21 advance to Massachusetts amateur following two thursday qualifiers

For immediate release: june 7, 2018

GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts | AMHERST, Massachusetts – Massachusetts Amateur Championship qualifying continued on Thursday as 21 competitors at two Bay State clubs secured spots to the 110th amateur championship, being contested from July 9-13 at William J. Devine Golf Course and George Wright Golf Course in Boston.

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Celebrating its 110th year in 2018, the Massachusetts Amateur Championship remains the oldest Mass Golf Championship open to men and women alike. Eleven competitors from the Bass Rocks Golf Club qualifying site in Gloucester moved on to the Championship Proper, while the other 10 secured spots from the Hickory Ridge Golf Club qualifier in Amherst.

Eight additional competitors, who finished one spot below the final qualifying spot each their respective qualifying sites, earned alternate status and will be placed on a priority list per the Alternate Policy, which can be found on the Mass Golf Policies and Procedures Page.

Salem Country Club’s Kevin Daly, 49, the new head golf coach at Salem State University, led the field of 11 qualifiers Thursday at the Bass Rocks site, making birdie on four of his first seven holes, then holding on to finish the day at even par 69, three strokes ahead of second place on the leaderboard, which was secured by Andover’s Owen Elliot.

At the Amherst site, it was Andover native and Limestone College golfer Brett Krekorian (Indian Ridge CC) leading the charge. Krekorian finished with four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 11th hole en route to his 5-under par 67, to earn the top spot on the leaderboard. At 5-under par 67, Krekorian also notched the lowest score to date in state amateur qualifying, besting the likes of Owen Quinn and Jason Cook who had each shot 4-under par in their respective qualifiers over the last two days.

Bass rocks gc QUALIFIERS

Kevin Daly (Salem CC) 69

Owen Elliot (Andover CC) 72

Robert Henley (Quail Ridge CC) 73

Christopher Brewer (Beverly G&TC) 73

Dan Howard (Norfolk GC) 73

Alex Olbrych (George Wright GC) 73

Andrew Lilly (Oakley CC) 73

Will Grady (Haverhill CC) 74

Grant McGrath (Nashawtuc CC) 74

Jake Peer (Winchester CC) 74

Doug Crawford (Sandy Burr CC) 74

Hickory ridge GC QUALIFIERS

Brett Krekorian (Indian Ridge CC) 67

Ronald Laverdiere (Hickory Ridge GC) 68

Bobby Loguidice (Springfield CC) 70

Joe Ciolek (The Ledges GC) 71

Liam Dwyer (Meadow Brook GC) 72

Ryan Koczela (LeBaron Hills CC) 72

Christian McKenna (Beverly G&TC) 72

Michael Metcalf (GreatHorse) 73

Noah Peterson (The Ledges GC) 73

Jonathan Elkins (Crumpin-Fox Club) 73

bass rocks gc ALTERNATES

Mackenzie Nelson (Wollaston GC) 75

Dave Costa (George Wright GC) 75

Daniel Kurson (Belmont CC) 75

Sean Gildea (Townsend Ridge CC) 75

Hickory Ridge GC Alternates

Michael Mertes (Wyckoff CC) 74

Cody Miller (The Ledges GC) 74

Matt Johnson (Charter Oak CC) 74

Todd Ezold (Tekoa CC) 74

UP NEXT

The 110th Massachusetts Amateur Championship will kick off the week of July 9 at Boston’s William J. Devine Golf Course and George Wright Golf Course and will consist of two days of stroke play for all competitors, before the field is cut to the top-32 players, who will compete in three days of match play before crowning a champion. The remaining qualifiers for the state amateur will be held at the following sites.

June 18 – Oakley CC

June 18 – Cranberry Valley GC (Rescheduled from June 4)

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