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NORTON, Massachusetts – Three players from Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton have been named to Global Golf Post’s seventh annual All-Amateur Team. This effort recognizes men and women amateurs, mid-amateurs, and senior amateurs from 26 different nations.
Brockton’s Matt Parziale, a five-time Richard D. Haskell Mass Golf Player of the Year, was selected alongside fellow club members Shannon Johnson and Megan Buck, who were playing partners at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. All three earned First Team selections in the Mid-Amateur category (11 for men, 11 for women).
Brandon Wu and Lara Tennant are this year’s top amateurs. Parziale was the top men’s amateur player in 2018.
Parziale qualified for and played in the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year. He also finished in the top five at the Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, New York, shooting a 65 in his third round. In September, he also made the semifinals at the Crump Cup at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey. During the year, he competed in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Johnson, a two-time winner of the Anne Marie Tobin Mass Golf Player of the Year, won the 2019 New England Women’s Golf Association (NEWGA) Championship at GreatHorse and made the round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Arizona. She also competed in the U.S Women’s Amateur.
Buck tied for second at the NEWGA Championship, but she advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She also finished third place in the women’s division of the Ouimet Memorial Tournament at Boston Golf Club & Woodland Golf Club.
Pam Kuong (Charles River CC) also earned some recognition as she earned an honorable mention nod for Women’s Senior Amateur players. Kuong made the round of 16 at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Cedar Rapids Country Club (Iowa) and the round of 32 at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.