Exemptions: 2017 Open Championship

The following individuals are exempt for the 2017 Massachusetts Open Championship.

Although exempt according to the rules and regulations of the event, these players are only eligible to compete in Championship Proper if they submit the stipulated entry form and fee prior to the entry close date.

Category #1
Twenty (20) lowest scorers and ties in the 2016 Massachusetts Open Championship

  • Jason Thresher
  • Mark Stevens
  • Matthew Campbell
  • Matt Hutchins (a)
  • Matt Parziale (a)
  • James Smith
  • Fran Quinn
  • Patrick Frodigh (a)
  • Fletcher Babcock
  • Evan Harmeling
  • Billy Walthouse (a)
  • Joe Leavitt
  • Cody Paladino
  • Chris Wiatr
  • Jeff Curl
  • Geoffrey Sisk
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Jack Whelan
  • Rich Berberian, Jr.
  • Ian Thimble
  • Michael Thorbjornsen (a)
  • Joe Harney
  • Bobby Gage

Category #2
Past Massachusetts Open Champions (Effective in 1993, Champions earn a 10-year exemption; pre-1993 Champions are exempt for life)

  • 2016 - Jason Thresher
  • 2015 - Joe Harney
  • 2014 - Ian Thimble
  • 2013 - Evan Harmeling
  • 2012 - Michael Welch
  • 2011 - Kyle Gallo
  • 2010 - James Hazen
  • 2009 - Rob Oppenheim
  • 2008 - James Renner
  • 2007 - Geoffrey Sisk

Category #3a
NEPGA Section Champions 2012 to 2015, and the top five (5) finishers and ties in the 2016 NEPGA Championship

  • 2012 - Ed Kirby
  • 2013 - Shawn Warren
  • 2014 - Rich Berberian, Jr.
  • 2015 - Shawn Warren
  • 2016 NEPGA Championship

Category #3b
2016 NEPGA Championship (Top 5 & ties)

  • 1 - Matt Doyle
  • T2 - Shawn Warren
  • T2 - Chris Trout
  • T4 - Eric Barlow
  • T4 - Jeff Martin

Category #4
Top twenty (20) finishers and ties in the 2016 Skip Wogan point standings

  • Rich Berberian, Jr.
  • Shawn Warren
  • Kirk Hanefeld
  • Jeffrey Martin
  • Matt Doyle
  • Eric Barlow
  • Jeff Seavey
  • Chris Trout
  • Ed Kirby
  • Matt Zdon
  • Matt Baran
  • David Jankowski
  • Frank Dully
  • Daniel Venezio
  • Gregg Richbourg
  • Kevin Rhoads
  • Robert Tramonti
  • Dan Gillis
  • John Hickson
  • John Rainone

Category #5
2016 NEPGA Assistants Champion

  • Shawn Warren

Category #6
2016 Berkshire Chapter Champion of the NENY PGA

  • Tom Sullivan

Category #7
2016 State Open Champions from the New England States

  • MA - Jason Thresher
  • RI - Jeffrey Evanier
  • NH - Chris DeForest
  • VT - Spencer Mellon
  • CT - Adam Rainaud
  • ME - Ted Brown

Category #8
2016 Cape Cod Open Champion

  • Greg Reilly

Category #9
MGA State Amateur Champions of the last five (5) years

  • 2016 - Brendan Hunter
  • 2015 - Nick McLaughlin
  • 2014 - John Kelly
  • 2013 - Mike Calef
  • 2012 - Mike Calef

Category #10
2016 MGA State Amateur Semifinalists

  • Brendan Hunter
  • John Kelly
  • Alex Jeffers
  • Daniel Capucci

Category #11
2016 MGA Junior Amateur, Senior Amateur, Mid-Amateur, and Amateur Public Links Champions

  • Jr - James Imai
  • Sr - Keith Smith
  • Mid- Matt Parziale
  • APL - Matt Cowgill

Category #12
Top ten (10) finishers and ties in the 2016 MGA Player of the Year standings

  • Matt Parziale
  • John Kelly
  • Herbie Aikens
  • Matthew Naumec
  • Brendan Hunter
  • Ryan Riley
  • Alex Jeffers
  • Christopher Gentle
  • Patrick Frodigh
  • James Turner

Category #13
2016 MGA Player of the Year, Junior Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year

  • Matt Parziale
  • James Imai
  • Kevin Carey

Category #14
2016 MGA Open Qualifying Host Professionals (one per site)

  • Eastward Ho!
  • GreatHorse
  • Cohasset GC
  • Taconic GC
  • Belmont CC
  • Tedesco CC

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