33 More Players Punch Ticket to MA Amateur Championship

Week two of qualifying for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship took place on Monday and saw 33 players punch their tickets to the tournaments. 

Brian Foley PHOTO: Mass Golf

Last week, 38 players punched their tickets, as GolfNewsRI reported. 

Gardner Municipal Golf Course, Presidents Golf Course (Quincy) and Springfield Country Club all hosted events to kick off the second week of Mass Amateur qualifying. 

The MA Amateur will take place from July 13 to July 17 at The Kittansett Club. 

Qualifying Breakdown 

At Gardner, ten players shot even-par or better to advance. 

Worcester firefighter Brian Foley earned medalist honors with a 5-under 66, making birdie four times on the front nine and sinking a 20-footer on the 18th to cap off his round with a birdie.

Most of the remaining qualifiers were college players. 

Jack Tobin (Marlborough CC), a rising sophomore at Division-I Siena College, also made a birdie putt on the 18th to finish at 3-under. 

Playing partners Jack Tegan (TPC Boston), a sophomore at Berry College, and Tyden Wilson (Nashawtuc CC), a rising junior at Queens University of Charlotte both shot 2-under, and Riley Rohlfs (Nabnasset Lake CC), a rising sophomore at York College (PA), and Alex Yun (Brae Burn CC), a rising junior at Claremont Mudd Scripps (CA), shot 1-under. 

Owen Quinn (Wachusett CC), a graduate student at DI Lehigh University, qualified at even-par.

At Presidents, 12 players also made the cut, which was also even par. Dan Howard (Norfolk GC) surged late by making birdie on three of the last four holes to finish 3-under, also besting the field by two strokes. 

An eagle on the 500-yard, par-5 16th helped Patrick Paulson (Stow Acres CC) finish at 1-under with three others, including Nick Drago (Plymouth CC),  the head coach at DI Wagner College.

At Springfield, only three players shot par or better, but 11 players got in as the cutline for 8th place was 4-over.  

Villanova-bound Jonathan Elkins shot 1-under 71 to earn medalist honors on his home course. 

Elkins made birdie four times and still led handily despite a bogey on the par-3 18th.

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