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YORK, MAINE – Immediately following his 2018 Massachusetts Amateur Championship victory 10 days ago, Patrick Frodigh (Dedham C&PC) announced that he would be taking his game to the professional circuit later this summer.
On Monday, Frodigh made sure that his amateur farewell tour would not end this month.
At a U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier held at The Ledges Golf Club in York, Maine, Frodigh posted a two-round score of 11-under par 133 to capture medalist honors and secure himself a spot at the U.S. Amateur Championship which will be held on August 13-19 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.
It was a day in which Frodigh made 17 birdies over 36 holes and finished eight strokes ahead of the second-place finishers who carded scores of 3-under par 141. It marked the greatest margin of victory for a medalist at this year’s sectional qualifying which will conclude on Wednesday.
After posting a 4-under par 68 during his morning round in York, Frodigh began his second round on The Ledges GC back nine and made three birdies through his first five holes. His forward momentum appeared to shift after he made back-to-back bogies beginning on the 16th hole.
However, those bogies proved to be the last miscues he would make. Frodigh went on to post birdie on the 547-yard, par 5 18th hole and then delivered a final nine holes that separated him from the entire field. Through his final nine holes, Frodigh carded five birdies including three through his final three holes for a second-round score of 7-under par 65.
In addition to his Massachusetts Amateur Championship victory, Frodigh also finished T6 at the 2018 New England Amateur Championship which was held last week at Portland Country Club in Falmouth, Maine. He completed his senior season for Elon University this past spring and is next scheduled to compete at the 2018 Ouimet Memorial Tournament on July 25-27.
The two competitors who finished tied for second place once the first 36 holes were completed — Matt Cowgill (George Wright GC) and Jack Wyman (South Freeport, ME) — faced off in a two-for-one sudden-death playoff. In the end, it was Cowgill who defeated Wyman on the first playoff hole to secure the second and final qualifying spot.
Wyman was named first alternate, while Myles Creighton (Canada) secured the second alternate position after finishing as the only competitor who posted a score of 2-under par 142.
As a result of their performance today, Frodigh and Cowgill will join two other Bay State golfers at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC) and Michael Thorbjornsen (Nashawtuc CC) have earned a spot at the Championship Proper as a result of exemptions received for winning national titles. Parziale captured the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, while Thorbjornsen earned an exemption this past weekend after his victory at the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
A final sectional qualifier in Massachusetts is scheduled for July 24th at Essex County Club. Starting times for that site are available by clicking here.
The U.S. Amateur is open to all competitors with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower. The championship will be held at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, August 13-19.