UPDATE: 2020 Tri-State Matches Canceled - MASSGOLF

MEET THE PLAYERS SELECTED TO REPRESENT TEAM MASSACHUSETTS AT THE TRI-STATE MATCHES

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2020

UPDATED: OCTOBER 13, 2020

NORTON, Massachusetts – The 87th Tri-State Matches, featuring the best mid-amateur and senior amateur players from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, has been called off this year. Due to heavier than expected rains overnight Monday and Tuesday morning, Hartford Golf Course (CT) was closed Tuesday forcing the competition to be canceled.

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The event was going to have a different look this year. Instead of the traditional two-day event with team matches and singles matches, this year’s event will feature just one competitive round of singles matches. Hartford was set to host for the third time overall and first since 1984.

Team Massachusetts was victorious for the 36th time last year, winning back the title after Connecticut earned it the year prior. Rhode Island last won it in 2001.

“I love playing in it,” said Nick Maccario, the leading point scoring in the Mass Golf Player of the Year Standings. “Being able to commiserate with the best players and pick their brains, that’s what makes me better.”

Each team selected 10 of its top mid-amateur players, plus six of its best senior amateur players. Player selection for Team Massachusetts is primarily based on Mass Golf Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year Standings.

Keith Smith, middle, presents his ball before teeing off at the 2019 Tri-State matches. (David Colt, file)

MEET TEAM MASSACHUSETTS

mid-AMATEURS

Nick Maccario

Age: 28

City: Waltham; Club: Bradford CC (Haverhill)

Tri-States Count: Fourth

Player Of The Year Points: 954 (1st)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Match-Play, Runner-Up); New England Amateur Championship (Runner-Up) Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Runner-up); Hornblower Memorial Tournament (Winner); 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (Qualifier); Shot a course-record score of 56 at Bradford CC; Amateur Invitational (Runner-Up).

On His Play This Season: “Personally, it’s been the best year of golf I’ve ever played.”

On Playing In Tri-States: “Tri-States is always a great time. You get to play with the best competitive golfers in the state, and it’s always a lot of fun. A lot of people have come up and said you’ve been great. Before you know it, been on [this team] for four years. I love playing in it, and the staff is the nicest group of people, and to be able to play for them as been great.”

Matt Parziale     

Age: 33

City: Brockton; Club: Thorny Lea GC (Brockton)

Player Of The Year Points: 677 (2nd)

2020 Accolades: U.S. Amateur Championship (Qualifier); Mass Mid-Amateur Championship (Runner-Up); Mass Amateur Championship (Stroke-Play Co-Medalist; Match Play, Semifinalist); Norfolk Country Classic (Winner).

Tri-States Fact: This will be the third straight year Parziale is competing in the Tri-State matches.

CHRIS FRANCOEUR

Age: 21

City: Amesbury; Club: Amesbury G & CC

Tri-States Count: Debut

Player Of The Year Points: 571 (3rd)

2020 Accolades: Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Winner); Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Stroke Play Co-Medalist; Match Play, Semifinalist); 2020 Hornblower Memorial (Runner-Up).

Fun Fact: Francoeur, a standout at the University of Rhode Island, was named the 2020 New England Golfer of the Year, in voting by New England’s Division I golf coaches.

ARTHUR ZELMATI

Age: 32

City: Boston; Club: George Wright GC (Boston)

Tri-States Count: Debut

Player Of The Year Points: 268 (6th)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (Winner); Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Match Play, Round of 32).

On Playing In Tri-States: “Having moved to Boston just two years ago, I’m excited to get to know elite players from the region and to have this unique opportunity to represent the state as a team.”

ANDREW DIRAMIO

Age: 38

City: Duxbury; Club: North Hill CC (Duxbury)

Player Of The Year Points: 155 (16th)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Match Play, Round of 16); Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (T8).

On Playing In Tri-States: “It’s an honor to represent Mass Golf and compete alongside such a talented group of players. Making this team gives me a boost of confidence that will hopefully carry over into 2021.”

Colin Brennan

Age: 31

City: Methuen; Club: Indian Ridge CC (Andover)

Tri-States Count: Fourth Year

Player Of The Year Points: 275 (5th)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (5th); Norfolk County Classic (Runner-Up); Hornblower Memorial Tournament (4th).

Tri-States Fact: This will be the fourth straight year Brennan is competing in the Tri-State matches.

ROB OWEN

Age: 32

City: Westwood; Club: The Country Club (Brookline)

Tri-States Count: Debut

Player Of The Year Points: 150 (T17)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Match Play, Quarterfinalist).

On Playing In His First Tri-State Matches: “Since college and not having the opportunity to play in higher-level amateur golf due to work commitments … it’s been really fun this summer to get back into it and have the opportunity to play another event at the end of the season and play alongside other great players from Massachusetts.”

On His Play This Year: “The season was obviously pretty unique with COVID and with the later start and all that, but I was able to play well throughout the summer, and was able to get hot during the Mass Am and made a nice run into the quarterfinals. It was particularly nice to do so this year, as it was at The Kittansett Club, where I am a member, so that was a lot of fun and special as well.”

