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PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts – The penultimate qualifying round for the 111th Mass Open moved out west to The Berkshires on Thursday, with 10 more players advancing to the Championship Proper at Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg next month.
Four Massachusetts amateurs made the cut at even-par 71, led by Max Hutter (Weston Golf Club) and Will Grady (Haverhill Golf & Country Club), who shot 68 and 69, respectively, to earn their first trip to the Mass Open. Hutter, 17, a stroke-play medalist at the 2020 Mass Junior Amateur, led all qualifiers with six birdies, helping him shake off a pair of bogeys on the two par-3s on the back nine.
Cody Miller (Orchards Golf Club) and Sean Gaudette (Crumpin-Fox Club) also advanced. Gaudette, formerly of the Yale men’s golf team, made par on the last four holes to clinch his spot.
David Pastore (Stamford, CT) made birdie on his first three holes en route to earning medalist at 4-under. Pastore, a 2020 standout on the LocaliQ Series tour, earned a sponsor exemption for this year’s Barbasol Championship in July.
John Stoltz (Tampa, FL), who set a course record in the first round of the 2017 Mass Open at TPC Sacconesett, was among five professionals to make the cut at 1-under 70.
The final round of Mass Open qualifying will take place on Tuesday, June 1 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Prior to Thursday’s qualifiers, 39 players have already advanced through the four qualifying events for the Mass Open.
QUALIFIERS (CC of Pittsfield-Par 71)
David Pastore (Stamford, CT); 67
a-Max Hutter (Weston Golf Club); 68
a-Will Grady (Haverhill Golf & Country Club); 69
Jordan Eck (Williamsport, PA); 70
John Stoltz (Tampa, FL); 70
Jonny Petrin (Cicero, NY); 70
Kevin Kraft (Harrisburg, PA); 70
Matthew Campbell (Clifton Park, NY); 70
Cody Miller (Orchards Golf Club); 71
Sean Gaudette (Crumpin-Fox Club); 71
ALTERNATES (In Order)
a-Bryan Hunt (Lynx Fitness Clubs); 72
Christopher Tallman (Orchards Golf Club); 72
Thomas Lamorte (Haworth, NJ); 72
Will Frodigh (Dedham Country and Polo Club); 72
Jim Hackenberg (Easley, SC); 72
*a-: denotes Amateur
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