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NORTON, Massachusetts – Qualifying rounds for the 111th Massachusetts Open carried on this week with an event Monday at Kernwood Country Club in Salem and another Tuesday at The Bay Club at Mattapoisett. In total, there were 11 qualifiers at each event, with 17 of the 22 total who made the cut being amateurs.
Playing at their local club of Kernwood, brothers Christian Emmerich, Aidan Emmerich and Max Emmerich were all able to qualify. Christian finished one stroke behind medalist Matthew Conti (Walpole Country Club), as Emmerich finished with a 1-under-par 69. After making bogey three times in the first 10 holes, he recovered with two birdies and six pars on the final eight-hole stretch. Aidan shot an even par-70, and Max finished with a 72. Max, 22, and Christian, 20, qualified for the Mass Open in 2018 and 2019, respectively, while Aidan, 17, has made it into the Championship Proper for the first time.
Conti, meanwhile, recorded five birdies on his way to the top of the leaderboard at 2-under 68.
Nick Antonelli (Atkinson, NH) and Carey Bina (King of Prussia, PA) were the two professional golfers to qualify, both finishing the round shooting an even par-70.
At The Bay Club at Mattapoisett, Northboro native Timothy Umphrey (Tatnuck Country Club), who recently became a professional, was the top performer by shooting 5-under-par 66. The former UConn golfer, who played The Bay Club during Round 1 of the Mass Amateur, made the turn at even-par but posted five birdies on the back nine, including holes 10 and 11. Dylan Evans (Granite Links Golf Club) was an alternate for the Mass Open in 2019, but on Tuesday guaranteed his chance to compete this year. Consecutive birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14 helped propel Evans to his mark of 4-under-par 67.
Dan Howard (Norfolk Golf Club) and Jordan Burke (Needham Golf Club) also kept clean cards as they shot 69 and 70, respectively, with just one bogey apiece.
Erik Boulger (Walpole Country Club), who has committed to UConn, was among six competitors who qualified with an even score of par-71.
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 AND TUESDAY’S MASS OPEN QUALIFYING EVENTS:
QUALIFIERS (Kernwood CC-Par 70)
a-Matthew Conti (Walpole Country Club); 68
a-Christian Emmerich (Kernwood Country Club); 69
Nick Antonelli (Atkinson, NH); 70
Carey Bina (King of Prussia, PA); 70
a-Aidan Emmerich (Kernwood Country Club); 70
a-John Cammarano (Wellesley Country Club); 71
a-Roger Tufts (Tedesco Country Club); 72
a-Max Emmerich (Kernwood Country Club); 72
a-Cameron Moniz (Swansea Country Club); 72
a-Chris Piscatelli (Wayland Country Club); 72
a-Daniel Kurson (Belmont Country Club); 72
a-Brad Tufts (Tedesco Country Club); 73
a-Alex Landry (Indian Ridge Country Club); 73
a-Tim Picard (Mount Pleasant Golf Club); 73
a-Nick Zolotas (The Meadow at Peabody); 73
a-Michael Souliotis (Haverhill Golf & Country Club); 73
a-Harvin Groft (Berwick, ME); 73
QUALIFIERS (The Bay Club at Mattapoisett-Par 71)
Timothy Umphrey (Tatnuck Country Club); 66
a-Dylan Evans (Granite Links Golf Club); 67
a-Dan Howard (Norfolk Golf Club); 69
a-Jordan Burke (Needham Golf Club); 70
Jay Card (Shelter Island, NY); 70
a-Mike Pariseau (Charles River Country Club); 71
a-Ben Snyder (Woodland Golf Club); 71
Chris Houston (Gilford, NH); 71
a-Sam Parella (Whitinsville Golf Club); 71
a-Eric Boulger (Walpole Country Club); 71
a-Matt Mackin (Cape Club of Sharon); 72
Jeff Curl (Birmingham, AL); 72
a-Brian Higgins (Franklin Country Club); 72
Samuel Cody (Antrim, NH); 72
Ryan Celano (Naples, FL); 72
Mike Elliott (Leominster, MA); 72
a-Brian Glennon (Cohasset Golf Club); 72
*a-: denotes Amateur
Qualifying for the Mass Open will continue next week. Here are the remaining dates and locations on the schedule:
May 27 – CC of Pittsfield (Pittsfield)
June 1 – Pleasant Valley CC (Sutton)