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NORTON, Massachusetts – There will be a large Bay State contingent on the West Coast this week as nine competitors who reside in Massachusetts will compete in the 118th playing of the U.S. Amateur Championship, which begins Monday at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California.
The nine Bay Staters will be among the 312 in the field when the stroke play portion of the tournament kicks off on Monday at both courses. Following the completion 36-hole stroke play portion on Tuesday, the top-64 competitors will advance to match play on Wednesday. The Championship will conclude with a 36-hole match on Sunday to crown the U.S. Amateur champion and the entire match play portion of the championship will be conducted on the Pebble Beach layout, which will play at 7,040 yards.
Of the nine competitors in the field, seven advanced from one of the 79 36-hole sectional qualifying held across North America while the remaining two competitors, Matt Parziale of Brockton and Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, were exempt into the field as reigning national champions. Parziale earned entrance into the Championship Proper for winning the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion while Thorbjornsen was exempt for advancing to the final round of the U.S. Junior Amateur championship at Baltusrol in mid-July. He eventually did win the Championship Proper, defeating Akshay Bhatia 1 up.
In addition to Parziale and Thorbjornsen, Massachusetts will see Westwood’s Patrick Frodigh, the 2018 Massachusetts Amateur champion, Matt Cowgill (Weston), Mark Turner (Gloucester), Steven DiLisio (Swampscott), James Imai (Brookline), Davis Chatfield (Attleboro) and Alex Jamieson (Duxbury). Frodigh and Cowgill, who qualified in Maine, just finished their collegiate golf careers at Elon University and James Madison University, respectively. From the Essex County Club qualifying site, Turner is going to be a freshman at Dartmouth, DiLisio a junior at Duke and Imai, who just won the Massachusetts Junior Amateur, will be a senior at Brookline High School. Both Chatfield and Jamieson compete on the University of Notre Dame men’s golf team and both qualified at Rhode Island’s Pawtucket Country Club.
According to the Boston Herald’s Keith Pearson, the nine Bay Staters in the U.S. Amateur field are the most from Massachusetts since they sent nine to the 2002 U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club. You can read his complete preview of the U.S. Amateur by clicking here.
Mark Turner (Gloucester, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 1 (Pebble Beach) – 7:40 a.m. | Round 2: Tee 10 (Spyglass) – 12:55 p.m.
Michael Thorbjornsen (Wellesley, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 10 (Pebble Beach) – 7:40 a.m. | Round 2: Tee 1 (Spyglass) – 12:55 p.m.
Matt Parziale (Brockton, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 1 (Pebble Beach) – 7:40 a.m. | Round 2: Tee 10 (Spyglass) – 1:06 p.m.
Davis Chatfield (Attleboro, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 10 (Spyglass) – 8:33 a.m. | Round 2: Tee 1 (Pebble Beach) – 1:48 p.m.
Patrick Frodigh (Westwood, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 1 (Pebble Beach) – 1:16 p.m. | Round 2: Tee 10 (Spyglass) – 7:51 a.m.
James Imai (Brookline, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 1 (Pebble Beach) – 1:16 p.m. | Round 2: Tee 10 (Spyglass) – 8:01 a.m.
Alex Jamieson (Duxbury, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 10 (Pebble Beach) – 1:16 p.m. | Round 2: Tee 1 (Spyglass) – 8:01 a.m.
Matt Cowgill (Weston, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 10 (Pebble Beach) – 1:48 p.m. | Round 2: Tee 1 (Spyglass) – 8:33 a.m.
Steven DiLisio (Swampscott, Mass.)
Round 1: Tee 1 (Spyglass) – 1:48 p.m. | Round 2: Tee 10 (Pebble Beach) – 8:33 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 13 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Tuesday, Aug. 14 (Stroke Play, Round 2, 18 holes)
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 16 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, Aug. 17 (Quarterfinal matches)
Saturday, Aug. 18 (Semifinal matches)
Sunday, Aug. 19 (Championship Match, 36 holes)
Mass Golf will provide coverage for its competitors playing in the U.S. Amateur Championship. Visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest information. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #MassGolf and #USAmateur.