Headline: Matt Parziale and Matt Cowgill Set to Meet in 36-Hole Final Match to Determine the 109th Massachusetts Amateur Champion

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2017

Matt Parziale (above) and Matt Cowgill will meet in the 109th Massachusetts Amateur Championship finals on Friday at Charles River Country Club

Newton, MA — Following what might have been the longest – and perhaps the coldest – day in Massachusetts Amateur Championship history, the finalists have finally been determined.

Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC) and Matt Cowgill (Wayland CC) completed a combined 86 holes of golf on Thursday. They won a combined six matches and as a result have secured their spot in Friday’s 36-hole final match.

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“I am exhausted,” said Parziale, who put on a rain jacket midway through the round as temperatures dropped into the low 60s with consistent cloud cover. “They said that I played 47 and a half holes. It was a long day, and I had nothing left at the end.”

For Parziale tomorrow represents a second career finals appearance (his first was in 2008), while Cowgill will be making his finals debut.

“I am super excited and just trying to relax,” said Cowgill, a rising senior at James Madison University. “I don’t know what game I am going to have tomorrow, but I am excited. I have never had that much success in match play, but I like where my game is right now.”

All facets of each competitor’s game have been tested this week including endurance on Thursday. Parziale logged a total of 48 holes, while Cowgill – who has carried his own bag all week – completed 38 holes.

“I was pretty tired today, but I have done this before for this tournament so you kind of expect it,” said Parziale, the reigning Richard D. Haskell MGA Player of the Year. “I wish that I could have played better coming in, but it was enough on the 19th hole there.”

Here is a summary of how each finalist took that important next step towards having their named carved on The Commonwealth Cup.

SEMIFINAL MATCH SUMMARIES

Match #1: Matt Cowgill (Wayland CC) def. Billy Walthouse (Longmeadow CC), 19 holes
In a semifinal match in which the lead didn’t extend beyond 2 up, Cowgill prevailed in 19 Holes. Walthouse got out to an early lead and was 2 up through four holes, but Cowgill held in and got the match back to all square by the 10th hole and took his first lead when he made birdie on the 225 yard par-3 11th hole. Cowgill’s lead extended to as many as 2 up on the back nine, but as he has done before, Walthouse made back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes before a Cowgill bogey on 17th hole set the match all square as the two approached 18. On the 19th hole, Cowgill was onto the green in two and two putted after Walthouse missed his shot for par, enabling him to win the hole and advance to Friday’s Championship match.  

Match #2: Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC) def. Jackson Lang (Nashawtuc CC), 19 holes
Parziale made birdie on three of his first four holes. Lang made just one birdie and three bogies through his first eight holes and was 4 down at that point of the match. Lang made par on the 9th hole to draw within three at the turn. Parziale opened the door of opportunity for Lang beginning on the 9th hole. He made five straight bogies, and by the 14th hole Parziale held just a 1-up lead. A birdie by Parziale on the 15th hole gave him a 2-up cushion, but Lang went on to win the 17th and 18th holes to force extra holes. On the first extra hole, both players reached the green in two but Lang suffered a three putt to fall by a score of 19 holes.

QUARTERFINAL MATCH SUMMARIES

Match #1: Billy Walthouse (Longmeadow CC) def. Cody Booska (CC of Greenfield), 2 and 1
Through the first five holes, Walthouse was able to gain a 1-up advantage on two occasions but Booska was able to keep the match all square with a key par on the 7th hole. Walthouse carded double bogies on the 8th and 9th holes and was 2 up at the turn. The largest advantage that Booska held was 3 up through 10 holes, but Walthouse stormed back and played his final seven holes at 3-under par to secure the victory.

Match #2: Matt Cowgill (Wayland CC) def. David Spitz (South Shore CC), 2 up
Cowgill got off to a hot start by making eagle and two birdies through his first four holes. Despite his start, Spitz was just 2 down. With Cowgill holding a 3-up advantage, Spitz cut into the lead with a birdie on the 8th hole and then a par on the 10th hole. The match would eventually get to all square and stay that way through the 14th hole. Cowgill would regain control on the 16th hole. He made birdie on the 16th and 17th holes and eventually closed out the match on the 18th hole with a par.

Match #3: Jackson Lang (Nashawtuc CC) def. Nick Maccario (Bradford CC), 2 up
Maccario made two birdies on the front nine and held a 1-up lead at the turn as Lang was only able to post one birdie during that stretch. Maccario extended his lead to 2 up through 10 holes, but Lang made birdie on four of his next six holes to square the match through 16 holes. Maccario carded bogey on the 17th and 18th holes which secured the win for Lang.

Match #4: Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC) def. Mark Turner (Bass Rocks GC), 1 up
Parziale began the match by making birdie on his first three holes and four of his first seven holes. He was 2 up through seven holes, but then saw the match fall to all square by making double bogey and bogey on the next two holes. Turner would make bogey on the 10th and 11th holes, and then Parziale extended his lead to 3 up following birdies made on the 13th and 15th holes. Parziale would give one back with a bogey on the 17th hole, but he would win the match with matching pars on 18.

