Summer Links: Less than one week until 112th Mass. Am

Published: 7/6/2020 4:47:20 PM
Modified: 7/6/2020 4:47:16 PM

We’re less than a week away from the 112th Massachusetts Amateur Golf Championship.

Set for July 13-17 at The Kittansett Club in Marion and The Bay Club at Mattapoisett, it will be the first championship event on Mass Golf’s revised calendar for the 2020 season.

Check back later in the week for our full preview of the locals and what they expect from those courses, but the 2020 field will feature 144 players. Among them are 11 previous champions, and with a limited number of events being played throughout the region, it’s certain to be one of the most competitive fields in recent memory.

“We’ve been looking forward to watching the best amateur players in the state compete on the same stage with one another once again,” said Kevin Eldredge, Mass Golf’s Director of Rules & Competitions. “We have two great venues that will set the perfect stage for the return of championship golf in the Bay State. The staff at both The Kittansett Club and The Bay Club have done a wonderful job keeping their courses in pristine conditions and preparing their facilities to allow us to conduct a safe and enjoyable championship for all.”

Defending champion Steven DiLisio (Salem CC), who just finished up his senior year playing on the Duke University golf team, is in the field, as are familiar past champions like Matt Parziale and Mike Calef.

The five-day event begins with stroke play next Monday and Tuesday (18 holes per day), and golfers will play one round at both clubs before the field is cut down to the low 32 players for match play, which begins July 15. All match play action will take place at The Kittansett Club.

Mass Golf released the tee times for the field on Monday. South Deerfield’s Jacob Zaranek (Country Club of Greenfield) reached match play in the event a year ago, and he’s the first Franklin County resident off with an 8:18 a.m. start. South Deerfield’s Jonathan Elkins, who plays out of Springfield Country Club, is close behind with an 8:54 a.m. tee time, while Northfield’s Jesse Morgan (Northfield GC) has an afternoon tee time at 12:06 p.m. All three golfers will play Monday’s round at The Bay Club, and then spend Tuesday at The Kittansett Club.

Buck wins NE Women’s Am

Tournament season got underway in New England with a major event last week. Thorny Lea Golf Club (Brockton) member Megan Buck captured her first New England Golf Association title with a one-stroke victory over Shannon Johnson at the New England Women’s Amateur Championship held at North Conway Country Club (N.H.).

The three-day stroke play event saw Buck showcase remarkable consistency. After back-to-back 72s in the opening rounds, she closed with a 1-under 70 in the third and final round to hold off Johnson.

“I always enjoy playing in this event, and I’m just so happy I could pull off this win to start the competitive season,” Buck told Mass Golf.

I’ve played the tree-lined North Conway course, and it’s definitely a picturesque New England track with great views of Mount Washington. It was a good course for a championship, with plenty of chances to attack pins.

 The men get their shot at the New England Amateur later this month, beginning July 21 at Concord Country Club (Mass). Elkins is among those from Western Massachusetts in that field.

Local club results

Occasionally in this space, I’ll highlight some of the results from the local tournament scene over the weekend.

Country Club of Greenfield held its Firecracker Classic, and the duo of Diane Carme and Terry Boyce paced the women’s field with the low gross of 67. Jane Plumley and Gail Miller had the low net of 65.

The men’s low gross was carded by Jamie Crocker and Jason Kelton, who posted a 62. Low net honors went to Jack Varner and Patrick Varner, who posted a 59.

Over at Crumpin-Fox Club, the course held an individual stroke play event with Kevin Burch winning low gross honors after a round of 77. Tim Van Epps and Ray Demartino tied for first with low nets of 69.

CFC held a Flag Tournament on Saturday, where John Shea led the way with a top finish. Van Epps and Brendan Creagh were right behind.

Jeff Lajoie is the sports editor of the Recorder. He can be reached at jlajoie@recorder.com


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