Mass Golf | 2024 Championship Schedule Release

Willowbend, Taconic, Framingham Highlight Mass Golf’s 2024 Championships & Women’s Championships Schedules

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2024

NORTON, Massachusetts – Mass Golf today has officially revealed its schedule for its 18 championship events, including three signature statewide championships. These events showcase many of the standout amateur golfers of all ages and from every region of the Commonwealth at some of the most storied venues the state has to offer. With some automatic exemptions into USGA Championships being introduced this year, fields are expected to be as strong as ever.

This year, all three signature event venues will be hosting their respective championships for the first time. After hosting the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship last year, Willowbend will host some of the region’s best amateurs and professionals for the 114th Massachusetts Open from June 10-12. The 116th Massachusetts Amateur Championship takes place at the historic Framingham Country Club from July 8-12, which boasts one of the best golf rosters in the state. The 121st Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship, Mass Golf’s longest-running championship, will go as far west as ever, as the renowned Taconic Golf Club on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown will host from August 12-16. 

In addition to the signature championships, several standout courses are being reintroduced to the schedule this year, including nine different courses on Cape Cod. Historic Woods Hole Golf Club and Cummaquid Golf Club are among the sites, while elsewhere, venues like Salem Country Club and Oak Hill Country Club are slated for the fall.

“From west to east, we’re so lucky to have a tremendous amount of support from our Mass Golf Member Clubs,” said Kevin Eldridge, Mass Golf’s Senior Director of Rules & Competitions. “We know the demand for all events is still growing and expanding. Being able to best accommodate that and continue to provide players with the best experience and opportunity to play some of the best courses across the state is always the No. 1 goal. And to be able to put some national exemptions on the table this year is going to make it even greater.”

The first wave of online registrations for the 2024 Mass Golf championships will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 29. Those events include the Four-Ball, Mixed Four-Ball for the Stone Cup, Senior Four-Ball, and Women’s Four-Ball for the Townshend Cup. The remaining event entries will be staggered throughout the year. For a full walkthrough of the registration process, CLICK HERE.

Signature Championships

Taconic provides an outstanding combination of scenic beauty, a challenging layout, and superb playing conditions, setting up an incredible atmosphere for the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship. The course is home to the Williams College women’s golf team, currently the No. 2-ranked NCAA Division III program that won a national title in 2015. Emma Abramson, the reigning Massachusetts Women’s Stroke Play champion, is in her first year playing for Williams College.

Starting with “three men with three tomato cans” in 1896, a longer nine-hole course was laid out the following year. In 1927, Wayne Stiles of Stiles & Van Kleek, a Boston firm, was commissioned to design and construct an 18-hole course. In 2008, renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse was retained for a multi-million dollar renovation project, which was completed in the summer of 2009. 

Taconic was originally slated to host the 2020 Mass Open, which was canceled due to COVID-19. The club’s most recent signature event was the 2016 Mass Amateur won by Brendan Hunter.

Taconic Golf Club provides tremendous views of the mountains plus Williams College and the downtown area. (David Colt, file)

Framingham has hosted several Mass Golf championships and qualifiers since its founding in 1902, but the state amateur will take place at the famous city club along Route 9 for the first time in its storied history. Donald Ross helped restore the course in the early 1920s and is responsible for much of the current green undulations seen today. In 1960, the course expanded to its current 18-hole layout, as a second nine holes opened south of Parker Road with this project being supervised by architect William F. Mitchell, architect. In 1968, the front nine was again changed by adding two holes farther to the west allowing two fairways to become today’s practice area. Geoffrey Cornish was the architect for this project.

The club most recently hosted the 2022 Massachusetts Senior Amateur, the 2020 Ouimet Memorial Tournament, and the 2018 Massachusetts Girls’ Junior Amateur.

Matthew Naumec, who joined Framingham since regaining his amateur status, made a run to the final last year, coming up short against Ryan Downes, the young phenom committed to Vanderbilt University. Fellow Framingham members Ray Wright and John Salamone won the Mass Amateur in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

The scenic 7th hole at Framingham features a blind approach with danger lurking long and left of the green. (David Colt, file)

Willowbend offers 27 holes of championship golf on three meticulously maintained nines (Bay, Bog & Bend), the first two are being used for this year’s championship. The iconic 9th hole on the Bog course ends with the backdrop of a bucolic red barn and a cranberry bog harvested every fall. Each course has its own character, however, as The Bay requires restraint. The safe play is usually the wise one – golfers must know when to press and when to pay respect. The Bog requires heroics, as there are significant forced carries on six of the nine holes.

