Headline: Longmeadow's Billy Walthouse Continues Impressive Spring Play; Wins Hornblower Memorial Tournament By Two Strokes

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2017

Billy Walthouse with Plymouth CC golf pro A.J. Petrulak (right) and Mike Ellis.

Plymouth, MA — Billy Walthouse (Longmeadow CC) continued his stellar play this past weekend by capturing the prestigious Hornblower Memorial Tournament title at Plymouth Country Club.

Walthouse, fresh off a round of 16 performance at the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, carded a second-round score of 3-under par 66 to secure the victory.

CLICK HERE for final results from the Hornblower Memorial Tournament.

After posting a 1-over par 71 on day one, Walthouse played his first nine holes on Sunday at even par and then made three birdies – on the 11th, 16th and 18th holes – and zero bogies to secure his first-ever career Hornblower title.

He finished with a final score of 2-under par 136 which was one better than second-place finisher Davis Chatfield (Wannamoisett CC). It marks the second straight year that Chatfield, a former participant of The First Tee of Massachusetts, claimed runner-up status at this event.

The event’s first-round leader – Jason Cook (Brockton CC) – finished in third place overall but he came one par from forcing a playoff with Walthouse.

With the two tied at 3-under par for the tournament with one hole remaining, Cook needed that one final par but instead carded a double bogey to give Walthouse the victory.

Earlier this spring, Walthouse earned his degree in Business from the University of Rhode Island where he also enjoy a stellar golf career. As a junior, the 2017 Atlantic-10 All-Conference team member became the seventh player in program history to be invited as an individual to the NCAA Championship and the first since 1995.

Over the next two months, he is currently scheduled to compete at the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club, the Massachusetts Open and Amateur Championships and the Ouimet Memorial Tournaments.

EVENT NOTES

On Friday, play was suspended due to heavy rains. Play resumed at 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning s tournament organizers were able to complete round one and round two on Saturday.

Three players – Andy Drohen (The Ranch GC), Mark Turner (Bass Rocks GC) and Andrew Warfield (Marlborough CC)  – tied for fourth at even par 140.

The 2016 champion, Brandon Gillis (Souhegan Woods GC - NH), shot 148 to finish tied 34th.

ABOUT THE HORNBLOWER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

A historic tournament named after the man responsible for the creation of the home site. Henry Hornblower collaborated with a local hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club. Today, the Club is host to one of Massachusetts's most prestigious tournaments, The Hornblower Memorial.

As an invitational, the tournament is open to the following:

  • Former Hornblower Memorial champions
  • Players who made the cut in the previous year’s Hornblower Memorial
  • Those who finished in the top 20 of the previous year’s Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament
  • Those who finished in the top 20 of the previous year’s New England Amateur Championship
  • Players who qualified for match play in the previous year’s Massachusetts State Amateur Championship
  • The Club Champion from the previous year at Plymouth Country Club

The tournament is a 36-hole stroke play event open to golfers with an active GHIN index under 3.0.

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