- Golfer Benefits
UPDATED JUNE 23
NORTON, Massachusetts – For the second consecutive Monday, more than 30 players qualified for the 112th Massachusetts Amateur Championship via three different qualifying events. Gardner Municipal Golf Course, Presidents Golf Course (Quincy) and Springfield Country Club all hosted events Monday to kick off the second week of Mass Amateur qualifying.
Granite Links Golf Club (Quincy) hosted the eighth total Mass Amateur qualifier Tuesday, with 11 more players earning entrance into the Championship Proper, which will take place July 13-17 at The Kittansett Club. Last week, 50 players qualified across four events.
At Granite Links, college players Andrew McInerney (Charter Oaks CC) and Eric Lifson (Nashawtuc CC) split medalist honors at 1-under 70. McInerney, a rising senior at the University of Richmond, shot par or better on the first 13 holes and finished even on the back nine. Lifson, a rising senior at Kenyon College (OH), started his round with a bogey on the 10th hole but collected five birdies, including holes No. 1, 4 and 5 to stay even with McInerney.
Dan Frodigh (Dedham C & PC), a rising junior at the University of Hartford, finished at even par, while Matt Borghi (Whitinsville GC) qualified at 1-over thanks, in part, to an eagle on the 515-yard, par-5 12th hole.
John Hiller, 14, (Bay Club at Mattapoisett) qualified at 2-over, as did Amir Bagherzadeh, who qualified on his home course. Josh Lavallee (Haverhill CC), 17, the 2018 MIAA Division II individual state champion at Central Catholic High School, got in at 3-over.
At Gardner, exactly 10 players shot even-par or better to advance. Worcester firefighter Brian Foley (Cyprian Keyes GC) earned medalist honors with a 5-under 66, making birdie four times on the front nine and sinking a 20-footer on the 18th to cap off his round with a birdie.
Most of the remaining qualifiers were college players. Jack Tobin (Marlborough CC), a rising sophomore at Division-I Siena College, also made a birdie putt on the 18th to finish at 3-under. Playing partners Jack Tegan (TPC Boston), a sophomore at Berry College, and Tyden Wilson (Nashawtuc CC), a rising junior at Queens University of Charlotte, both shot 2-under, and Riley Rohlfs (Nabnasset Lake CC), a rising sophomore at York College (PA), and Alex Yun (Brae Burn CC), a rising junior at Claremont Mudd Scripps (CA), shot 1-under. Owen Quinn (Wachusett CC), a graduate student at Lehigh University, finished at even-par.
At Presidents, 12 players also made the cut, which was also even par. Dan Howard (Norfolk GC) surged late by making birdie on three of the last four holes to finish 3-under, also besting the field by two strokes. An eagle on the 500-yard, par-5 16th helped Patrick Paulson (Stow Acres CC) finish at 1-under with three others, including Nick Drago (Plymouth CC), the head coach at DI Wagner College.
At Springfield, only three players shot par or better, but 11 players got in as the cutline for 8th place was 4-over. Villanova-bound Jonathan Elkins shot 1-under 71 to earn medalist honors on his home course. Elkins made birdie four times and still led handily despite a bogey on the par-3 18th.
Connor Phillips (Longmeadow CC), recently named captain of Holy Cross’ men’s golf team, shot 72 to tie former Hartford University player Anthony Vecchiarelli (Springfield CC). Jonathan Farrell (4-over) also qualified on his home course, matching high schoolers Jack Moy (Pleasant Valley CC) and Ben Snyder (Woodland GC).
HERE IS A LIST OF THIS WEEK’S MASS AMATEUR QUALIFIERS AND ALTERNATES:
QUALIFIERS (Granite Links-Par 71)
Andrew McInerney (Charter Oak CC); 70
Eric Lifson (Nashawtuc CC); 70
Dan Frodigh (Dedham C & PC); 71
Matt Czarnecki (Thorny Lea GC); 72
Matt Borghi (Whitinsville GC); 72
Rob Owen (The Country Club); 73
John Hiller (The Bay Club); 73
Amir Bagherzadeh (Granite Links GC); 73
Josh Lavallee (Haverhill CC); 74
Rob Neaton (Tewksbury CC); 74
Cooper Griffin (Woodland GC); 74
Bradford Tufts (Tedesco CC); 75
Dylan Evans (Granite Links GC); 75
Tyler Forbes (The Country Club); 75
Bud Schultz (Black Rock CC); 75
Matt Williams (Harmon GC); 75
Tai Lee (Granite Links GC); 75
QUALIFIERS (Gardner-Par 71)
Brian Foley (Cyprian Keyes GC); 66
Jack Tobin (Marlborough CC); 68
Jack Tegan (TPC Boston); 69
Tyden Wilson (Nashawtuc CC); 69
Riley Rohlfs (Nabnasset Lake CC); 70
Dan White (Vesper CC); 70
Alex Yun (Brae Burn CC); 70
Kevin Reale (The Haven CC); 70
Owen Quinn (Wachusett CC); 70
Jake O’Rourke (Bayberry Hills GC); 71
Alex Xarras (Westminster CC)
Eduardo Cordeiro (Belmont CC)
Michael Amari (Northern Spy GC)
QUALIFIERS (Presidents-Par 70)
Dan Howard (Norfolk GC); 67
Dan Koerner (Merrimack Valley); 69
Erik Robinson (Sandwich Hollows); 69
Nick Drago (Plymouth CC); 69
Patrick Paulson (Stow Acres CC); 69
Tyler Cleary (George Wright GC); 70
Zachary Kovat (George Wright GC); 70
Wyatt Barlage (Nehoiden GC); 70
Brandon Parker (Worcester CC); 70
Matt Montt (Plymouth CC); 70
Tommy Parker (George Wright GC); 70
Boomer Jenks (Brae Burn CC); 70
Michael Willock (Cohasset GC); 71
Shuvam Bhaumik (Thorny Lea GC); 71
Steven Burak (Thorny Lea GC); 71
Samuel Russell (George Wright GC); 71
Conner Willett (Charles River CC); 71
James Tyer (Thorny Lea GC); 71
John Broderick (Dedham C & PC); 71
QUALIFIERS (Springfield-Par 72)
Jonathan Elkins (Springfield CC); 71
Anthony Vecchiarelli (Springfield CC); 72
Connor Phillips (Longmeadow CC); 72
Matthew Maloney (George Wright GC); 74
Kevin Allard (Longmeadow CC); 74
Charlie Carpenter (Sankaty Head GC); 75
Brian Bassett (Oyster Harbors); 75
Ben Snyder (Woodland GC); 76
Jack Moy (Pleasant Valley CC); 76
Jonathan Farrell (Springfield CC); 76
Matthew Gazaille (CC of Wilbraham); 76
Kevin Shea (South Shore CC); 77
Joe Brosseau (Springfield CC); 77
David Swanson (Charles River CC); 77
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 32 players advance to three days of match play at Kittansett. The remaining qualifiers for the state amateur will be held at the following sites: