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UPDATED JUNE 25
NORTON, Massachusetts – Samuel Russell (George Wright GC) fired a 2-under-par 69 in the third Amateur Public Links Championship qualifier to earn medalist honors Thursday at Bass River Golf Course in South Yarmouth.
Andy Lesenski played his home course well Tuesday by shooting the only under-par round, 2-under 70, to earn medalist honors at Country Club of Greenfield, which hosted the second of six Mass Golf Amateur Public Links Championship qualifiers.
On Monday at The Meadow at Peabody, Michael Kuzara (Bradford CC) cruised towards medalist honors by making four birdies en route to a 4-under-par 67 in the first of six qualifiers.
After the first three qualifiers, 44 players have advanced to the Championship Proper set for August 10-11 at Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn.
At Bass River, Russell poured in three birdies and tallied an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole to secure his spot atop the leaderboard. Russell previously played at Bryant University, and before that won two Division 1 state championships with the Saint John’s (Shrewsbury).
James Levere (Newton Commonwealth) secured second, shooting an even-par 71 with two birdies and two bogeys. Kristofer Hart (Bayberry Hills GC) finished third at 1-over par 72, rolling in three birdies.
At Greenfield, Lesenski made birdie four times, including back-to-back ones on the eighth and ninth holes. The two-time state champion at both Greenfield High School and Turners Falls High School turned professional in 2014 but has since regained his amateur status.
Michael Mertes (Crumpin-Fox), Justin Ducharme (Bedrock GC), Mark Waskiewicz (Crumpin-Fox), and Doug Hutcheson (The Ledges GC) all finished T2, shooting 1-over par 73. Joseph Lenane (KOHR Golf) was also among the qualifiers on Tuesday, shooting a 2-over par 74 and continuing his hot streak. Lenane qualified for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship last week at Green Hill GC in Worcester, tying the course record with a 7-under-par 65.
Stephen Hanjack (Wachusett CC), Mass Golf’s Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, was at the cutline of 3-over through 10 holes, but he didn’t make the cut. However, he finished the round with his lone birdie on the 18th hole.
At Peabody, Kuzara, a former Babson College standout, made three of his four birdies on the front nine in a bogey-free round to best the field by two strokes.
Timothy Richmond (Old Salem Greens) and Sam Bush (George Wright GC) joined Kuzara as the only other two players in the field to shoot under par. Richmond finished with five birdies and three bogeys to shoot a 2-under 69, while Bush made five birdies and four bogeys to shoot a 1-under 70. Rob Neaton (Tewksbury CC) and Church Waesche (Meadow at Peabody) both finished at even par. Neaton made a birdie and a bogey, while Waesche made two of each.
Brendan Mahoney (Granite Links GC) made the lone eagle on the day, carding a 3 on the 459-yard, par-5 seventh hole. He tied three others at 3-over.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUALIFIERS AND ALTERNATES FOR THIS WEEK’S APL QUALIFYING EVENTS:
QUALIFIERS (Bass River GC-Par 71)
Samuel Russell (George Wright GC); 69
James Levere (Newton Commonwealth); 71
Kristofer Hart (Bayberry Hills GC); 72
Mike Reghitto (Hyannis GC); 74
Stephen Visco (Miacomet GC); 74
Chuck Gomes (Back Nine Club); 75
Kyle Potter (Norton CC); 75
Cam Bushway (Barnstable Golf); 76
John Keenan Jr. (Bayberry Hills GC); 76
Joey Prattico (Wyckoff CC); 77
Will Campbell (Captains GC); 77
Steve Buckley (South Shore CC); 78
Erik Robinson (Sandwich Hollows); 78
Drew London (Bas Ridge GC); 78
Sam Hood (Sandwich Hollows); 78
Joe Walker (Dennis Pines GC); 79
Mark Lemons (Cyprian Keyes GC); 79
Ethan Blonder (MIAA); 79
QUALIFIERS (CC of Greenfield-Par 72)
Andy Lesenski (CC of Greenfield); 70
Michael Mertes (Crumpin-Fox Club); 73
Justin Ducharme (Bedrock GC); 73
Mark Waskiewicz (Crumpin-Fox Club); 73
Doug Hutcheson (The Ledges GC); 73
Marc Jemilo (Tekoa CC); 74
Joseph Lenane (KOHR Golf Center); 74
Drew Semons (Beverly G&TC); 75
Ryan Cote (CC of Greenfield); 75
Jason Kelton (CC of Greenfield); 75
Cam Moniz (Swansea CC); 75
Reece Mcleod (Pine Ridge CC); 75
Harry Hough (Wachusett CC); 76
Zack Rand (Ellinwood CC); 76
Jeff Lewandowski (Cyprian Keyes GC); 76
Jay McConnell (Miacomet GC); 76
QUALIFIERS (Meadow at Peabody-Par 71)
Michael Kuzara (Bradford CC); 67
Timothy Richmond (Old Salem Greens); 69
Sam Bush (George Wright GC); 70
Rob Neaton (Tewksbury CC); 71
Church Waesche (Meadow at Peabody); 71
Michael Fan (Trull Brook GC); 72
T.J. Vose (Meadow at Peabody); 73
Robert Merlina (Mount Hood GC); 74
Michael Papamechail (Beverly G&TC); 74
Brendan Mahoney (Granite Links GC); 74
Dan Tucker (Sagamore Spring GC); 74
Michael Malley (Meadow at Peabody); 75
Geoff Piva (Trull Brook GC); 75
Nicholas Stevens (CC of Billerica); 76
Harry Theodore (Sandy Burr CC); 76
Ethan Doyle (MIAA); 76
Jason Zubiel (Beverly G&TC); 76
Jon Gagnon (Gannon GC); 77
Michael Chiappini (Meadow at Peabody); 77
The 39th Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship will begin on August 10 with stroke play competition taking place at Gannon Municipal Golf Course in Lynn. The Championship Proper will consist of two days of stroke play, with only the top 60 players and ties moving on to the second day. After this week, the remaining qualifiers for the APL will be held at the following sites: