Monday, January 26, 2015

One step closer!

Well unless you've been living under a rock the last few days, you know what's coming. While you're stuck in the house starving to death because the supermarket shelves were bare by the time you got there, why not plan out your 2015 MGA competition season?

Online registration for 2015 MGA Championships will open a week from Thursday. That's right. A. Week. From. Thursday. Can you believe it?! (Because we kind of can't.)

And the lineup of Championship Proper and qualifying sites we have is a little ridiculous. We spend a majority of the season in Central Mass - with highlights being a trip to the historic Oak Hill CC for the Amateur Championship, and the Amateur Public Links Championship at the scenic Red Tail GC. Mid-Amateurs will face the challenging greens of Marlborough CC, and the Juniors will be tested on Hopkinton CC's layout.

The courses that have stepped forward to host qualifying rounds aren't too shabby, either! We've got Willowbend, Tedesco, Dedham C&PC, Plymouth, Concord, Brae Burn, and Turner Hill, just to name a few.

But before we even get to these sites, we have something pretty cool lined up for the Four-Ball Championship. We will spend two days in the city of Boston at George Wright and William J. Devine! This will be a great way to kick off the 2015 season in the greatest city in America.

And the biggest development of all - starting this year, the Open Championship will be truly OPEN. Now, amateurs from ANYWHERE (as long as you have an active USGA GHIN number and meet eligibility requirements) can try for their shot at the historic Massachusetts Open title at Black Rock Country Club.

So while you're snowed in the next few days, get excited! Plan out your 2015 golf schedule! Click here for the complete 2015 Championship Schedule

Friday, January 9, 2015

Another one in the books!

Another MGA Salute to Champions Dinner is in the books! The prevailing theme of the night was the importance of family and friends. We couldn't help but be reminded of what Paul Harney's son said back in October at the Mass Golf Hall of Fame Gala - golf brings good people together. It seemed like every champion that took the microphone had glowing things to say about the support of their loved ones. It was truly an awesome night at Wellesley Country Club.

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We were lucky enough to have Megan Khang in attendance - in case you didn't know, she's pretty good at golf. At age 17 she has already competed in national championships and represented our country on an international stage. And she's hilarious! Check out this short Q&A that we featured last night:

We also had our state amateur champion in attendance. John Kelly gave us a week to remember up at Kernwood Country Club in July, and we can't wait to see him come back in 2015 and defend his title at Oak Hill!

We cannot thank everyone enough for making the 2014 season a memorable one! See you in a couple months!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Drum roll please...

Happy 2015 everyone! Can you believe it? We're sad to see 2014 end - we had such a good time! Finally at number 1 on our top 14 of 2014, but before we get to that, here's a recap:

14: Team Titleist takes the Four-Ball
13: Dave Houghton proves that age is just a number
12: Colin Brennan's auspicious professional debut
11: A marathon playoff at the Senior Four-Ball
10: Two unbeatable families
9: Graham DeLaet joins our juniors for an ice bath
8: Jack O'Donnell's playoff bomb
7: Matt Naumec's come from behind victory
6: A very exciting Mid-Am finish
5: A brand new MGA Championship
4: Celebrating the past and the future at the MGHOF gala
3: Herbie Aikens breaks through at the Pub Links
2: John Kelly and a Saturday finish at the Mass Am

Now without any further wait, here's NUMBER 1!

There's nothing more exciting than a playoff. Well at the Massachusetts Open Championship this past year, we had a FOUR WAY playoff. One amateur, one new professional, and two seasoned pros. 

The playoff featured some familiar faces - as the lone amateur, Matt Parziale was trying to become the first amateur player to win this event since Kevin Quinn in 1999. Ian Thimble, born and raised in Boston, had just turned pro after a runner-up finish in the 2013 Mass Amateur. Rounding out the foursome were Eric Dugas, a longtime Cape Cod professional, and Kyle Gallo, 2011 Mass Open Champion.

The playoff began on the tricky 16th hole - a driveable par-4. The only one that laid up and didn't try to drive the green was Thimble; coincidentally he was the only one that made birdie on that first playoff hole. That set him up for the putt of his young career on 18:

This was definitely an exciting three holes for the gallery, but even more exciting (obviously) for Thimble, who was born and raised in Boston. And even though Matt Parziale didn't come out on top, his strong performance in this event sort of paved the way for an incredible season en route to his second MGA Player of the Year award. We can only hope that the 2015 Mass Open at Black Rock CC will be as exciting!

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Well it certainly has been an incredible year for the MGA. We can't wait to see what the 2015 season holds for all of us!

Have a great New Years Day, everyone!