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In the final week of qualifying for the 112th Mass Open Championship, 45 players combined locked up the final guaranteed spots through 18-hole rounds at Gardner Municipal Golf Club and Marlborough Country Club on Tuesday and the Country Club of Pittsfield on Thursday.
In addition to qualified and exempt players, alternates from the six total qualifying events will fill out the remaining field of 150 players. The alternates have been placed a pool and then be randomly selected and ranked by number. To view the list, CLICK HERE
The Championship Proper will take place June 8-10 at Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow. Competition will consist of 54 holes of stroke play with the low 50 scorers and ties or anyone within 7 strokes of the leader after 36 holes advancing to the final round.
At Gardner, 15 golfers shot even-par 71 or better to advance to the Mass Open. Sean Magarian (Pleasant Valley Country Club) took home medalist honors with a 5-under 66 to secure his first appearance in the Mass Open. The Assumption University sophomore shot a 32 on the front nine and totaled seven birdies.
Close behind was Samuel Cody (Antrim, NH) with a bogey-free 4-under 67. He returns to the championship after he qualified as an alternate last year, and will try to make the cut this time around. At age 68, Bruce Carter (Green Hill Municipal Golf Course) secured his spot as the oldest player in the field after he shot 2-under 69 with strong 33 on the front nine .
In addition to Alex Xarras (Oak Hill Country Club), Assumption’s Jack Moy (Pleasant Valley Country Club), Hartford University’s Michael Amari (Northern Spy Golf Club), Franklin Pierce University’s Michael Sosik (Leominster, MA) and Bryant University commit Aiden Azevedo (MIAA) all finished 1-under. Moy and Sosik both played well on the front nine, with Moy recording a 33 and Sosik posting an eagle on hole 1 and a birdie on hole 2. Amari made birdie on the final hole and led the back nine with a 34, tied with Magarian and Cody for the best finish.
Jacob Hollander of Peterborough, New Hampshire, shot a 4-under 67 to secure the top spot among 16 qualifiers at Marlborough and earn medalist honors. The former University of Redlands standout got off to a strong start on the back nine with two straight birdies.
Daniel Brooks (Dudley Hill Golf Club) recorded a stretch of three consecutive birdies on the back nine to finish second with a 1-under 70. Brooks, who competes at Siena College, is a first-time Mass Open qualifier and was the 2019 New England Junior PGA Champion. Josh Biren (Pine Brook Country Club) and Brendan Peel (Potomac, MD) were the only other golfers to finish at or below par. The qualification marks Biren’s first appearance in the Mass Open since 2015 and Peel’s first overall.
Of the rest of the field, Max Hutter (Weston Golf Club), Blake Morris (Middlebury, CT), John Martinchek (Vernon, CT), and Daniel Woodbury (Pleasant Valley Country Club) are the only golfers who have previously qualified for the Open. The qualification is the second in a row for Hutter, who made the 36-hole cut for the first time last year.
Four players made it over the cutline at 4-over.
In Pittsfield, Michael Kartrude (West Palm Beach, FL) not only won medalist honors, but he finished in style with five consecutive birdies to finish 5-under. Kartrude, who played in last year’s Mass Open, led 14 players who shot even-par 71 or better.
Eric Boulger (Walpole Country Club) and Connor Schmidt (Venetia, PA) each shot a 2-under 69. Schmidt, a former two-time Drexel University golf captain, made his move on the last nine holes, wrapping up with a 34 on the back nine after recording birdies on holes 15 and 16. Boulger, who just completed his first year at UConn, finished with three birdies and an eagle on hole 15.
Former Colgate University standout Alejandro Soto (TPC Boston) made birdie on three of the final four holes to get in with a 1-under 70.