Ricky Stimets, won the 2023 Mass Mid-Amateur at Willowbend by 13 strokes, and following his low amateur (T5 overall) performance in the 2023 Mass Open, he may have a shot to contend once again this year.

The closing hole of Willowbend’s championship layout features an island green. (David Colt, file)

2024 Championship Notes 

  • The season begins with the 101st playing of the Massachusetts Mixed Four-Ball Championship for the Stone Cup on April 23 at Granite Links Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the first time. Located in Quincy with breathtaking views of Boston, the course opened in 2003 and is laid out on top of two former landfill sites and old granite quarries. Incredibly, 900,000 truckloads of soil from Boston’s Big Dig project were used in course construction to cap the site with 13 million tons of material.
  • Salem Country Club, often listed as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Golf Courses, is back on the championship slate for the first time since 2009. The club will host the Massachusetts Senior Amateur on September 23-24, which was also hosted 15 years ago. Salem has long been an esteemed Massachusetts course, having hosted many of the game’s legends. The Donald Ross layout on its current property in Peabody opened in 1926 and has hosted six national championships, including the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.
  • The Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship will take place entirely at The Club at New Seabury from May 8-9, with play taking spot at the Oceans and Dunes courses. New Seabury co-hosted the Four-Ball in 2003 with Oyster Harbors. Marlborough Country Club will host the popular Massachusetts Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend Cup for the first time since 1997.
  • Three public courses on Cape Cod will host a Championship Proper this year. Yarmouth’s Bass River and Bayberry Hills will host the Massachusetts Junior Amateur and Massachusetts Girls’ Junior Amateur from August 5-8, the first time both events will be held simultaneously. Harwich’s Cranberry Valley Golf Course, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024, will host the Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship for the first time.
  • The ever-popular Amateur Public Links Championship will venture out west to Ledges Golf Club in South Hadley for the first time in its history from July 30-31. Tucked in the rolling hills of the Pioneer Valley, Ledges is largely wooded along the front nine with a signature par-3 3rd that tips out at 106 yards, but it opens up on the back nine with several shorter par-4s. Overall, it’s a shotmaker’s course that offers several interesting risk-reward opportunities.
  • The Massachusetts Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship for the Keyes Cup is coming back to the City of Champions as Brockton’s Thorny Lea Golf Club hosts for the third time (also 1984 & 1990) from September 17-18. Thorny Lea members Shannon Johnson and Megan Buck have won the Keyes Cup six of the past eight years combined, often finishing 1-2 in that span.
  • Mass Golf will host the season-ending Tri-State Matches & Women’s Endicott Cup/Tri-State Matches this fall, the annual clashes with standouts from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Endicott Cup heads to Woods Hole Golf Club from October 8-10, featuring the historic layout along coastal Falmouth. Worcester Country Club, which hosted the first Ryder Cup in 1927 will host the Tri-State Matches the following week from October 15-16. This comes on the heels of the club completing its $3.7 million restoration that added some length, renovated bunkers, and lowered the historic 11th green by 8-10 feet, to its original height.

Women’s Championships Schedule

April 23Mixed Four-BallGranite Links Golf Club
June 5-6Women's Stroke Play Championship for the Baker TrophyCummaquid Golf Club
June 25-27New England Women's AmateurSamoset Resort (ME)
July 1Women's Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend CupMarlborough Country Club
July 15Young Golfers' AmateurNorth Hill Country Club
July 24-26Ouimet Memorial TournamentIndian Pond Country Club & Woodland Golf Club
August 5-8Girls' Junior AmateurBass River Golf Course & Bayberry Hills Golf Course
August 12-16Mass Women's AmateurTaconic Golf Club
TBAWomen's Senior AmateurTBA
September 17-18Women's Mid-Amateur Championship for the Keyes CupThorny Lea Golf Club
October 8-10Endicott Cup & Tri-State MatchesWoods Hole Golf Club

Championships Schedule

April 23Mixed Four-BallGranite Links Golf Club
May 8-9Four-BallThe Club at New Seabury
May 13-May 14Senior Four-BallCountry Club of New Bedford & Fall River Country Club
June 10-12Mass OpenWillowbend
July 8-12Mass AmateurFramingham Country Club
July 15Young Golfers' AmateurNorth Hill Country Club
July 24-26Ouimet Memorial TournamentIndian Pond Country Club & Woodland Golf Club
July 30-31Amateur Public LinksLedges Golf Club
August 5-8Junior AmateurBass River Golf Course & Bayberry Hills Golf Course
September 3-5Mid-AmateurCranberry Valley Golf Course
September 23-24Senior AmateurSalem Country Club
September 30-October 1Super Senior AmateurOak Hill Country Club

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