11 Advance Through Final Mass Open Qualifier - MASSGOLF

Oak Hill Member Ethan Whitney Among Those To Qualify At Pleasant Valley cc

for immediate release: June 2, 2021

SUTTON, Massachusetts – The last of six qualifying events for the 111th Massachusetts Open has plenty of notable moments as 11 players, including 8 amateurs, earned their spot into the Championship Proper by placing among the Top 8 and ties at Tuesday’s Pleasant Valley Country Club site.

In total, 50 players combined advanced through qualifying and will be the 150 players in the field, including exempt players and alternates from qualifiers. This year’s Mass Open will take place June 14-16 at Oak Hill Country Club.

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Ethan Whitney qualified for the Mass Open, which will be contested at his home course of Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg. (David Colt, file)

Taylor Kay-Green (Charles River Country Club) earned medalist honors at 2-under 70, while Brian Foley (Cyprian Keyes Golf Club) was one stroke back to lead the 8 amateur qualifiers. Seamus Landers (Boston Golf Club), a former Marlborough High School standout, also shot 1-under.

Despite starting his round with a double-bogey Jarrod Goss (Springfield Country Club) made the cut at 2-over after making an ace on the 224-yard, par-3 14th and scoring par on the remaining holes.

Ethan Whitney will represent his home club of Oak Hill Country Club at the Mass Open as he finished with a steady round of 2-over-par 74, which was the cutline. Whitney, who will attend Temple University in the fall, will make his debut in the Mass Open. Bucky Buchanan, the head golf professional at Oak Hill, will also represent his home course in the event.

At age 15, Fitchburg native Patrick Ginnity (MIAA) will be among the youngest players in the field as he qualified with a 2-over at Pleasant Valley.

Also qualifying were Brendan Hester, who shot 1-over on his home course, as did Dillon Brown (Country Club of Halifax), who plays for the University of Maryland Golf team and competed in the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Sean Fitzgerald (Brae Burn Country Club) also fired a 1-over 73. 

Though he didn’t make the cut, another notable round came from Clifford Lindholm (Montclair Golf Club). He shot a 79 despite a score of 13 on the 183-yard, par-3 7th. However, he shot 3-under with four birdies on the back nine, meaning five strokes fewer would’ve gotten him through to the qualifier.


TUESDAY, 6/1

QUALIFIERS (Pleasant Valley CC-Par 72)

Taylor Kay-Green (Charles River Country Club); 70

Shamus Landers (Boston Golf Club); 71

a-Brian Foley (Cyprian Keyes Golf Club; 71

a-Sean Fitzgerald (Brae Burn Country Club); 73

a-Brendan Hester (Pleasant Valley Country Club); 73

a-Dillon Brown (Country Club of Halifax); 73

a-Jarrod Goss (Springfield Country Club); 74

a-Ethan Whitney (Oak Hill Country Club); 74

Zach Magarian (Worcester Country Club); 74

a-Chris Herrick (Nabnasset Lake Country Club); 74

a-Patrick Ginnity (MIAA); 74

ALTERNATES (In Order)

a-Daniel Koerner (Haverhill Golf & Country Club); 75

a-Brett Malboeuf (Oak Hill Country Club); 75

a-Doug Rubin (Pine Brook Country Club); 75

Rick Karbowski (Wachusett Country Club); 75

Alexander Phibbs (Avon, CT); 75

a-Brian Bassett (Oyster Harbors Club); 75

a-Owen Quinn (Wachusett Country Club); 75

*a-: denotes Amateur

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