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NORTON, Massachusetts – While the 2018 championship season is all but complete, all eyes have quickly turned to the 2019 season and beyond – as several marquee clubs across the Bay State have secured spots to host some of Mass Golf’s premier championship events over the next five years.
Mass Golf is pleased to announce that Essex County Club in Manchester-By-The-Sea will host both the 2020 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship and the 2023 Massachusetts Amateur Championship – adding to the storied history of the North Shore club.
Hollis French, Essex Golf Chair said, “We are honored to be hosting these great tournaments and look forward to two terrific weeks of golf at Essex in 2020 and 2023. We are proud of our heritage and have always been committed to hosting major local and national tournaments.” Molly Prinn, Chair of Essex Women’s Golf added, “We have a longstanding tradition of women’s golf at Essex, dating to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when the Curtis sisters called Essex home. It will be fun to see the best women amateur players in the area test their skills on one of the regions oldest and most historic Donald Ross layouts.”
Essex most recently hosted a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier in late July and also hosted the 2010 Curtis Cup. The 2023 Amateur Championship will coincide with the club’s 130th anniversary of operation. The 1954 and 1991 Women’s Amateur Championships were held at the club, and seven Massachusetts Amateur Championships were played there as well – including most recently the 2005 championship that saw North Shore resident Frank Vana, Jr. take home his second career Amateur Championship title.
With the announcement, Mass Golf has now secured host sites for 31 state championships beginning in 2019 through the 2023 season – with Bay State clubs also agreeing to host several New England and other regional events during the same period.
The list of future sites also includes The Country Club, The Kittansett Club, Brae Burn Country Club and Concord Country Club, which will host the next four Amateur Championships, respectively, while Weston Golf Club is slated to host the 2019 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship, where U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion Shannon Johnson will look to defend her state amateur title after winning at George Wright earlier this summer.
“We are extremely excited to add Essex County Club to the list of future sites for both our Mass Golf Championship and Women’s Championship schedule,” said Jesse Menachem, Mass Golf’s Executive Director/CEO. “The addition of Essex to an already outstanding list of clubs that will showcase their facilities for Mass Golf championships events shows the combined commitment to help continue the growth of our game here in Massachusetts. We are grateful for the continued generosity of our member clubs and look forward to hosting first class events that our competitors will enjoy.”
In addition to the aforementioned clubs hosting scheduled events, Worcester Country Club (2019 Griscom Cup), GreatHorse (2019 New England Women’s Amateur Championship), and Concord Country Club (2020 New England Amateur) have all agreed to host respective regional events that will welcome competitors from across New England to Massachusetts clubs.
A complete list of confirmed future sites can be accessed by clicking on the Future Sites Tab under the COMPETITION section at MassGolf.org. Stay tuned as sites are continuously added in the coming weeks and months as the 2019 schedule is completed, as well as future years.
Registration for all 2019 Mass Golf Championships and Women’s Championships are slated to open in early February.