Headline: Joseph Lenane of George Wright GC Captures 3rd Massachusetts Young Golfers' Amateur Championship Title at Needham Golf Club

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2017

Joseph Lenane captured the 3rd Massachusetts Young Golfers' Amateur Championship at Needham Golf Club.

Needham, MA — At the 3rd annual Massachusetts Young Golfers’ Amateur Championship, held Wednesday at Needham Golf Club, a battle was brewing between several of the area’s top young golfers on the links, but it was Dedham’s Joseph Lenane (George Wright GC) who ended up atop the leaderboard at the end of the 18-hole modified Stableford tournament.

The 13-year old accumulated a round high 56 points to take home the hardware for what is the newest MGA Championship specifically designed for the Bay State’s youngest golfers.

Lenane’s 2-under par 70 edged out John Broderick (Dedham C&PC), James Robbins (Renaissance) and Sam Hood (Sandwich Hollows GC), all of whom carded scores of 1-under par 71, which was the equivalent of 55 points in the modified Stableford format.

This year’s point system ranged from 0-5 for each of the 18 holes depending on each players’ performance. A 2-under par score or better netted a competitor five points while each additional stroke per hole reduced the number of eligible points by one.

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“I think it’s a really big accomplishment because it’s a statewide tournament,” said Lanane on his performance at the MGA Young Golfers’ Amateur Championship Wednesday, which drew competitors from across the Commonwealth. “This is a big one. This is probably in the top-five big tournament wins that I have had.”

This was the second straight year competing in the Massachusetts Young Golfers' Amateur Championship . He finished sixth at last year’s event, which was held at the Acoaxet Club in Westport.

In only his fourth year playing golf, Lenane has made quite the name for himself on the golf course. The son of a Boston Police Officer, the George Wright GC member Lenane opened his day by carding birdie on the par-5 1st hole and then making the turn at even par 36 after tallying seven pars and a bogey.  

On his back nine, Lenane played 2-under par golf after firing back-to-back birdies on Needham’s 4th and 5th holes, which played as his 13th and 14th on the 9-hole layout. He had made par on both holes in his first time around.  

“It’s always good to get off to a good start,” said Lanane on his opening birdie. “It gave me a little bit of room for any errors. Then, I came back from it and made two more birdies. It was good.”

In addition to playing on the New England PGA Junior Tour, Lenane was the 2017 U.S. Challenge Cup Champion for the Boys Middle School Division back in April at Cranston, Rhode Island’s Alpine Country Club. An AJGA Performance Based event, Lanane registered a two-day score of 13-over 157 to beat some of the region’s top competitors in his age bracket.    

He had previously earned an invitation to the Drive Chip and Putt National Championship at Augusta National in April of 2015 and has competed in events across the country throughout the duration of his young career.

Open to boys and girls aged 13 and younger who hold their GHIN Handicap Index through an MGA Member club, this year’s MGA Young Golfers’ Championship is the largest to date, with 42 competitors in the field. It continues to serve as a great introduction to MGA events and allows its players to experience a competitive atmosphere first hand.

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