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NORTON, Massachusetts – The 111th Massachusetts Open is back on for this year, with the first two qualifying events for non-exempt players taking place Monday. In total, 12 Massachusetts amateurs out of 17 total qualifiers from Monday made the cut.
At Woodland Golf Club in Newton, Patrick Kilcoyne was medalist after shooting 2-under-par 70 on his home course, while fellow Woodland member Alex Jeffers shot 1-under 71. Together they led the top 8 finishers and ties (8 players total advanced, all of them being Massachusetts amateurs.) Kilcoyne started on the back nine and made the turn at even-par 36. Despite four bogeys total, he birdied the 1st, 4th and 9th holes to take the top spot.
Jeffers opened with a 2-under 34 on the front nine and was able to birdie the 12th and 14th to offset three bogeys. Jesse Zorfas (Framingham Country Club) fired a 3-under 33 on the front and finished even-par to lock in his spot.
At Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich, Athan Goulos, an amateur from The Meadow at Peabody, and Justin Grondahl, an amateur from Jupiter, Florida, split medalist honors at 3-under-par 69 to lead the top 9 & ties (9 players total advanced). Goulos played in the 2019 Mass Open at Vesper Country Club, shooting 2-under 70 during the first round and finishing T35 in the event. On Monday, Goulos bookended his round with birdies, going 3-under on the front for a 3-under 33.
Cranberry Valley’s Samuel Russell was one of six players to make the cut at even-par 72, making birdie on his final hole, the 9th, to qualify. Fellow Massachusetts amateurs, Jake O’Rourke (Bayberry Hills Golf Course) and Kevin Gately (Harmon Golf) also made the cut at even-par, as did Burgess Houston, the 2007 Massachusetts Amateur champion who runs the golf academy at Sterling National Country Club.
The 111th Massachusetts Open will take place June 14-16 at Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg. Oak Hill has hosted six times previously, most recently in 2011. The Championship Proper 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.
Entries are open to professional golfers and also amateur golfers who have an active USGA GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4 (as determined by the April 22, 2021 Handicap Revision), or who have completed their handicap certification.
The Massachusetts Open was canceled last year due to COVID-19.
HERE IS THE COMPLETE LIST OF QUALIFIERS AND ALTERNATES FROM MONDAY’S MASS OPEN QUALIFYING EVENTS:
QUALIFIERS (Cranberry Valley GC-Par 72)
a-Athan Goulos (The Meadow at Peabody); 69
a-Justin Grondahl (Jupiter, FL); 69
Luke Graboyes (Watchung, NJ); 70
a-Jake O’Rourke (Bayberry Hills Golf Course); 72
Fletcher Babcock (Danielson, CT); 72
a-Kevin Gately (Harmon Golf); 72
Burgess Houston (Sterling National Country Club); 72
a-Sam Russell (Cranberry Valley Golf Course); 72
Todd Greene (Melville, NY); 72
Matthew Maloney (George Wright Golf Course); 73
a-Jacob Finard (Pine Brook Country Club); 73
a-Bryce Piemonte (Tekoa Country Club); 73
QUALIFIERS (Woodland GC-Par 72)
a-Patrick Kilcoyne (Woodland Golf Club); 70
a-Alex Jeffers (Woodland Golf Club); 71
a-Jesse Zorfas (Framingham Country Club); 72
a-Alex Snickenberger (Wellesley Country Club); 73
a-David Spitz (South Shore Country Club); 73
a-Jake Peer (Winchester Country Club); 74
a-John Gilmartin (Indian Ridge Country Club); 74
a-Brandon Parker (Worcester Country Club); 74
a-Mark O’Sullivan (Framingham Country Club); 75
a-Mike Murphy (Woodland Golf Club); 75
a-Danny Frodigh (Dedham Country and Polo Club); 75
a-Arjun Puri (Secaucus, NJ); 75
a-Tyler Ferrari (Wollaston Golf Club); 75
*a-: denotes Amateur
Qualifying for the Mass Open will continue next week. Here are the remaining dates and locations on the schedule:
May 17 – Kernwood CC (Salem)
May 18 – The Bay Club at Mattapoisett (Mattapoisett)
May 27 – CC of Pittsfield (Pittsfield)
June 1 – Pleasant Valley CC (Sutton)