ROUND OF 16 MATCH SUMMARIES

Match #1: Cody Booska (CC of Greenfield) def. Steven DiLisio (Salem CC), 1 up
Booska did not hold a lead in his match against DiLisio until he carded back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. In the end, it proved to be all that he needed en route to a 1-up victory. The match was all square through five holes before Booska struggled through a middle stretch of golf where he played 3-over par golf (from holes 6 through 15). DiLisio was able to gain a 1-up advantage following a birdie on the 11th hole, but a bogie by DiLisio on the 14th hole allowed the match to move back to all square. Although DiLisio was able to match Booska’s birdie on the 16th hole, he fell 1-back after his par was bested by Booska’s birdie on 17. DiLisio could not win the 18th hole to extend the match.

Match #2: Billy Walthouse (Longmeadow CC) def. Matthew Organisak (Nashawtuc CC), 4 and 2
Organisak made birdie on the 2nd and 3rd holes to take a 1-up lead, but that would prove as close as he would come to Walthouse who finished with three birdies and three bogies and needed just 16 holes to close out the match. Walthouse made his move beginning on the 9th hole where he made par to beat Organisak’s bogey. Walthouse went on to make birdie on the 13th and 14th holes to all but secure the victory. It was the only round of 16 match to be completed on Wednesday.

Match #3: Matt Cowgill (Wayland CC) def. Zach Camarra (Worcester CC), 5 and 4
Cowgill stormed out of the gates and made birdie on three of his first four holes to gain a 3-up advantage through four holes. Although he ran into trouble on the 5th hole with a double bogey, Camarra was unable to post one birdie during the match and eventually succumbed on the 14th hole where both players made par.

Match #4: David Spitz (South Shore CC) def. Sean Fitzpatrick (George Wright GC), 4 and 3
Spitz made birdie on his first two holes and was 3 up through three holes. Fitzpatrick quickly cut into Spitz’s lead with back-to-back birdies on the 4th and 5th holes. A bogey-free performance by Spitz proved to be too much for Fitzpatrick to handle. Spitz played 4-under par golf and closed out the match with a birdie – his fourth of the round – on the 15th hole.

Match #5: Jackson Lang (Nashawtuc CC) def. Ben Spitz (George Wright GC), 3 and 1
Lang made bogey on his first hole of the match, but that would be the only and final miscue on his scorecard. Spitz posted birdie on three of his first six holes and was 3 up through six holes. However, Spitz would go on to make three bogies and zero birdies from that point on which opened the door for Lang, who made birdie on the 8th hole, seven straight pars and then closed out the match with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.

Match #6: Nick Maccario (Bradford CC) def. Herbie Aikens (Pinehills GC), 2 and 1
Maccario made just two birdies during his match, but that was enough to hold off Aikens through 17 holes. Maccario carded his first birdie on the 2nd hole to even the match after a bogey on the 1st hole. Aikens made four bogies on the front nine, but was just 1 down at the turn. A two-straight-bogey start on the back nine by Aikens swung the match Maccario’s way. He was 3 up through 11. Aikens was able to get within one of Maccario through 15 holes, but Maccario delivered his second birdie on the 16th hole to go 2 up with two to play.

Match #7: Matt Parziale (Thorny Lea GC) def. Charlie May (Ferncroft CC), 1 up
Parziale stormed out of the gates to take a 3 up lead through three holes after a birdie-eagle-par start. So on target was Parziale at the onset that his tee shot on the par-3 4th hole hit the flagstick. Although Parziale did not win that hole (both players made par), he would hold a 2-up lead through five holes. May made a run beginning on the 6th hole with a birdie and then kept pace with Parziale through the next eight holes where Parziale carded four bogies. Back-to-back bogies by Parziale on the 13th and 14th holes gave May his first lead of the match at 1 up. The match would remain that way until the 17th hole where Parziale drained a 40-foot downhill birdie putt to square the match. On the very next hole, Parziale – after mishitting his 3 wood off the tee – sent his 4-iron approach from 223 yards out to feet. May reached that 18th green in two but could not convert his long birdie putt. Parziale knocked in his short putt for birdie and the win.

Match #8: Mark Turner (Bass Rocks GC) def. Kevin Gately (Harmon GC), 1 up
Turner gained an early 2 up lead thanks in part to a birdie on the 2nd hole. He would hold and then extend that lead to 4 up through 12 holes. During that stretch, Turner played even par golf while Gately carded four bogies and zero birdies. Gately made a run with back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes and then took advantage of a Turner bogey on the 15th hole to draw within one. The players matched each other shot for shot through the next three holes before Turner claimed victory on the 18th hole with matching pars.

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