Preview: 87th Tri-State Matches At Cape Cod National - MASSGOLF

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

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2021

NORTON, Massachusetts – For nearly a century, top golfers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut convene every fall to play the Tri-State Matches.

The tradition continues this year as Mass Golf is hosting the event October 12-13 at Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster. The last time Massachusetts hosted was 2018 at Oyster Harbors when Connecticut pulled off the upset and ended Mass Golf’s 14-year win streak.

Mass Golf won back the title in 2019 at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and the 2020 Matches at Hartford Golf Course (CT) were canceled last year due to heavy rain.

A view of the 15th green at Cape Cod National. (Courtesy, Cape Cod National)

ONLINE: STARTING TIMES & RESULTS | MASS GOLF PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS | MASS GOLF SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS | PAST CHAMPIONS

EVENT FORMAT

Each team selected 10 of its top mid-amateur players, plus six of its top 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.

The championship begins with foursome matches with mixed mid-am and senior teams on Tuesday morning, with mid-ams and seniors paired together in the afternoon. On Wednesday

The format will be “Nassau Style “matches (1 point for winning the front nine, 1 point for the back nine & 1 point (overall match). A competitor’s first 9-consecutive holes will constitute as their “front 9” and their next 9-holes their “back 9”. Halved matches will result in half-points being awarded.


MEET TEAM MASSACHUSETTS

mid-AMATEURS

Nick Maccario

Age: 29

City: Haverhill; Club: Bradford CC (Haverhill)

Tri-States Count: Fifth

Player Of The Year Points: 533 (5th)

2021 Accolades: U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (Semifinalist); Norfolk County Classic (Winner),  Mass Four-Ball Championship (T4); Gasparilla Invitational (T3); 2022 U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier (Medalist).

 

Matt Parziale     

Age: 34

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

Player Of The Year Points: 903 (1st)

2021 Accolades: Mass Mid-Amateur Championship (Winner); Mass Amateur Championship (Finalist); New England Amateur Championship (4th place); Mass Four-Ball Championship (Runner-Up); Top 20 at Crump Cup Memorial Tournament at Pine Valley.

 

DOUG CLAPP

Age: 54

City: Walpole; Club: Old Sandwich GC (Plymouth)

Player Of The Year Points: 240 (12th)

2021 Accolades: U.S. Senior Open (Qualifier); U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier (Medalist); Hornblower Memorial (T3); Mass Mid-Amateur Championship (T6).

Fun Fact: With two national events under his belt this year, Clapp has now competed in 18 USGA Championships.

 

JOE HARNEY

Age: 29

City: West Roxbury; Club: Charles River CC (Newton)

Tri-States Count: Debut

Player Of The Year Points: 201 (17th)

2021 Accolades: U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier; Mass Amateur Championship (Round of 16); New England Amateur Championship (T8).

Fun Fact: Harney regained his amateur status in April of this year after a stint playing professional golf.

 

 ANDREW DIRAMIO

Age: 39

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

Player Of The Year Points: 285 (9th)

2021 Accolades: Qualifier, U.S. Amateur; Medalist, U.S. Open Local Qualifying; 3rd place, Mass Four-Ball Championship; T4, Norfolk County Classic.

 

SHUVAM BHAUMIK

Age: 38

City: Chelsea; Club: Thorny Lea Golf Club (Brockton)

Player Of The Year Points: 205 (16th)

2021 Accolades: Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (2nd); North Shore Amateur (3rd).

Tri-States Fact: Bhaumik is one of six Thorny Lea Members on Team Mass Golf.

RYAN RILEY

Age: 32

City: South Easton; Club: Thorny Lea Golf Club (Brockton)

Player Of The Year Points: 231 (15th)

2021 Accolades: Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship (3rd), Tarlow Invitational (T2),

Tri-States Fact: Riley has made three of the past four squads for Mass Golf.

 

Mike Calef

Age: 42

City: Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Club: Pine Oaks GC (Easton)

Tri-States Count: Ninth Year

Player Of The Year Points: 150 (24th)

2021 Accolades: Amateur Invitational (T2), Mass Four-Ball Championship (T4), Tarlow Invitational (T6), 2022 U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier (Medalist).

