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YARMOUTH, Massachusetts – On the second day of qualifying for the 2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, being contested from August 6-9 at Belmont Country Club, 13 competitors from Monday’s qualifier, held at Bayberry Hills Golf Course in Yarmouth, 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.
Marshfield Country Club’s Will Strauss led the field Monday, bouncing back from a bogey on the first hole to play par or better on the remaining 17 holes to net medalist honors. The 18-year old from Duxbury will make his third straight appearance in the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship following his even-par 72 performance.
Following Strauss’ bogey on the par-3 first hole to open up play, the junior golfer made par on the next six holes before birdying the par-5 eighth hole at the Yarmouth course. The recent Boston College High School graduate made parred each of course’s nine holes on the way in to secure his victory by two strokes.
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.
Will Strauss (Marshfield CC) 72
Jonathan Mitchell (Franklin CC) 74
Myles Walther (Captains GC) 75
Zach Stewart (Marshfield CC) 75
Stevie Rizzuto (The Ledges GC) 76
Jackson Lehner (Brae Burn CC) 77
Grant Griswold (Walpole CC) 77
Shane Richardson (Plymouth CC) 78
A.J. Gilpin (Marshfield CC) 78
Justin Turbeville (Falmouth CC) 78
Steven Smith (Marshfield CC) 78
Jacob Poitras (Cranberry Valley) 78
David Pergamo (George Wright GC) 78
Charlie Campbell (Captains 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 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.