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HAVERHILL, Massachusetts – After nine qualifiers over the course of 14 days, the field for the 112th Massachusetts Amateur was finalized Monday with the final qualifier held at Renaissance. The top 10 & ties advanced, with 10 players shooting 1-over or better.
Additional competitors who finished one spot below the final qualifying spot at the site 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.
Ethan Whitney (Oak Hill CC), a rising senior at St. John’s High School (Shrewsbury), charged late to earn medalist honors, and in the process qualified for his first Mass Amateur. After a birdie on the par-3 17th, Whitney followed up with another one on the 558-yard, par-5 18th, the longest hole on the 6,723-yard layout.
Sam Bush (George Wright), who like Whitney had a double bogey on the front nine, made birdie four times to finish at 2-under. Behind him at 1-under was Elon University rising senior Max Ferrari (Framingham CC). Mike Mottola (Andover CC), who previously survived Burkitt’s Lymphoma, also shot 1-under to earn his third consecutive spot in the Mass Amateur.
Aidan Emmerich (Kernwood CC), who has led St. Mary’s High School (Lynn) to consecutive MIAA Division 3 state golf titles, was one of three to qualify at even-par 72. He’ll be in the Championship Proper with his brother Christian Emmerich (Kernwood CC), who just completed his first year at Holy Cross and was exempt this year after qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. Max Emmerich (Kernwood CC), the eldest brother, played in the qualifier but finished 5 strokes off the cut at 7-over 79.
Brendan Locke II (Tedesco CC), who just completed his first year at NCAA Division II St. Michael’s College (VT), earned a spot thanks in part to an eagle on the 491-yard, par-5 14th. Despite a bogey on the 15th, he closed with three straight pars to finish 1-over.
Entering its 112th year, the Massachusetts Amateur Championship remains the oldest Mass Golf Championship open to men and women alike. Entries were open to amateur competitors with at least a 4.4 Handicap Index who were either exempt based on previous performances in Mass Golf competition or USGA events, or who advanced from one of nine qualifying events held across the Bay State between June 15 and June 29.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUALIFIERS AND ALTERNATES FROM RENAISSANCE:
QUALIFIERS (Renaissance-Par 72)
Ethan Whitney (Oak Hill CC); 69
Sam Bush (George Wright GC); 70
Max Ferrari (Framingham CC); 71
Mike Mottola (Andover CC); 71
Aidan Emmerich (Kernwood CC); 72
Owen Elliott (Sandy Burr CC); 72
Charlie Johnson (Meadow Brook GC); 72
Chris Herrick (Nabnasset Lake CC); 73
Rugo Santini (Oakley CC); 73
Jon Gagnon (Gannon GC); 74
Zachary Colon (The Haven CC); 74
Oliver Cordeiro (Belmont CC); 74
Sean Fitzgerald (Brae Burn CC); 74
James Robbins (Renaissance); 74
The 112th Massachusetts Amateur Championship will begin on July 13 with stroke play competition taking place at The Kittansett Club in Marion and The Bay Club at Mattapoisett. The Championship Proper will consist of two days of stroke play for all competitors before the top 32 players advance to three days of match play at Kittansett.