 

BRANDOn PARKER

Age: 33

City: Boston; Club: Worcester CC

Tri-States Count: Debut

Player of the Year Points: 246 (11th)

2021 Accolades: Norfolk County Classic (T2), Hornblower Memorial (T3), Mass Mid-Amateur Championship (T6), 2022 U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier (Medalist).

KYLE TIBBETtS

Age: 33

City: South Boston; Club: Framingham CC

Tri-States Count: Second Year (Including 2020)

Player Of The Year Points: 252 (10th)

2021 Accolades: Mass Mid-Amateur Championship (5th), Mass Amateur Championship (Round of 16), Ouimet Memorial Tournament (T5), Worcester County Classic (T4), 2022 U.S. Four-Ball Qualifier (Medalist).


SENIOR AMATEURS

Frank Vana Jr.

Age: 59

City: Boxford; Club: Marlborough CC

Tri-States Count: 27th Year

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 473 (3rd)

2021 Accolades: U.S. Senior Amateur (Qualifier), Mass Senior Amateur Championship (T2), Mass Mid-Amateur Championship (4th), Mass Amateur Championship (Round of 16), Mass Four-Ball Championship (T3).

 

Keith Smith

Age: 63

City: Franklin; Club: Franklin CC

Tri-States Count: Sixth Year

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 745 (1st)

2021 Accolades: U.S. Senior Amateur (Round of 32), Mass Senior Amateur Championship (Winner), Mass Senior Four-Ball Championship (Winner), Ouimet Memorial Tournament (T2).

Tri-States Fact: Smith has been part of the last three Tri-State teams for Mass Golf.

 

Steve Tasho

Age: 62

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

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 380 (5th)

Tri-States Fact: 4th Consecutive Appearance

2021 Accolades: Ouimet Memorial Tournament (Winner-Lowery Division), Mass Senior Four-Ball Championship (Winner), Tarlow Invitational (Winner-Senior Division), Norfolk County Classic (2nd-Senior Division).

JOHN MCNEILL

Age: 60

City: Stow; Club: Amateur Golf Tour Of New England

Tri-States fact: First appearance since 2018

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 551 (2nd)

2021 Accolades: New England Senior Amateur Championship (Winner), Senior Hornblower Tournament (Winner), Ouimet Memorial Tournament (T4-Senior Division).

Fun fact: McNeill’s New England Senior Amateur victory was his first on the NEGA stage.

DAVID PIERCE

Age: 60

City: East Bridgewater, Georgia; Club: Thorny Lea GC (Brockton)

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 250 (6th)

2021 Accolades: Mass Senior Amateur Championship (T2), Senior Hornblower Memorial (T2), Tarlow Invitational (3rd-Senior Division).

 

JOHN HADGES

Age: 61

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

Tri-States Debut: 1982

Senior Player Of The Year Points: 405 (4th)

2021 Accolades: Norfolk County Classic (Winner-Senior Division), Mass Senior Amateur Championship (T2), Ouimet Memorial Tournament (T2-Senior Division), Tarlow Invitational (2nd-Senior Division).

 


RHODE ISLAND ROSTER

Bobby Leopold (Mid-Am) Jordan Amorin (Mid-Am)
Tom McCormick (Mid-Am) Mike Hamilton (Mid-Am)
Jamie Lukowicz (Mid-Am) Kevin Blaser (Mid-Am)
Austin Cilley (Mid-Am) McKinley Slade (Mid-Am)
Tyler Cooke (Mid-Am) Kolby Simmons (Mid-Am)
Darren Corrente (Senior) Dean Parziale (Senior)
George Pirie (Senior) Randy Millen (Senior)
Dante Najarian (Senior) John Auclair (Senior)

 

CONNECTICUT ROSTER

Brian Ahern (Mid-Am) Mike Kennedy (Mid-Am)
Ben Conroy (Mid-Am) Dan Murphy (Mid-Am)
Ben Day (Mid-Am) Jamie Sheltman (Mid-Am)
Rick Dowling (Mid-Am) Peter Tomlinson (Mid-Am)
Patrick Griffin (Mid-Am) Nick Waddington (Mid-Am)
Bill Hermanson (Senior) Dave Jones (Senior)
Bob Murph (Senior) Craig Platt (Senior)
Donal Reilly (Senior) Dick Stevens (Senior)

 


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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