Mike Calef

Age: 41

City: Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Club: Brockton CC

Tri-States Count: Eighth Year

Player Of The Year Points: 150 (7th)

2020 Accolades: 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (Qualifier); Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (6th); New England Amateur Championship (T6); Norfolk County Classic (4th).

On Playing in Tri-States: “I love the Tri-States; it’s the goal every year. If you can make it, it’s a real accomplishment. I’m going to enjoy it the whole time.”

BEN Spitz

Age: 36

City: Milton; Club: George Wright GC (Boston)

Tri-States Count: Fourth

Player Of The Year Points: 220 (8th)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Match Play, Quarterfinalist); Hornblower Memorial Tournament (5th); Dennis Highlands Four-Ball (Winner).

On Playing In Tri-States: “It’s a bummer we’re not playing two rounds, but under the circumstances, it’s nice to have it and compete with two different states. It seems like we have a good team … I think Mass Golf is very strong with our Mid-Ams. It should be a fun event.

KYLE TIBBETtS

Age: 32

City: South Boston; Club: Framingham CC

Tri-States Count: Debut

Player Of The Year Points: 195 (12th)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Amateur Championship (Match Play, Quarterfinalist); Ouimet Memorial Tournament (4th).

On Making His Tri-State debut: “It’s an enormous achievement to make the Tri-State team, which was a goal from the start of the year for me. The competition we all face is extremely deep, so playing well enough all year to make the team is a major accomplishment. I’m proud of myself and very excited to represent Mass Golf. We have a group of exceptional players headed to Connecticut, and I like our chances.”

SENIOR AMATEURS

Frank Vana Jr.

Age: 58

City: Boxford; Club: Marlborough CC

Tri-States Count: 26th Year

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 514 (1st)

2020 Accolades: New England Senior Amateur Championship (Winner); Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Lowery Division, Winner); Norfolk County Classic (Senior Division, Runner-Up); Amateur Invitational (Senior Division, Runner-Up).

On Playing In Tri-States: “We have a lot of good guys playing. There’s a lot of camaraderies, especially with new guys, and it’s nice to see good players from our state and other states.”

Steve Tasho

Age: 61

City: North Easton; Club: Thorny Lea GC (Brockton)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship (Runner-Up); Senior Hornblower Memorial Tournament (Winner); Norfolk County Classic (Senior Division, Winner).

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 380 (3rd)

On His Play This Year: “My year’s been good for the amount I play and what I’m doing at this point. It’s a pleasure to play now at this age. I’m just happy to be able to come out and compete and see the guys and have a good time.”

Don Foberg

Age: 66

City: Pembroke; Club: Plymouth CC

Tri-States count: Second Year

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 415 (2nd)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship (Winner); Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship (3rd); Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Lowery Division, 5th).

On Playing In Tri-States: “When you go down the list of guys who are legends in golf … just to be able to compete with them is awesome.”

Jack Kearney

Age: 65

City: Peachtree City, Georgia; Club: Westover GC (Granby)

Tri-States count: 17th Year

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 217 (4th)

2020 Accolades: Amateur Invitational (Senior Division, Winner); Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Lowery Division, 3rd), Norfolk County Classic (Senior Division, Runner-Up).

On Playing In Tri-States: “My goal every year is to make this team. I’ve been playing in these since 1992, and they are always a lot of fun; good competition and great camaraderie. I’ve made friends for life at these matches.”

JOHN HADGES

Age: 60

City: North Easton; Club: Thorny Lea GC (Brockton)

Tri-States Debut: 1982

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 181 (6th)

2020 Accolades: Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship (5th); Mass Golf Father-Daughter Tournament (Winner); Senior Hornblower Memorial Tournament (Runner-Up); Norfolk County Classic (Senior Division, Runner-Up); Amateur Invitational (Senior Division, Runner-Up).

Keith Smith

Age: 62

City: Franklin; Club: Franklin CC

Tri-States Count: Fifth Year

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 125 (7th)

Accolades: Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Lowery Division, Runner-Up).

On Playing In Tri-States: “Making the team is always an annual goal. The camaraderie with teammates is always great, and frankly, it’s an honor to represent Massachusetts golf.”


RHODE ISLAND ROSTER

Jamie Lukowicz Chris Delucia
Mike Hamilton Billy Forcier
Dave Marshall Darren Corrente
Austin Cilley Bruce Heterick
Kevin Blaser Dave Boggini
Tom McCormick Dean Parziale
Kevin Silva Mike Soucy
Tyler Cooke Dave McNally

 

CONNECTICUT ROSTER

TBA


TRI-STATES HISTORY

The first Tri-State Matches event took place in 1907 when the team from Massachusetts won at the Agawam Hunt Club in Providence, Rhode Island. Ever since 1928, teams from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have competed for the title over a two-day period to compete for the regional title. Individual amateur golfers are selected each year by their state’s respective golf associations.

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