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NATICK, Massachusetts – On the first day of qualifying for the 2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, being contested from August 6-9 at Belmont Country Club, 13 competitors from Tuesday’s qualifier, held at Sassamon Trace Golf Course in Natick, earned entrance into the Championship Proper.
An additional competitor who finished one spot below the final qualifying spot, 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.
Taking the top spot in Tuesday’s qualifier was Bradford Country Club’s Matthew Lucy, a resident of North Andover. The 18-year old, a recent graduate of North Andover High School and the reigning Merrimack Valley Conference Division II Most Valuable Player, shot a 3-over 67 on the par-32 nine-hole layout to earn medalist honors and punch his ticket to the Championship Proper.
Lucy recorded a birdie on the par-3 third hole in his first nine, then added a second on the par-3 eighth hole to highlight his performance. He finished two strokes ahead of Marlborough Country Club’s Liam Gill.
Celebrating its 100th year in 2018, the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship has long been associated as one of the top junior golf competitions in the country. It is open to amateur golfers 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 and who have reached their 14th birthday and will not reach their 19th birthday by midnight August 9, 2018.
New for the 2018 Championship Proper, the Junior Amateur Championship will include two days of match play to coincide with two days of stroke play – joining the Massachusetts Amateur Championship as the only two Mass Golf events with a match play format. All competitors will enjoy two full days of stroke play before the top-16 competitors in the field advance to the match play portion, which will take place on August 8-9.
When the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship originally began in 1914, the tournament began as a match play format then eventually transitioned to a three-day, 54-hole stroke play format.
Matthew Lucy (Bradford CC) 67
Liam Gill (Marlborough CC) 69
Michael Rosenbloom (Farm Neck GC) 69
Connor Piecuch (CC of Greenfield) 70
Michael Walsh (Winchester CC) 70
Peter Hudner (Blue Hill CC) 71
Eric Boulger (Walpole CC) 71
Malcolm Herbert (The Country Club) 71
Alex Landry (Indian Ridge CC) 71
Tyden Wilson (Nashawtuc CC) 72
Jonathan Farrell (Springfield CC) 72
Brian Glennon (Cohasset GC) 72
Jack McGrath (George Wright GC)
The 2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship will be contested at Belmont Country Club from August 6-9. Qualifying for the Championship Proper is scheduled to take place at five sites from June 19 to June 28. Additional qualifiers will be held on the following days.
June 25 – Bayberry Hills GC (Links Course)
June 26 – Olde Salem Greens
June 27 – Agawam Municipal GC
June 28 – Tatnuck CC
For complete coverage of the 2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, visit massgolf.org or follow Mass Golf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @PlayMassGolf and by using the hashtag, #MassJunior.