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NORTON, Massachusetts – Mass Golf will once again be represented on the national stage next week when nine elite amateurs’ in the state will be teeing it up at Pinehurst Resort and Golf Course for the United States Amateur Championship. Among those appearing in North Carolina from Massachusetts are Brett Krekorian, Nick Maccario, Michael Thorbjornsen, Matt Parziale, Steven DiLisio, Xavier Marcoux, Davis Chatfield, Jacob Zaranek and Christian Emmerich.
Brett Krekorian, of Andover was able to qualify for the Championship Proper at Andover Country club on July 10. Krekorian shot a two-round score of 139 to earn his way to Pinehurst and so far this year he has found success at Mass Golf events. Krekorian made it to the Semi-Finals of the Mass Amateur in mid-July, losing to Jimmy Hervol in that match one down. This will be Krekorian’s first time playing in the U.S. Amateur.
Nick Maccario of Haverhill qualified at the same event as Krekorian, shooting a two-round score of 140 to earn his spot in the 2019 U.S. Amateur field. Maccario started 2019 off with a bang as he was able to capture the 2019 Four-Ball championship this year playing alongside Mike Calef. This will be his first ever U.S. Amateur appearance.
Entering into this year’s championship by way of exemption, Thorbjornsen looks to continue his stellar play in USGA Championships. After making the cut at this years U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and winning last years U.S. Junior Amateur, Thorbjornsen has all the experience and confidence to do well at Pinehurst this year.
Another Bay Stater with a bevy of USGA Championship experience, Matt Parziale comes into the 2019 U.S. Amateur by way of exemption. Parziale also played at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach earlier this year, his second U.S. Open appearance. The 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion, Parziale comes in with the resume to compete in North Carolina.
A great year keeps getting better for Steven DiLisio. The rising senior at Duke University is now competing in his second U.S. Amateur Championship, after also qualifying for last years Championship Proper. DiLisio gained entry this year at Longmeadow Country Club, as he fired a score of 133 over his two rounds to earn medalist. DiLisio is also coming off the biggest win of his young career, as he was crowned the 111th Massachusetts Amateur Championship winner at The Country Club earlier this summer.
Xavier Marcoux continues to build off his 2019 success. Making his first ever appearance in the U.S. Amateur, Marcoux qualified by shooting a two-round score of 137 at Andover Country Club, earning medalist honors. Marcoux is also the 2019 New England Amateur Champion, winning that distinction at the Quechee Club in Vermont in late July. Marcoux shot a combined 9-under par for the four-round event.
Chatfield is making his inaugural appearance at the U.S. Amateur this year, as he qualified for the event at Metacomet Country Club in Rhode Island on July 8. Chatfield, who is a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame, shot a two-round score of 133 to earn medalist honors and his spot into the championship.
Zaranek earned his way into the Championship Proper at the Longmeadow Country Club qualifier, shooting a 134 over his two rounds to gain entry to Pinehurst. This is Zaranek’s second time competing in a USGA Championship, as earlier this year he competed in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four Ball at Bandon Dunes alongside partner Kyle Puzzo.
Emmerich squeaked in as the last qualifier at Metacomet Country Club, as he shot a 135 over his two qualifying rounds. Slated to play golf for the College of the Holy Cross come the fall, this will be Emmerich’s first U.S. Amateur Championship and also USGA Championship.
Monday, Aug. 12 (Round 1, 18 holes, stroke play)
Tuesday, Aug. 13 (Round 2, 18 holes, stroke play)
Wednesday, Aug. 14 (Round of 64, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 15 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Friday, Aug. 16 (Quarterfinals, match play)
Saturday, Aug. 17 (Semifinals, match play)
Sunday, Aug. 18 (Championship Match, 36 holes, match play)
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