Golf notebook: Thomas Fraser dominates 2 different courses to claim 2 club championships
It's been quite a couple of weeks for talented 20-year-old golfer Thomas Fraser.
- The former Lee High star and current RPI golfer captured two men's club championships, at Berkshire Hills Country Club and Greenock Country Club, by a combined 18 shots.
- He played the 108 holes in 2-under par.
- The two-time All-Eagle MVP teed off in the final round at The Hills with a six-shot lead and at Greenock with a 10-shot cushion.
- His worst round was 2-over 74 in the final round at Berkshire Hills and the best a 3-under 67 at Greenock in the opening round.
- And he provided a perfect exclamation by finishing his final round at Greenock with three consecutive birdies.
"This was a big confidence booster," Fraser, who finished at 4-under 206 to defeat Matt Keenan by 10 shots at Greenock, said of his two-week run. "I can us this to be more prepared for college tournaments."
Coming off the win at The Hills, he didn't take much time to take charge at the Donald Ross-designed nine-hole gem in Lee, firing a 3-under 67 to jump out to a five-shot lead over past club champion Matt Keenan.
"I hit the ball good all day," Fraser said. "I didn't find much trouble but I did have a couple of good up-and-downs, making a couple of 5-foot putts to avoid bogeys, and that definitely helped."
The second round started poorly, with a pair of bogeys, but Fraser recovered well.
"I think that forced me to focus better and after that things clicked," said Fraser, whose even-par 70 gave him a 10-shot lead heading into the final round after Keenan posted a second-round 75.
Having a big lead for the second week in a row, Fraser handled the last 18 holes like he been there before, which of course he had seven days earlier.
"I was comfortable, I just went out and tried to have fun," said Fraser, who was 2 over before he put on a show for the club's members by making birdies on the final three holes, a par-3 and two par-4 holes. "The last day is a blast, everybody is so supportive that it makes it fun."
Now, the focus turns to school with RPI's fall golf season having been cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully, by spring, he will be able to use the lessons he learned this summer to become a valuable member of the Engineers' team.
While Fraser was capturing the men's title at Greenock, Martha Paulucci finished with a 36-hole total of 176 to defeat defending champion Karen Williams by five shots. Jane Langer finished third.
Other men's division winners were Bill Porter (Division 1), Curt Pressley (handicap 13-17) and Monk Puleri (handicap 18 and above).
It looks like the final round of this year's Massachusetts Mid-Amateur Championship at Great Horse in Hampden will be a two-man battle today between Matt Parziale and Nick Maccario, and that should be a surprise to nobody who follows amateur golf in the state.
Brockton's Parziale, who has been the Mass Golf Player of the Year four years in a row, shot a 4-under par 68 to stand at 9-under 135, four shots better than defending champion Nick Maccario, who fired an impressive 66 on Saturday that included a 6-under 30 on the front nine.
While Parziale holds a sizable lead, it isn't safe against Maccario, who shot an incredible 15-under 56 at Bradford Country Club recently and also shot a 64 in last year's Mid-Amateur win.
Meanwhile, one of the four players from Allied Association in the field, The Country Club of Pittsfield's Josh Shepard, made the cut to low 30-and-ties. He shot a 4-over 76 after opening with a 79 to make the cut on the number at 11-over 155.
Wyantenuck Country Club's Davis Mullany shot a 76 to finish at 156 and miss the cut by one shot while the Links at Worthington's James Patterson shot a 79 to finish at 159 and the Country Club of Pittsfield's Adam Brickle shot a 78 to finish with a 166 total.
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Greenock Country Club
1. Thomas Fraser, 206. 2. Matt Keenan, 216. 3. Jarred Fadding, 229. 4. Shane Sullivan, 231.
1. Bill Porter, 235. 2. Christian Delgrande, 237. 3. John Miller, 242. 4. Colin Finnegan, 244.
1. Curt Pressley, 170. 2. Joe Boldyga, 173. Glenn Wilcox, 178.
Handicap 18 and above.
1. Monk Puleri, 183.
1. Martha Paolucci, 176. 2. Karen Williams, 181. 3. Jane Langer, 200.
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