Headline: Three Bay Staters Compete at 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship; O'Leary & Jamieson Advance to Match Play

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2017

Andrew O'Leary (above) and Alex Jamieson (below) joined Andrew Michienzi at the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Andover, KS — After advancing from qualifying sites at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club (Connecticut) and Oak Hills Golf Club (Fitchburg) in late June, three Massachusetts junior competitors got to show off their talents on a national level this week at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Flint Hills National in Andover, Kansas for the six-day tournament that consisted of both stroke play and match play formatted events.

Representing the Bay State in the Midwest were the likes of Andrew Michienzi (Needham GC), Andrew O’Leary (Glen Ellen CC) and Alex Jamieson (Marshfield CC), three of the 156 players from more than a dozen countries competing in the tournament.

All former competitors in several MGA, MIAA and New England events, the trio of Michienzi, O’Leary and Jamieson each played 36 holes during the stroke play portion over the course of the first two days.

At the conclusion of play Tuesday, O’Leary, a rising senior at Catholic Memorial High School and Jamieson, an incoming freshman at the University of Notre Dame, shot even-par 142 and 5-over par 147 respectively to qualify for the match play portion of the tournament, which put together the top-64 scorers for four days of match play.

Both were members of the Massachusetts squad that won the 2016 New England Junior Amateur Invitational Championship at Cochecho Country Club last August. Michienzi, a rising junior at St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, finished at 12-over 154 and did not advance to match play.

O’Leary, ranked 25th of 64, fell to South Carolina’s Christian Salzer, 2 up, in the Round of 64 while Jamieson, ranked 62 entering match play, was defeated by Utah’s Cole Ponich by a score of 1-up on Wednesday.  

“We want to congratulate the efforts of Andrew Michienzi, Andrew O’Leary and Alex Jamieson at the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship,” said Jesse Menachem, the MGA's executive director. “Although they will be returning home without any hardware or medals, they displayed tremendous talent that made all of us here at the Massachusetts Golf Association very proud. We thank them for representing our association with such professionalism and class and we look forward to having them continue to compete in our future events.

All three competitors are scheduled to compete at the 2017 MGA Junior Amateur Championship, taking place at The Orchards Golf Club from July 31-August 2.

For more information on the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, visit the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship page at: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2017/u-s--junior-amateur.html.

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