WORCESTER >> Taconic Golf Club head professional Josh Hillman came up short in his effort to make the 36-hole cut in the 107th Massachusetts Open, going without a birdie on his way to an 8-over 78 in Tuesday's second round at Worcester Country Club.
Hillman finished at 13-over par 153 to miss the cut to the low 50 and ties by five shots.
First-round leader Jason Thrasher, a member at Crestview Country Club in Agawam and a resident of West Suffield, Conn., shot a 1-under 69 on the historic Donald Ross-designed course to keep the lead by one shot with a 4-under 136 total in the 54-hole event.
Thrasher's closest pursuers are a pair of amateurs, Dedham Country and Polo Club's Patrick Frodigh (69-88 — 137) and Matt Hutchins (69-68 — 137) of Falmouth, Maine.
Another amateur, Thorny Lea member Matt Parziale (69-69 — 138) is all alone in fourth place, and amateur Billy Walthouse, a member at Longmeadow Country Club, is one of three golfers at even-par 140. He shot a 68 on Tuesday.
The pros in the field are competing for $75,000 in prize money, with $15,000 going to the winner (or top pro finisher if an amateur prevails).