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WORCESTER, Massachusetts – On the final day of qualifying for the 2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship, being contested from August 6-9 at Belmont Country Club, 12competitors from Wednesday’s qualifier, held at Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester, earned entrance into the Championship Proper.
An additional four competitors 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.
Finishing the day tied atop the leaderboard, the pair of pre-junior Weston Jones (NEPGA Jr. Tour) and Riley Rohlfs (Nabnasset Lake CC) each recorded matching even-par 70’s to advance to the Championship Proper, now less than a month away.
The qualifier, a make-up from an original rain out on June 28, saw Jones collect three birdies to three bogeys while Rohlfs’ three birdies came in his first six-holes on the day. The qualifying scores ranged from even-par 70 to 6-over 66.
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, Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship and several team and women’s tournaments 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.
Weston Jones (NEPGA Jr. Tour) 70
Riley Rohlfs (Nabnasset Lake CC) 70
Kevin Allard (Longmeadow CC) 72
Colin Eaton (Oak Hill CC) 72
Thomas Finn (Merrimack Valley) 73
Jimmy Delano (Black Rock CC) 74
Harry Grosso (New Seabury) 74
Ethan Whitney (Oak Hill CC) 75
Matthew Umphrey (Tatnuck CC) 75
Chad Bartlett (Bedrock GC) 75
Josh Lavallee (Bradford CC) 75
Jared LeClerc (MIAA) 76
Dan Brooks (Dudley Hill GC)
Jay Callahan (Brae Burn CC)
Aaron Paskowski (Beverly G&TC)
Will Garvin (Nehoiden GC)
The 2018 Massachusetts Junior Amateur Championship will be contested at Belmont Country Club from August 6-9.
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.