For Immediate Release: August 15, 2013
Headline: Massachusetts Captures 2013 New England Junior Amateur Championship; Brian Carlson Wins Individual Stroke Play Title
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Putnam, CT – The seven-person team from Massachusetts took a major step towards re-capturing the New England Junior Amateur Championship title on Thursday at Connecticut National Golf Club.
The seven-member team from Massachusetts entered the final round of the 2013 New England Junior Amateur Championship knowing that they would have to come through with a strong performance on day two to take home the title.
In the end, that is exactly what they all did!
Cam Giles (Stow Acres CC), Steven DiLisio (Salem CC), Jack Lang (Nashawtuc CC), Paul Lei (Ferncroft CC), Matt Naumec (CC of Wilbraham), Jake Shuman (Blue Hill CC) and Dan Woodbury (Pleasant Valley CC) came together at the Connecticut National Golf Club this week and reclaimed a title that they won last in 2011.
It was an especially remarkable accomplishment given that they bested Connecticut, which has dominated in recent years. In fact, Connecticut entered this year’s Championship looking to win its ninth title in 13 years.
“We could not be prouder of these players and how they responded to the pressure,” said Jesse Menachem, the MGA’s director of rules & competition. “They knew that the other states would challenge them during the last round, but they kept to their game plan and all contributed to this great victory.”
Team Massachusetts finished with a three-round score of 10-over par 1075, which was 12 strokes better than Connecticut which finished in second place.
Vermont was third overall with a score of 33-over par 1098, while Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island followed in the final team standings.
For Team Massachusetts, there was a distinct emotional element to the victory.
Menachem stepped in as captain as Team Massachusetts on Friday morning after longtime captain – Scott Whitcomb – was called out of town due to a death in his family.
With Whitcomb tending to personal matters, the players came through with a win for their leader.
“It was an important win because the players wanted to show their support for Scott,” said Menachem. “This group really came together as a family this week and I think that it showed through in their play.”
In a show of true teamwork, Massachusetts was the only team that had all seven players post sub-80 rounds.
On day one, it was Naumec and Shuman who led the way by playing under-par golf through two rounds.
On Friday, Woodbury was the low scorer for the Bay State as he carded a 3-under par 68. Shuman and DiLisio were even par for the day, while Naumec and Lang posted rounds of 1-over par 72.
Prior to 2011 – which was a rain-shortened event – the last time that a team from Massachusetts won this title was 1997.
Although he was unable to propel his team to a ninth victory in 13 years, Brian Carlson (Clinton CC) still walked away with the individual stroke play title, which is given to the player who posts the lowest three-round score.
This marks the second straight year that Carlson has won this honor.
Last year, Carlson won the title following a playoff. This time around, he won it in regulation with a score of 4-under par 209. Following a first-round score of 1-over par 72, Carlson carded a 2-under par 69 and then a 3-under par 68 on Friday to win the individual title by a two-stroke margin.
Reese McFarlane (Purpoodock Club), Naumec and Shuman finished T2 with scores of 2-under par 211.