepping up on such short notice to assist with this year’s championship proper,” said Kevin Eldridge, Mass Golf’s Director of Rules & Competitions. “Both The Kittansett Club and The Bay Club will provide an excellent championship experience for all competitors, and we are extremely excited to get players back out on the course for this signature championship.”
THE BAY CLUB
Designed by Brad Faxon and Brad Booth, The Bay Club opened for play in 2003. Since then it has hosted several USGA qualifiers, including one for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year. In 2016, the course hosted qualifying for the Mass Amateur.
“We always wanted to challenge the best players, and that’s part of our mission,” said Greg Yeomans, the General Manager/Director of Golf at The Bay Club. “When we have a chance to host a championship or qualifier we embrace it and provide a strong tournament experience for the players.
“To be associated with a state amateur, it’s a good thing, and we’re privileged to be partnered with Kittansett.”
Yeomans said The Bay Club sometimes experiences similar windy conditions as Kittansett, which juts out into Buzzards Bay. However, he said players will likely have an easier time hitting their driver at The Bay Club and that the most challenging holes are at the beginning and the end.
His advice: “Hold on early, get off to a solid start, and you’ll be challenged coming home.”
Qualifying for the Mass Amateur is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 15 and continue through Monday, June 29 at 9 of the 11 originally scheduled qualifying sites.
Next week, Mass Golf will announce tee times and additional information for each participant in the qualifiers.
Amateur Qualifying Schedule (As Of June 5)
|June 15||Stockbridge GC (Stockbridge)|
|June 15||Marshfield CC (Marshfield)|
|June 15||Pocasset GC (Bourne)|
|June 18||Green Hill GC (Worcester)|
|June 22||Gardner Municipal GC (Gardner)|
|June 22||Springfield CC (Springfield)|
|June 22||Presidents GC (Quincy)|
|June 23||Granite Links GC (Quincy)|
|June 29||Renaissance GC (Haverhill)|