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NORTON, Massachusetts – After originally being scheduled as a host site for the now-canceled 2020 Mass Four-Ball Championship, GreatHorse in Hampden will now be the site of the 2020 Mass Mid-Amateur Championship. The championship will now take place from September 8-10.
GreatHorse hosted the Mass Open in 2018 and the 2019 New England Women’s Amateur Championship. It also hosted a New England Amateur qualifier in June.
“We can’t thank GreatHorse enough for its continued support of Mass Golf,” said Kevin Eldridge, Mass Golf’s Director of Rules & Competitions. “Given all of the unusual circumstances that we are facing this season, we are excited to be able to continue forward with our Mid-Amateur Championship and provide another opportunity for our Mass Golf Members to compete this season.”
The Mid-Amateur is a three-day, stroke play event open to amateur golfers who have reached their 25th birthday by September 8, 2020, and who have an active Mass Golf/GHIN Handicap Index at any public, private, semi-private, municipal or non-real estate Mass Golf member course/club not exceeding 5.4 (as determined by the July 23, 2020 Handicap Revision) or have completed their handicap certification.
Registration for all six qualifying events is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for any of the qualifiers, please contact Kevin Eldridge. There is no guarantee those on the waitlist will be able to enter a qualifying event. The first two qualifiers are scheduled for August 18 at The Cape Club of Sharon and Westover GC.
The championship was originally scheduled to be contested from September 22-24 at Andover Country Club, a Donald Ross-designed course opened in 1925. Andover hosted the Father & Son Tournament in 2017 and hosted a U.S. Amateur qualifier last year.
“We appreciate Andover for their willingness to host the Mid-Amateur and we hope to head back there in the future,” said Jesse Menachem, Mass Golf Executive Director/CEO. “GreatHorse has been a great supporter of Mass Golf, and we are glad we were able to find another championship for them to host this year.”
GreatHorse provides a par-72, 7,600-yard layout from the championship tees. The course has been previously selected as the 2019 New England Golf Course Owner’s Association Course of the Year and listed as one of Golfweek’s Top 200 Modern Courses.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to share our course for the Mid-Amateur championship,” said Guy Antonacci, President of GreatHorse. “When we were building the golf course, we wanted to be able to build a championship golf course that would be able to hold any event. The golf course is very fair, but very demanding.”
Nick Maccario (Bradford CC) ran away with the title last year, winning by 15 strokes by posting a three-day score of 8-under-par 205 at Brae Burn CC in Newton. It was the first time he won the Ted Bishop Cup, given to the annual winner.