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NORTON, Massachusetts – After two weeks of qualifying, the field is finally set for the 112th Massachusetts Amateur, set for July 13-17 at The Kittansett Club in Marion and The Bay Club at Mattapoisett. It will be the first championship event on Mass Golf’s revised calendar for the 2020 season.
Following the final qualifier Monday at Renaissance in Haverhill, plus the addition of alternates, there are exactly 144 players entered in the event. Among them are 11 previous champions, but with a limited number of events happening nationally this year, the Mass Amateur has one of the most talented fields in recent memory.
The championship field will include 11 past champions, including 2019 champion Steven DiLisio (Salem CC), who recently completed his senior year at Duke University. Other well-known past champions include Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC), Mike Calef (Pine Oaks GC), Steven Tasho (Thorny Lea GC) and Mass Golf Hall of Famer Frank Vana, Jr. (Marlborough CC).
But the remaining players are just as formidable, with distinguished high school, college, mid-amateur, and in some cases senior amateur players all competing for the Massachusetts Cup, given to the championship winner.
Brett Krekorian (Indian Ridge CC) and Jack Boulger (Walpole CC), both semifinalists last year, will tee off in the same group, as will Nick Maccario (Bradford CC) and Matthew Organisak (Nashawtuc CC), winners of last year’s Mass Mid-Amateur and Ouimet Memorial Tournament, respectively.
In total, 104 players earned their spot in one of nine qualifiers that took place between June 15-29. After the exempt players registered, three additional players got in as alternates: Eduardo Cordeiro (Belmont CC), Robert Blackmar (Wachusett CC) and Kevin Shea (South Shore CC).
Herbie Aikens (Old Sandwich GC), last year’s stroke-play medalist, will tee off with DiLisio and Tim Umphrey (Tatnuck CC), who won the 2018 Mass Four-Ball with 2019 Amateur finalist Jimmy Hervol.
July 13 & 14 – Stroke Play (18-holes per day) at both The Kittansett Club & The Bay Club
• The low 32 players will advance to match play beginning on July 15
• Any ties for the final Match Play qualifying place(s) will be determined by a hole-by-hole playoff, if needed. The playoff will be scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th at The Kittansett Club. Match Play (at The Kittansett Club)
July 15 – Playoff (if needed), Round of 32 (a.m.) and Round of 16 (p.m.)
July 16 – Quarterfinals (a.m.) and Semifinals (p.m.)
July 17 – Finals (36 holes)
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