Alan Smith (Crumpin-Fox Club), Daniel Morgan (Amherst, MA), Mariano Medico (Shavertown, PA), Jonathan Pannone (Warwick, RI), and Michael Sweeney (Port St. Lucie, FL) made birdie on the 18th to qualify on the number.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUALIFIERS AND ALTERNATES FROM TUESDAY AND THURSDAY’S MASS OPEN QUALIFIERS:
QUALIFIERS (Gardner Municipal GC-Par 71)
*a-: denotes Amateur
a-Sean Magarian, Pleasant Valley Country Club; 66
Samuel Cody, Antrim, NH; 67
a-Bruce Carter, Green Hill Muni Golf Course; 69
a-Alex Xarras, Oak Hill Country Club; 70
a-Jack Moy, Pleasant Valley Country Club; 70
a-Michael Amari, Northern Spy Country Club; 70
a-Aiden Azevedo, MIAA; 70
a-Michael Sosik, GreatHorse; 70
Mike Elliott, Leominster, MA; 71
a-Owen Egan, Winchester Country Club; 71
Ben Egan, The Bay Club; 71
a-Jacob Finard, Pine Brook Country Club; 71
a-Boomer Jenks, Brae Burn Country Club; 71
a-Brendan Hester, Pleasant Valley Country Club; 71
a-Raymond Dennehy, Oak Hill Country Club; 71
a-Patrick Ginnity, Northern Spy Country Club; 72
a-Riley Rohlfs, Nashawtuc Country Club; 72
Nick Marcoaldi, Fort Myers, FL; 72
a-Charlie Campbell, Cape Cod National Golf Club; 72
a-Colin Brennan, Indian Ridge Country Club; 72
a-Patrick Bean, Oak Hill Country Club; 72
a-Jarred Huggins, Mount Pleasant Golf Club; 72
QUALIFIERS (Marlborough CC-Par 71)
*a-: denotes Amateur
Jacob Hollander, Peterborough, NH; 67
a-Daniel Brooks, Dudley Hill Golf Club; 70
a-Josh Biren, Pine Brook Country Club; 70
Brendan Peel, Potomac, MD; 71
a-Max Hutter, Weston Golf Club; 72
Blake Morris, Middlebury, CT; 73
James Levere, Newton Commonwealth Golf Course; 74
a-Nicholas Manning, Eastward Ho!; 74
John Martinchek, Vernon, CT; 74
Brian Hughes, Raleigh, NC; 74
James Becker, Bloomfield, CT; 74
a-Nolan Skaggs, Plymouth Country Club; 75
a-Nico Ciolino, Marlborough Country Club; 75
Daniel Woodbury, Pleasant Valley Country Club; 75
Justin Kumpulanian, Taconic Golf Club; 75
a-Shane Walsh, George Wright Golf Course; 75
Eric Cormier, Maplegate Country Club; 76
Luca Greco, Montreal, Quebec; 76
a-Kyle Alexander, Worcester Country Club; 76
a-Brandon Valvano, Franklin Lakes, NJ; 76
a-Dan Fanion, Springfield Country Club; 76
Arthur Ouimet, Manchester, CT; 76
QUALIFIERS (CC of Pittsfield-Par 71)
*a-: denotes Amateur
Michael Kartrude, West Palm Beach, FL; 66
Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA; 69
a-Eric Boulger, Walpole Country Club; 69
Berk Harvey, San Jose, CA; 69
John Clare, Camillus, NY; 70
Alejandro Soto, TPC Boston; 70
a-Michael Matheson, Walpole Country Club; 71
Daniel Morgan, Amherst, MA; 71
Michael Sweeney, Port St. Lucie, FL; 71
a-Mithran Denbow, Plymouth Country Club; 71
a-Austin Rupp, Suffield, CT; 71
Jonathan Pannone, Warwick, RI; 71
a-Alan Smith, Crumpin-Fox Club; 71
Mariano Medico, Shavertown, PA; 71
Marc Issler, Jupiter, FL; 72
Timothy Hegarty, Briarcliff Manor, NY +1 72
a-Ryan Downes, GreatHorse; 72
a-Trevor Lopez, Winchester Country Club; 72